BrowserShots… no longer excellent
BrowserShots.org was once an excellent service. It’s essentially a web application providing developers with a view of their website design in a vast array of different operating systems and web browsers.
“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.”
Recently the service has taken a turn for the worst, with a capital B & S (BrowserShots). I’m not completely sure if this is due to a lack of resources or a concious choice to increase sales of ‘priority processing‘. Either way, in my recent experience of using the service I’ve found that on a number of occasions 30 minutes has gone by without any screenshots being processed (30 minutes being the expiry time of any one job). This is more than frustrating, even if screenshots aren’t provided within 30 minutes, you can’t then resubmit as you’re likely to go over quota.
Essentially BrowserShots need to extend the expiry time from 30 minutes to 60 minutes, increasing the likelihood that at least some of the screenshots will be processed. I realise the difficulties in providing a seamless screenshot service, but I still think it’s fair to say… get your act together!