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"The initial setup is pretty straightforward and easy enough to complete.""It is good for API testing. It is also good for continuous integration testing. You can connect it to Jenkins.""I like the feature where you can define a model that represents your website and then reuse the components from the model. It makes creating more test cases easy.""One of the features that I like is Object Recognition. It worked very well, and it allowed me to create a dynamic expert based on my requirements.""It is easy for a non-technical person to use and adopt.""The most valuable feature is that the browser and the API testing is available in a single tool, and I don't have to look at other options.""The scalability of the product is good.""Our clients have requested by all types of testing, including mobile, desktop, and API testing and all of those are covered by Katalon. I find that very valuable, very complete."

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"The solution has a very nice interface.""Customer service and technical support responsiveness are high. Everyone is very professional.""The database checkpoints detect problems which are difficult for a human resource to find.""In TestComplete, I saw a conformed package of a tool that kept everybody in consistency. The team was able to regenerate further tests without having to manipulate more code because the record feature is great.""TestComplete is simple, it's a very easy-to-use tool.""It works very fine. It is fast on almost any machine, and it is also very well organized. I like its object mapping and its capability to find and interact with almost everything that exists on Windows.""When compared to other tools, it is very simple.""The ease-of-use and quality of the overall product are above average."

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"There is not much support offered for the free version, which is something that could be improved.""I've seen that our clients are not truly aware of the power behind Katalon.""The free version of the solution is not user friendly at all.""The price of the solution is a bit high. It's one of the reasons we decided not to continue using the product.""There could potentially be more reporting within the solution. We need more issue reports, for example.""Currently, I'm the only one who can use it because I have a Mac. It is giving a hard time to my team members who are on Linux. My team members are using Linux, and Katalon doesn't support Linux very well. It keeps on crashing. It crashes and shuts down almost every time they save their work, so they are not able to use it. It should have good support for Linux. We don't know what the problem is. If the Katalon team can pick up this issue, it will be very helpful.""Now we are having difficulties in using it and had to limit our automation experts to the features that Katalon allows us to use for free. It was free access and they claimed that it would be free for all time.""It would be helpful if they can integrate a feature for performance testing."

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"The solution needs to extend the possibilities so that we can test on other operating systems, platforms and publications for Android as well as iOS.""The licensing costs are a little bit high and should be reduced.""There could be API interfaces with this tool.""I didn't use it very heavily. One issue that I found was that there wasn't a quick way or a button to move Visual Basic scripts to TestComplete. We have a lot of such scripts in our organization, and it would be very useful to have some option to easily move these scripts. It is currently possible to convert these scripts to TestComplete, but it is not easy. I have to write some code, but everything is not available immediately.""Name Mapping feature should be clearer. Whenever I use it, I do not really know what will work and what will not work.""Right now, when you buy the solution, you need to pay for one solution. You receive one set up and you install it and it's just in that one machine. It would be ideal if they could offer one subscription where you can connect to different machines with a group subscription.""Stability issues occurred only when connecting to the SourceSafe. Sometimes, after getting the latest version, the tool hangs and it should be reopened in order to recover.""To bring it up to a 10, I would be looking for the addition of some key functional API testing."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "We were using the free version of this tool."
  • "Katalon Studio is a free tool."
  • "We are using the free version of Katalon Studio at this point."
  • "The price is not high it's good."
  • "We are using the free version. We plan on getting a paid version because there is a limitation in terms of the number of users. We want to maximize it."
  • "I am using the free version."
  • "Its pricing is quite reasonable. If you require their help in getting started, then there is a professional services fee on top of the product license cost."
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  • "The option we chose was around $2,000 USD."
  • "The licensing costs are in the range of $1,000 to $3,000."
  • "The license price for a physical machine is cheap, and for virtual machine, it is very expensive."
  • "Our ROI is about $10,000 a year."
  • "The pricing is a little above average — it could be lower."
  • "It costs a few hundred per year, but I am not sure. It is not at all expensive as compared to other tools."
  • "We have a TestComplete 12 license."
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    Our clients have requested by all types of testing, including mobile, desktop, and API testing and all of those are covered by Katalon. I find that very valuable, very complete.
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    I haven't precisely checked the business model behind Katalon, and I would like to understand that as well, because most of our clients ask for licenses and prices, and we don't know. From my… more »
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    I've seen that our clients are not truly aware of the power behind Katalon. Many of the clients are now ready for the traditional Selenium, perhaps a more friendly layer like Cucumber or SpecFlow. But… more »
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    When compared to other tools, it is very simple.
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    When we try to automate and keep the same script in a few cases, it fails due to control changes. You must have a session open when running in TestComplete, otherwise, your script will fail. When… more »
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    Katalon Studio is a simple and powerful automation solution built by KMS Technology for testers everywhere. The tool provides features comparable to popular commercial solutions while eliminating the hassle of building an automation framework from open sources. Best of all, we are committed to keeping Katalon Studio free.

    TestComplete is a powerful and robust automated testing tool for mobileweb and desktop  applications. Quickly and easily create accurate and repeatable tests across multiple devices, platforms and environments – regardless of experience level. It supports multiple languages, modern control sets and integrates with open source frameworks and tools like Selenium, SoapUI and Jenkins.

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    Katalon Studio is ranked 5th in Test Automation Tools with 12 reviews while SmartBear TestComplete is ranked 4th in Test Automation Tools with 12 reviews. Katalon Studio is rated 7.6, while SmartBear TestComplete is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Katalon Studio writes "Great record and playback functionality but isn't user-friendly and needs better technical support ". On the other hand, the top reviewer of SmartBear TestComplete writes "Speed, configuration consistency, and accuracy of tests with fantastic results". Katalon Studio is most compared with TestProject, Tricentis Tosca, Ranorex Studio, Postman and Apache JMeter, whereas SmartBear TestComplete is most compared with Tricentis Tosca, Micro Focus UFT One, Ranorex Studio, Appium and Selenium HQ. See our Katalon Studio vs. SmartBear TestComplete report.

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