I love when Adobe innnovates like that. I was these last days almost impatient to discover new projects from Adobe Labs. Yesterday I experiment the new project called BrowserLab.
Adobe® BrowserLab is an online hosted service that lets any Adobe identified user test the pages of any web site across a variety of web browsers and operating systems. The service works by taking screen shots of the web pages in different browsers, and then displaying them in the BrowserLab application window.
The user may use this application in a standalone way or integrated with Dreamweaver (be careful, Extension Manager CS4 2.1 and 2 Adobe BrowserLab Extensions for Dreamweaver CS4 must be installed).
Here is a short overview of the main features of this service :
Define a set of browsers
According your team organisation, or according to the client target, or even according to technical constraints, you may define an appropriate set of browsers.
Visualize sites from differents browsers
The visualization is very interesting to compare rendering in different browser. You may visualize any find of web site, browser by browser, compare to browsers rendering or – and its a very good idea – thanks to the onion skin view which overlap different views using transparency.
A list of Hot Keys are available for people who prefers use keyboard to mouse. This is a constant for Adobe to sensibilize to keys opportunity.
And as always with the Adobe products, documentation on the web is already present, clear and pertinent.
After its Adobe InContext Editing – an online service that allows designers to create, manage, and control editable web pages – Abode consolidate with BrowserLab the offer around its web development IDE Dreamweaver.
I simply recommend the BrowserLab experience.