By Scott Ostler
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Bumpr is a handy, beautiful Mac app that lets you choose where to open links. Anytime you click on a web link, a compact, elegant menu pops up right in place and lets you choose which browser to open that link with. Bumpr also works with mail links.
Bumpr is particularly effective if you use more than one browser to run separate Google accounts, for cross-browser testing, to keep certain kinds of browsing activities restricted to certain browsers, and more. Its email handling is great if you use separate email clients for different email accounts.
It’s incredibly simple but incredibly powerful. Give it a try today!
What's New in Version 1.1.7
* Support for the Newton mail app
* Automatically add more browsers and mail apps like TorBrowser, Astro and others
A gem I didn’t realize I needed
If you only use one browser (usually Safari) and one email account, you don’t need this.
But, some of us use multiple browsers. For example, I like to keep different “ecosystems” to separate Amazon, Google, and Facebook from talking to each other too much. I also have separate Gmail accounts that I want to sign into simultaneously. So, I use different browsers, including one that I use just for one-off visits to sites so I can clear all the cookies without losing sign-in information.
The problem is, when I get an email with a link, or when there is a link in a reminder program (such as OmniFocus, etc), when I click it, it will go to the default browser. With Bumpr, when I click on the link, I get a choice of WHICH browser will open. That’s all it does. And its simplicity is its beauty.
Get an email with an ad you want to check out, but you don’t want that site to dump cookies into your main browser? Just designate a browser as your “junk browser” and open it in that browser. Or maybe you have a browser you use only for secure financial interactions. Or maybe a TOR browser for sensitive communication. And if you want to be signed into more than one Google account at a time, now you can choose which browser will open the link. I only use one mail reader, but it works the same way if you have multiple email readers (e.g. Mac Mail, Outlook).
Bottom line is, if you are a multi-browser user, you will be impressed by how useful this little app is. At six bucks, its value depends totally on your work flow. For me, it’s definitely worth it.
My only wish is that you could set the order of the browsers as they appear in the choice box. It appears they are arranged by frequency of use.
This review based on use with: MacBook Pro 13” late 2016 Retina/touchbar, macOS Sierra 10.12.5, 3.1 GHz Intel i5, 16 GB memory. Disclaimer: This is an independent review, I purchased this app, and have no relationship to the vendor.