The look and feel of any website is judged upon quite a few parameters and one of the most important one is cross browser compatibility. The techniques of web development have undergone a massive change in recent years. Leading website design companies truly understand that with more and more people using a variety of browsers to view websites, it is essential that any website they develop needs to look essential the same on any browser. From a technical viewpoint this is what is referred to as cross browser compatibility.
In conjunction to cross browser compatibility there is also another popular term used by many and that is multi-browser however there is a difference between both these terminologies. While cross browser refers to the ability of any website to look the same on any browser and any version, multi-browser refers to a website working in a variety of web browsers like Chrome, Firefox, Safari, IE etc.
While developing any website, one strong challenge faced by any web development company is the ability to create a website that can run seamless and look consistent across any web browser. If the visitor cannot view the website properly then the person would most likely blame it on the website and as a result you may lose on a potential customer. This is why there are quite a number of tools that can help you check cross browser compatibility and identify elements that need to be rectified to make the site work across any browser. Here are a set of 10 useful and some of the best tools that can assist you in many ways:
1. Cross Browser Testing Tool
This specific tool works on multiple OS as well as browser configurations thus meeting a variety of requirements when it comes to cross browser compatibility. This tool is considered to be a great tool for cross browser testing and supports JS, Flash and Ajax. A free trial of this testing tool is usually available for a limited period of time.
Browsers it supports: IE (Internet Explorer), Safari, Google Chrome, Opera, Mozilla FF, Netscape and more…
Operating System it supports: Windows 98, 2000, Professional, XP, Vista, Fedora Core6, Apple iOS, Windows Mobile 6.0 and 6.5, BlackBerry O5 and OS6.
2. IE Tab
The IE Tab is an add-on that can be used in Firefox as well as in the Chrome browser. You can see any web page in the internet browser within the tab. This tool for many is an all time favorite and is available at no cost. The best thing about IE tab is that it very simple and extremely light. It comes in handy for most testers and developers to be able to see a web page in internet browser on a single click from either Chrome or FF browsers.
Prime features of IE tab:
– Permits users to see web pages that need ActiveX controls
– Any specific URL can be browsed through using IE tab
– All IE configs are accessible
– Flexibility to see Windows Explorer to browse through local files
3. Spoon Browser Sandbox
The spoon.net browser Sandbox has been used for quite some time now and is considered to be a powerful testing tool for cross browser compatibility. It supports all kinds of web and mobile browsers as well as backward compatibility. The Spoon Browser does not need to be installed on any machine. This tool also supports a wide range of plug-ins like Firebug, ActiveX, applets, CSS and JS and more.
The tool can test web browsers like Firefox 11, 12, 13 and 14+, IE6 and above, Chrome 17+, Opera 9+ and mobile browsers.
4. Microsoft SuperPreview
This cross browser tool is considered to be a wonderful tool and seems to make things simpler. It is compatible on a variety of versions like IE, Mozilla FF as well as Apple Safari.
The best thing about SuperPreview is that you have the option to view multiple pages with multiple browsers at one point of time which helps save time. Plus you also get to see rendering of pages both vertically and horizontally.
Browsers it supports: IE 6+, Firefox 3.6+, Safari 4+ and Mac
The browser tool can be downloaded from Microsoft free of cost.
This cross browser tool works on the basis of webpage snapshots that can be taken on a single click of a mouse button. You are able to identify and report any UI issues by just browsing through the captured images. The tool is compatible on a variety of web browsers both on a free or paid basis. While the free version supports not more than two browsers with limited screenshot the paid one supports a variety of browsers with multiple screenshots.
Browsers it supports: IE, FF, Opera, Safari, and Google Chrome
This is a free open source cross browser tester and is perfect for online web applications. Just like Browserseal, it also allows you to take screenshots of any web page on various browsers however it also factors in the OS. It assists by showcasing how an app may look in a specific browser and this is only possible if you select the browser and OS combination. The only drawback of this tool is that the analysis may consume considerable time while analyzing.
Browsers it supports: Google Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Safari, SeaMonkey, Navigator, Netscape, and Avant etc.
7. IE Tester
The IE tester tool allows you to test any web page on different Internet Explorer versions at the same time. It is a free web application tool and is basically used for checking compatibility on the IE web browser. The tool supports browser versions of IE on Windows 7, Vista and XP.
Browsers it supports: IE 6, 7, 8 and 9 and IE10 preview
Supported Operating System: Windows 7, Vista and XP
8. Cloud Testing
This tool is used to test and verify the GUI of various websites and the functionality on operating systems that use cloud. It is a perfect user friendly tool and can run on browsers like Chrome, Opera, IE and many more.
Browsers it supports: Mozilla Firefox 3, 3.5, 3.6, IE 6 and above, Apple Safari 3.2+, Chrome latest version and Opera 9.6
This is a purely paid service and offers testers and developers to view web pages on a variety of browsers and operating systems. It works on combination of any browser with an OS. You can enjoy code testing, testing of any dynamic functionality on all kinds of platforms. The tool also has the capability to capturing screenshots. A free demo version is also available for maximum 24 hours.
Browsers it supports: IE, Safari, Chrome, Opera, Firefox and more…
10. Adobe BrowserLab
This specific tool is considered to be one of the best online services that can test cross browser compatibility. It works on the concept of Preview, Compare and Display of the web content. You can compare screenshots on multiple browsers simultaneously and also optimize your website effectively. The only drawback found in the tool is that it does not work on Linux and supporting browsers.
Browsers it supports: IE, Safari, Mozilla FF and Chrome