Monday, April 16, 2012

Adobe Shadow: Testing your mobile apps

Adobe Shadow

 

 

“Adobe® Shadow is a new inspection and preview tool that allows front-end web developers and designers to work faster and more efficiently by streamlining the preview process, making it easier to customize websites for mobile devices.”

 
Features
  • Synchronized Browsing and Refreshing (Device Pairing) — Wirelessly pair multiple iOS and Android devices to your computer . With Shadow, you browse in Chrome, and all connected devices will stay in sync.
  • Remote inspect your code — Remote inspection and debugging capabilities. Target a device for remote inspection and using familiar development tools, make changes to your HTML, CSS and JavaScript and see your device update instantly.
  • Localhost URL support — Shadow now works correctly with URLs containing localhost, and 127.0.0.1. On Mac OS X, it also works with machine.local.
  • Adobe Edge integration — If you are using Adobe Edge, the Preview in Browser command now works with Shadow. You will see your animations previewing in Chrome, and on all of your Shadow devices. Note: This requires Chrome to be the default browser.
  • HTTP Authentication support — Now you can browse to URLs that require HTTP authentication, and see the login/password form on Shadow devices. If your URL contains the login id/password, Shadow devices will authenticate without the form. (e.g., using a URL like: http://login:password@mysite.com)
  • Improved workflows for sticky caches — You can now use a Refresh gesture on Shadow devices (tap on the page, hold, and pull down until you see the "Release to refresh..." message). This will reload your page, using the freshest assets.
  • URL Monitoring — Pages/apps that change URL parameters or navigate to new states using '#' anchors now work correctly. Shadow monitors the Address Bar in Chrome, and sends updates to Shadow devices as they happen.
  • Amazon Kindle Fire support — Shadow is available in the Amazon Appstore for Android, and will be installed easily on Kindle Fire devices.

Remark: As you may notice, the Windows Phone isn’t supported(yet).

How does it work?

After installing the Adobe Shadow app on your mobile devices and on your local machine, you can browse to a web page on your laptop/desktop browser and have it automatically pushed to all of your devices without actually touching the device. The only caveat is that all your devices should be connected to the same (WiFi) network.

For the detailed instructions, check out the following blog post: http://weblogs.asp.net/dwahlin/archive/2012/04/07/testing-mobile-websites-with-adobe-shadow.aspx

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