‘Alkaline’ by ‘Litmus’ - Windows Browser Testing For Mac Users

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‘Alkaline’ is a new product released by ‘Litmus’(http://litmusapp.com/), one of the major web professionals in the world, focusing on developing user-friendly applications for browsers and e-mail news letter testing. Created by Shiny Development, for ‘Litmus’, ‘Alkaline’ focuses Mac users, as this helps to conduct successful testing on Windows browsers and e-mail clients without using ‘Parallels’ or VMware. This desktop application pairs with your online Litmus account and helps in doing some very powerful testing.

Browser Representation

Users can select up to 17 browsers for testing. They are separated into Popular and Edge-Case categories. This helps to categorize the results according to the priorities, and to focus the efforts to improve the performance of the most popular option.

Using Litmus Email Testing plugin you can see the screenshots of your email newsletter as it may look across the major email clients.
This helps you to do a quick E-mail testing, which can time consuming otherwise.

Litmus takes utmost care to run your email through a wide range of spam filters. If your email fails to pass them, Litmus helps in finding out the causative factor, so that you can fix it quickly.

Easy to use

Users have to enter the url id or send a test e-mail news letter (an address will be provided), to capture the needed screen shots.
The testing will be completed soon and the results, as well as screenshots of each of the browsers or e-mail clients, HTML and CSS validation results, and an option to download the screenshots into a ZIP file, will be ready.

Reviving and Retesting

On completion of the test you can navigate through the screen shots received, and review it. Users get the needed screen shots within the individual browser windows as well as in full page views (both can be zoomed).  Each thumbnail can be analyzed and marked as compatible or incompatible, so that it much easier to revisit later. You need not go through the entire screenshots.

An important feature of ‘Alkaline’ is the option to retest on an individual basis. This can save a lot of your time. You needn’t wait for the entire batch if you need to retest a certain browser.


You can avail a user-friendly dashboard setup for managing your existing tests and running new ones. Users can see at a glance whatever they have tested and the results obtained. This makes future reference much easier and manageable. And it always keeps record of any tests run directly in Alkaline, so that everything can be viewed at one place.

The other notable features include

• ‘Integration with other Mac development applications like Panic’s Coda and Macromate’s TextMate’
• ‘Extras that include the ability to run e-mail tests by sending your messages to a static address and a bookmarklet that lets you test any web page you’re currently viewing.’
• Option to publish compatibility reports, for team members and clients.

As Alkaline is free to download you can avail the services using a Litmus account. A free access package includes testing on Internet Explorer 7 and Firefox 2.0. But you have to become a paid member, to access the full range of browsers and many of the other features listed above. The pricing options include a 24-hour pass ($24 USD), or a monthly subscription ($49 USD).
If you’re a Mac user, hope you have started thinking about ‘Alkaline’.


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