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Prototyping and testing

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It is important a multimedia product functions properly, conveys the right message and is suitable for the target audience. Use prototyping and testing to ensure your product meets these requirements.

What is prototyping and testing?

A prototype is an initial version of a multimedia product. The prototype is tested to make sure it is fit for the audience and purpose. If there are any errors or problems, the prototype is improved and tested again. This goes on until the product is considered to be fully functional and suitable.

This process is known as prototyping and testing and is illustrated in the flow diagram below.

A flow diagram showing the process of prototyping

  1. A prototype is created.
  2. It is tested and improved until it is fully functional and suitable for audience and purpose.
  3. The final product is then released.

Producing a test plan

You may find it useful to produce a test plan. A test plan is a systematic way of testing your multimedia product and helps you keep a record of what needs fixing. You could test the system yourself or ask a test user to work through your test plan, whilst you make a note what does and doesn't work. Anything that doesn't work can be corrected and then retested.

A sample test plan

Test numberTest detailExpected outcomeActual outcomeImprovements required
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