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BrowserLab Pricing and Roadmap Announcements

Today we’re pleased to announce that BrowserLab will continue to be free/complimentary, and will not become a paid service in April 2012 as we had previously communicated.

BrowserLab is no longer part of Adobe CS Live. BrowserLab will continue to be available as you use it today, and we do not expect any interruptions in service. We will continue to make updates to BrowserLab, to add new versions of our Browsers, and to keep the service running smoothly and securely.

You may have noticed that the team has been pretty quiet lately, and updates to the BrowserLab service have slowed down over the last few months. This is because the BrowserLab team has been busy working on a new project (UPDATE: Read about Adobe Shadow on the Shadow Team Blog), which will be a nice companion tool to BrowserLab. We think most BrowserLab users will be very interested in the new product, and we’re excited to share it with you. We’re going to unveil it soon, and the first public showing will be on March 12, 2012 at the SxSW Interactive conference in Austin, TX.

If you’re going to SxSW this year, or interested in knowing what we’re doing there , please follow us on twitter @AdobeSxSW.
Bruce Bowman
Adobe BrowserLab product manager
twitter: @brucebowman

BrowserLab v1.6.2 with Firefox 5 and Chrome 13 support is now live

This afternoon, we released BrowserLab v1.6.2 which includes the following changes:

  • Chrome 13 (Windows) support has been added
  • Firefox 5 (Windows) support has been added
  • A fix that improves BrowserLab’s support for sites built with the SilverStripe CMS
  • Additional bug fixes and improvements

Someday in the not too distant future, we’re going to remove Firefox 3.0 and 3.6 from BrowserLab. If you’re wondering why we would remove support for older browsers, it is to keep BrowserLab lean and mean, and keep our backend costs in check. We can’t keep older browsers around forever, and we’ve seen significant drop-off in market share for these older versions. If you have objections to this, please let us know why. You can let us know how you feel by posting here in the Comments, or on our BrowserLab User Forums.

Bruce Bowman
Adobe BrowserLab product manager
twitter: @brucebowman

BrowserLab v1.6 is now live

Coinciding with the release of Creative Suite 5.5, we’re now live with BrowserLab v1.6. This release adds some nice new features, such as Follow Links, URL History, new Italian and Spanish language support, as well as workflow improvements with BrowserLab for Dreamweaver. BrowserLab can be used in the following ways, one of which is sure to fit into your workflow:

  • BrowserLab Client: Access BrowserLab in your web browser, enter the URL, and do your cross-browser testing.
  • BrowserLab for Firebug: This Firefox extension allows you to test local content, that might have been changed using Firebug. It also enables you to test sites that are behind HTTP Authentication – just open your site in Firefox, log-in, then use BrowserLab for Firebug to Preview Local Source. We have a short AdobeTV movie showing this workflow
  • BrowserLab for Dreamweaver: Using Adobe Dreamweaver CS 5 or CS 5.5, you can send your current document to BrowserLab. This works with files that are on your Remote or Local servers. Using Dreamweaver’s powerful Freeze JavaScript feature, you can browse your site in the built-in WebKit browser, get it into a state, freeze, then send that to BrowserLab. BrowserLab will render your page, in that frozen state across all of the browsers in your Browser Set. Another AdobeTV movie shows the BrowserLab for Dreamweaver workflow.

On behalf of the whole BrowserLab Team, I’m happy to announce the immediate availability of BrowserLab v1.6. We hope you enjoy using it as much as we enjoy making it!

Bruce Bowman
Adobe BrowserLab product manager
twitter: @brucebowman

 

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