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From now on we’re going to be much more visible about the work we’re doing inside Rainforest. Over the past year we’ve been grinding away building an accurate and fast system for getting test results, and we’ve been so heads down that we have been pretty bad at letting the world know what we’re working on.

No more! From now on we’ll be posting weekly with everything that we deployed in the past week. This is the first such post. Without further adieu:

New: Current Runs Displayed

The current runs interface

You guys really wanted this. In fact, we really wanted this! So we built it. Now whenever you run a test, one of these progress bars pops up in the bottom right of the dashboard, and auto-updates until the run is complete. It gives you a real-time view of how your run is progressing.

You can also abort the run by clicking the ‘x’. We’ll be improving this in upcoming releases by showing you what is passing and failing as it happens, and giving more insight into exactly what the backend is doing as the run progresses.

New: Tags Autocomplete

Autocompleteing Tags

Since we added a powerful filtering mechanism to Rainforest, Tags have been the best way to organize your tests. It has been hard to use tags consistently however because they have not autocompleted. We fixed that in this release. Tags now autocomplete and are searcheable.

New: Run Deeplinks

Run deeplinks

It’s now possible to deeplink to test results from a specific run. You get these links in emails from us, and whenever it makes sense to show a specific run within Rainforest, for instance on the test history page:

Run deeplinked from History

We are trying to keep the references to runs within Rainforest to a minimum, because extensive user testing has shown us that the ‘run’ concept is quite confusing to non-technical customers. So this is a first step towards trying to find the right balance of power and simplicity.

New: More Consistent Browser Rendering

Consistent browser rendering

The small details make all the difference! Results are now shown for all possible browsers, with the browsers that were not tested shown as light grey. This makes it much easier to tell your cross-browser coverage at a glance.

Fred is the CEO and co-founder of Rainforest QA. Fred spends all his time driving the company to build a better, faster way to do QA while remaining a place that people love to work at. Since Rainforest’s early days at Y-Combinator in 2012, Fred has led the company through rapid growth, building not only a QA platform that leverages both crowdsourcing and machine learning to accelerate testing, but also a team spread across 16 countries on 5 continents.