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API Version 2.0 Released

Now there's a new version of the CrossBrowserTesting.com API! We have taken in your suggestions, as well as attempted to more closely mirror the functionality of our web interface. View Documentation
What's new in this version:

Layout Comparisons for Screenshots - Beta!

Today we are pleased to release an addition to our automated screenshots system which offers the ability to compare and detect layout differences between browsers. This tool not only visually indicates where layout differences occur against a screenshot image but gives you the ability to see your web page renderings side-by-side, enabling you to find discrepancies more effectively.

Layout Comparison Page Example

Improved Screenshot Viewing

Today we've added a "lightbox" control to quickly view and navigate through each screenshot image on the results page. This removes the "Layout" choices for small, medium, and large which are no longer necessary. Now when you want to see the large scale result of your screenshot, you no longer have to click into another page, or change the layout and scroll down the page. We think this will make reviewing your screenshot results much simpler!

Improved screenshot view example

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.

Improvements to Screenshot Test Results Page

We've added a couple of enhancements to our screenshot test results page that we think you'll find very useful!

As our screenshot engine processes a requested browser, the "windowed" screenshot is returned to the results page as soon as it's complete, meaning, screenshot images start appearing on the screen more quickly. Also, if the "fullpage" version fails for any reason, the "windowed" result is still available for review. In the case of a failure, your time will not be deducted against, so the "windowed" screenshot is on us.

Added URL check for HTTP Status on Screenshot Test launch page

In the past, we've noticed users running screenshot tests on pages that have issues being loaded in the requested browser. This then causes either failed screenshot results, or a screenshot of the browser showing the page could not be loaded for one reason or another.

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.

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