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Recording network activity during live tests

Have you ever used the 'Net' panel in Firebug to look at a page load and see exactly what files are being loaded when you enter a url? This useful tool in Firebug on Firefox can be used to optimize page load times and it can also be used to view http requests being generated by ajax calls on your page. While this is a great tool, it is not universally available across other browsers such as IE, Safari, etc, much less across other devices such as the iPhone. Wouldn't it be great if it was?

You asked, we listened. Keep your unused minutes!

We have had numerous customers ask if their unused minutes rollover to the next month. Well, now they do. Each month your subscription is renewed, any unused minutes will be added to your account (up to the max for your plan). These minutes don't expire as long as your account is active. That means that when that big project comes along, you will have more time available to get you through a heavy testing period.

Users can now customize Live Test options in Bookmarklet

The CrossBrowserTesting bookmarklet is a great tool for quickly launching a live test or screenshot test from any given web page. Until today there were only a limited number of live test configurations available. Our customers have asked us for the ability to customize this list, which we are glad to announce is now available.

Testing 3 browsers on 3 different platforms in only 1:53 seconds

On your marks, get set, TEST!

We just made a huge change to the testing center that we feel will really improve your testing work flow for live tests. We added the ability to quickly filter OSs and Browsers so that you can zero in on your testing target. Once you have that, you can simply click the browser name or the launch button and you will see the new launch screen. It allows you to change the resolution and select the browser you wish to test (if you clicked on a browser name, it will already be selected) and you can also enter the URL to be tested.

Mobile Browser Screenshots, get 'em while they're hot!

That's right, now not only can you test your site live on the iPad and iPhone 4, you can add them to your screenshot testing arsenal as well. We think it is a pretty sweet addition and we think you'll think so too. We added both of these mobile browsers to the list of popular browsers so they are included by default now unless you are using a custom load out or manually remove them. But why would you? You know you wanna try it... Besides, I just happened to be showing someone what our service did and using my iPhone, low and behold their site didn't show up at all.

Cross Browser Testing on mobile devices (Android, iPad, iPhone 3 and iPhone 4) now available!

If you've talked to us in the last few weeks, you know we've had our heads down trying to get mobile platforms ready for your cross browser testing needs. We are happy to announce that you are now able to live test your web pages against Android 2.2 (with Android Browser and Opera Mini), the iPad and iPhone (with mobile Safari)! Not to toot our own horns, but we think this is a pretty nice addition and really rounds out the cross browser testing service we offer. Best of all, it won't cost you anything extra, they are included in your current subscription.

jQuery UI and IE9

Do you use jQuery UI? Have you tested it with the IE9 Beta? You might want to. Microsoft seems to have made some fairly significant changes in their plumbing, but that isn't necessarily a bad thing. I was reading up on the issues over on the jQuery forums and it seems the root of most of the problems has to do with IE becoming more standards compliant. That's a good thing right? It is, but it may cause a few "hiccups" along the way.

If you're using jQuery UI, you might want to head on over to their forums and catch up with what's going on.

Happy testing...

Mike

WinXP SP3 added to testing configurations

If you haven't noticed yet, we added Windows XP SP3 to the list of configurations for testing. I broke some other things when I did it, but let's not dwell on that. As with several other features on the site, this addition was a direct result of a request from one of our users. We do listen, so please don't hesitate to ask for something or make suggestions. We love feedback and if you've ever left us comments, you know we take pride in being very responsive.

Please keep the comments coming. They help us make the service better for everyone.

Thanks and hope to hear from you soon,

Kutenda review of CrossBrowserTesting.com

The guys at Kutenda did a video review of CrossBrowserTesting.com. It does a great job of providing an overview of our service, explaining the value proposition for our business better than we do! To understand better what cross browser testing is all about, check it out at http://blog.kutenda.com/2010/06/website-testing-tip-browser-compatibilit....

CrossBrowserTesting adds a pool for summer - dive in!

What is summer time without a pool? We have been busy the last few months adding a pool at CrossBrowserTesting. Not a swimming pool... but a pool of prewarmed, ready to go live testing configurations. What does this do for you? It reduces the wait time when requesting a Windows XP, Vista, or Win 7 configuration from around 60 seconds to less than 30 seconds. It is a huge time saver!

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