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[April 07, 2009]

Launch of eggPlant for Linux: new version of world-leading test tool

(M2 PressWIRE Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) London -- eggPlant, the world's leading user experience automated test software, has been launched today in a Linux version by TestPlant. eggPlant for Mac was the original and first graphics-based test tool which came to market in 2002. Together these products form the new eggPlant "v10" release. Built on the "newStep" cross-platform technology base, eggPlant v10 will soon also include eggPlant for Windows, enabling companies to deploy eggPlant technology throughout the enterprise on the platform of their choice.

eggPlant is used by many of the world's top 25 IT and software companies and by most of the world's top 10 defense contractors. Using a unique non-invasive architecture for testing software and deploying clever image recognition technology, eggPlant offers a test solution that "sees" as the human eye sees and delivers better quality software to end users, developed in less time and at lower cost. eggPlant can test any user interface - or GUI - many of which major competitive products ignore. Now users can choose a Linux platform on which to run eggPlant as well as on the traditional Mac based product. The Windows version is expected in summer 2009.

The newStep technology on which eggPlant v10 is built is an extraordinarily innovative technique for moving software from one platform to another without the need to re-write the code from bottom up. This has considerable benefits for users as they suffer almost none of the risks involved in deploying new software. eggPlant for Linux has been extensively tested in Beta form in civilian and military applications by TestPlant's partner IDT . newStep is based on an Open Source collaboration which again offers security of ownership to TestPlant's important technology and government customers.

George Mackintosh, Chief Executive of TestPlant, said "This is a major event for us. eggPlant is regarded as unique but it's acceptance has been constrained in some organisations by its original design requirement to sit on the Mac platform, even though it has always been able to test any user interface - PC, smart phone, heads-up display or point of sale terminal. Our customers in the defense, security and media sectors wanted a Linux version - and we've delivered! All eggPlant versions on newStep will be uniformly updated under v10 annual licensing. This is a huge housekeeping benefit to our customers and will allow them to swap invaluable test "scripts" between all v10 products. Challenging economic times...but software still makes the world go around and eggPlant continues to make better software in less time and at lower cost. And the ownership costs of eggPlant will reduce under our new v10 terms!" About TestPlant TestPlant is an international software business with an established customer base of leading IT corporations and defense organizations using eggPlant, the world's leading user experience automated test software tool. TestPlant is headquartered in The City of London and it has a considerable presence in North America, with an office in Washington DC and a development center in Boulder, Colorado. The business is backed by Seraphim Capital with funds coming from investors in London, Edinburgh and Washington DC. TestPlant acquired Redstone Software, the original creators of eggPlant, as its first move in the fast growing automated software testing tools market. The company is chaired by Jon Richards with fellow founder George Mackintosh as Chief Executive.

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