CB testing can be done manually as well as with the help of variety of tools. However, testing the site manually can be very time consuming and test engineers can miss some defects in this process. CB testing with the help of tools can be very helpful as it saves a lot of time and there is a rare chance of missing any defect in Web application. Tools available in the market are mostly for finding the Visual defects in the website. However, tools for testing the functional working of the application across different browsers are also available and are available in web as well as desktop versions.
TOOLS TO LOCATE VISUAL DEFECTS IN WEB APPLICATIONS
- Browserstack.com: It is web based cross browser testing tools for websites or web Application. User can enter the URL of the website and then he can select his desired operating system and Browser available in the tool.
- CrossBrowserTesting.com: It is a web based cross browser testing tool for testing the Website or Web application across different Browsers on a variety of Operating systems and Mobile devices. User can take one of the browsers as a base browser for comparison and rendering differences of other browsers will be displayed or the user can compare the screenshot images side by side for more effective testing.
- Microsoft Expression Web SuperPreview: It is a desktop application for finding the visual defects of the web application across different browsers by comparison. A standalone version of this software supports only Internet Explorer but a complete version supports Firefox and Safari also.
COMPARISON OF CB TOOLS AGAINST 8 FACTORS
|Comparison Factors||BrowserStack||CorssBrowserTesting||Browsera||Microsoft Expression Web Super Preview|
|App Type||This is a Web application.||This is a Web application.||This is a Web application.||This is a desktop application.|
|Manual/Automated||User has to find the errors manually.||Differences of other browsers are displayed and user can also find the errors manually.||Automatically find errors.||User has to find the defects manually.|
|Subscription||Subscription required for its proper usage.||Subscription required for its proper usage.||Subscription required for its proper usage also provides free Subscription for its limited usage.||License Key is required for activation.|
|Test Results||Let the user to take the screen shots of the defected portion. User has to prepare test results itself.||Locates rendering differences OR User can prepare the test results itself.||User will get a report that provides details on which pages of website possibly have problems.||User has to prepare test results itself.|
|Supported Browsers||IE, FF, Chrome, Safari, Opera.||IE, FF, Chrome, Safari, Android Browser||IE, FF, Safari.||IE, FF, Safari.|
|Supported Platforms||Windows, MAC, IOS, Android, Opera Mobile.||Android, Black Berry, iPad, iPhone, Windows Phone, MAC, Windows, Ubuntu||Platform specifications not mentioned.||Windows|
|Registration||Requires user account registration for Proper usage.||Requires user account registration for proper usage.||Requires user account registration for proper usage.||No Registration is required.|
|Cost Measures||User has to pay for its usage.||User has to pay for its usage.||User has to pay for its usage but a free trial period is also offered.||Open source. User can download it from internet for free.|
At Kualitatem Inc, we use variety of tools during manual CB testing to improve work efficiency and ensuring Cross Browser Web quality. Choice of tool often depends on project needs and test requirements.
If you have been using any other exciting and useful tools, please share with us.
About the Author: Umar Zaman is working as Software Test Engineer at Kualitatem Inc. He works on Web and Mobile apps Functional and Cross Browser/Platform testing. He loves to explore and Implement new testing Concepts and trends and is always passionate about his work.
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