TestPlant, the maker of the eggPlant range of software quality tools, today announced the launch of two new tools for desktop and mobile test engineers. eggMan and eggBox extend the eggPlant range to include a manual testing tool and an appliance to create an instant testing lab, or testing centre of excellence.

eggMan is a free tool for manual test engineers. It allows testers to connect with any system, locally or remotely. It is compatible with eggCloud, which provides secure and scheduled connection to devices anywhere on a private cloud. eggMan includes a free test automation tutorial with access to on-line documentation and videos. eggMan allows automation and manual test engineering teams to collaborate and share systems under test.

eggBox delivers a new iOS Gateway in an appliance, which also contains a switchable option list of eggCloud, eggPlant Manager and eggIntegration. It is a test lab in a box and responds to the need for instant, robust and enterprise controlled testing tools. eggBox works in all operating system environments, is designed both for desktop and mobile testing, and deploys tools available to in-house or offshore test resources.

Antony Edwards, TestPlant CTO, said, “Having championed test automation for years, we’re now broadening our approach with eggMan to embrace manual testers and afford them an opportunity to begin to use automation tools. eggBox is the result of our innovative response to customer demands for immediate and scalable test lab solutions.”

“These products will change the test tools industry,” said George Mackintosh, CEO of TestPlant. “Manual testers can assess the productivity gains of test automation for free. Enterprises, network operators and software developers can quickly and affordably buy a test environment literally in a box! With these new tools, TestPlant is responding to agile development, to the move to mobile, to DevOps and to the Internet of Things.”

eggBox and eggMan will be shipped in June/July 2014.