Frequently I'm disappointed, when I tested new functions etc. and I get the response: "We don't change anything now, the development of this is finished."
So my part as beta tester seems mainly to be, to report bugs and to search how the exactly arise.
A much more effective way to contribute to improve the program was in my eyes, to be much earlier involved in the development of new functions, tools options and so on.I think the question should be:
… is it possible to do with the new thing the actions properly, for wicht it was actually designed?
… or far back: with functions and options in existing tools, display-options and so on, are missing mostly?
… or still far back: what is part of your everyday work and there is yet no function in Archicad?
Yes, the last to questions are more 'before test phase' – but at least the first one was in my opinion a significant method to test effectiveness and practicality of a new program version.
There appears to be a definite distinction between the development phase and the Beta testing phase along with bug reporting and if the new functions perform as required.
I have been involved in the Beta testing for another CAD software but I am not familiar with the Archicad process.
From what I know, others feel they were just doing bug reporting mainly.