Monday, December 31st, 2007

Fluid puts hat in the “Site Specific Browser” ring

Category: Browsers

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Todd Ditchendorf has released Fluid, a Site Specific Browser that allows you to ditch the 30 tabbed browser, and run web applications in the own world (icon etc):

Fluid 0.4 includes Dock badges and Dock menus for Gmail, Google Reader, and Yahoo! Mail, auto-software updates via the Sparkle Update framework, custom SSB installation paths, and custom SSB icons.

And, how cool is this… a Flickr group for shared Fluid SSB icons!

How does it work?

Fluid itself is a very small application. When launched, Fluid displays a small window where you specify the URL of a webapp you’d like to run in a Site Specific Browser. Provide an application name, click ‘Create’ and you’ll be prompted to launch the new native Mac app you’ve just created.

What makes Fluid different from Prism?

Fluid is very similar in nature to Prism, but is based on Safari’s WebKit rendering engine. And SSBs created by Fluid are true, native Cocoa OS X applications offering seamless integration into the Mac OS.

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Similar feature can be found in firefox it’s called profile.
http://www.mozilla.org/support/firefox/profile

But Fluid will make it much easier for non advanced user :-)

Comment by elmuchacho — December 31, 2007

if anybody knows a similar app that runs on windows, i’m sick of gmail crashing my firefox because i have firebug turned on :)

Comment by pixeline — December 31, 2007

@pixeline

Try Prism from Mozilla.

http://labs.mozilla.com/2007/10/prism/

Comment by Pedro — December 31, 2007

@pixeline
you should read the first comment!

By creating a new profile in firefox 2 you are running a separate instance of firefox this mean that you can have one profile with firebug where you do you development and and other instance where you launch your gmail it is really simple to do and you can find everything you need at the link below
http://www.mozilla.org/support/firefox/profile

I still don’t understand people who install programme to do things when it is supported natively (in case you don’t know what natively mean there is a help http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Native_mode)

Comment by elmuchacho — December 31, 2007

elmuchacho, i wasn’t born with full knowledge implemented – unlike you apparently. Still, thanks for the tip!

@pedro: thanks for the tip: i tried it but i installed it but it never worked for me.

Comment by pixeline — December 31, 2007

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