Posts in Category "Announcements"

New BrowserLab v1.6 Coming Soon!

Next week, we’ll be launching a new version of BrowserLab with some new features that we think will help you work more quickly and productively.

  • You’ll now be able to follow links in BrowserLab. As you mouse around over the screenshots, you’ll see the cursor switch to the Hand cursor when you’re over a link that BrowserLab can follow. Hold Control (Windows) or Command (Mac OS) then click the link to have BrowserLab follow that link and request screenshots.
  • There will be a new URL History feature, that will keep track of the tests you’ve been doing, and allow you to quickly reload them. This will work very similarly to how the Back and Forward buttons work in a browser. You’ll also be able to click the Address Bar to drop down a list of all of your recent tests, then choose a specific item. When you use the URL History, we’ll quickly reload any cached screenshots, so in most cases they will not need to be re-requested from our browser servers. Of course, you can always use the Refresh button to force the screenshots to be re-requested if you like.
  • We’ve expanded our language support to include Spanish and Italian language versions.
  • Safari 3, Firefox 2, and older Chrome browsers will be removed, as their usage levels have dropped to the point that keeping them in BrowserLab is no longer needed.

Watch this short video on AdobeTV that shows the new features being used to test a site in BrowserLab.

We hope you enjoy BrowserLab, and these new improvements. We’d love to hear from you in the comments.

Bruce Bowman
Adobe BrowserLab product manager
twitter: @brucebowman

BrowserLab for Firebug update

BrowserLab for Firebug has been updated for compatibility with Firefox 4 and Firebug 1.7. It is now available for download from the Mozilla Exchange, and can be updated by using the Add-ons Manager in Firefox.

If you’re new to our BrowserLab for Firebug extension, you may be wondering why you would need it. BrowserLab for Firebug extends the usefulness of the BrowserLab service by enabling you to test pages that are not published on an internet web server. You can preview your html pages in Firefox on your local computer, then use BrowserLab for Firebug to push the local source to the BrowserLab service, where it will be rendered in multiple browsers. This means you can use all the power of Firebug to poke, change and debug your page locally, then test those changes/fixes across browsers in BrowserLab.

Another good reason to use BrowserLab for Firebug is to test sites behind HTTP authentication. E.g., let’s say you’re working on a new site for a client, and have the site hosted on a test server you use. Because the site is confidential, you’ve enabled simple HTTP authentication on the site. If you tried to view a page on this site using the BrowserLab client at http://browserlab.adobe.com, you’d find that the authentication prevents our browser servers from seeing your pages. But with BrowserLab for Firebug, you’d simply open Firefox, log into your site, then use BrowserLab for Firebug to Preview Local Source to the service, and see your page rendered in multiple browsers.

We hope you enjoy BrowserLab for Firebug!

Bruce Bowman
Adobe BrowserLab product manager
twitter: @brucebowman

Release 1.5.4 adds Firefox updates

Today, we have updated BrowserLab with the final Firefox 4 (Windows), and Firefox 3.6.15 (Windows). BrowserLab 1.5.4 is now live!

We have completed work on our BrowserLab for Firebug extension adding compatibility with Firebug 1.7, and submitted it to Mozilla. We expect it to go live on the Mozilla Exchange within a week.

We’d really appreciate it if you’d tell your web pro friends about BrowserLab! In addition to this blog, there are a few ways to stay in touch with us:
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/browserlab
Twitter: @adobebrowserlab@brucebowman
BrowserLab User Forums: http://forums.adobe.com/community/cslive/browserlab

Bruce Bowman
Adobe BrowserLab product manager

 

Release 1.5.3 adds Chrome 10, IE 9 & Firefox 4 RC

BrowserLab 1.5.3 is now live!

As part of our ongoing efforts to keep the browsers in BrowserLab current and relevant, we’ve released BrowserLab v1.5.3 today.  This release added Chrome 9 and 10 (Windows), Internet Explorer 9, and Firefox 4 RC (Windows). In addition, we’ve updated Safari to 5.0.4 (OS X).

When we do these kinds of releases, we also update our browser servers to include the latest system updates and security patches. The other notable change we made was to enable Font Smoothing on our Windows Server 2003 browser servers – now all of our browser servers have Font Smoothing enabled.

Tell a friend about BrowserLab! We need your help to raise awareness. In addition to this blog, there are a few ways to stay in touch with us:
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/browserlab
Twitter: @adobebrowserlab, @brucebowman
BrowserLab User Forums: http://forums.adobe.com/community/cslive/browserlab

Next up: we’re working on more browser updates for OS X, as well as an update for our BrowserLab for Firebug extension so it will work with Firebug 1.7. You can expect these changes to come soon.

We’d love to hear from you in the comments!

Bruce Bowman
Adobe BrowserLab product manager

BrowserLab sneak previews at SxSWi

Adobe’s web pro team is at SxSWi in Austin this week. If you’re going to be there too, please find us and say hello!

We’re going to be participating in several sessions on topics including multiscreen development, mobile projects, our work with the jQuery team, and will be hosting the Interactive Awards party.  We will be giving a sneak preview of new BrowserLab, Dreamweaver and Flash Professional features at our session on Tuesday!

Our schedule of sessions/events: http://austin2011.sched.org/adobesxsw.

