Browserosaurus

The browser prompter for macOS

#4 Product of the DayMay 13, 2019
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Browserosaurus is an open-source (MIT license) browser prompter for macOS. It works by setting itself as the default browser; any clicked links in non-browser apps are now sent to Browserosaurus where it’ll present you with a menu of your installed browsers.
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Will Stone
Will StoneMaker@will_stone_
Hi. I'm the creator of Browserosaurus. I first released the app on 24 Jun 2017, and it has undergone quite a few changes and refactors since then. I created Browserosaurus because at work I do not really have a default browser; often opening links from email, Slack, Terminal etc. and then copying the link from the opened browser into the browser I intended. A nice side-effect of opening the picker window rather than directly into a browser, is that it allows me to back-out of opening a browser by simply hitting escape or clicking outside Browserosaurus’s picker window. When first looking for a solution, I found there were various apps in existence but none that quite offered the simplicity of what I wanted. I'm really happy with where the project is now but I welcome any requests you may have. With macOS Mojave, Apple changed the way apps can interact with the operating system. This meant there was a 3-8 second delay after clicking the browser you wanted to open. The only way to rectify this was to sign the app which meant purchasing an Apple Developer account. Whilst I'm happy for Browserosaurus to be open source and free, if you do use and like the app, please consider donating to the project. Thank you for using Browserosaurus.
Ryan Roberts
Ryan Roberts@ryan_roberts1 · Web Developer
@will_stone_ Love the UI, it looks very different to the last time I used Browserosaurus.
Frances Hale
Frances Hale@franceshale321
@will_stone_ Cool interface, I like it, but what is the main difference between Browserosaurus and Safari?
ethan illingworth
ethan illingworthHiring@illersss · Product Manager
This is really, really useful. Personally I use a different browser for different tasks (one for work, reading, media etc) so to be able to chose where to open links from slack/email without having to copy & paste in different windows is super. Speeds up workflow, and declutters my working space from rogue read-later article tabs ✌️ Side note: Looks beaut!
Andreas Duess
Andreas Duess@andreasduess · CCO, Nourish Food Marketing
Great idea. I use different browsers for different tasks all the time, will give this a shot.
Jeremy Marquis
Jeremy Marquis@_jmarquis · Software Engineer, Justworks
This is a fantastic idea and really well implemented! I only wish I could hide the menu bar icon (I'm a menu bar minimalist).
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ςคtคгเภo@catarino · Designer, @Weddar, @Seyeght
wow. I've been waiting for this for sooooo long. thx Will!