Second Time Around
After the recent C4 conference i felt really inspired to get to work on a new product. I've put a lot of work into MercuryMover, but i'm not going to be able to retire on it. My plan has always been to develop a broad stable of apps upon which to build the company. I had had this particular idea for a long time, and i knew that i could build something very useful relatively quickly. I present to you: Highbrow. If you can't commit to either Safari or Firefox, then Highbrow is for you. If you dabble in Opera and appreciate Camino, then Highbrow is your friend. If you love Omniweb, but are curious about iCab, you guessed it, you want Highbrow. Highbrow manages your system wide default web browser so that you're never surprised by what app comes up when you click on a link in Mail, iChat or anywhere else. Highbrow displays the icon of the current default browser in the menubar and from it's menu you can select your preferred web browser. You can also select one of the following modes:
- Always use my preferred web browser
- Use the most recently used web browser
- Use the most recently launched web browser
- Ask me which web browser to use (A terrific suggestion from my good friend Scott Morrison)
Something i learned when developing MercuryMover is not to treat your in-progress application like a state secret. I had been using builds of MercuryMover for almost two years before i released it to the public. Having learned from this mistake, i'm releasing a development build of Highbrow today. It's not fully polished, nor are all of the features implemented. The temporary icon is not that pretty and probably infringes on multiple copyrights. Despite all of this, Highbrow is useful today, and i'd like for people to get some benefit out of it and to hear what does and doesn't work.
Here is some of what's missing:
- "Ask me which browser to use" is unimplemented
- nicer interface for automatic updates
- The icon is temporary
- Highbrow needs to be restarted in order to recognize new browsers on the system
- There is no first-run window
So...what are you waiting for. Try it out, already.