BROWSER TESTING SERVICES
Screenshots only. A new service… (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 alot of clicking. This is only for screenshots but it’s got a useful onionskin feature for comparing different browers one on top of another for that pixel-perfect situation.
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 miniumum subscription). The interface is not as slick as litmusapp but has many more features and now supports mobile browsers. Free trial.
Screenshots only; includes email testing. Although they seem to be having growing pains now this is one of the best services for my needs (update: I have not used them since early 2010). They offer unlimited tests — starts at $50/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. Only covers 11 web browsers – it seems they are changing 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 se a way to sign up for a free account. There is a Free trial.
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.
virtual environment live testing only: This is for VPS but not for screenshots. They’ll give you an hour of free testing for signing up so try it. I found it to be very very fast so that was great.
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.
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
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