You know what they say, right? ‘Necessity is the mother of invention.’ Find a need, fill it. That simple philosophy lies at the heart of more than a million Mac, iPhone, and iPad apps for Apple’s various devices. Another saying that is dear to my heart is, ‘The road less traveled is often less traveled for a good reason.’
Quick. Name the Top 5 Web Browsers for the Mac. Safari is on top, followed by Google’s Chrome, the Mozilla’s Firefox, and… then… what? Opera? Maybe. What’s #5? The problem with web browsers is simple. The competition is fierce and the most used browsers are free so the incentive to create a single-purpose browser is modest at best. Remember, ‘The road less traveled…’
Alright, that said, what makes the Monochrome browser for the Mac worthy of a few bucks (the price tag)?
Think of all the things you could stuff into a small browser, separate, floating browser window while you were still browsing in Safari, Chrome, or Firefox. Yes, my list was small, too, but there area few options in Monochrome which are appealing, starting with the standard viewports (the size a browser becomes on a smartphone or tablet).
Here’s an example.
Monochrome is a perfect way to keep small browser windows open on a large screen Mac or Retina display Mac notebook to check obscure search engines, browse various social media sites, and do it all from the same size browser window as your iPhone, Windows phone, or Android smartphone.
I can see website developers using Monochrome to see how their websites look on different screen resolutions from a variety of mobile devices, but that capability is built in to the latest version of Safari on the Mac. Otherwise, it’s just a simple way to have a web browser window available without mucking up the screen size of the browser you’re using for everything else.
Monochrome has been around awhile and continues to receive regular updates, so that’s a plus. The price tag is nominal and 9-cents below my threshold for throwaway money. I find it useful to open up a few social websites which, when you invoke the viewport for a specific smartphone window size, takes up less space on the Mac’s screen.
Here’s an example.
For Mac users who want to see what a website looks like on mobile devices– specifically those made by Apple– Safari on the Mac includes a new developer preview option. Here’s how to invoke it.
Open Safari’s Preferences. Click the Advanced tab. At the bottom of the window, click the Show Develop Menu In The Menu Bar. A Develop menu will appear in Safari’s Menubar. Click it and select Enter Responsive Design Mode. That gets you something like this.
That’s all there is to it.