Email previews in Different email clients

Posted on 2011-10-21
Last Modified: 2012-05-12
When I do a newsletter to send by email, its hard to check different email clients, Outlook, Lotus notes, Hotmail and so on..

Is it possible to make it automatic, by software api or program it myself!

I have found for example this software, who Preview your email on 33 email clients and mobile devices.

Any suggestions?  software or open source solution or something!
Question by:Hocke_sweden
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    by:Sjef Bosman
    Wouldn't it be better if you create a newsletter as a PDF document?

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    Easier, but I want to do it in HTML, personally I dont like to get a email like a PDF!
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    by:Sjef Bosman
    I fully agree, but trying to be compatible with 33 mail clients will prove to be virtually impossible. It's not only the 33 clients, but their versions as well, and the intermediate releases, and their add-ons etc. etc. My suggestion would be to make a short mail introducing the newsletter, maybe with an abstract, and attach a really spiffy newsletter in PDF, full-colour, the works.
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    E-mails are not rendered the same way like HTML pages. So you have to get a different approach when designing your newsletters. Many e-mail servers apply filters to the e-mails before they show it to their clients. And most of the e-mail servers reject javascript code immediately.

    It is a complex business to create e-mail newsletters because each e-mail server has its own filter. That's why people are still designing their e-mails as HTML tables and small texts instead of HTML divs. Each and every single action you do in an e-mail effects that it will be detected as spam or not. If you place js code, it can be filtered, if you place too many images it might be detected as spam.
    You can view my article here to learn more about e-mail deliverability:

    What you have to do is to place simple links using <a> tag's href property. Also keep in mind not to use forms in e-mails. ONLY use simple table-structured mails which contain only simplest of html elements. You should also place your CSS as inline CSS and only use some of the CSS properties. Please follow this link to see which CSS property is supported by which e-mail server (like gmail) or client (like outlook).

    Also here are some good examples of e-mail templates:

    Coming to your problem's solution, there are numerous services for e-mail previewing.

    Litmus and e-mail on acid are the most common. But according to a response to my comment over the article below it is said that:

    Unless this has changed recently Email on Acid will render your HTML by the rules it’s determined the email client uses.
    In other words, it doesn’t actually send your email to a (for example) gmail account.
    It parses your code according to it’s interpretation of gmails rendering engine and provides you with that.
    When Litmus (as well as others) test you email they’ll literally deliver to a gmail account and send you a screenshot of the results.
    I’ll usually use Email on Acid or Get Fractel for error detection and will then run the email through Litmus as a final test.
    EoA also produces test results much faster then Litmus which is helpful when troubleshooting.
    I find both methods useful, but not for the same uses.

    article link:

    In conclusion, litmus seems to be a good solution and more reliable than e-mail on acid. But e-mail on acid is faster.

    Also, e-mail newsletter preperation is a special expertise and you may wish to prefer professional newsletter preparing solutions.

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    Thanks jkofte, it was alot of useful tips to read!! Should look more next week
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