IE for Mac

Discussion in 'Web Design and Development' started by HRobertson, Jan 29, 2009.

  1. HRobertson macrumors newbie

    Jan 29, 2009
    New to the Mac World (could never go back to a PC.) I'm building a site in Dreamweaver CS3 and would like to test it on IE. Where would I find a safe version of IE to download onto my MacBook Pro? I'm leery of everything I have found thus far online.

    Any help would be GREATLY appreciated. Thank you!
  2. brop52 macrumors 68000


    Feb 26, 2007
    Safe? It hasn't been updated in 4.5 years on the Mac. Unless you install Windows it isn't going to tell you much about compatibility. You can try this if you want though.
  3. plinden macrumors 68040


    Apr 8, 2004
    You can try ies4osx, but that supports only up to IE6 and you won't get anything working that needs windows media player.
  4. HRobertson thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 29, 2009
  5. theappleguy macrumors 6502

    Apr 19, 2005
    Don't worry about testing your site with the Mac version of IE. I just looked in the stats for several of my sites - all round to 0%. :)
  6. Melrose Suspended


    Dec 12, 2007
    I know this probably isn't the answer youse after, but I have that InstallMultipleIE on WinXP that I have in VMWare Fusion - it'a been fast, reliable and just what I need.

    The only drawback is price - $$$ for the XP (or Vista, now) license + $70 for Fusion. However it is cool to be able to pull up every popular browser and give a presentation about site compatibility :cool:
  7. SrWebDeveloper macrumors 68000


    Dec 7, 2007
    Alexandria, VA, USA
    I concur, and this is an opinion based on experience. I run a cheap XP Home OEM version with minimal stuff installed (free anti-virus/spyware, not much else) and on my iMac with 4GB it runs fast as it would on a PC if setup properly. You can copy/paste between OS's or go into coherence mode and share all the apps in each OS. You can use either VMWare or Parallels to setup the host/guest relationship, the former supports Direct-X so better for you gamers.

    But my main point, and to keep this on subject, is that the only sure way to troubleshoot rendering on MSIE is with native MSIE in Windows.

    The ies4osx does not include all the core libraries and controls which affect how the site will render - these days with all the Ajax programming, integration of Flash, mashups of API's, DHTML, CSS2.1 and so on this product just can't keep up. I also found the interface missing options and easily crashable, but that's a personal opinion, I'll admit. The other stuff I mentioned is not opinion but fact, in terms of development purposes.

  8. branjosef macrumors 6502a


    Oct 18, 2007
    I remember the old times with IE for mac. Sometimes, I boot it up just for old time sakes. I love going to certain sites and have that adorable pop up notifying me that I need to upgrade to a newer version of IE. Ah the good ole days
  9. wheelhot macrumors 68020

    Nov 23, 2007
    Why dont MS just drop the world worst browser and make our job much easier. Furthermore they can save more money while at it.
  10. branjosef macrumors 6502a


    Oct 18, 2007
    I agree. I hate the new incarnations of IE. My last favorite one was IE 6. I think the new ones, have a huge menu section on top that is bulky. (not sure if that made sense). IE6 was streamlined on one's desktop.
  11. Me1000 macrumors 68000


    Jul 15, 2006
    IE on the mac IIRC doesn't even use the same rendering engine the Windows version did... and it's 5 years old... :rolleyes:

    So basically it would be pointless. Your options are as listen above,
    Wine or a VM.

    I'm using MultipleIE and/or IE Tester on my VMs to test sites in IE on my MacBook Pro.

    Good luck!

  12. memco macrumors 6502

    May 1, 2008
    If you use crossover or VMWare Fusion, you can use a Windows version safely. However, IE on mac hasn't been supported by Microsoft since the beginning of 2006, so I don't recommend trying to get it working unless you absolutely need it or are very curious to see what it was like. (I miss that bubblegum pink theme sometimes.)
  13. wheelhot macrumors 68020

    Nov 23, 2007
    Well if you dont want to flush out money on virtualization software, and you only need Windows for IE testing.

    I recommend you download sun free virtual box
    Sun's Virtual Box

    And get the cheapest Windows version available since you dont need all those flashy stuffs, for me its either Windows XP Home Edition (should be able to get it really cheap) or Vista Home Basic (this is the cheapest version of Vista and the fastest)
  14. XnavxeMiyyep macrumors 65816


    Mar 27, 2003
    You can also use to get a picture of the top part of your site in IE. Sometimes that's enough to see how your changes are working.

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