Nothing wastes time for software testers more than having to type or write notes about faults discovered as they put an application or a Web site through the wringer.

Seapine Software has a new tool that will make it easier on them.

Called Defect Scribe, it records every action of the user and takes screen shots which can be exported as a Word file, an HTML file or a PDF.

“The goal is to stay out of the way of the tester,” said Matt Harp, Seapine’s product manager, by automatically recording what is being done.

Despite a raft of automated development tools “there’s still a need to simplify and speed up the testing process,” he explained.

“Testing is constantly under budget pressure because typically it’s at the end of the (development) cycle. We’re trying to help (organizations) test without having to delay that product release.”

Defect Scribe is a download from Seapine’s QA Wizard division and costs US$79 a user a year.

A competing standalone product is qTrace from QA Symphony. However a number of other lifecycle or application suites from bigger names have recording capabilities.

One advantage of Defect Scribe is that it can be used by contract staff who don’t need access to larger and more expensive suites.

Seapine specializes in software development tools. Its best-known product is TestTrack, which Hart said is aimed at enterprise for managing an entire software development process.

There are three versions: TestTrack RM for capturing and tracking; TestTrack TCM, a complete test management application; and TestTrack Pro, for issue tracking and workflow automation.

It also makes Seapine ALM, an application lifecycle management suite; Surround SCM for software configuration management; and QA Wizard Pro, for automated functional and load testing.