Brow is an easy-to-use Mac app that allows you to to search your Chrome and Firefox bookmarks via OS X’s Spotlight service. It’s a simple app that admittedly doesn’t do very much, but it offers a nice feature that offers you quick access to your favorite webpages.
The app is subtle and hardly noticeable after you first install it. While it can appear in your menubar and be used via the app’s window, you can even hide it completely, forcing it to run in the background. Using it is quite simple, and it works seamlessly with Spotlight. This could very well be one of the most functional apps that you don’t even know that you have.
When you first load Brow up, you have to grant it permission to look through your bookmarks and files. It does a pretty good job of finding these items on its own, so there’s no real need to manually look through your directory for them. Besides, Chrome doesn’t really offer much insight as to where these bookmark files are located, so your search might be fruitless. Fortunately, Brow is savvy enough to find them.
Bookmarked pages appear in the Documents category of Spotlight’s searches, so you won’t be seeing anything new. It might be a bit hard to see, but from what I can tell, pages have a .webloc file extension.
Brow is a simple app with a simple purpose. You’ll occasionally find it handy, but it won’t revolutionize your computer usage by any means.
- Adds bookmarks to OS X Spotlight search
- Runs in the background
- Automatically finds Chrome and Firefox bookmarks
- Can run at launch
- Shows bookmark preview