One of the major email marketing problems is to ensure that the emails that are send out can be viewed properly in email clients the recipients use. A manual approach would be to install the most popular email programs to test how the emails display in the program interface of each client. A far better solution is to use a service that offers a test environment for many of the most popular email desktop clients and online email services.
Email On Acid is such an email marketing service. Users can use it to simulate sending out and receiving emails in the service's interface. The major benefit of this service is that the email marketer (or webmaster who is sending out newsletters) can fully test the newsletter in various email clients including Gmail, Yahoo Mail, Thunderbird, Microsoft Outlook or Windows Mail without leaving the website once. This saves lots of time as you do not need to install and configure mail clients or sign up to online mail services first before you can even start the tests.
The marketing emails can be added as urls or pasted with their html code. Email on Acid will then parse the email and display a tabbed interface that is displaying the email in the various email clients and services.
HTML emails are displayed by default. It is possible to switch to text mode which simulates the email in clients that do not support html or have html emails disabled. The email marketing service will also perform a code analysis of the html code. Code that is not supported by html emails is displayed in red which can be used to quickly fix html emails before they are send out.
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