By Scott Trudeau
Testing your web sites in multiple browsers is a drag.
I typically test web pages in Safari, Firefox, and the latest release of Internet Explorer. However, I have found it necessary to test in older versions as well. This can prove difficult because I don’t have older browser versions installed on my computer(s).
Adobe BrowserLab comes to the rescue!
“Adobe® BrowserLab is an online hosted service that lets you test the pages of your web site across a variety of web browsers and operating systems. The service works by taking screen shots of your web pages in different browsers, and then displaying them in the BrowserLab application window.
You can use BrowserLab as a standalone service, or integrated with Dreamweaver CS4. The standalone service lets you test pages that you’ve posted to a server within the context of a web browser. If you use BrowserLab as an integrated service with Dreamweaver, you can test your pages from within Dreamweaver without publishing your pages to a server.”
The following browsers are supported:
- Firefox 2.0 – Windows XP
- Firefox 3.0 – Windows XP
- Firefox 3.5 – Windows XP
- Chrome 3.0 – Windows XP
- Internet Explorer 6.0 – Windows XP
- Internet Explorer 7.0 – Windows XP
- Internet Explorer 8.0 – Windows XP
- Safari 3.0 – Macintosh OS X
- Safari 4.0 – Macintosh OS X
- Firefox 2.0 – Macintosh OS X
- Firefox 3.0 – Macintosh OS X
- Firefox 3.5 – Macintosh OS X
BrowserLab also gives you the ability to view your page in “2-up” view and the very cool “Onion Skin View.” Two-up view allows you to scope-out a web page in two different browsers in a side-by-side layout. Onion Skin View overlays the pages so that you can quickly spot any major layout problems.
Visit Adobe Browserlab
Onion Skin View