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Rational Functional Tester 8.5

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IBM Rational Functional Tester 8.5 has been made generally available and contains new features as well as fixes for client-reported and internally found defects.

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Table of Contents
Sections Description
This section provides an overview on what is new in this release with a description of any new functions or enhancements when applicable.
This section provides information related to the impact of this release to allow you to assess how your environment may be affected.
This section provides important information to review prior to the installation of this release.
This section provides the direct link to obtain the download package for installation in your environment.
This section provides the installation instructions necessary to apply this release into your environment.
This section contains a link to the known problems (open defects) identified at the time of this release.
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Click to review the detailed system requirements information for a complete list of hardware requirements, supported operating systems, prerequisites and optional supported software, with component-level details and operating system restrictions.
The information center provides you with user assistance for the product. You can view, browse, and search online information related to the product. You can also visit IBM Product information page the to browse for additional information centers.
Click to review a complete list of the defects (APARs) resolved in this release including a list of resolved defects for the entire version family.


IBM Installation Manager version

If you are installing or upgrading Rational Functional Tester on Microsoft Windows, to use the .NET Scripting feature, you must copy msvcp71.dll into the System32 directory (C:\Windows\System32), if it is not already available. You can copy the msvcp71.dll file from any other Windows operating system such as Windows XP or download it from Internet.

Before you update Rational Functional Tester, close the Eclipse and Microsoft Visual Studio IDEs, as well as any open Web browsers, and all other applications that are enabled by Functional Tester.

Installation Instructions

For information about installing Rational Functional Tester, version 8.5, see Installing Rational Functional Tester.

Note: To install version 8.5, the minimum required version of IBM Installation Manager is required.

Accessing Help
Rational Functional Tester help is included with the product. You can also connect to the site and access the information center help. See Accessing help in Rational Functional Tester versions 8.2.2 and later in the Rational Functional Tester Information Center.
Note: It is recommended that you access information center help from the website. After installing Rational Functional Tester version 8.5, complete these steps:

    1. Start Rational Functional Tester.
    2. Click Window and then click Preferences.
    3. In the Preferences dialog box, expand Help in the left panel, and then click Content.
    4. In the Content page, select the RFT 8.5 Infocenter row and then click Enable.
    5. Click Apply and then click OK.
    6. Restart Rational Functional Tester, and view the help.
Review technote 1639965: The 'Testing' book is not displayed in the Table of Contents in the help included with Rational Functional Tester version 8.5 for more information.

Installing Rational Functional Tester 8.5 .NET 2010 help
If you have installed Rational Functional Tester 8.5 Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 .NET Integration, you must install Rational Functional Tester Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 .NET help manually.
    1. After installing Rational Functional Tester 8.5 Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 .NET Integration, open Rational Functional Tester, click Help and then click Manage Help Settings. This opens the Visual Studio Help Library Manager.
    2. Select the Install content from disk option.
    3. Click Browse and select the helpcontentsetup.msha file that is available by default in the Rational Functional Tester installation directory\IBM\SDP\FunctionalTester\vsnet\MSDNHelp\VS2010 directory. The help manifest files for other translations are found within the locale folders available in the VS2010 directory. Click Next.
    4. Select RFT and click Add. The Update button is enabled.
    5. Click Update. You are prompted to confirm the installation. Click Yes. The Rational Functional Tester .NET help is installed as local help for Visual Studio 2010.

    Note: To view the Rational Functional Tester .NET Scripting help in the Visual Studio 2010 IDE, you must enable the local help option in the Help Library Manager.

    Tip: To view the complete table of contents of the installed local help in the Visual Studio 2010 IDE, install the Visual Studio Help Keyword Index plug-in that is available from the Microsoft website. Alternatively, you can upgrade to Visual Studio 2010 Service Pack 1 to view help in the Microsoft Help Viewer.

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How critical is this fix?

Impact Assessment
Impact Description
Recommended This release is a service release of Rational Functional Tester. It contains new features as well as fixes for client-reported and internally found defects.

Problems solved

Click the Fix List link in the table of contents above to review a list of the problems solved in this release.

Known side effects

The following defects were not resolved in this release.

PM87452 While testing Dojo applications, actions on grid rows 25 or later are recorded incorrectly.
PM89978 The hasFocus() method always returns false on a Windows combo box.
PM77402 When multiple JRE versions are installed on a browser, Rational Functional Tester always uses the latest JRE version even if the version is not enabled.
PM88383 The documentation for configuring Flex runtimeloader needs correction.
PM79639 When multiple tabs are opened on Google Chrome or on unsupported Mozilla Firefox browsers, script playback on Java applications is slow.
PM77056 It is not possible to filter the test verdict of XML playback result logs.
PM77401 The getDomains() method does not return the correct domain with manual and automatic enablement.
PM77594 It is not possible to open datapools on Japanese installations of Rational Functional Tester Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Integration.
PM86882 If the function keys are remapped on Rational Functional Tester Extension for Terminal-based Applications terminal type VT-220, the extension becomes unresponsive after remap.
PM87087 During playback, Rational Functional Tester is unable to select values from a list if the value to be selected is not visible.
PM81321 The TestObjectFinder.findByPropertySet() method fails to find testobjects.
PM84201 The find() API takes more than 10 times longer on Google Chrome browsers than on Internet Explorer browsers.
PM88699 Errors occur when the -compile option is used from the command line.
PM84477 The HtmlBrowser object of the Google Chrome browser does not have any property.
PM79717 The Functional Show Checkouts view does not open Java files.

Change history

Version 8.5 includes the following features and enhancements:

  • Dojo 1.7 support: Rational Functional Tester supports the testing of HTML applications built using Dojo 1.7 toolkit..
  • Adobe Flex 4.5 support: Rational Functional Tester supports the testing of Adobe Flex 4.5 applications.
  • Microsoft .NET 4.5 supportRational Functional Tester supports the testing of applications built with Microsoft .NET 4.5.
  • Adobe PDF 9.0, 10.0 and 11.0 support: Rational Functional Tester supports the testing of Adobe PDF read-only documents that are displayed in stand-alone mode or in a browser.
  • Generation of the system report: Rational Functional Tester provides the ability to generate the Functional Tester System Report, which captures vital system information that can be used to troubleshoot problems that you encounter.
  • Eclipse 4.2 and 4.2.2 support: Rational Functional Tester supports the testing of 32-bit Eclipse 4.2 and 4.2.2 applications.

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  • What software versions were you running when the problem occurred?
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  • Can you reproduce the problem? If so, what steps do you take to reproduce it?
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Problems (APARS) fixed
PM74996, PM77957, PM79180, PM80622, PM83104, PM84792, PM84793, PM85979, PM85985, PM85986, PM85987, PM86184, PM86411, PM86425, PM87686, PM89334, PM73010, PM86030

Document information

More support for: Rational Functional Tester

Software version: 8.5

Operating system(s): Linux, Windows

Reference #: 4034669

Modified date: 12 June 2013

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