One of the primary goals for web developers and bloggers like me is to provide users/readers a nice and smooth user experience on our websites or blogs. To achieve this, some of the things we do are using tools like the Google Browser Tool to check how our websites and blogs look like in different screen resolutions, install and use mobile themes/plugins or create mobile versions to make our websites or blogs viewable on mobile devices. Now that the Apple iPad is here, I’m pretty sure that most web developers and bloggers would want to check how their websites look on the Apple iPad.
To do that, you don’t need to buy or have an Apple iPad. iPad Peek is a cool website/tool that will let you see how a website or blog is rendered on the iPad. Just point your browser to http://ipadpeek.com, type in the URL of the website or blog that you’d want to check and hit Enter. Btw, the virtual keyboard that pops up when you click on the address bar is just for show and doesn’t function, same goes for the back/forward, bookmark buttons. The only part of the browser that works is the reload button. Clicking on the top part/border of the iPad toggles the landscape and portrait mode.
Here’s how JaypeeOnline looks like when viewed on the iPad using iPad Peek:
Using iPad Peek can give you an idea on how a website or blog looks like on the iPad but doesn’t provide a 100% accurate user experience because Flash isn’t supposed to work on the iPad but works on iPad Peek. To do that, you’ll have to disable Flash on your web browser. Another thing to take note when using iPad Peek is that pages viewed on portrait mode are scaled 75% using CSS3 transformations which work best on Firefox 3.5+, Chromium 5+ and Opera 10.5+.
iPad Peek was created by software engineer Pavol Rusnak.
Anyone tried using iPad Peek? Does your website or blog render well on the iPad?