Users who want to easily search for information may not want a separate browser window open to a search engine. PopSearch for Mac allows access to a favorite search engine using a keystroke.
Available as a free application, PopSearch for Mac installs easily as an extension to a web browser, such as Safari. There do not appear to be any user instructions or technical support available. Users unfamiliar with installing and setting up extensions may have some difficultly figuring out how to configure the program, but this is easy with some trial and error. There is no menu for the application, but users have the option of bringing up the search field using an icon next to the URL bar or using a keystroke. This can be set to the user's preference in the options section of the browser. Once activated, the program defaults to the last used search engine and brings up a small window where terms can be entered. The user can also switch between different engines as desired. Pressing Enter immediately moves the user to the search engine's page with the results displayed. As the user types the search terms, recommended spellings and additional terms display, which is a useful option.
For those users who often switch to search engines while surfing the Web, PopSearch for Mac may be a useful extension to their browser.