Monday, January 12, 2015

Status and Uptime pages

We have set up two external websites:

  • http://status.browshot.com/: check the status of the Browshot website and API. You can subscribe to the RSS feed and e-mail alerts to get notified about outages and scheduled maintenance. This website is updated manually.
  • http://uptime.browshot.com/: detailed up-time of browshot.com and api.browshot.com measured every minute by a third party.

You can find additional information on Browshot's network architecture and monitoring at https://browshot.com/status

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Libraries updated (Perl, PHP, Python & Ruby)

We have released a new version of the Perl, PHP, Ruby and Python libraries. They work with the latest version of the Browshot API (1.14). All the unit tests are fully working and their documentation have been updated.

All libraries source code is available on github and on their language-specific repository for easier installation:

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Maintenance on 01/16/2015 (COMPLETE)

We have scheduled an upgrade of Browshot on Friday January 16th, 2014 at 8:30pm PST until 11:30pm PST. We expect about 30 minutes of downtime. During this time, the website and the API may return errors.

This is the first step in upgrading our database to a cluster of 3 database servers. Another maintenance window will be scheduled 2 weeks later.

We will post updates on this post during the maintenance window.

Upgrade

8:30pm PST: upgrade started, website and API are down.
8:45pm PST: database server migrated and restarted.
8:54pm PST: website and API are working on 2 core servers. Private instances are unavailable.
9:01pm PST: all core servers are running, private instances are available.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Update to SSL

Browshot, like many web applications, uses HTTPS to encrypt your web transaction and to guarantee the legitimacy of our website.


There are man ways to deploy HTTPS. Done wrong, many of the security benefits of the protocol are lost. We continually test our configuration against the latest SSL vulnerabilities reported to ensure a high level of security.

SSL Labs offers an extensive tests of any HTTPS servers. To ensure that we keep our A rating, we have updated all of our web servers on 12/12/2014 to tune our HTTPS settings.

You can check the results on SSL Labs. Note that we use more servers than what SSL Labs reports. The configuration is identical on all of our servers, so the tests should yeld the exact same results.

Rating from SSL Labs
We will continue to monitor our HTTPS settings to keep the highest level of security for our customers. We will upgrade our certificate to a SHA2 signature when we renew it in 2015.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Best Wishes for 2015



Browshot wishes you a great 2015!


Thank you for supporting Browshot.

We have grown rapidly in 2014. We are looking at 2015 for another record year, many new features, and more important, many more happy users. Stay tune for more updates on our service. We wish everybody a great holiday.


Best Wishes,
Julien Sobrier, Founder of Browshot

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Desktop browsers upgraded

We have upgraded all desktop browsers over the last 2 weeks. Along with the support of the latest CSS3 and HTML5 elements, this upgrade brings many improvements:
  • better handling of Flash content
  • handling invalid SSL certificates
  • screenshots of PDF documents
  • better full-screen screenshots
  • fix for several crashes
You can use any desktop size, from 1x1 to 2000x2000 by specifying screen_width and screen_height in the API call.

We will continue to upgrade our browsers regularly.

Next, we will upgrade the mobile browsers. Today, our customers use just a few of the many devices we offer. In order to offer the best mobile browsers, we will focus our resources on the devices actually used. Some browsers will only be available as private instances:
  • BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet
  • Blackberry Torch 9800
  • Android - Fennec

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Internet Explorer available

Many of our users have asked us to add Internet Explorer to the list of instances available on Browshot. After many weeks of development and testing, our Internet Explorer instances are ready for public use.

First, Internet Explorer 11 is available for free. In a couple of weeks, we will add Internet Explorer 9 & 10 as premium instances.

Internet Explorer 11 - 2-week trial

Internet Explorer is available today for free as part of a 2-week trial. These two weeks will allow us to fix any problem with the instance before we make it available as a premium instance.


Internet Explorer 9, 10 & 11 - Premium browsers

After the 2-week trial, Internet Explorer 9, 10 & 11 will be available as Premium browsers (2 credits / screenshot).

All 3 instances are native Internet Explorer browsers running on Windows 7 with the latest Flash version.