When it comes to viewing photos and images on my Mac, less is more, small is beautiful, and simple is better. That’s what Highbrow does. It’s a Mac photo and image viewer and browser with a built-in movie player with a single claim to fame. Simplicity. No buttons. No borders around photos. Just the photos.
Highbrow is good for viewing photo slideshows or movies, filling up the screen, or in a floating window while you work. All you need is a folder of photos or videos and Highbrow does the rest. It even remembers which photos or videos were being viewed when you stopped to work on something else, go to lunch, take a bathroom break, or simply do the all important 5-minute break.
No buttons and no borders means just that. Clean, elegant, simple. Navigation and slideshows are accessed through the drop down menus.
Slideshows are visible fullscreen or floating window and you can load many different windows, or a single image or movie. Photos in a Highbrow window are proportional so no screen space gets wasted. This is the ultimate get-out-of-your-way slideshow and movie viewer; even the Menubar can be dismissed. Photos can be dragged and dropped onto the sidebar to add them to a list. Movie file formats are a bit limited with only a few of the formats used by QuickTime.
This is one of those somewhat simple apps that can have many uses; perfect for slideshows with movies, but also a good way to have floating windows of photos you love (great for a large or widescreen Mac). It’s also simple to make a movie of a photo slideshow by using QuickTime to capture the Mac’s screen as a video file. Highbrow is well done, and priced about right.