AscentialTest And Recorder Tools


Record and Playback looks like a Great Option!

Recorder tools requires higher technical skill to use them effectively for successful software testing.  With high maintenance cost, Limited test coverage, Poor integration most of the them possess limited features that facilitate a tester to create smooth and cost effective automation. AscentialTest facilitates its users with codeless, re-usable elements that do not rely on key words, recording or scripting that saves Effort , Time  and Investment.


AscentialTest back  application components with

  • custom controls.
  • custom complex tables and tree views using selectors.
  • application images (small icons) and rendered text.
  • ODBC (database), xml, text files, .ini files and PDF.

Recorder Tools do not possess enough capacity to support the users’ requirements while verifying application components. Though they can validate the state of standard objects, they lack support for custom, image-based, and non-GUI components. They work only on the basic flow of the application, rather than to support logical statements, parameterization, and to handle change in data.


AscentialTest uses object attributes to define objects. Once the target application changes, AscentialTest highlights the objects in the existing object repository in red that can no longer be found. Users can simply select a new attribute to identify objects that have changed.

Recorder Tools Identifies objects by using object coordinates, images, and text. If there is a change in the target application the object definition falls apart and affects the test automation framework drastically.


With AscentialTest, one can define object actions called “Steps“, Every step can be  reused and can be assembled to create a test.

  • No need to define common actions multiple times, just reuse the steps for as many tests as you need.
  • Complex test is created in a smarter way. Test is a combination of steps and hence you are allowed to break the test scenarios into as many steps as you can.
  • When the application changes, only the impacted steps are updated, all the other tests will get automatically updated!

Tests frequently share common manipulations (e.g. Logging in the application for instance).

You must record them again and again, every time a test is using them.

One cannot imagine to build a complex test using recorder tools as there is no reusable component.


With AscentialTest, No framework is developed, as it is built up gradually as users capture objects and create steps in a drag and drop interface.

  • AscentialTest automatically builds test data tables and writes a query into the test to retrieve data and thereby link them to test parameters.

There are no keywords or external Excel tables to deal with.

Extending beyond basic recordings requires the development of a testing framework by skilled developers.

This requires a lot of coding and handling external test data by a testing team with programming experience.


With AscentialTest a test is combination of steps which are composed of a series of actions, applied to application objects.

  • As long as the application objects are present, you can change anything on the screen without impacting the tests.
  • For each version of the application, you just update a few object and step components.

For recorders, a test is composed of a recording of a series of UI manipulations.

  • When something changes in a screen (a text label, the position of a control…), your object definition is impacted and you have to create all the related tests again.

For each version of the application, you need to record the same tests repeatedly, which defeats the purposes of automated testing.