baia — 2011-05-04T09:15:31-04:00 — #1
Is there an easy way to test a website with IE7 without having to install virtual machines or stuff like that ?
ralphm — 2011-05-04T09:33:53-04:00 — #2
If I want a quick, static view, I just use BrowserLab.
You could also try [BrowserShots or [URL="http://ipinfo.info/netrenderer/index.php"]NetRenderer](http://browsershots.org/).
baia — 2011-05-04T10:55:55-04:00 — #3
Yes I know this page and I used it a couple times. But this is not really testing.
How do the majority of web designer test their pages with IE7 ?
ralphm — 2011-05-04T11:49:57-04:00 — #4
Well, obviously the best way is by testing in IE7. It's not too hard to set up a virtual machine, or maybe have a spare laptop or something.
Short of that, a lot of people use [IE Tester or [URL="http://spoon.net/browsers/"]Spoon](http://www.my-debugbar.com/wiki/IETester/HomePage).
Another option is to use Compatability View (may not be the right name) in IE8, which is supposed to render pages in IE7 mode. I don't think it's totally reliable though.
webexp — 2011-10-20T01:10:14-04:00 — #5
BrowserShots and IETester are your best bets. The new IE9 has some render tools to help.
system — 2011-10-23T14:04:46-04:00 — #6
If you have IE9 installed, open up the developer tools, and choose "Browser Mode: IE7 Standards"
It's not perfect, but it's usually close enough... though all the tools are nothing like the real thing, which is why I usually say suck it up and build a VM. Go find some old XP CD, an old dead computer to grab the keycode off of, and install away -- I like to have two copies; one with 7 native, and one with 6 native.
... and forget about idiocy like browsershots, browsercams and other nonsense -- NEVER renders anything like the real browser does (for me at least), takes too damned long to see changes when doing real development, you can't test dynamic layouts in them -- just not worth the hassles.
stomme_poes — 2011-10-24T05:10:59-04:00 — #7
It's not perfect, but it's usually close enough... though all the tools are nothing like the real thing, which is why I usually say suck it up and build a VM.
I used to use browsershots specifically for seeing Mac fonts, as I don't have a Mac. However, there was only one Mac computer in the cloud at that time, and eventually they removed it last time I was there... and it took about 40 minutes to get a screenshot, every time. Bah.
There's another tool I found called load.in however it's a paid service, and more for testing large sites around the world in different browsers. And it seems to lose sites who require www subdomains for some reason. So I couldn't test any sites that required that.
ralphm — 2011-10-24T05:14:19-04:00 — #8
If you want to test Mac font rendering, just look at the rendering in Windows, close your eyes, and image those fonts looking ten times better, and that will give you a pretty accurate idea of how they look.
stomme_poes — 2011-10-24T05:15:30-04:00 — #9
Well for example, Zapfino is freaking huge... wanted to try it on a header, but needed to see how badly it showed. It was bad, so I ended up removing it, but needed a Mac view to see it. It's got evil line-height.
ralphm — 2011-10-24T05:32:30-04:00 — #10
Yeah, sorry, I should have thought of Mac-only fonts. If you ever need a screen shot, let me know.