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These are the Droids you are looking for

Have you ever needed to test layout and functionality of mobile browsers on real mobile devices, but didn't have the budget or time to buy and maintain your own hardware? Our Live Testing for Android solves that problem.

Launch and switch devices in seconds. Test actual Android devices, not emulators — they are more accurate, faster (MUCH FASTER), and run all the browsers, including the stock Android browser, Chrome, Firefox, Opera Mobile, Dolphin, and more.

New mobile browsers added!

We declared Decemember the 'month of the mobile browser' and have been working on adding new mobile browsers to CrossBrowserTesting.com. The iPad 2 was added earlier this month, and we just added Blackberry Bold today! We have a couple additional ones we are working to integrate into the service - you will see some of the fruits of this labor over the next couple weeks!

Happy New Years!

Ken, Mike, and Tony

How do you start a local connection so you can test internal html files or websites

To test local files or local web servers, you first start a local connection. The local connection is a java applet which creates a reverse SSH tunnel back to your pc. This is a signed applet, and you will have to give it permission to run. Once loaded, it will give you the option of testing internal web sites, or testing local HTML files.

 

Test local files or web servers behind your firewall

We have added the ability to test any of your web designs or web apps, no matter where they are located. They can be on a development web server behind your firewall, they can be html files sitting on your desktop - if you have access to browse to these web pages, then you can test them with CrossBrowserTesting. You can now use the power of our hundred plus browsers installed across Windows, Mac, Ubuntu, and mobile configurations to test both public and private pages. These 'internal' pages can be tested with both the automated screenshot engine and the live, interactive testing.

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?

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.

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!

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

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!

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