When we started to develop ie4mac, because we saw a need for it, we couldn't know that three competitors had a similiar product in the pipeline. Two of them launched before we did and on of them had a large userbase from a previously offered automated testing tool. At that point in time we decided to abandon development of ie4mac.

ie4mac Background Information

Microsoft abandoned of Internet Explorer for the Mac in 2003

Ever since Microsoft stopped developing the Internet Explorer for the Mac in 2003, web designers have been faced with a dilemma: While many designers choose to use Apples' Mac computers, most of their customers are still using Windows. A large fraction of them uses the Internet Explorer. They are ready to pay for website designs that render correctly in this browser, so web designers need a way to verify their designs in IE. But many web designers don't want to spend their valuable time to set up and maintain Windows on their Macs. Furthermore, they don't want to pay 200 $ or more on licenses for Windows and Parallels Desktop just to have the Internet Explorer on their Mac.

ie4mac brings the Internet Explorer to your Mac

ie4mac brings the Internet Explorer back to the Mac. In fact, from a web designers perspective, it's better than it ever was. This is because back in 2003, Microsofts own Internet Explorer for the Mac used a different rendering engine (Tasman) than its Windows counterpart that came with the Trident rendering engine. This way web designers could get a first impression of what a page would look like in the Internet Explorer, but could not really make sure that their new webpage would work correctly in the Windows version of Internet Explorer. This is where ie4mac changes things for the better:

ie4mac Features

ie4mac screenshotWith ie4mac you can use the exact same Internet Explorer that your customers are using on Windows. In fact your are using the original, unmodified Windows Internet Explorer, right on your Mac. ie4mac makes this possible by running a cluster of Windows Servers and delivering the Internet Explorer to your Mac using a protocol called RDP. This way we can provide you with four different versions of IE, running side by side, namely Internet Explorer 9, 8, 7 and 6. Furthermore, developer tools are included.

Developer Tools in ie4mac

The Microsoft Developer Toolbar runs in Internet Explorer 6 and 7. For IE 8 and 9, the optional Developer Toolbar has been replaced by integrated Developer Tools. Several third party tools are available to help debug and monitor HTML, CSS and JavaScript, including Firebug lite (IE 6, 7, 8, 9), the DebugBar (IE 6, 7, 8, 9) and several others.