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Starting at 1.8, there's a standalone Quantum GIS Browser application on Windows. I am unable to locate that app on Mac. There is a 'Browser' panel for Mac but its functionality is limited.

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When did you download your installer btw? – R.K. Oct 6 '12 at 19:15
I got the installers from – spatialthoughts Oct 7 '12 at 4:51
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"QGIS is located in For ease of launching, make a symlink or Finder alias to it."


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got it. thanks. Would be nice to have it more discoverable... – spatialthoughts Oct 7 '12 at 4:51

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