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Robert

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 Improved Release Testing
16-07-2009 10:52 . am   |   View his/her posts only
Help needed!

Problems in version 14.01 highlight that we still are not getting real "beta" testing of our software. As soon as the software goes to the field, we find problems like plotting not working and MoldExpert creating a core. If we had legitimate field (i.e. beta) testing, those sort of problems would likely surface just as quickly before the release as they do after. We need to figure out how to broaden the field of people that get involved beta testing our releases...

Any ideas or voluteers

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Steve

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16-07-2009 01:51 . pm   |   View his/her posts only
Bob, I agree. Being the one that found both bugs. I usually check the support site daily for new releases. I like to be on the cutting edge, but sometimes, it bites me...

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16-07-2009 01:51 . pm   |   View his/her posts only
Oh yeah... I'd like to volunteer as a beta tester.

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Robert

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16-07-2009 01:56 . pm   |   View his/her posts only
Hey Steve.

That's awesome (the voluteer thingy not the bugs).

We'll set you up within the next couple of weeks.

Thanks

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Paul

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16-07-2009 07:07 . pm   |   View his/her posts only
Hi Bob,
beta testing obviously comes at cost to the tester in terms of risk, lost time etc. time/effort in reporting and communicating, providing examples etc.
What is VX proposing is provided in return?
How would it all work?
What is involved?

FYI In some regards, I have felt I have been a beta tester for several years already.

It seems some folks enjoy being on the bleeding edge!

Cheers

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20-07-2009 05:56 . am   |   View his/her posts only
I'm a gadget freak as I'm told by my employer, and my wife
I do enjoy being on the bleeding edge of things. But with VX, it's really not all that risky IMHO. I may lose 1/2 hour of work, here and there, but some new functionality, may very well make my job more enjoyable. Which is worth it, IMHO. For me, it just makes things more interesting.

I've been a beta tester for Microsoft(Windows 2000 & VB6), Olmsted Engineering(Accucarve), Delcam(PowerMill and PowerShape), and even CNC control software from Creative Technologies(REALLY good folks to deal with BTW).

Like I've said before, I usually download & install the newest releases immediately anyhow. I might as well get a sneak peak at new functionality here and there to go along with my bug reports

The CAM side of things, I can certainly test out on my own "government" jobs. Since I'm the only one currently here that uses VX cam on the shop floor.



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Paul

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21-07-2009 04:15 . pm   |   View his/her posts only
Hi Bob,
after reading Steves' comments and thinking about it, I would be pleased to be a beta tester/user.
It is consistent with my bleeding edge personality.

Cheers

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Robert

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21-07-2009 04:20 . pm   |   View his/her posts only
Hi Paul,

That's great... I was hoping that you would help us.

We're talking about the "ground-rules" internally and I'll let you know the basics within a couple of weeks.

Thanks again,

bobf

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Steve

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10-09-2009 04:44 . pm   |   View his/her posts only
So, anything come of this?

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Robert

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11-09-2009 07:10 . am   |   View his/her posts only
Hi Steve,

I apologize but I havent been able to get this project off the ground.

Please be patient and thanks for following up.

I appreciate your loyalty to VX.

bobf

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12-09-2009 09:55 . am   |   View his/her posts only
For some reason this post passed my attention. I would be interested in this to. Like Steve says for better or worse I normaly load the latest version anyhow.

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Robert

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14-09-2009 07:52 . am   |   View his/her posts only
Hi Dave,

I'll certainly add you to the list.

As requested earlier, please be patient regarding this project.

bobf

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Paul

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14-09-2009 04:17 . pm   |   View his/her posts only
Hi Bob,
Wise saying: 'Getting started solves at least half of the problem.'

So it's short cut time.
You have at least three folks offering their butts for a caning.
Use us as a trial - no rules, just an email address specific for feedback - make up the protocols on the run.
See what happens and make decisions based on the outcomes.
Good results = do more.
No results = pull plug.
A fair portion of the feedback will be already known, it;s the bit's in the cracks that you want.

No more time spent in meetings arguing the cause - satisfaction that the obvious idea is now action.
AND the essential feedback and bug detection we all need.

How about it.

Cheers

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chris

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19-09-2009 03:13 . am   |   View his/her posts only
I at one point did some beta testing for VX. I enjoyed getting the new stuff and using it. I took the risk and used it on real jobs, and would do it again if asked.
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