Velocity Product Launch: KITE 2.0

June 21, 2008 9:54 am | 4 Comments

A few product launches are being announced at Velocity. I was able to get an early look at KITE 2.0 from Keynote. I’ve worked with Keynote for years. They have a strong platform of services for measuring web site availability and performance. KITE, Keynote’s Internet Testing Environment, is the customer tool for creating test scripts. KITE 2.0 has many new features that caught my eye:

  • Test scripts can include taking actions based on DOM events, such as the creation of a DOM element or even the contents of a DOM element matching a specified pattern.
  • An intuitive HTTP profile is displayed in the client app.
  • Tests can be executed at five cites worldwide on the Keynote backbone.
  • It’s free! You don’t need to be a Keynote customer to use it.

KITE 2.0 is available through an early adopters program. There are some features I’d like to see added: the ability to execute a test script multiple times, exporting test results measured from my client, and getting time measurements that correspond to certain events in the page. I recommend trying this early version if you’re looking for a tool to record and execute web page test scripts.

4 Responses to Velocity Product Launch: KITE 2.0

  1. This seems pretty cool from what I can tell. Getting worldwide results quickly is a definite plus.

    The system requirements are incredibly steep (1GB hard drive space?). And the signup form doesn’t work. Hopefully I’ll be able to see it at Velocity!

  2. I’m from Keynote, and was excited to see Ryan’s reply to Steve’s post. We’re delighted to be able to work with Steve’s readers! Ryan, I have emailed you directly to debug your registration problem. The 1GB requirement is definitely not right, we’ll correct that immediately.

  3. Just retried the signup form and it’s working now :)

  4. Steve,

    That seems very interesting indeed. However, when I registered to be able to download it said that the Early Adopter Program will start in August 2008.

    Here’s hoping that’s a mistake.