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!
Adobe BrowserLab product manager
Update Dec 11, 2010: We’ve updated our BrowserLab for Firebug extension to version 188.8.131.527P.265076, which is now compatible with Firebug 1.6. You can update to the new version in Firefox by choosing Tools > Add-ons, switching to the Extension tab, then clicking the Find Updates button. You should see the new BrowserLab for Firebug v184.108.40.2067P.265076 in the list of updates. If you don’t, you can get the new version manually by going to the Mozilla Exchange.
For those of you using our BrowserLab for Firebug extension, we wanted to let you know that it is not compatible with Firebug 1.6, which released today. We’re in the process of testing a new version of our extension to work with Firebug 1.6, and will push it to the Mozilla Exchange as soon as possible. In the mean time, if you want to avoid the incompatibility, you might want to delay updating to Firebug 1.6. We’ll update this blog and tweet when we have a new version of our extension. We don’t expect the wait to be long.
Update Dec 2, 2010: If you’re in a hurry to use BrowserLab for Firebug with Firebug 1.6, you can follow a few easy steps to make it work again. Check out this tech note: http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/866/cpsid_86608.html and follow the instructions.
When new versions of Firebug or Firefox are released, incompatibilities may be created that keep our BrowserLab for Firebug extension from working until it is updated. Although this is not unusual with Firefox extensions, we’re going to try to anticipate these changes so we can provide you with new versions of our BrowserLab for Firebug extension as quickly as possible. Fortunately, Firefox has an excellent update mechanism that will notify you automatically when there are new versions. If the BrowserLab for Firebug extension is a critical part of your workflow, you might want to consider waiting to update Firebug until you also see an update to our extension.
The upcoming Firefox 4 requires a new version of Firebug, version 1.7. We are working on a new version of our BrowserLab for Firebug extension for Firebug 1.7, and expect to release it as close as possible to the final release of Firefox 4 and Firebug 1.7 – which are expected to be released in early 2011.
Adobe BrowserLab product manager