My day job has me managing a few hundred Macs (and Windows PCs, and Chromebooks, and iPads) in a private school in Chicagoland. That means I get to help students, faculty, and staff to make better use of their devices.
It also means I get to try out a bunch of different Mac applications before adding them to the school’s approved list. Here’s an example of yet another Mac browser which does something special in the age of social media. It’s a Mac browser. And it’s free.
Ghostly Tabbed Browser
This one is called Ghost Browser. Not because it’s ghostly. Not because it’s scary. Definitely not because of the price tag (it’s free). No, Ghost Browser exists because not everyone uses a browser the same way.
Wait. What? Isn’t this just another browser with tabs?
The difference is in how those tabs work. You see, in most browsers you can log into a website– Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or whatever else you use a browser for in a Mac– only once. Cookies are assigned to the browser and that prohibits you from using multiple tabs to log into different Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or other accounts at the same time. It’s a thing called multi-session browsing and it’s built in to Ghost Browser and it all starts with a thing called Sessions.
The multilogin capabilities of Sessions are the solution you’ve needed the whole time and the only one you’ll ever need again. Sessions are color-coded tabs that have isolated cookie jars so you can handle multilogin with ease – in one browser window. You can even name the Sessions to help you stay even more organized!
Yes, this is as cool as it sounds.
Ghost Browser lets you login to multiple accounts on the same website at the same time. The browser is based upon Chromium, which is the foundation behind Google’s popular Chrome browser. It’s great for social media accounts, but also works wonders for web developers who need to login to the same websites as multiple users.
Is all this really free? Yes. And no.
Ghost Browser is a freemium browser. That means you can download the free version to use. Free means a limit of three projects, a limit of three Sessions per project, and only one open Project at a time. For most of us, those limitations probably are acceptable. The Monthly package is $15 per month for unlimited Projects, no Session limits, open multiple Projects at a time, full Incognito mode, plus User Profiles. A 30-percent discount off the monthly price tag comes with an annual package.
Is it worth it? It’s free to find out. Ghost Browser is pretty cool, especially if you want multiple accounts from the same website open at the same time (easier than switching between browsers, or logging in and out all the time), but even better for developers who deal with multiple online logins at the same time.