Follow us on twitter: @adobesxsw, #adobesxsw, and @adobebrowserlab

Bruce Bowman
BrowserLab product manager
@brucebowman

Release 1.5.2.2 adds Chrome 8 and an IE9 update

BrowserLab 1.5.2.2 is now live, and ready for you to use. In this version, we’ve added Google Chrome 8 for Windows, and an updated Internet Explorer 9 beta.

Have you told anyone about BrowserLab? We could use your help in raising awareness – please help us spread the word in the web community.

In addition to this blog, there are a a few ways to stay in touch with us:
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/browserlab
Twitter: @adobebrowserlab, @brucebowman
BrowserLab User Forums: http://forums.adobe.com/community/cslive/browserlab

This is most likely our last blog post for the year. As we leave 2010 behind, we’re very excited about all of the new features we’re working on – 2011 is going to be a great year for the BrowserLab service!

Season’s greetings, and Happy New Year!

Bruce Bowman
Adobe BrowserLab product manager

BrowserLab 1.5.2 is live: adds new browser support

In a previous blog post, we told you that some browser changes were coming. We’re happy to let you know that our BrowserLab v1.5.2 release is live, and you can now use BrowserLab with the latest versions of Internet Explorer 9 (beta), Firefox 4 Windows (beta) and Chrome 7 Windows, which has replaced Chrome 3.

In our next release, which will be early in 2011, we’re planning to add Chrome 8 for Windows and OS X, and any updates for our beta browsers. We’re also planning on removing Safari 3 and Firefox 2 at that time.

With the addition of these new browsers, and the support we already have for Safari 5, you’ve got an excellent test environment for helping you test with a wide range of browsers, from the legacy browsers like IE 6/7 to the newest browsers that support HTML5 and CSS3.

We hope you enjoy them! We’d love to hear from you in the Comments.

Bruce Bowman
Adobe BrowserLab product manager
twitter: @brucebowman

On Browser support, and some coming changes

Within the next few weeks, we’re going to be making several changes to the browsers we support in BrowserLab.

In our next release, coming in December 2010, we’re going to be adding support for 3 new browsers:

  • Firefox 4 beta (Windows)
  • Internet Explorer 9 beta (Windows)
  • Google Chrome 7 (Windows)

Update December 2, 2010: BrowserLab 1.5.2 is now live, and contains the above browsers.

We’re also going to be removing some older browsers:

  • Firefox 2 (OS X)
  • Firefox 2 (Windows)
  • Safari 3 (OS X)

These changes are pretty significant and represent a couple of firsts for us. It will be the first time we’ve removed any older browsers. And it is also the first time that we’ve ever added support for beta versions of new browsers. Going forward, we intend to bring newer, relevant browsers to you sooner than we have in the past. And of course, once the browsers are no longer beta, we’ll be updating them to the shipping version as soon as we can.

Our BrowserLab browsers all have the Adobe Flash Player installed, and otherwise are left in their default factory install configurations. We believe that this is the way most users run their browsers, and will provide you with a testing environment that is most likely to simulate real world situations. If you ever need to know the exact version of the browsers we’re running, in the BrowserLab client, choose Help > About to see version information for our Client, the Flash Player, and each browser.

To help us make decisions on when and whether we add support for a browser, there are several factors that come into play. We look at several statistical sources to gauge market share/usage of browsers. In some cases we also reach out to the browser vendors and make attempts to work with them to provide the best experience in BrowserLab. And of course we balance these with the other priorities for how we invest our engineers’ time in the product.

In addition to the new browsers listed above, we are working on some additional new browser support, and plan to deliver another new release early in 2011.

Do you have questions about our browsers? Go ahead and ask in the comments, and we’ll do our best to provide answers.

Bruce Bowman
Adobe BrowserLab product manager
twitter: @brucebowman

Welcome to the BrowserLab team blog!

Hello!

I’m Bruce Bowman, product manager for Adobe BrowserLab. Welcome to our new BrowserLab Team blog!

The team has been looking forward to starting this blog, and hopes it will allow us to engage more fully with BrowserLab’s users. We’re planning to post regularly on all sorts of topics, ranging from announcements, to technical information, best practices and tips on how to use BrowserLab most efficiently, and how to work around bugs or other limitations.

We’ve been busy recently, creating new features, new videos, and presenting BrowserLab sessions at MAX. We’re also about ready to launch a new BrowserLab Prerelease program.

To check out some of the newest features, take a look at these AdobeTV videos:
http://tv.adobe.com/product/adobe-browserlab/ (average length 3-8 minutes)

MAX 2010 BrowserLab session recordings:
Get Hands On Adobe BrowserLab To Check Your Websites for Cross-Browser Compatibility. (55 minutes, presented by Kristin Long)
Simplifying Cross-Browser Testing With BrowserLab (56 minutes, presented by BrowserLab engineers Mark Rausch and Josh Hatwich)

And if you are a Firebug user, be sure to check out our new BrowserLab for Firebug extension:
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/231196/

If you haven’t tried BrowserLab, we hope you’ll give it a try. We’re confident that you’ll save time, money, and be delighted with how easy it is to test for cross-browser compatibility. You can find BrowserLab online at http://browserlab.adobe.com. An AdobeID is required to sign in. (It’s free, quick and easy to create an AdobeID if you don’t already have one.)

On behalf of the whole team, thanks for checking us out – we look forward to sharing and interacting with you on this blog.

Bruce Bowman
Adobe BrowserLab product manager
twitter: @brucebowman