Quick Start

This section provides an introduction to the basic use of the Test Evidence Recorder and Reviewer apps.


  1. Download the latest installer from the TestEvidence website.

  2. Open or run the downloaded .msi file and follow the prompts.

The installer automatically associates the Test Evidence .tra extension with the Reviewer application.

License Codes

If you have a license code to apply then refer to Applying a License.

Creating a Recording

Start the TestRecorder application:

  • From the start button open the TestEvidence folder.

  • Or search for TestRecorder

Once the TestRecorder is open click on the Start Recording button (or use the Alt+Ctrl+S hotkey).


The TestRecorder will now initialise the new recording, this can take a few seconds, and will show an information pop-up when the recording has started.

Note that the Test Recorder app will minimize itself when a recording starts.

Determining What to Capture

While the overhead of running the Test Evidence Recorder is small, it can become noticeable on slower (particularly single core) computers.

Capturing the least amount of information required helps reduce the amount of work done by the Test Evidence Recorder.


Do you need to see the whole display?

  • Formal testing probably just needs the application’s window.

  • Compliance evidencing probably needs all displays.

  • Ad-hoc testing needs all displays.

  • Documentation probably just needs the application’s window.

Finishing a Recording

To finish a recording, from the Test Recorder app, click the Stop Recording button, or use the Alt+Ctrl+E hotkey.

You will be prompted to provide some commentary for the review team. This is the place to provide any information that may help the developers track down an issue.

Reviewing a Recording

The quickest way to review a .tra recoding is to double click the .tra file. This will automatically start the Test Evidence Reviewer and load the recording.


Selecting an event in the history list will display the corresponding screen capture(s) in the right hand panel. If the recording contains more than one display then there will be a tab for each display.

The ribbon bar’s settings may be used to control the amount of detail shown in the history list and to control how the mouse pointer’s location is displayed in the screen image.

The Copy Screen button puts a copy of the active screen image into the clipboard.

The Export button is used to save the recording as a PDF or Word document.

Annotating a Recording

There are three options for adding text annotations:

  1. During a Recording using the Add Note button.

  2. At the end of a recording if the Add User Comments option is selected.

  3. When exporting to PDF/Word.

The notes are visible in the reviewer and also in the PDF/Word export.

Recording History and Image Options

These are the two most basic settings.

Recording History

In the Options dialog, What’s Captured tab

The maximum length of time that user actions are retained.

  • Should be set to longer values (10 minutes at least) for formal testing.

  • Should be set to shorter values (2 or 3 minutes) for ad-hoc testing.

Image Quality

A balance between file size, quality and performance.

  • Low quality images are smaller and faster, high quality images are large and may slow down low end computers.

  • High resolution and application specific capture is best for documentation.

  • Low resolution and whole display capture is best for ad-hoc testing.