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Has anyone used this website.

From what I gather it will take pictures of how your website looks in differant browsers on differant OS, and allow you to view these online. It seems alright, but it is a pay for service. I was hoping maybe someone could share a review, before I plunk down any money. ?

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It's a well known and much used site, your money should be well spent.

You will probably find that they offer a trial run of the service, so you can test it out before parting with any cash.

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It's a bloody great idea.

However, you could also install multiple browsers on your machine - I use IE (preinstalled with Windows) and Fx. You can also ask mac users to test - this has the benefit of them knowing how to fix problems too.

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I was thinking of using it primarily to test out mac browsers, since I have no mac. Thanks for the posts

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lordelric wrote:
I was thinking of using it primarily to test out mac browsers, since I have no mac. Thanks for the posts
I'm not trying to be a salesman or anything but if it is in your budget you can pick a new one up for $499 and it will work with your current monitor. Smile

If browsercam.com is allowable in your budget then buying a mac may actually save you some cash in the long run.

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I think is not worth the price.

it would be really nice to have such service, but not at that price.
not at all.

$59.95 per month
$479.40 per year

its too much.

I know sometimes we don't have a mac or linux or whatever to test our site, but i would rather look for a friend with mac and linux than pay for such service that price.

you may think is not easy to have people to check for you and less to fix out of their tips.
you can think it would be annoying for them to have you bother for this check.
yes you're right.
but on the net you can find so many opportunity to have people check for you on different browser and platform.

it all depends on if you can afford it.
personally I don't think I would pay so much this service.
I don't give it that value.

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Yeah, that's just too much to spend. As triumph noted, you can get a new mac mini for $500. If you look around a bit, you can find a reconditioned mac for under $350. You won't be able to play games on it, but it will be perfect to get those pesky safari screens.

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I have to agree with tripleshift in that it is a bit expensive.

In addition I would say that it's not actually that great a testing tool for proper extesive testing. By it's very nature it only allows testing of static stuff. Often many of the things that need fixing are as a result of interaction with the site - ie resizing window can do devious things to floated elements, filling in forms and getting back error messages/responses of some kind, hover whatnots ect ect ect. All of these are left untouched

For the amount it costs and the extra time you have to spend waiting I'm sure it's more economical to buy a mac if that's all your using it for.

That all said if it was more reasonably priced it would be useful to see a general over view of what things look like in the more obscure browser/platform combinations, but i'm not sure I could use it often to do actual bug fixing.

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You can view Safari screenshots for free here:

http://www.danvine.com/icapture/

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and you can buy older macs for testing. i got an old imac for $100 but had problems getting osx on it. so yesterday i got an ibook for $300 that already had osx on it. works like a charm for testing. i started by using icapture, but i need to test javascript functionality, not just verify that a layout looks good.

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Cool Evryone thank you for the ideas and help

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secretagentgel wrote:
i got an old imac for $100 but had problems getting osx on it.
Was the problem with acquiring OS X or actually having it work on the iMac?

I owned an original iMac which used OS X quite handily.

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the cd-rom seemed to be giving it problems. in theory it should run osx just fine, i just couldnt get the computer to load the os. it would just stop during the install process.

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the cd-rom seemed to be giving it problems. in theory it should run osx just fine, i just couldnt get the computer to load the os. it would just stop during the install process.

coreyAh, yes. The good ol' crappy CD/DVD player. Here is a pic of mine when the DVD drive refused to read CDs. I tore it open and used a good CD burner to install the OS's.


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nice. since this is literally just to test sites in safari, it just wasn't worth my time. 'course now i have this imac to try to sell.

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