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froglogic Announces KDE Edition of GUI Testing Tool Squish

Hamburg, Germany – 2006-07-04 froglogic GmbH today announced the availability of Squish/KDE. Squish/KDE is a special, free edition of the leading Qt® GUI testing tool Squish to create and run tests on applications developed for the popular K Desktop Environment® (

Squish is professional cross-platform testing tool for applications based on Qt, Tk or XView and for HTML-based web applications running in a variaty of web browsers. Squish works on different platforms such as Windows, Linux/Unix, Mac OS X and embedded Linux.

Squish offers a versatile testing framework with a choice of popular test scripting languages (Python, JavaScript and Tcl) extended by test-specific functions, open interfaces, add-ons, integrations into test management systems, a powerful IDE aiding the creation and debugging of tests and a set of command line tools facilitating fully automated test runs.

With the release of Squish/KDE, which is based on Squish/Qt 3.0, froglogic decided to support the QA efforts of the Open Source project KDE. KDE is a very popular free desktop environment based on Trolltech’s Qt technology running on Linux and Unix systems. KDE is developed and maintained as an Open Source project by a large development community built up of volunteers.

“We use KDE internally at froglogic as one of our main development and office platforms”, said Frerich Raabe, software engineer at froglogic. “Many of froglogic’s engineers are part of the KDE project themselves. Therefore we decided to support KDE’s QA efforts to give something back to the KDE community.”

froglogic now offers a free version of Squish which can be used to create and run tests for Open Source KDE applications (KDE 3.x and 4.x). Furthermore, froglogic will also fund a few part-time testers to actually create tests for the core applications of KDE to get the GUI testing efforts going.

Adriaan de Groot, leading member of the KDE Quality Team, says: “KDE believes in a strong and consistent user interface; our cooperation with underscores this. Our HCI guidelines set out what we believe to be a good user interface. We have seen demonstrations of the power of Squish in testing the quantitive aspects of the HCI guidelines and are pleased to be able to deploy it within our quality assurance framework.”

You can already have a look at first efforts to automatically test the usability of KDE applications using Squish at

For further information on Squish/KDE, please contact

About froglogic

froglogic GmbH is a software company based in Hamburg, Germany. Their flagship product is Squish, a professional automated test tool for GUI applications based on Qt, Tk or XView and for HTML-based web applications running in different web browsers. froglogic also offers Qt consultancy services and other and Qt-based development tools such as the Tcl/Tk/Qt migration framework Tq. More about froglogic at

About KDE

The KDE project consists of hundreds of developers, translators, artists and other contributors worldwide collaborating over the Internet. The community creates and freely distributes a stable, integrated and free desktop and office environment. KDE provides a flexible, component-based, network-transparent architecture and powerful development tools, offering an outstanding development platform. Reflecting its international team and focus, KDE 3.5 is currently available in over 80 different languages. For more information about KDE, visit

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