New Version of World's Most Powerful FREE Tool for Real Time QA Testing, Diagnosing and Troubleshooting of Web Performance Issues from the Desktop and the Internet Cloud Just Got Better
-- Powerful Diagnostics, with Screen Sensing Technology(TM), Capture the Performance of Interactive Flash and Silverlight-based Applications
-- Faster Triage with "Page Snapshot Pane" Shows Exactly What Was Displayed in the Browser as a Script Ran
-- Better Usability with Enhanced Transaction Perspective and Application Perspective Recording Windows
SAN MATEO, Calif., Sep 16, 2009 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Keynote(R) Systems (Nasdaq:KEYN), the global leader in on-demand mobile
test & measurement solutions for continuously improving the online
experience, today announced Version 3.0 of KITE (Keynote Internet
Testing Environment). KITE
3.0 is Keynote's free desktop tool for real time testing, diagnosing
and troubleshooting of Web performance issues from the end user
3.0 makes it easy for all Web teams, especially QA testers, Web
developers and IT Operations teams, to optimize Web site performance
from the end user perspective. And KITE 3.0 arrives just in time for
online retailers preparing their sites for the upcoming 2009 holiday
shopping season. For more information about KITE 3.0 view: http://kite.keynote.com/whats_new.php
Enhancements to KITE 3.0 include:
Powerful New Diagnostics:
Screen Sensing Technology(TM) captures interaction with Flash and
Virtual Pages identifies and tracks the performance of specific
third-party content and components.
Automated Custom Components adds calculated or custom-extracted data
to your Web performance monitoring results.
Page Snapshot Pane will help quickly and precisely determine what's
happening during each step of a script recorded for a Web transaction.
Group Web site performance results by multiple (nested) groups to
quickly identify problems and speed up mean time to repair. Think of
it like a Pivot Table in Excel or arranging email "by conversation" in
KITE 3.0 supports IE8 for local recording and playback. This means one
can use KITE for local on-demand testing and triage allowing all IE8
users to quickly resolve performance bottlenecks. Script Report
provides 1-click capability to document and share details of a script
with a colleague or work group.
KITE 3.0's recording window has a clean new look and an Address Bar
that allows one to enter a new URL in the middle of a transaction.
This often-requested direct navigation feature provides greater
control and flexibility in the recording window while creating
familiar "Navigate to" commands in the scripting window. KITE 3.0
Plays restores browser settings and cookies after a test runs.
"KITE 3.0 sets a new standard for features and functionality included in
a Web performance testing tool - let alone a free one. The tool now
offers more powerful diagnostics, faster triage and better usability,"
said Vik Chaudhary, vice president of product management and corporate
development at Keynote. "And all of this great new powerful diagnostic
capability, better triage and increased usability included within KITE
3.0 is enhanced and supported by the unsurpassed power of Keynote's
world leading global
test & measurement network."
KITE 3.0's New Features--
KITE 3.0 for Powerful Web Performance Diagnostics:
Screen Sensing Technology(TM) to Capture
Interaction with Flash & Silverlight: With KITE 3.0,
Keynote brings Web Operations, Web developers and QA professionals
visibility 'inside the black box' of Flash and Silverlight objects. KITE
3.0 records detailed interactions, including mouse-clicks, hover-overs,
text entry and system-key navigation such as tab, enter or function
keys. When a script plays, the Flash or Silverlight application is
actually exercised, not just downloaded. Other solutions just run a
stopwatch, while the initial Flash or Silverlight file is downloaded,
but KITE 3.0 allows a QA tester to perform detailed interactions and
capture all the network activity generated as the Flash or Silverlight
application responds to scripted user input.
Track and Monitor Third-Party Content
with Virtual Pages: Web pages often contain data from a
variety of sources, some of which need a more watchful eye than others.
Often times a QA tester or developer must focus on advertising
third-party content or CDN-served page elements. A user may want to view
response times for content separately from third-party content. KITE 3.0
adds new features that allow for the focus to be on page elements that
matter, and to eliminate the ones that do not using filters and virtual
Support for Internet Explorer 8 on the
Desktop: KITE 3.0 supports use of KITE with IE8 for local
recording and playback. Users with IE8 will now be able to use KITE for
triage and local on-demand testing.
Create Deep Diagnostic Probes with
Automated Custom Components: KITE 3.0 makes it easy for QA
testers and Web developers to create deep diagnostic probes to capture
data needed for monitoring and troubleshooting. KITE 3.0 allows a user
to add calculated or custom extracted data to their monitoring results
easily with the new "add automated custom components" feature.
KITE 3.0 For Faster Web Performance Triage:
The Page Snapshot Pane: Visual Help
for Issue Triage and Script Development: Immediately after
playing a script in KITE 3.0, the Page Snapshot Pane shows what was
displayed in the browser as the script ran. Each step is clearly labeled
at the top of the Page Snapshot Pane, avoiding confusion about what
happened during each step of the script. Navigation arrows in the Page
Snapshot Pane allow a user to step through the script one action at a
time or to simply click on an action name in the Script Viewer and
display that action's snapshot.
Group by Multiple (Nested) Groups in
Performance Details: Allows for viewing of performance
details grouped by multiple columns at the same time. This feature is
similar to arranging e-mail by conversation in Outlook. Now at a glance
a QA tester or Web developer can see what domains contribute content to
Script Report: Share
the Details of Your Script Quickly: When developing scripts,
or triaging issues, Web Operations and QA testers need to quickly share
or document the details of the script. With KITE 3.0's Script Report
feature a user is just one click away from a well-formatted report in
KITE or on MyKeynote.
KITE 3.0 With Better Usability:
Enhanced Transaction Perspective and
Application Perspective Recording Windows: KITE 3.0's
recording window has a clean new look and a valuable new feature: an
address bar where a user can enter a new URL in the middle of the
transaction. This often requested direct navigation feature provides
greater control and flexibility in the recording window.
Download KITE 3.0 for free at http://kite.keynote.com/download-center.php
Keynote Systems (Nasdaq "KEYN") is the global leader in on-demand test &
measurement solutions for continuously improving the online experience.
For over a decade, Keynote has been providing measurement data and
testing capabilities that allow companies to understand and improve
their customers' online and mobile experience. Keynote has four test and
measurement businesses: Web performance, mobile quality, streaming &
VoIP, and customer experience/UX.
Known as The Mobile and Internet Performance Authority(TM), Keynote has a
market-leading infrastructure of over 3,000 measurement computers and
mobile devices in over 240 locations around the world. Keynote's 2,800
customers represent top Internet and mobile companies including American
Express, Disney, eBay, E*TRADE, Expedia, Microsoft, SonyEricsson,
Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon, Vodafone and YouTube.
Keynote Systems, Inc. is headquartered in San Mateo, California and can
be reached at www.keynote.com
or by phone in the U.S. at 1-800-KEYNOTE.
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