Adobe Systems today (June 3) unveiled a free preview of Adobe BrowserLab, a new hosted service. It’ll enable Web designers to view and test their sites on a wide variety of browsers and operating systems.

Previously code-named Meer Meer, Adobe BrowserLab provides Web professionals with real-time accurate screenshots of browser renderings. It includes multiple viewing and diagnostic tools to help designers pinpoint compatibility issues that can compromise the design and layout integrity of a Web site or page, says the company.

Key features of Adobe BrowserLab include support for all modern browsers and operating systems so that Web designers can see how their Web pages will appear across multiple browsers and on a variety of platforms. 

The initial set of browsers that are supported include Windows Internet Explorer 6.x and 7.x; Firefox 2.x and 3.x; and Safari 3.x. 

The capability is enabled by virtualization technology, hosted through a cloud-based application, which eliminates the need to have browsers installed on a system before testing a site. 

Adobe BrowserLab lets designers compare and contrast browsers via an interface that works on any Adobe Flash Player 10 enabled operating system, making it compatible with Mac and Windows. 

While Adobe BrowserLab can be used by any Web designer it provides Adobe Dreamweaver CS4 users extended capabilities to also test Flash technology-based and interactive site elements, including dynamic widgets, rollover effects, and AJAX driven content. 

According to the company, Adobe BrowserLab is available now in English only as a free preview on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

More information is available at: http://browserlab.adobe.com

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About Rakesh Raman

Have extensive editorial, content management, and integrated communications experience and have worked as a senior tech journalist, analyst, and columnist with different newspapers, magazines, and Web/online properties in India.

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