How the v6.0 Beta Program Works: FAQs
Develop | Posted June 03, 2010

Q: How long will the beta program last?

A: Our betas are
like the seventh rule of Fight Club -- it goes on as long as it has to.  We
expect 2 months, but we won't declare "final" (or "stable" or "GA" for
General Availability) until we believe it is stable.

Q: What
happens to the v5.0 branch during and after the v6.0 beta?

A: We
will continue to fix bugs (but not add new features) and release new
builds of v5.0 and you can continue to download installers.  v5.0
installers will be archived
, even after it is taken down from the main download page. 
Contact us (email support at smartbear dot com) if you plan on staying on v5.0 for an extended time even
after v6.0 goes GA.

Q: How often will updates to v6.0 be
released during the beta period?

A: Every other week or so.  More often if a critical bug is

Q: How do I track releases?

A: Same way as with
the v5.0 release.  There's the release mailing list and RSS feed.  Also we maintain a complete version history in the manual both on-line and in
the product.  Also watch this blog for deeper info.

Q: How do I
report a bug / ask about a feature?

A: Same way as always --
report through tech support (email support at smartbear dot com)
and/or through Uservoice.  Don't be shy!

Q: Who's allowed
to participate in the beta program?

A: Everyone!  It's a
completely open beta.  You don't need a special license code.

How do I try the beta on the side while maintaining my v5.0
installation for general use?

A: Full details here.

Q: When
will the manual be completed?  Some of the new features are not completely documented.

The manual will be updated continuously throughout the beta period.  It
will be complete before GA.  Don't be shy about using tech support (email support at smartbear dot com)
ask questions!