Following on the heels of Adobe’s announcement today that BrowserLab is shutting down its service, Sauce Labs is pleased to extend a special offer to all BrowserLab users to try Sauce’s cloud-based interactive testing service.
We know change is hard, particularly when you’re used to working with a certain tool. That’s why we want to make the switch from BrowserLab to Sauce Labs as seamless as possible. For the next 30 days, you can receive 10 hours of free testing on our service. To redeem this offer, sign up for a free account at http://saucelabs.com/signup, pick the free plan option, and enter in the promo code adobe.
To learn more about Sauce and our offering, read on as we first explore the similarities between the two services. Next we’ll dive into the enhanced features that set us apart from other interactive testing tools out there. Finally, we’ll go through a quick tutorial to get you testing on Sauce and start your free testing time!
So, what’s similar?
Like BrowserLab, our service exists in the cloud so you never have to worry about setting up infrastructure. From Internet Explorer to Firefox to Chrome, we have all the major browsers covered for for Windows, Linux, Mac OS X. We even have mobile browsers on iOS & Android covered.
With Sauce, you can take as many screenshots as you like while exploring how your site looks across various browsers. Every screenshot gets stored on your personal account page so you can access and share them later with colleagues and friends.
With Sauce Connect, our secure tunneling solution, you can easily test local sites or ones behind a firewall. You can read more about Sauce Connect here.
And what’s different?
Each time you open a site on Sauce, we give you control of a real, live browser in our cloud to navigate your site. This not only provides visual confirmation that your website or web app looks how you were expecting, but that it’s behaving correctly too. Your session will be free of left over cookies or junky data to confuse the testing process – just a nice clean machine and browser for you to test on.
Extensive browser support
Testing on Sauce means instant access to more 100+ OS and Browser combinations – including desktop and mobile browsers. When a new browser is released, it’s available in our service immediately. We also have a wide array of legacy browsers, including antiques like Firefox 3.0 and IE 6.
Every browser in our cloud comes equipped with the standard debugging tools, like Firebug and the IE developer toolkit. Additionally, we provide the ability to share your live test session with a co-worker for realtime, collaborative debugging.
As you test your site on Sauce, a video is recorded in the background every time. We find this comes in handy when the time comes to share bugs with the rest of your team – they can really see how the site responds and looks for an end user. To access the video, just close your session and visit your account page to see a list of all your videos and screenshots.
Sounds great, right? So how do you get started?
The first step is to sign up for a free account at http://saucelabs.com/signup. While signing up, click on “I have a promo code” and enter the promo code “adobe” (case-sensitive) to get a bonus 10 hours (600 minutes) of free testing. Once your bonus runs out, you can continue on the free plan (30 minutes of free testing a month) or sign up for the $12 a month plan where you will get unlimited manual testing minutes.
In addition, if you’re on a Mac, we suggest trying out Sauce for Mac, our native desktop app for cross-browser testing. Designed with the front-end developer and web designer in mind, you can command-tab across multiple browsers and OSs simultaneously. To download Sauce for Mac and get started, check out this blog post.
If you’re a PC user or prefer to use a browser from your Mac, after you have signed up and are logged into your account, you can launch a new interactive session right from your account page by clicking on “New Interactive Session.” A box will pop up prompting you to enter your URL and select a browser and OS.
Next you’ll see a page letting you know we’re spinning up your browser. Every time you test on Sauce, we provision a new, pristine virtual machine (VM) for you. When you’re done testing, we destroy that VM, ensuring no data or cookies are ever stored or shared between users and sessions. (Read more about our careful approach to security).
You are now in full control of the browser to start interactively testing your website!
You can take a screenshot, log an issue, or even share the live session with another person for interactive debugging:
When you’re done testing, simply end the session. You’ll be automatically redirected to your account page, which is where you can access the video and screenshots from your test sessions. Here’s an example of what that will look like: https://saucelabs.com/tests/2dfaab0f656a460297446b159ecdbc17.