The market has long been screaming for a way to test multiple versions of Internet Explorer on the same installation of windows.
Along comes Microsoft Expression Blend 3 Super Preview (free download), which claims to be able to test your pages in IE 6, 7 and 8 all on the same machine, and without installing previous versions, the paid version can even do Firefox.
Now I know a lot of the web development community are excited by this product, but I personally am not too sure this app will find its way into my list of useful web development tools.
So what exactly is wrong with it. It starts off looking really good, the installer is clean, and the app has a decent enough interface.
- Its too slow. It takes so long to load pages into the preview it goes against the flow of the way I design. This is to make small changes, save and check in each browser. This way when an issue comes up I can correct it without having to rewrite too much code. Unfortunately during testing, I found that a refresh could take up to 40 seconds per page on my live site. I am constantly saving and checking and so this product would just drive me crazy with all the wait time.
- I guess the main reason I dislike it: Its called super preview, but it doesn’t give you a live preview option, where you can click around and test the functionality of your site. It only loads a static view and after that the JS or dynamic content cannot be checked, unfortunately.
So if you really want to know how to test in IE 6, 7 or 8. Here are some options for you.