Scott Hanselman

Hanselminutes Podcast 227 - Inside Expression SuperPreview with developer Mike Calvo

August 20, '10 Comments [0] Posted in ASP.NET | Podcast
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Scott talks to Mike Calvo, a Microsoft Lead Developer based out of Minnesota (!) about Expression SuperPreview. SuperPreview helps developers and designers with cross-browser CSS and HTML issues. How'd they build it and with what? What's inside? How does the cloud fit in and how do they support Safari?

I played with SuperPreview a bit last year, but started looking at it again last month when I noticed that version 4 has introduced support for Safari on Mac via a Cloud-based Remote Service.

I fired up Expression SuperPreview 4, and saw this:

Remove Browsers Beta Signup

Then I signed up:

Signup screen for Expression SuperPreview Remote Browsers Beta

Which enabled Mac Safari for this initial beta. I assume they'll add a pile of other browsers. If I don't see immediate browser support for ALynx, the Amiga port of Unix/VMS Lynx browser, then Microsoft sucks and they don't care about the little guy!

IE6, 7, 8, FireFox 3.6 and Safari 4 Mac in SuperPreview

So now I can compare DOM layouts between Windows FireFox 3.6 (on the left) and Safari 4 Mac (on the right). You can also compare between browsers and PhotoShop comps.

Windows FireFox 3.6 (on the left) and Safari 4 Mac (on the right)

More details on how this works in this episode of the podcast!

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Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. I am a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.

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