Release notes for IBM® Rational® Functional Tester

This document contains information about what's new, installation instructions, known problems in and contact information of HCL Customer Support.


Product description

IBM® Rational® Functional Tester is a GUI test automation tool that is used to accelerate the functional and regression testing. It provides a flexible environment to test the desktop and web applications very efficiently. It is used to test a wide range of applications that includes HTML, web, native and hybrid mobile, SAP, Java, Power Builder, and Windows desktop applications. Rational® Functional Tester is available in two integrated development environments (IDE): Eclipse and Microsoft Visual Studio .NET. The Eclipse integration supports both Java and simplified (non-programming) method of scripting while the Microsoft Visual Studio .NET integration supports Microsoft Visual Basic .NET scripting language. See Product overview.

What's New

  • The execution agent is now renamed as the UI Test Agent

    The execution agent that was delivered along with the product in 10.2.0 is now renamed as the UI Test Agent.

    On Windows computer, you can view the UI Test Agent in the system tray. You can start and stop the UI Test Agent from the system tray.

    See Installing Rational Functional Tester.

  • Support for testing web and Windows applications on dual monitors

    Generally, you record and play back Web UI and Windows tests on your computer. Now, you can record and play back Web UI and Windows tests on dual monitors when you extend the display of your computer to a secondary monitor. See Testing Windows desktop applications and Testing web applications.

  • The unified report displays the icon of the application

    Previously, the unified report displayed the details of the applications with a generic icon based on the application type. Now, the unified report displays the appropriate icon of the application under test for Web UI tests, mobile tests, and Windows tests instead of a generic icon. See Unified reports.

  • Support for recording Web UI tests directly in the Edge browser

    Previously, you recorded Web UI tests in the Edge browser by using the Running browser instance option. Now, you can record Web UI tests directly in the Edge browser. When you select the Edge browser to record Web UI tests, Rational® Functional Tester provides you with the option to resolve the browser driver incompatibility if there is a mismatch. See Recording a Web UI test.

  • Support for the playback of Web UI tests in Edge browsers for specific user profiles

    You can now play back Web UI tests in the Edge browser for specific user profiles.

    See Setting a specific browser profile for the playback.

  • Support for the playback of Functional HTML scripts on specific browser profiles

    Previously, when you played back Functional HTML scripts in any of browsers such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Microsoft Edge by using the Web UI method, the playback started on the temporary profiles of the browsers.

    Now, you can specify the user profiles for Google Chrome, Firefox, and Edge browsers on which you want to play back Functional HTML tests. If you do not set the user profile for the Chrome and Edge browsers, then the default profile is used to play back Functional HTML scripts. If you do not set the user profile for the Firefox browser , then the temporary profile is used to play back Functional HTML scripts.

    See Setting a specific browser profile for the playback of Functional HTML tests.

  • Bug Fixes

    Fixed customer-reported and internally found defects.

Deprecated capabilities

You can find information about the capabilities that are deprecated in this release and are planned for a removal in a future release.
Note: You can contact the HCL Client Support team if you have any concerns.
For more details on the deprecated software, see System requirements.

Removed capabilities

The following features that were announced in previous releases as deprecated are now removed in this release:
  • No capabilities are removed in this release.

Installing the product

For installation instructions, see Installing Rational Functional Tester.

Remember: You cannot upgrade the product to the latest version. You must uninstall the existing version of the product before you install the latest version of the product.

Known issues

You can find information about the known issues identified in this release of HCL OneTest UI.

Product Download document Knowledge base

Rational® Functional Tester

Release document

Knowledge articles

Known problems are documented in the download document and in the form of individual tech notes in the Support Knowledge Base. See the Support Knowledge Base.

The knowledge base is continually updated as issues are discovered and resolved. By searching the knowledge base, you can quickly find workarounds or solutions to issues.

Contacting HCL support

  • For technical assistance, contact HCL Customer Support.
  • Before you contact HCL support, you must gather the background information that you might need to describe your problem. When you describe a problem to the HCL support specialist, be as specific as possible and include all relevant background information so that the specialist can help you solve the problem efficiently. To save time, know the answers to these questions:
    • What software versions were you running when the problem occurred?
    • Do you have logs, traces, or messages that are related to the problem?
    • Can you reproduce the problem? If so, what steps do you take to reproduce it?
    • Is there a workaround for the problem? If so, be prepared to describe the workaround.