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This article was published on January 5, 2009


    Finally! Here’s Plainview, a full screen browser for the Mac

    Finally! Here’s Plainview, a full screen browser for the Mac
    Ernst-Jan Pfauth
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    Ernst-Jan Pfauth

    Ernst-Jan Pfauth is the former Editor in Chief of Internet at NRC Handelsblad, as well as an acclaimed technology author and columnist. He a Ernst-Jan Pfauth is the former Editor in Chief of Internet at NRC Handelsblad, as well as an acclaimed technology author and columnist. He also served as The Next Web’s blog’s first blogger and Editor in Chief, back in 2008. At De Correspondent, Ernst-Jan serves as publisher, fostering the expansion of the platform.

    When you’re a PC user, this post isn’t relevant for you. Why? Because your Firefox browser has a full-screen mode. Mac users though, could only dream of this feature.

    If you’re a Mac user, you might have missed that your dreams came true last on June 2, 2008. That’s when the Barbarian Group launched Plainview – a full-screen web browser.

    During BLOG08 – an international blog conference I organized last October -, moderator Patrick and I were searching for a way to show blogs full screen. We installed some add-ons, which did just one thing: making Firefox crash.

    Plainview already existed. Should we have known better?

    plainviewNo! We were not alone. A quick search on software tracker Wakoopa finds that only 13 early adopters have discovered Plainview. So I guess it’s safe to say that we’re gonna make a lot of people happy with this post.

    Download Plainview (zip file), drag it to your dock, bookmark the sites you need for a presentation, and browse through them by hitting a hot key. And don’t forget to enjoy the experience you’ve waited for such a long time.

    Extra tip for writers

    If you’re a blogger, get a load of this: open your post editing screen in Plainview and avoid any possible computer-related distraction.