Testing sites on different platforms

Places to go check how it looks on other browsers, rather than running from friend to friend or computer to computer. Arggh. Well, there is a solution, other than asking all your friends for screen shots of your pages. There are actually several alternatives.

First, you could use IECapture, a free program, but, seeing that it is free, it has a few problems. If it is a peak time, it might be overloaded. If you page doesn’t load fast enough, you wont’ see a good shot of your page. (I believe it is 8 seconds that it has to load in).

There are also the paid methods. First off, there is Browsercam. It lets you try before you buy so if, somehow, magically, you only will ever want to have one site looked at, you can sign up for the free service that lasts 8 hours, and not have to pay. This site has Explorer 4.0, 5.0, 5.2 (mac) 5.5, 6.0, Netscape 4.78, 6.2, 70, Mozilla, Opera, AOL 7.0 and Safari. It can show you how your site looks in Linux, Windows and on the Mac. It costs $39.94 a month, or $10 an hour for 10 URLs.

Another commercial service is Net Mechanic: which charges $150 a year or $15 for a one time use. They have WebTV, Mac IE 4.5, 5.0, Netscape 4.7, 6.1, PC AOL 6.0, Opera 5.0, Netscape 4.7, 6.1, IE 4.0, 5.5, and 6.0

Or you can do what was suggested a few years ago in A List Apart article, to set it up so it all works on your computer, that is, if your computer is a Mac. Also suggested by a writer for Evolt is the OS Emulation Page, which starts by saying “This page is best view and or experienced using a monitor.”


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