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Beta Test

A test of a product by outside users before the product goes into mass production. That is, a beta test occurs after an internal alpha test but before a product is produced in large quantities for consumers. The term is used most often in software development.
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It is available now in both demonstration and alpha test mode as a free download at http://www.
computer aided design (CAD) and electronic design automation (EDA) design-synthesis software developer formerly known as Desantage(TM) Corporation, today announced the formation of the Alpha test program and the launch of its first product, CircuitSpace(TM) at the upcoming PCB Design Conference West March 7, 2005.
The Alpha test is designed to help Onstream Media refine the system's features based on feedback from both Visual Data and its clients.
We further expect that the Alpha test will generate considerable excitement in the marketplace.
We are now in alpha test for two new products, DDDPlus and MembranePlus, which will expand our pharmaceutical software offerings from three to five.
The alpha test will last through September 2001, and will include the participation of more than twenty sites including software vendors, general practioners, government agencies and acute care hospitals in the United Kingdom, the United States and Australia.
CDEX partnered with Children's Medical Center Dallas to perform an alpha test of its proprietary ValiMed solution for controlled substance diversion, focusing on the validation of five controlled substances, Fentanyl, Morphine, Meperidine, hydromorphone and midazolam in various concentrations that were unused in surgical suites and returned to the pharmacy as waste.