In addition to the Visual Plan editorstep comes along with a full-featured parser which enables the creation of Plans using a plain-text human-friendly syntax.
The plain-text format has different advantages over the Visual interface. Using the plain-text format makes it possible to manage Plans in a same manner as code and thus enables the use of versioning (git, or any other versioning system), text editors, etc. It also enables the integration with classical Test-Management Tools initially developped for manual test specification and thus based on plain-text test-cases specifications. In particular the plain-text syntax is used natively by the ALM Plugin for step. The plain-text format allows the implementation of Plans using exactly the same Controls and Keywords as the Visual interface and has nearly no limitations compared to the Visual interface.