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Microsoft Expression SuperPreview

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This is old news. Please rather see the article: Browser Testing for Multiple IE’s and Mobiles

Cross browser friendly web design

If you are a good web designer, you will want to make sure that your web design looks the same in all browsers.

Adhering to W3C standards helps a lot in this arena, but even so, if you’ve been web designing for a while, you will have figured out by now that IE6 (Internet Explorer 6) is the bane of all web designers.

Often you will find that you can get a website to look the same in all other important browsers (IE7 & 8, Firefox, Opera, Safari, Google Chrome) but you have to resort to css hacks for IE6.

To throw another spanner in the works, you can only run one version of Internet Explorer on your machine. So that means if you want to upgrade to Windows 7, you automatically have IE8 and can’t test in IE6. Up till now, Web designers have been using various work arounds such as:

  • Running a dual boot PC
  • Running a virtual PC
  • Using screenshot generators like browsershots

Well it seems that Microsoft themselves have now realised how retarded the whole situation is and have offered a solution and uncharacteristically, it’s free…
Microsoft Expression SuperPreview is a stand alone application that allows you to test websites in IE6, IE7 and IE8. It even has a nifty overlay function, so you can fix those 1 pixel discrepancies.

You can view example screenshots and download it free here:
http://www.microsoft.com/expression/products/Web_Overview.aspx

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