What is a Beta Version?
When we develop brand new products or new versions of
existing products we undertake a massive in house testing programme designed to
test them on as many different combinations of software and hardware as
possible. However it is impossible for us to completely test every single
feature on the almost infinite amount of different combinations of hardware and
software that form modern PC's.
Therefore we release a Beta version to catch these last
few issues before it goes as a "Full Release" at which point it
becomes fully supported by P Squared Technical Support (see below)
A Beta version of software is one that has completed
internal testing (sometimes called "Alpha Testing") and we feel is now
as "bug" free as possible and is therefore ready to be used by the
wider world. What we can't guarantee is that an obscure combination of
components or other software installed on a PC or maybe a certain unpredictable
sequence of actions performed by a user may cause a problem with this version.
This could be something as simple as a number or setting not staying when you go
back into a screen, or something more dramatic like making the computer need to
We often release further Beta versions to fix problems
found during further testing by ourselves or to fix a problem reported by users,
and therefore users of Beta Versions are encouraged to download these updated
betas as they
become available so they don't find any issues that we have already found and
These versions could be described as Experimental for want
of a better word, and it gives you the chance to be involved in the testing and
development of new products. You will often find that suggestions made by people
who test the Beta versions are included in the final release, so it is also a
chance to get your "ideal feature" added!
What support do Beta Versions get?
Beta versions are experimental and therefore aren't
covered by our normal warranty. In other words, if there is problem with it, we
may not be able to help you restore your system to a working state. Therefore
it should only by installed on a system that you are confident you can restore
in the event of a problem. You should always back up your system before
installing any software, but this is especially important before installing
If you experience any difficulties with a Beta
release, or have any suggestions for improvements, you should post these in the
relevant product's discussion area in the P Squared Forum at
http://forum.psquared.net/ including the name and version number of the Beta software you are using.
Please do not send emails to Technical Support as beta versions
are not supported by the P Squared Support Team. Also, we are usually unable to provide technical
support over the phone or in person for Beta Versions.
DO NOT USE BETA VERSIONS ON MISSION CRITICAL COMPUTERS
UNLESS YOU UNDERSTAND AND ACCEPT THAT THIS VERSION IS A BETA RELEASE AND MAY
CONTAIN ELEMENTS THAT HAVE NOT BEEN FULLY TESTED. IT IS PROVIDED WITHOUT
WARRANTY OF ANY KIND EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED.
What is a Alpha Version?
When developing a new product, the very first stage of public testing is
often referred to as Alpha testing. Essentially, Alpha testing in very similar
to Beta testing but scope of the test is usually reduced to just a few public
testers. Alpha release software is released in a very early state and is
expected to include a number of unfinished features and hence is also likely to
include a greater number issues or bugs. It would not be advisable to install
Alpha software in any mission critical situation or to configure Alpha software
to use or interact with data or resources that are considered important.