For QA workstations preparation (Windows-based PCs) our IT department uses typical batch deployment tools. I'm not at all interested in the details of such process, but IT guys ask me:
What typical set of software you need for everyday *manual* testing tasks? We could include these in our deployment so that you guys could save more time for testing, not for environment prep & tuning.
Sure thing we do test various range of projects, from web applications to standalone solutions, and each application requires its own set of tools for manual testing, e.g.:
- Virtualization utilities
- DB clients
- Screens capturing tools
- FTP clients
- XML editors
However, and that's for sure - there's a list of tools every QA MUST have installed on its PC, regardless of project types under testing. My area of experience is mostly standalone / complex web apps, that's why my vision on the task is a bit subjective.
So, your suggestions of what are tools / software an average QA specialist can't live without will be highly appreciated. 2 assumptions:
- Manual testing is a point of interest.
- Let's limit list as not more than 15 (better 10) items.
Thanks in advance!