Microsoft Expression Web SuperPreview for Windows Internet Explorer

Posted on September 14, 2009. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Web site creation | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Microsoft Expression Web SuperPreview for Windows Internet Explorer is a free utility that lets you compare how a web page will look in IE 6 and 8.

Now that Internet Explorer 8 is trying to stick closer to the internationally-agreed standards for web pages, many older pages will not display properly in version 8.  Here’s a way for webmasters to check.

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How-To Speed Up, Customize, and Secure Firefox, Chrome, IE8, and Opera

Posted on August 11, 2009. Filed under: browsers, Firefox, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Techniques | Tags: , , , , , , , |

MaximumPC has a post on  How-To: Speed Up, Customize, and Secure Firefox, Chrome, IE8, and Opera.

Lots of good advice on improving your browsers performance.

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Xenocode browser sandbox

Posted on April 27, 2009. Filed under: browsers, Firefox, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Online Software, viewers, Web site creation | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Xenocode lets you Run IE8/IE7/IE6, Firefox, Safari, Chrome, and Opera from the web.

Now you can test out how your website looks in a variety of browsers without having to have them all on your own computer.

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Is IE8 really slow? Tip to speed it up!

Posted on April 27, 2009. Filed under: Help, Microsoft Internet Explorer | Tags: , , , , , , , |

ZDNet’s Ed Bott, in his post Is IE8 really fat and slow? includes a tip “that re-registers the ActiveX Interface Marshaling Library, an obscure DLL that most people (even Microsoft experts) had never heard about.”

Using this may speed up your Internet Explorer 8 so you can use it faster.

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Microsoft’s SuperPreview

Posted on April 27, 2009. Filed under: browsers, Firefox, Freeware/Shareware, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Web site creation | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Microsoft’s SuperPreview is a ZDNet post on the “tool allows developers and designers to see how their sites look and work with different browsers so they can debug them more easily.”

“SuperPreview is part of Microsoft’s forthcoming Expression Web 3 release. Microsoft made available for download a subset of the full SuperPreview tool — the part that developers and designers  can use to compare how their sites look in Internet Explorer (IE) 6, 7 and 8. The full release of SuperPreview will allow developers to also compare how their sites look in Firefox, Sarari…”

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How to Block a Website in Internet Explorer 7

Posted on April 11, 2009. Filed under: Microsoft Internet Explorer, Techniques | Tags: , , , , , |

How to Block a Website in Internet Explorer 7 in 5 steps (with pictures) is a wikihow post on something useful to IE users.

IE doesn’t make it too simple, but many popups tend to be from the same sources, so if you don’t get too specific (stop listing the URL at the first / and use an asterisk * in the first part: *.adplace.com/ for example), you can cut down on those annoying popups once you get enough sources listed.

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Xmarks now syncs bookmarks across browsers

Posted on April 6, 2009. Filed under: browsers, Firefox, Freeware/Shareware, Microsoft Internet Explorer | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Xmarks is the new incarnation of a personal recommended favorite add-on for Firefox, but now it is available for IE and Safari!

Xmarks (formerly Foxmarks) is a free bookmark synchronizing service, which now can be used with Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Safari browsers.  Now you can sync your bookmarks (including your bookmarks toolbar) in any of these browsers (just install the freeware on the computer you’re currently using) and it syncs all the bookmarks to the latest ones you have.

If you’re using Firefox, it also syncs your Sage RSS feeds too.

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Final Builds Site – Internet Explorer Collection

Posted on March 13, 2009. Filed under: browsers, Freeware/Shareware, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Web site creation | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Final Builds Site – Internet Explorer Collection is a site for web site developers.

Internet Explorer prefers to install new versions over old ones, which makes it difficult to test your web site on older versions than you currently have.

This site offers IE from 1.2.0.2 up to a beta version of 8, which allows you to test as far back as you’re likely to need.

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Install multiple versions of IE on your PC

Posted on December 15, 2008. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Web site creation | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

If only everyone used the same updated software… but they don’t.

TredoSoft has a post on how to Install multiple versions of IE on your PC | TredoSoft.

Using a special installer, you can put older versions of Microsoft Internet Explorer on your computer and see how your web site works with them.

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Transmute converts your bookmarks between browsers

Posted on December 8, 2008. Filed under: browsers, Firefox, Microsoft Internet Explorer | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Transmute is a “freeware bookmark conversion utility.”

“This amazing utility will help you to try out different web browsers, synchronize bookmarks between systems, organize bookmarks, convert bookmarks for use in bookmark managers, share bookmarks with others and more. And best of all, it’s free!”

When you want to try out a different browser, this is one way to convert your bookmarks to the new browser.

