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 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.

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.

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