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Phemisters Launch New Flexible and Affordable Defect Tracking Software

(March 10, 2006)
Phemisters Software announced the release of version 0.6 of PhDT, their flagship application. PhDT allows software engineers and anyone who needs to track issues or defects (or bugs) to create a flexible tool tailored to their needs. PhDT's simple and low cost licensing model makes it ideal for small to medium sized businesses or individuals who need to track problems.

There are many defect tracking applications on the market. These vary from free to very expensive, sometimes costing in excess of $700 for one license. They also vary from being flexible to limited to predefined fields and are often very hard to configure. "We realised that there was a market for a low cost but flexible solution to defect tracking," said David Smith, a developer at Phemisters Software. "When we set out to create an application to fill this need, we were very aware that software engineers want cross-platform and configurable software, and so we developed PhDT using Sun's Java language."

Of paramount importance was the flexibility of PhDT which installs with a limited set of required fields. "The power of the program is the ability of the administrator to create a set of fields tailored to their own problem area," said Dudley Phemister, Phemisters Software design engineer. "Fields can be created and arranged to suit the user's needs from a set of types including lists, checkboxes, text, numeric, file attachments, and so on, and I don't think there is any other package with the same flexibility for this price." PhDT comes with a simple licensing model of floating licenses, with a ten user license costing around 150 ($300).

PhDT has three component parts: a server, an administration program, and a client program. A typical installation will consist of one server, one or two administration installations, and multiple client installations. All of these applications will run on any computer for which there is a Java 1.5 runtime. This means PhDT will run on Microsoft Windows (Windows 98 upwards), Apple Mac OS X, Sun Solaris, and GNU/Linux.

PhDT has a rich set of features including rules, actions, filters, saved searches, reading defects via email, and sending e-mails to users. Feature lists and screen shots are available from the company's web site.

For ease of use PhDT will install with an in-process version of the free HSQLDB database. "HSQLDB is an excellent choice for PhDT as it is 100% Java which maintains our cross-platform objective," David Smith explained. For maximum flexibility and performance PhDT can be configured to use other SQL-compliant databases, for instance the well know PostgreSQL database.

For additional information on PhDT (or for a demo copy), contact Phemisters or visit PhDT defect tracking demo at

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