Transmute is the first and only bookmark converter to export bookmarks between all of the major web browsers:

Google ChromeGoogle Chrome
Transmute supports the new Chrome browser, including dev channel releases.
Mozilla FirefoxMozilla Firefox
Firefox 1 & 2 are supported as well as Firefox 3, with its new database model.
Internet ExplorerMicrosoft Internet Explorer
Microsoft Internet Explorer and Windows Vista are fully supported.
OperaOpera
Opera browser hotlists are also well supported for easy importing and exporting.
Apple SafariApple Safari
Safari is the web browser from the people behind the iPhone and iPod.
ChromiumChromium
Chromium is the open-source project behind Google Chrome.
FlockFlock
Flock is a social web browser based on Mozilla Firefox.

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What sites do you trust?

Posted on October 7, 2008. Filed under: browsers, Help, Microsoft Internet Explorer | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Internet Fixes has instructions on adding web sites you trust to the Internet Explorer Trusted Zone — or the Restricted Zone, if you’d rather keep away from them.

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PriceAdvance add-ons for IE and Firefox

Posted on July 14, 2008. Filed under: Buying, Firefox, Freeware/Shareware, Microsoft Internet Explorer | Tags: , , , , , , , |

PriceAdvance has add-ons for both IE and Firefox, which search for products that you’re currently viewing, to see if other prices can be found elsewhere.  Freeware add-ons.

Note: some proxy servers may interfere with this add-on working.

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Bcheck to Be sure!

Posted on March 4, 2008. Filed under: browsers, Security | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

MakeUseOf has a review of Bcheck, a free browser security checker.

Features

  • Supports Firefox, Internet Explorer and Opera browsers.
  • Test options: Test only for bugs specific to your type of browser, Run all available tests or Manually select individual tests.
  • Check out site statistics on ‘browser distribution’ and ‘percentage of vulnerable browsers’.

Be aware — this site will deliberately try to crash your browser, so the test requires persistent cookies to be enabled. The cookie is used to restore your session after browser crash.

It’s a good idea to close all other programs before trying this.  Use at your own risk.

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Less than perfect web pages?

Posted on March 4, 2008. Filed under: browsers, Microsoft Internet Explorer | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Let’s face it — not every web page programmer graduated at the top of the class….

Sometimes, you get those annoying messages from Internet Explorer, such as “A Runtime Error has occurred. Do you wish to Debug?” or “Internet Explorer Script Error. An error has occurred in the script on line 1. Do you wish to continue running scripts on this page?”

Internet Fixes has advice on why that might happen, and how to disable the warning in Internet Explorer if you still must see as much as possible on that page.

You may also be able to get past the problem by using another browser to view the page, such as Firefox.

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Browsershots for testing your web site

Posted on February 4, 2008. Filed under: browsers, Web site creation | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

[Rant mode = ON]  One of the biggest pains in creating and maintaining things on the World Wide Web is a certain company, because they refuse to stick to the standards laid out by the World Wide Web Consortium for code on the web.  They still hope that by using special software and non-standard methods, they can force everyone to use only their own Internet Explorer to view sites (oops – now I’ve given away which company, haven’t I?).  [Rant mode = OFF]

This means that a lot of sites don’t behave the same in much more standard browsers like Firefox or Safari, as they do in IE.  In fact, even IE version 6 and version 7 don’t behave consistently with some sites.  And every monthly release of “fixes” that Microsoft sends out can break something so suddenly you can’t view, or print, or use a form, or something else.

This explains why so many professionals use Firefox or something standard to create a web site, and then afterwards try to figure out how to get IE to show it correctly.  Really!

One way to test your web site, blog, etc., is to use something like Browsershots.org to see  how it looks in IE and in Firefox and anything else they test with.

“Browsershots makes screenshots of your web design in different browsers.  It is a free open-source online service created by Johann C. Rocholl.  When you submit your web address, it will be added to the job queue.  A number of distributed computers will open your website in their browser.  Then they will make screenshots and upload them to the central server here.”

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Google Pack up your troubles in your online software

Posted on November 27, 2007. Filed under: browsers, Everything, Firefox, Freeware/Shareware, Google, Macros & Shortcuts, Malware, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Online Software, Security, spreadsheet, Utilities, wordprocessing | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Google Pack is a group of software helps with some very useful items.  Pick your own pack and download just the items you want.  All freeware, no malware included.

  • Google Earth
  • Google Desktop
  • Norton Security Scan
  •  Firefox with Google Toolbar
  • Google Toolbar for IE
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Skype
  • StarOffice (a complete office suite of software)
  • Spyware Doctor
  • Picasa
  • Google Photos screensaver
  • Google Talk
  • RealPlayer
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IE7 security settings

Posted on November 26, 2007. Filed under: browsers, Everything, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Security, Techniques | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Windows Secrets has a list of settings you should make in IE7 to keep it as secure as possible.

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