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NetRendererIf you create websites, you know the trouble of getting it to look right on all browsers, especially in Internet Explorer on Windows.

Thanks to NetRenderer’s free web testing tool, you can instantly test what your site looks like in IE, without even owning a PC. Simply type in a URL, and NetRenderer will open a remote version of IE, capture a screenshot of your site, and deliver it straight to you.

IE NetRenderer allows you to check how a website is rendered by Internet Explorer 7, 6 or 5.5, as seen from a high speed datacenter located in Germany. Just type in a URL in the field above and try it out – it’s free! Unlike other screenshot services, we are able to process a large number of capturing jobs in parallel and in realtime, making it the fastest service that we know of.

From my own tests, it really is quite speedy. Because it doesn’t yet support other browsers such as Firefox, Parallels would be a better option for more robust testing.

And how about a tool to see what sites look like on a Mac, without a Mac?

via Erik Spiekermann

12 Comments

  • scott

    gravatarMay 30, 2007
    11:00 am

    very cool. i’ve been looking for a way to test IE without using my roommate’s pc. good find

  • g

    gravatarMay 30, 2007
    11:19 am

    “via Erik Spiekermann” – the famous typographer (to graphic designers anyways)?

  • Chanpory

    gravatarMay 30, 2007
    11:35 am

    g,

    Indeed, the very one. I know him from working at MetaDesign. He’s a pleasure to chat up. Check out his redesigned blog:

    http://www.spiekermann.com/mten/

  • Peter Wooley

    gravatarMay 30, 2007
    11:49 am

    If you’re looking for a tool to view screenshots from Safari on a Mac, without a Mac, check out http://browsrcamp.com/

  • Sam Lu

    gravatarMay 30, 2007
    12:09 pm

    Thanks for sharing this! It’s going to be a real timesaver.

  • Sylvain Lemire

    gravatarMay 30, 2007
    4:14 pm

    It would need more polish for me to use. It’s so fast that it does not give time for images finishing loading… I still prefer BrowserCam, more complete, but 50$ a month!

  • Zalary

    gravatarMay 30, 2007
    4:23 pm

    http://browsershots.org

    not exactly speedy, but very useful if you really want to see what your site look likes across many browsers.

  • Mark Fitchett

    gravatarMay 30, 2007
    11:05 pm

    Older versions of the Mac OS can be run from a USB drive. See :

    http://lifehacker.com/software/os-to-go/run-mac-os-from-a-thumb-drive-on-a-pc-262003.php

  • Aaron Bassett

    gravatarMay 31, 2007
    2:15 am

    It would be a great service if it worked :( Don’t get me wrong it returns screenshots really quickly but they are not accurate.

    I viewed a couple of different sites in IE6 & IE7 and the screenshots showed layout issues which are not present when the view the sites in the actual browsers. (we run IE6 & IE7 on different machines in the studio so I could test the sites in the actual browsers as well for comparison)

    So if you are going to use this service take it’s results with a pinch of salt! You could spend ages trying to fix a layout bug which doesn’t exist in the real browser!

  • Nabeel

    gravatarMay 31, 2007
    8:08 pm

    In todays world of Browser Compatibility it is important that web designers and developers see their site in different browsers. Do you also have a good resource for PC users to see their sites on Mac browsers?

    Nabeel http://nabeelzeeshan.blogspot.com

  • Mark Shead

    gravatarJun 3, 2007
    10:34 pm

    I always find it depressing to see what my sites look like in IE-especially version 5 and 6. :)

  • Bob

    gravatarJun 15, 2007
    4:58 pm

    Because you start sentences with because I stopped reading.