Hot on the heels of our recent update to the app, we’re pleased to unveil our new-and-improved design and spam testing page. Not only have we made some rather radical changes to the page layout, but we’ve made it quicker to navigate results and added a whole new email client – the iPad.
Lets walk through some of the changes you will see in your account.
A great new layout
The first thing that you will notice is that we’ve given the look and feel of the design and spam testing page a serious refresh. Not only have we made it much easier to view the design test screenshots available, but we’ve added the spam filter results to the same page. You can still view the reasons for your design failing any of the listed spam filters.
We’ve also made it really easy to toggle between IE and Firefox screenshots for supported webmail clients, using these neat buttons to quickly compare results:
You may have also noticed that we’ve dropped the preview pane views on some of our desktop email client tests. These results were only at very low resolutions and not really indicative of the actual preview pane size most of your subscribers using that client would see. Our advice, if you want something to be instantly visible to most recipients, put it in the top left of your email design.
Finally, if you resize your browser, you will notice that the screenshots also resize to fit the viewable area available. This means a much nicer viewing experience at lower resolutions, so you can spot formatting problems without having to give your horizontal scrollbar a workout.
Zippier results and keyboard shortcuts
While we’re on the topic of getting design and spam tests back to you quickly, you may also note that we’ve sped up the delivery of results yet again. It’s still a convenient opportunity to go make yourself a cup of tea – you will see this tick when design or spam filter results first become available (usually within 1-2 minutes):
As multiple design screenshots become available, you can also toggle between them using the ← and → keys on your keyboard. This means no more awkward clicking and much more rapid review of the screenshots available to you. You can also page through each available result using the previous and next buttons, shown on the right below:
Now showing: iPad test results
Finally, to ensure that we accurately represent the major email clients & devices available today, we’ve added the iPad to our ever-growing suite of design tests. As you may know, there’s a lot of similarity between how HTML email displays on the iPad, iPhone and in Apple Mail (all being Webkit clients), but it’s still a joy to see your design on the iPad’s large display:
A big thank you to everyone who sent in their feedback regarding our design and spam filter tests – we agreed that there had to be a better way to present the results, especially as more and more email clients became available to us. Not only will the revamped page and performance improvements allow this popular tool to scale better, but ultimately we hope it makes email testing a more informative and enjoyable experience for you and your clients.