Is Your Web Site Ready for Firefox Browser? Keynote Launches NetMechanic 3.0; Now Tests 24 Different Browser and OS...

Kurt Peters

• Automated Tool for Checking Web Page Quality on Different Browsers, Operating Systems and Screen Sizes
• NetMechanic 3.0 Extends Scalability, Accessibility, Privacy and Compliance Testing with HTML Tool Box; Advanced, Cost Effective Packages Now Available
• Ideal Solution for Small to Medium Business Owners to Assure Site Quality; Study Finds Internet Access Makes Launching a Small Business Easier

San Mateo, Calif., - June 7, 2005 – Keynote Systems (Nasdaq: KEYN), the worldwide leader in e-business performance management services, today announced NetMechanic® 3.0, an enhanced version of its award-winning, cost-effective content validation and testing suite of tools. Keynote NetMechanic is used by Webmasters and Web developers worldwide to test, improve and monitor Web site quality.

NetMechanic 3.0 includes a fully upgraded version of its Browser Photo™ service, which supports 24 browser and OS combinations, including the fast growing browser upstart Firefox. Various combinations of browsers and operating systems often deliver unexpected and drastic effects on the ability of customers to successfully navigate a Web site or view desired content. Using the new Browser Photo service provided by NetMechanic 3.0, operators of small to medium-sized Web sites can easily assure themselves that Web pages display accurately no matter which browser or operating system a visitor to the site is using.

Keynote also announced an enhanced version of its NetMechanic HTML Tool Box™. This suite of services allows Web designers and owners to optimize and manage their Web sites to assure they deliver the highest level of quality Web site content to their users. These services include: browser compatibility, page download times, link checking and validation, spelling error check, image optimization and HTML checking and repair. With the new release, in addition to having more configurable options for customizing existing checks, HTML Tool Box features have been expanded to include larger number of pages per scan so larger Web sites can be tested with ease. It also offers more options for spidering pages and unique privacy, security and accessibility modules to ensure compliance with the latest standards and regulations – fast becoming a sensitive area for many Web users.

According to a recent survey conducted by Yahoo and Harris Interactive, 72 percent of American adults have considered starting their own businesses and 75 percent said the Internet has made it easier to launch a small business. Keynote NetMechanic is expressly designed to serve the needs of small to medium-sized Web sites and is therefore an ideal solution for people hoping to find business success on the Web.

“The HTML Tool Box is truly the Swiss Army knife of Web site development and testing for the small to medium-sized business,” said Roopak Patel, senior product manager at Keynote. “And Keynote has made Browser Photo even more powerful by adding support for Firefox, Safari and Opera, as well as the other popular browsers including Internet Explorer, Netscape and AOL, long supported by NetMechanic. Using these services allows users to optimize, monitor and promote their Web sites in the most efficient manner through services that are uniquely packaged to meet specific needs.”

The Keynote NetMechanic brand is well known to thousands of professional Webmasters, independent Web site owners, small businesses, universities, libraries and local government. While Keynote focuses a large part of its services on the enterprise with its cutting-edge and technically sophisticated monitoring, service level and customer experience management solutions, the needs of small to medium size business Web sites are a critical area that continues to be addressed by the market leading NetMechanic services.

About Keynote NetMechanic
Keynote NetMechanic offers remote Web site quality assurance and testing services for small to medium size Web-enabled businesses. NetMechanic helps businesses save time and money and improve overall Web site quality with automated tools that test site integrity, optimize page visualization and improve search engine rankings. NetMechanic is designed to help business Webmasters detect and correct Web site problems which otherwise might affect overall customer experience. NetMechanic provides "tune-ups" that spot problems in Web sites, assist with browser incompatibility issues, monitor sites to avoid downtime, help with search engine promotion, and accelerate Web site load times. For information about Browser Photo, HTML Tool Box or other NetMechanic services, go to http://www.netmechanic.com.

Availability and Pricing
Both Keynote NetMechanic 3.0 and Browser Photo are available immediately with pricing starting at $15 for one time use for Browser Photo and $60 a year for HTML ToolBox.

About Keynote
Founded in 1995, Keynote Systems (Nasdaq “KEYN”), The Internet Performance Authority®, is the worldwide leader in e-business performance management services. Over 2,100 corporate IT departments and 16,000 individual subscribers rely on Keynote’s growing range of measurement and monitoring, service level and customer experience management services to improve e-business performance by reducing costs, improving customer satisfaction and increasing profitability.

Keynote is viewed as The Internet Performance Authority due to the company’s global infrastructure of over 1,600 measurement computers in more than 50 cities worldwide that capture and store on a daily basis over 60 million Internet performance measurements, frequent media citations quoting Keynote`s Web performance data and analysis, the company’s market-leading Web performance indices for vertical markets and leading customer research that provides critical business insight into online customer experiences, industry trends and competitive Web strategies.

Keynote Systems, Inc. is headquartered in San Mateo, California and can be reached at www.keynote.com or by phone in the U.S. at (650) 403-2400.

Keynote, The Internet Performance Authority, NetMechanic, Browser Photo and HTML Toolbox are registered trademarks of Keynote Systems, Inc. Other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. © 2005 Keynote Systems, Inc.

Editorial Contacts:
Della Lowe, Keynote, (650) 403-3233, dlowe@keynote.com
Dan Berkowitz, Keynote, (650) 403-3305, dberkowitz@keynote.com


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