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Attention Graphic Designers

Please stop using IE for the Mac for your screenshots! I saw 3 different commercials today on TV that used it. Every time that you show your site in a Mac IE screenshot it tells me that you know absolutely nothing about web development. There are so many other browsers that you could use:

  1. Internet Explorer 6.0+
  2. Mozilla 1.0+
  3. Firefox 1.0+
  4. Netscape 7.0+
  5. Opera
  6. Safari
  7. Konqueror
  8. Epiphany
  9. Galeon
  10. Camino
  11. etc.

I could go on for ages with acceptible browsers so here's the list of browsers NOT to use:

  1. Netscape 6 or lesser
  2. Internet Explorer 5.5 or lesser for the PC
  3. Any version of Internet Explorer for the Mac
  4. Opera 7 or lesser

Actually, this list could get long too. So here's a formula: take screenshots using only the newest, non-beta, version from the vendor's site. If you get a message that says that browser isn't supported, or there is any other kind of error regarding the vendor's site, then it's time to switch browsers.

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Travis Owens Your title demands people don't use IE for the Mac, but on your list of browsers to use your 1 spot said "Internet Explorer".

Have you had too much beer served today?
Travis Owens PS: I forgot to mention but 95% of the time you see a computer screen in a commercial it's artifically pasted into the video. This is 100% true when you get a close up.

The reason is, unless you run your screen at 60hz, the flikering looks crazy on a camera.

Plus most companies draw their own browser so it's neutral looking.
travis Yeah, I specified IE6 as #1 because it currently is the most used browser. It isn't the easiest to develop for, but it is at least still supported by MS. IE (v5.2 I think?) for the Mac is a pain to develop for (although Safari can be more frustrating at times), but ALL support for it has been dropped by MS.

Basically the point I was trying to make though is that when graphic designers use Mac IE for their screenshots, it makes them look really ignorant. It would be like showing someone driving a car without wearing a seatbelt.

PS: there is never too much beer being served ;-)

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