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Script Recorder

Script recorder is a GUI feature which allows to record user interaction with the remote desktop to a plain test script. As it is attached to the client-to-server communication channel, it applies just to mouse events and key strokes.

Having the Record & Replay feature doesn't mean that you just record something and the automation is finished. It just makes your life much easier and it considerably flattens the learning curve. It will help you to create the basic flow of key and mouse events needed to reproduce a task (test case) on the remote desktop. It is usually necessary to perform manual adjustments to the generated code then - modify timeouts, merge commands, add verification points, create reusable procedures or parameterise command arguments through variables where appropriate. Keep in mind that the generated code is in general not 100% reliable and it may fail to reproduce the task.

The recorder may be switched on and off through the Script->Record menu item or by the tool bar button. As it always produces code into the active editor (the visible one), be sure to set the caret (cursor) position in the editor to the line you want the code to be inserted to. The recorder then converts mouse and key actions from the desktop viewer to Mouse, Press, Type and Typeline commands and inserts them into the editor. It also measures time spans between individual events, multiplies them by the configured coefficient and inserts them into the command through the wait parameters. Recorder behaviour may be customized through the Scripting->Script Recorder preference group in the Preferences window.

The following video shows how to use the recorder.

Script recorder demoScript recorder demo
Script recorder demo
on Windows XP

TIP: To learn more about the script recorder read the Script Recorder help topic.


12 December 2014

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