When you request a Live Test for a specific operating system and browser to test your web page, a new instance is created on our servers which can be viewed and interacted with via a remote client. Since we use a VNC server to deliver this service, a VNC client is required to access the session. This can be done either in the browser itself, or on your local desktop.
Browser-based VNC Clients
Most users will prefer to use the in-browser client which is the most convenient to use since you can just request a test session and interact with it without leaving the page. However, it requires one of three technologies: HTML5 canvas support, Adobe Flash Player plugin, or Java plugin.
- HTML5 Client – uses canvas element with websockets (recommended)
- Flash SSL Client – uses Flash Plugin embedded object with websockets (recommended)
- Flash Client – uses Flash Plugin embedded object and http
- Java Client – uses Java Plugin embedded applet and http
Desktop-based VNC Clients
If you’d like to view your session directly on your desktop, you can alternatively use a Desktop VNC client like TightVNC. Macs come with a Screen Share client but Windows and Linux users will need to install a VNC client application.
For some users, a desktop-based client will offer a more responsive (faster) experience during their tests. If you are experiencing slow sessions, give it a try to see if this helps.