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    Cross Browser Testing

    Hi, does anyone know if there is a way of testing browsers on a Mac from a PC... thanks in advance for your help...

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    Maybe http://browsershots.org/ ? Probably mis-understood, but not sure what you meant "from a PC". "P You can run any computer from any computer using software like TeamViewer.
    Last edited by Major Payne; 12-14-2011 at 05:54 AM.

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    If you are looking to test IE which is only available on the PC, but you only have a Mac, you will need to download a virtual machine, load the windows operating system and go from there.

    If you are on a PC, but wish to see what things look like in a browser on a Mac, they are likely to look the same as long as you have the same browser (either mac or PC version should technically produce the same results).

    You can download Safari on PC. Firefox will look the same on Mac and PC. IE... you can only download a really old IE for Mac that is no longer being used.

    If you still want modern IE on your mac, you should download a virtual machine and load up a Windows OS into it; it will run in a separate window. This requires an Intel-based mac. A virtual machine comes with the PC-based OS preinstalled.

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    What I always use is VMWare. Then, all you have to do is get an image of various Microsoft operating systems. You will most probably want two versions of Windows XP (one for Internet Explorer 7 and one for Internet Explorer 8), then have an image for Vista or Windows 7 that you can install Internet Explorer 9 on. On any of these images, you can also install Firefox, Safari PC and Chrome.

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    Oh, and the reason for VMWare is that it will give you native environments for all browsers. IE8 and 9 both have Developer Tools built in, which will simulate the IE7 and 8 environments, but there are times in which you will get false readings. Thus the reason why you should have native environments for all browsers.

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    Sorry again for not posting this in my last post. My response was for if you were using a Mac and needed to emulate things for a PC. If you are on a PC, then what you still need to do is get VMWare and an OSX image. You will run the OSX image from within VMWare, and be able to use a native Max OSX environment directly from within your Windows Operating System. And, just as with what I posted above, you can still run Windows XP images even if you are running Windows Vista or 7.

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    Cool, thanks for your help...

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    You can try eggPlant; the GUI based test tool will be suitable for MAC.

    Visit testplant.com for more information.

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