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Announcing Silk Central Test Manager 2011

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Micro Focus is pleased to announce the general availability of SilkCentral Test Manager 2011.

SilkCentral Test Manager is the Micro Focus solution for continuous quality management, representing the hub from which all other quality activities need to be managed and scheduled. SilkCentral Test Manager 2011 fosters this view by providing integrations, enhancements, and usability to support mass adoption across the organization.

Highlights of the SilkCentral Test Manager 2011 release include:

UI Refresh

SilkCentral Test Manager 2011 comes with a cleaner user interface, consolidating the navigation possibilities of previous versions into one navigation approach bringing the different areas more into context. The menus are named in a way that gives the user more guidance in the daily work with SilkCentral Test Manager.

For more information, see Tour of the UI in the SilkCentral Test Manager 2011 Help.

WYSIWYG Requirements and Execution Plan Reports

SilkCentral Test Manager 2011 enhances ad-hoc reporting, by providing the ability to directly use the data presented on screen to create reports. This was achieved by combining easily customizable Document Views in the Requirements as well as in the Execution Planning area with a PDF exporting capability.

In these views the user can now change the displayed columns, arrange the columns in the required sequence, filter the data as needed, and directly generate PDF reports.

The column customization is remembered per user.

Manual Test Authoring Support through Excel Export/Update

SilkCentral Test Manager 2011 introduces the ability to export manual test assets from the Tests area to Excel. The exported manual test data can then be changed, updated, and extended in Excel, and uploaded again back to SilkCentral Test Manager to update the existing test assets.

The goal is to support quick and easy authoring, as well as mass updating of existing manual test cases. It is not intended to create entire test sets from scratch in Excel – SilkCentral Test Manager remains the location to create test sets.

Usability Enhancements

Finish manual tests with status “Not Executed”

In previous versions it was not possible to finish a manual test with the status “Not Executed”. The status had to be set to either “Passed”, “Failed”, “Unsupported”, “Unresolved”, or  was removed from the execution run result.

With SilkCentral Test Manager 2011 it is now possible to clearly indicate which tests could not be executed by finishing them with status “Not Executed”.

Re-Run “Not Executed”

In addition to finishing tests with status “Not Executed”, SilkCentral Test Manager 2011 provides the ability to re-run those tests in a subsequent execution run with an additional re-run option.

Print manual test overview of one Execution Plan

For documentation purposes, SilkCentral Test Manager 2011 provides the ability to print information about all assigned manual tests of an Execution Plan. Users are now able to clearly document what is planned to be executed in terms of manual tests.

Ensure manual test data entry is saved

In previous versions entered manual test data was sometimes lost because users navigated away from the manual test step creation area, without clicking the “Ok” or “Ok and new” button. SilkCentral Test Manager 2011 prevents this data loss, by enforcing the user to click one of these buttons before navigating away.

Timeline of Test Run Results

SilkCentral Test Manager 2011 introduces a new view for better analysis of the results produced during a test run by aligning all result information, including the output.xml file, result files, messages, and errors, chronologically on the new Timeline tab of the Test Run Results dialog box.

Screen Capturing

SilkCentral Test Manager 2011 comes with the ability to capture screens when running automated test cases. This is a resource-saving alternative to the video capturing capability introduced in the previous version.

Baked-in risk properties available for Quality Goals

In SilkCentral Test Manager 2011 the Quality Goals have been enhanced. The baked-in risk properties of requirements are now considered to ease the usage of the Quality Goal functionality, for users that are already using this requirement property.

Filter privacy

SilkCentral Test Manager 2011 introduces a privacy/read-only concept for filters. With this concept users can now have filters, which are either not visible at all or visible but not editable for other users.

Editing of filtered requirements

SilkCentral Test Manager 2011 allows the editing of filtered requirements.

Integration Enhancements



For the integration with Rally SilkCentral Test Manager 2011 provides now a full-value Requirements Management Integration plug-in synchronizing assets from Rally over to the requirements area of SilkCentral Test Manager.



The ability to upload load test run results from SilkPerformer to SilkCentral Test Manager has been enhanced by providing now more textual information in the form of the load test run name, making it easier to distinguish different runs in SilkCentral Test Manager. This additional information is visible in the run comment column of test runs.

Currency Updates

Browser Support for Internet Explorer 9 and Firefox 4

Support for Windows 7 SP1 (Execution Server and MTC)

Support for Windows Server 2008 SP1

Tomcat 7

VMware LabMgr 4.0.3

End of Support

SilkPerformer .ltz upload


The ability to upload .ltz files from SilkPerformer to SilkCentral Test Manager has been removed. SilkPerformer projects can still be uploaded from SilkPerformer to SilkCentral Test Manager.


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Is there a way to download all my manual test cases from Silk central test manager to excel file and automation scripts from Silk Central to a silk test test plan??

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What do you want to do with the manual tests once you have downloaded them to Excel? You can export manual tests to Excel for auditing purposes - hence you can edit them there to make more extensive changes/updated to a broader range of tests - and upload them then back to Silk Central.

There is no way to export automated scripts to a SilkTest plan file (.pln) - what would be the benefit? Silk Central provides you the ability to run your tests more comfortably on a regular basis and track results over time.



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