Easily Compare Multiple Mac Apps With Your Tabbed Web Browser [OS X Tips]

Easily Compare Multiple Mac Apps With Your Tabbed Web Browser [OS X Tips]

Let’s face it: the Mac App Store, and the iTunes App Store that it’s modeled on, just isn’t made for comparing apps. Let’s say you want to find the best note taking app for your Mac. You can launch the Mac App Store, search for note taking apps, and see one at a time. If you want to look at more than one, you end up clicking the back button endlessly.

Sometimes it’s just better to be able to flip through a bunch of apps at once. If only the App Stores had tabbed browsing. Luckily, you can browse more than one app at once with a bit of a workaround and your web browser.

Launch the Mac App Store and do a search for the type of app you’re interested in, or click through to one of Apple’s curated list, like the one in the screenshot above, for Mountain Lion optimized apps.

Now, simply move the App Store window to the side, making sure your web browser is visible in the background, and click, drag, and drop an app icon into the web browser window. Bring the web browser to the front with a click, and then hit Command-T to create another tab. Bring the App Store window to the front with another click, and repeat the process with the next app. Repeat as many times as you need, opening a new tab for each app you want to look at. Now you can flip back and forth without having to work around the App Store’s poor interface.

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    Assuming the browser supports it, it is easier just to hit the Command key and click the mouse on the app/link. If you have set the browser prefs correctly, this will open a new tab in the same browser window in the background. Repeat as many times as necessary.

    I do this all the time with a page of news links or a page of search links. Then again, assuming the browser works the same way, you Command – right or left arrow key, through the tabs. I know both Camino, Firefox and Chrome work exactly this way. You can sift through a lot of material with very little work.

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