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Live tests, screenshots and videos, oh my!

Well the boys have outdone themselves this time. They just released a new feature that will be sure to impress. You now have the ability to record your live testing sessions! Just click the little film strip in the toolbar and you will start recording your session. When you are done, click it again. That's all there is to it. The videos are currently limited to 10 minutes and work on every configuration except the Win98 and Ubuntu ones.

I made a short video showing off the custom authentication feature for screenshots.

Badges? We don't need no stinkin' badges!

Yeah yeah, I know. This is a misquote from "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre." Sue me. ;-)

Well, we were thinkin' (always a scary prospect) and wondered if we DID need some stinkin' badges. I mean, you go through all the trouble of checking your designs and there should be a way for you to show your clients and users that you did all that work.

Here is a sample one to show you how it works:

W3C Validation Testing

Now our Automated Screenshot service provides W3C validation information for the provided test page! On the screenshot result page (see sample below), you will see a summary of any HTML and CSS validation errors/warnings with a link to the W3C validation website for detailed information.

This summary is also maintained for each version of screenshot tests you run. This means that as you review screenshot versions of your page, you can also review the number of W3C validation errors over time.

W3C Sample Image

Growing pains, they hurt so good...

On Saturday the 20th, we took the site down for about 10 hours (in case you didn't notice). What did you get for that? Not a lot that you can see now really, but you will soon. We disconnected and moved every piece of equipment to new racks. Why you ask? (I'm waiting for you to ask...)

More new features! Custom session timeout and session ready alert.

Here we go again. Someone writes in asking us to change the way something works and the boys in the back start tapping away at those keys and the next thing you know, I have to write a blog post. =)

New Feature! Add a delay before taking your screenshots.

Earlier this week, we had some customers ask if we could add a delay in before taking a screenshot. They needed time for some content to load and we thought it sounded like something other users might need as well so the boys in the back room got busy. We just added the feature in production today and it seems to do the trick nicely.

You can find this setting under the Advanced Options section for automated screenshots.

Adding Firebug, Web Developer Toolbar and IE Developer Toolbar to the configurations

We have received a lot of requests to add developer tools to the browsers, specifically Firebug and the IE developer toolbar. We had initially thought that we should keep the browsers as close to an end user state as possible. However, after having to explain this to the 100th+ customer, we decided that maybe we were wrong and should be listening to what our customers asked us for.

Cross browser checks of pages behind a user name / password

Screenshots are a great way to check your site for layout/appearance issues. You can set up a test in just a minute, let it run, then scan through the results to see if there are problems. If you see a problem, you can use the 'live test' link to launch a vnc session to the particular configuration you have the issue in, and work in a live session to correct it... Very nice, and a great workflow!

Why IE6 still matters, even if you do happen to be a cross browser testing company!

This post should more properly be titled 'How could we be so arrogant' - read on to discover why.

Windows 7 Updated

Whew! I finally got the Windows 7 configurations updated with some new browsers and tweaked them to boost performance. I'll be adding more configurations shortly, but if you haven't given this one a run yet, try it out and let me know what you think.

Thanks and Happy Holidays!!

Mike

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