Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009
We were excited to see the sneak preview of what was called Meer Meer, at the last Adobe MAX.
Today Adobe has released a preview of the newly branded Adobe BrowserLab:
BrowserLab provides web designers exact renderings of their web pages in multiple browsers and operating systems, on demand. BrowserLab is a powerful solution for cross-browser compatibility testing, featuring multiple viewing and comparison tools, as well as customizable preferences. Since BrowserLab is an online service, it can be accessed from virtually any computer connected to the web. Also, Adobe Dreamweaver® CS4 software users have access to additional functionality such as testing local and active content.
Once into the browser lab you put in the URL for the site that you want to check, and then you can see it loaded up on the server on various browsers:
This is a great tool. Being able to point my application and view how it looks in various browser in a nice UI is great. Doing onion peal analysis is great. A lot faster than other browser shot sites up there.
The team will be adding to the list of current browsers supported (OS: XP or OS X, Firefox 2/3, IE 6/7), for example adding IE 8, Chrome, etc. There is also a lot of room for other great features.
Here is my wish list:
- I would love to setup alerts and have the browser lab be watching over my site. Tell me when something goes wrong (e.g. difference in browsers in the onion peal of more than X pixels?)
- Open API: I would love to have Bespin able to send up its projects to BrowserLab. Opening a new window would work, and inline would be even cooler. They have integrated Dreamweaver so that it can do more than you can on the website. For example, you can interact with the pages and see the differences due to the live WebKit magic they have. I would love to see this on the website itself.
- Dreamweaver features online. Dreamweaver has a bunch of cool analytics that it runs on the codebase. I would love to see those available in BrowserLab, so it could tell me “hey, the CSS that you are using with this HTML structure causes a problem in IE 6″. Gold!
Really glad to see BrowserLab out there, and can’t wait to see progress. What would you like to see?
Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:46 pm