Friday should be a day we look forward to, a day that ends the work week and offers the promise of something good ahead. You know, like Friday Freebies. Mac apps that do something unique and useful but without a price tag.
Enter Browser ChooserX, one of those nifty Mac utilities that does easily what couldn’t be done before. Choose the browser you want to open a link. What does that even mean? If you’re in a browser already wouldn’t you want to open whatever link you come upon within that browser? Yes. But there’s more to the story.
Open Link List
Quite often I run into URLs in Mail, within Notes, and within other Mac applications. Safari is the default browser, so clicking on those links opens up a webpage within Safari. Duh, right? Some of us do not want to use Safari as the default browser, and a growing number use other browsers for other purposes. How do you open those links in other browsers without jumping through a few hoops?
This simple utility becomes your Mac’s default browser so when you come upon a link in Mail or within a document, you get a popup list of all the other browsers on your Mac so you can choose a browser other than Safari.
There you go. Easy peasy. But why?
Many Mac users prefer Safari and nothing else. Others may opt for Google’s Chrome browser and nothing else. Many of us, though, jump between browsers because they serve different purposes. For example, I never put Flash on Safari, but Flash can work in Chrome. Likewise, Firefox has a large number of extensions, so sometimes you want to open a link to take advantage of those utilities.
Even better, Browser ChooserX includes a list of 12 browsers that can be opened from non-browser links, including a favorite, the TorBrowser. That’s the one that makes it difficult for the federales or anyone else to track you online.
Not bad for free, huh?
Browser ChooserX lets you choose these browsers from a non-browser ULR. Safari, Firefox, Chrome, Opera, Chromium, TorBrowser, Vivali, iCab, SeaMonkey, Brave, Roccat, Helium, and even Safari Technology Preview.