If you’re a web developer, you know what a massive chore cross browser checking is. Working on a mac is especially problematic because a) the morons at apple decided I couldn’t have a hash symbol key on my keyboard (yet I get that ludicrous crucifix symbol next to 1) and b) because working in web design means getting things straight in Internet Explorer 6+. When designs don’t match up, testing realistically means having a PC around to check differing versions of internet explorer, as sadly it still holds a large market share due to microsoft’s dominance of the OS market and it being installed with the OS.
Now many developers have decided to veto spending countless hours of tweaking to get their sites looking coherent in IE, but for those of us who still aspire to keep things consistent, Adobe have stepped into the breach and present a fantastic time-saving idea in the form of Browser Labs. Visiting the site you’ll be able to compare two versions of your site and even use ‘onion skinning’ (a flash term) style transparency to fade one into another to compare differences.
This amazing tool will no doubt transform many developer’s workflows and for this we salute Adobe. But as such tools progress, and as my colleagues at work have commented, isn’t this the kind of innovation we should have been seeing in Dreamweaver CS4? as opposed to a vague interface overhaul…?