Beta Testing

What is Beta Testing?

Beta testing is late-stage testing by ordinary users, known as ‘beta testers’. They agree to test new versions of the program before they are released to the public. This is common practice. Nearly all software of any significance is beta tested. It greatly increases the chance that significant bugs will be detected before the software is released.

What are the requirements to be a Beta Tester?

Any ordinary user of the program can be a beta tester, but we prefer people who are reasonably confident computer users. You will be required to sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement, and to confirm that you don’t have an interest (i.e. a stake) in any other genealogy software program. You will need to have a full, licensed copy of version 5. You will also need to be a member of the Family Historian User Group website. If you aren’t already a member, please go the Family Historian User Group website and register for an account. It’s free.

Is there any reward for being a Beta Tester?

There is no reward for being a beta-tester, other than the satisfaction of helping to make Family Historian a better program.

What would I be beta-testing?

Version 6 of Family Historian, shortly before it is due to be released. We can’t tell you at this point when that will be. If you sign up, we will contact you when we are ready to start beta-testing.

How long does it last and how much time will I have to put in?

Beta testing usually takes place over a period of a few weeks – the length varies. There is no minimum time commitment. You can spend as much or as little time on it as you wish. If you sign up and find that, come the point, it turns out that you have no time to put into it, that is not a problem.

How can I apply to become a Beta Tester?

We are currently looking for new beta testers and you can apply on the Beta Test Application page.