Software Testing

Rich Text – Rich Test

Today Giveawayoftheday.com is serving up PPT2Flash, a utility which, if you haven’t guessed, saves PowerPoint presentations as Flash. It took me all of 30 seconds to realize what a piece of fecal matter it is after opening up an old slide deck at random:

Original PPT slide section:
before

Resulting flash version:
after

The saddest thing of all is that the version made available is 4.8.0.7 – this is not some early pre-alpha that was never tested. Simply put, it was never tested properly.

Remember, kids, every application and module that accepts or displays formatted text must be tested with (a) special and foreign characters, and (b) all available style modifications (including shadow, outline, strike-thru, etc).

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