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    Adobe to launch cross browser testing service

    There are other sites that offer cross browser testing as well. But the features of Meer Meer to visualy layer the results from different browsers, and being able to work with local content through dreamweaver is great
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    Meer Meer is the code name for a new hosted service that allows Web Pros to view their content on a variety of different browsers and operating systems without requiring them to install anything other than the standard Flash Player. The inspiration is easy. We spend a lot of time with our customers and cross-browser compatibility consistently comes up as the #1 issue unprompted. It’s a real pain and we wanted to help solve it.
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    Looking forward to trying it out...could always use another.
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    What do you guys currently use to test? Right now I have a test machine with the following:
    Windows XP, Firefox 3, IE6, MultipleIE (5, 5.5 and 6), Safari Windows, Opera 8.5 and 9, Netscape Navigator, Netscape Browser, Flock and Google Chrome.
    I also use software called "BrowserPool" to hop on some servers and test out a few other combos out there including Mac OS X with Safari.
    I also have a few Virtual PCs with the following setups:
    XP IE6 + FF2
    XP IE7 + FF3
    XP IE8
    Vista IE7 + FF3

    I wouldn't mind a consolidated service that made it easier for me to test.
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    I've been in touch with Adobe PR about this today, so hopefully I can get a demo and have a blog post about it for you guys this week. Watch SitePoint.com.

    It seems very cool.
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    Question

    I use Firefox 2 & 3, Internet Explorer 6, 7, & 8, and Google Chrome.

    Quote Originally Posted by BrandonK View Post
    What do you guys currently use to test? Right now I have a test machine with the following:
    Windows XP, Firefox 3, IE6, MultipleIE (5, 5.5 and 6), Safari Windows, Opera 8.5 and 9, Netscape Navigator, Netscape Browser, Flock and Google Chrome.
    I also use software called "BrowserPool" to hop on some servers and test out a few other combos out there including Mac OS X with Safari.
    I also have a few Virtual PCs with the following setups:
    XP IE6 + FF2
    XP IE7 + FF3
    XP IE8
    Vista IE7 + FF3

    I wouldn't mind a consolidated service that made it easier for me to test.
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    Because it's such a pain in the "you know what" to have multiple versions of IE on the same machine, we use http://browsershots.org/. We primarily test in the more recent versions of Safari, Firefox, Opera, IE, and now Chrome) with modern versions of Windows and Mac, unless the customer specifies a need to go back further. Seems like people using non-IE browsers are updating at regular intervals. IE folks, seem to be slower to upgrade, so will still support IE6 (pain in the butt.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by BrandonK View Post
    What do you guys currently use to test?
    Right now I use Firefox on the Mac, and IE6/7 and Firefox running on Windows via Parallels. I design for Firefox first, and then open up all the browser windows at once and test simultaneously. I've found this much easier and faster than waiting for an online service like browser-shots. If there is a certain special configuration I need to test on, then I have a Win XP test machine for that.

    Once the whole site is done then I do some quick testing on minority browsers like Chrome and Opera.
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    I take it this is not available yet?
    I couldn't find a way to get to a link for it. I wonder if it will be free.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dvduval View Post
    I wonder if it will be free.
    I'm going to go with... no.

    But seriously, this seems like a great idea. Requiring a test machine with 65443 different browsers on it can be so frustrating. I see a lot of saved time in my future...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Darren884 View Post
    I use Firefox 2 & 3, Internet Explorer 6, 7, & 8, and Google Chrome.
    Add Opera to that and that is my testing list, too!

    I've all but abandoned testing in Netscape...its market share on my sites is minuscule.
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    My ISP sent me the following message:

    "Upon further investigation it appears your web site is not cross-browser friendly. This means that it will only work in one browser (Internet Explorer) but not another. This is due to the way it was designed and Frontpage's tendency to use invalid HTML that is only understood by Internet Explorer."

    Specifically, I have built my site with Frontpage 2003. It works fine when I access it from a fresh IE-7 browser from my own computer. However, when others access the site from other areas of the country and the world, the home page appears but none of the links work that access other pages in the site. If I access the site from my own computer using a Firefox browser, I get a distorted homepage only with no active hotlinks. What can I do to make my site accessible worldwide? The subject site address is camsmgmtDOTcom.
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    @eddiecap
    I really think you need to rework the site from scratch. Doing everything from an image is probably not the best strategy. If you have a small budget for some design work, I'll bet someone here on SitePoint could rework it, make it look a little nicer, and get text on the page that is indexable by a search engine.
    (note: I am not volunteering to do this!)

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    This seems promising, as of right now I only test in ie7, firefox3, opera9 and safari 3. I write clean code so displays mostly well but I have no way at the moment to check older versions. Also at home I have a Mac G5 so I hope this testing program will be able to display internet results as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dvduval View Post
    I take it this is not available yet?
    I couldn't find a way to get to a link for it. I wonder if it will be free.
    It's not available yet. To start it is going to be part of Dreamweaver.

    I got a briefing from Adobe about it yesterday, and will get a live demo of it next week (much of their team was already away for the Thanksgiving holiday, so no way to arrange a demo until next week).

    If anyone has any questions they want me to ask, feel free to leave them here and I will be sure to see what Adobe says. Expect a blog post about Meer Meer next week at SitePoint.
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    Shoot, I've just begun to sever my last ties with DW for our site, and now they're going to add the one feature that I doubt anyone else can match. If I have to buy a new DW license it'll be solely to use this feature.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bleys View Post
    It's not available yet. To start it is going to be part of Dreamweaver.
    Is that in a way of it will be part of CS5 when its released. Or will Adobe provide it as an update/extension for CS4?
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    A similar product is already on the market. I use BrowserCam.com, which does the same thing.

    If you want a free service, check out BrowserShots.org.

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    Awesome! Right now I run three computers in my office:

    My Main PC running XP with FireFox, Chrome, and Multiple IE installed
    An Intel Mini Mac testing Safari and Firefox on Mac
    A pc running Ubuntu for testing in Firefox

    I then use a KVM switch to toggle between computers and view web pages in different environments. Works, but is a hassle.

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    CrossBrowserTesting.com is a service which was introduced last March that allows designers to test their sites across multiple flavors of Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X with numerous browsers on each configuration (IE, Firefox, Safari, etc). The site provides live testing, not just a screenshot like Meer Meer is going to offer. This allows you to make sure your javascript functions properly across all platforms as well as ensuring the site appears correct visually. You can buy credits to use the service, but we also offer 5 minute testing sessions for free.

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    Just fyi, I had a briefing with Adobe today about this and put up a post on SitePoint's news blog:

    http://www.sitepoint.com/blogs/2008/...est-web-sites/
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    Aren't adobe going all for open source now? Not for one second do I think we will have to pay for it. Theres no point indoing that, just imagin the backlash...

    looking forward to it.

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    I'm sure I'll get negative reply for saying this but I wish all major browser team gets together and battle it out on rock-paper-scissor to settle on 1 browser. I'm really tired of browser compatiblity.

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    I can't wait for this, i hope it will be cheap/free

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    Dealing with various browser compatibility issues is one of the most annoying aspects of web development, that's why I prefer sites with simple HTML/CCS structure that won't require special coding for different browsers.

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    Maybe there are sites out there...but I don't think I have come across any, that allow you to view your site thought different browsers?


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