Printing Devices Borrowed From Good People To Perform Intended Testing Activities
Are you in a rush to conduct print testing? Feel depressed because the necessary equipment has broken and you lack money to buy the new one?? Cheer up and prepare to focus on the future work as you can find the way to realize the target. Well, you are welcome to learn how to manage the situation.
Nobody buys all the necessary printers for testing purposes. It is required to purchase only those models that will be in common use, while others can be borrowed for 30, 45 or 90 days from their manufacturers. (If no drop down menu in software apps available shows a good printer, it means that the manufacturer does not tend to lend its devices.) No one will not include an untested printer in the menu of own program, and no one will buy it if this does not offer significant advantages. Look here, if you cannot find the borrower it is not a problem provided you take QA outsourcing for granted!!
Many printer manufacturers have third-party software support and maintenance providers known as ISV (Independent Software Vendor). If you develop software products for a wide range of markets around the globe or a freeware program, call the producers of your favorite printers and say what you would like to test your programs for compatibility with some of their devices. The next your words should be interrogative: Can I borrow these printers (prepare list of them in advance) for testing? Politely explain that you cannot afford to buy each printer from each manufacturer, even such wonderful printers belonging to this wonderful company. Prepare to repeat the same thing to several employees, until finally you are able to talk to an ISV program representative or a sales or marketing department administrator.
Always call in advance – a few weeks before, to have time to receive, fill in and send back the relevant papers. The company will need to have confirmation that you are not just an inventive student who has come up with a way to get multiple printers free of charge. Be ready that the company will lose the first copy of your papers, and you will have to send the second copy.
Some companies periodically release documentation describing all jumpers and switches for all printers they produce. If you prove that you are a software developer, you can get these publications for free or for a very reasonable price. Be sure to ask if the firm has such documentation. Employees with whom you will talk, can simply forget to mention about it.