Friday, 1 November 2013

iOS Screen Capture, Streaming and ScreenRecording tools for Mobile Testing

I listed the results of my investigation into Android Screen Capture, Streaming and ScreenRecording tools for Mobile Testing, now time to turn to iOS.

Note that I'm not really covering static screen capture here, since short cuts are built into each operating system for static capture.

iOS is pretty locked down. And without jail breaking, your options are limited.

However, iOS has a built in screen sharing capability called AirPlay, designed to be used for streaming to your Apple TV. But that hasn't stopped some enterprising developers building AirPlay servers for both Windows and Mac OS computers.
Both applications are easy to use and offer much the same capability, so which you choose will depend on your evaluation on the machines you use.

Both are insanely affordable. And both have a version for Windows and Mac OS.

AirServer offers more configuration options, although it worked fine out of the box for me. AirServer offers a 7 day trial.

Reflector offers a trial where you can star as many sessions as you want. But each session only lasts for 10 minutes.

To capture your on-iOS-testing, 'airplay' the iOS screen to your desktop or laptop computer, and then use a screen recording tool like Camtasia, BB Flashback (or its big brother BB Test Assistant) and capture the screen movies there.

This doesn't let you interact with the actual iOS device from your computer, but goes some way to making your testing recordable and reportable.

4 comments:

  1. Really good idea - thanks for sharing.

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  2. Couldn't you just use the iOS simulator and QuickTime screen capture (in built/free) to record it?

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  3. That would be largely missing the point of doing this. With these tools you capture the real output from a real world, not a simulated device. Using a simulator and finding defects may find issues not present on a real device, and likewise what you capture via the simulator may not match the experience on a real device as well.

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