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Software Spotlight: IETester

By: , On Friday, February 6th, 2009

IE Tester Screen Shot

IE Tester Screen Shot

IETester is a program which allows you to test web pages in multiple versions of Internet Explorer. This program is free for personal use, or a licenses can be purchased for professional use.

The current version 0.2.3 allows for testing in IE versions 5.5 through 8 beta2. IETester allows users to simultaneously test sites with each included version of IE. Results can be viewed tab by tab, or in a split window side by side by dragging a open tab into the viewing area of the window.

The program hasn’t made it to version 1 yet so obviously there are still some quirks, but in my testing I’ve found that the CSS and HTML render the same in the IE6 component of IETester as they do in the real deal, which makes IETester the best solution I’ve found so far for anyone trying to test for IE6 in Windows Vista or later.

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3 Responses to “Software Spotlight: IETester”

  1. Mike Thornley Says:

    I have used this a few times. Tis ok. Also, i think covers most of the Apple browsers also. :p

  2. Gem Says:

    I don’t know if this is still something that I find useful, especially that most are using Firefox and the the latest version of IE.

    But this IETester is surely a must if I am expecting more IE users than Firefox ones.

    Wardell Reply:

    @Gem, That’s good news, but sadly a significant amount of people still use IE6. As you can see from the screen shot above I simply display a message urging users of IE 6 and earlier to upgrade their browser on my personal site. But in my experience you don’t have to look too hard to find a client who’s using IE6 for what ever reason, and who requires their site to support IE6. But this program also supports versions 7 and 8 as well, both of which will continue to pick up users as IE6 continues to fade out. :-B

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