BROWSER TESTING SERVICES
Screenshots + virtual environment live testing: My current primary QA tool. This is for VNC and also for screenshots and includes a separate responsive test tool. They’ll give you an hour of free testing for signing up so try it. I found it to be very very fast. You need a separate account for screenshots and for virtual environments but each account is unlimited use.
Screenshots + virtual environment live testing. Their service allows for full control of a remote computer. They have a full range of platforms and browser versions. The best part is you can get 5 min free for a quick test. (update: no more free, now you pay by the minute based on a monthly minimum subscription with roll over minutes). The interface is not as slick as litmusapp but has many more features and now supports mobile browsers. Free trial. Free limited account (at least if you already had a paid account – not sure about this) I wish they offered per-minute usage instead of only monthly subscriptions.
I have not tried this but looks great. free option for now…. this tool will fill out fields and generate screenshots throughout the process.
Similar as above but free. I found it to be slow but it’s still really useful.
Screenshots + virtual environment live testing. More like litmus – a fully featured offering.
Each of their browsers include dev tools like firebug. Lots of other advanced features like screen capture. Automated code testing and other pro features. Small free account available and pricing starts at $12/mo.
UPDATE: BrowserLab shut down on March 13, 2013. Screenshots only. (introduced mid 2009; still free – until april 2012 although they keep extending the free period). This is really impressive – my new main tool and it’s free. I wish it had a better interface – some simple buttons to allow browsing through one shot after another would save a lot of clicking. This is only for screenshots but it’s got a useful onionskin feature for comparing different browsers one on top of another for that pixel-perfect situation.
BROWSER TESTING APPS
A PC app that has all the major browsers in it.
A free app for PC that has all the IE versions within it. Even IE9 preview.
EMAIL CLIENT TESTING
The other email client testing I’ve used is the Inbox Inspector from MailChimp. But you have to pay for each test — $13. Overall, MailChimp offers a great service and lots of really useful (free) articles on email marketing.
Other useful articles:
- http://www.creativetechs.com (they have a great newsletter too)
- great list (often updated) of HTML best practices and additional testing services from ReachCustomers
Email testing only. I have not used them since early 2010. They offer unlimited tests — starts at $79/month. One advanced feature they have is being able to share a set of tests by publishing it live. That sets up a convenient way to dialog with clients. Their old browser service only covered 11 web browsers. They changed their focus to just be on email testing – they have spam testing and other email-specific features. Free account allows for ie7 testing only – but not sure if that’s only for existing accounts that have expired their monthly subscriptions (like me…). I don’t see a way to sign up for a free account. There is a Free trial.
ARI’S HARD-WON TESTING NOTES FOR HTML EMAIL CLIENTS
Why fight with display inconsistencies when you can just take it from me? These were mostly learned form testing at Litmusapp.
- Lotus does not like <br> tags to be lower case. keep it <BR>
- Gmail wants every bit of CSS to be inline – it will ignore your body tag and your declared CSS styles
2015 update: and now there’s some great shortcut solutions—run the html through the “inliner” tool here: https://putsmail.com/inliner – just paste all the code into that box, client the ‘inline css’ button, and wait a moment for the code to process.
I also tried http://premailer.dialect.ca but that tool was not as good – some design elements didn’t show up correctly in Gmail.