Fluid

Fluid 1.2

Use your web apps on your desktop

With Fluid you can access all your web applications from your desktop. View full description

PROS

  • Access your webapps from your desktop
  • Easy to setup
  • Fast and uses up little memory

CONS

  • Doesn't offer all the extra features you get in a browser

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With Fluid you can access all your web applications from your desktop.

Ever used Prism or Webrunner? Just like these two applications, Fluid allows you to access all your web apps (like Facebook, Gmail or Campfire) from your desktop. Essentially, Fluid is a simple browser that hosts web applications in a very basic interface. Once you start it up, type the url of your web app in the window, select a name and location, press OK and you're ready to go. The advantage of using it is that you free up your browser for other things. It also uses up very little memory and is very fast.

On the downside, Fluid is in a way like a stripped down browser window. No controls, panel bar or preferences, you only get a browser window for each webapp you launch. This also means that most of the features you take for granted in your browser, such as spell-checking, pop up window management or tabs will not work.

Although it doesn't offer the advanced features of a browser, Fluid is a great tool to access your web apps separately on your Mac desktop.

Changes

  • Changes in Fluid
  • ENHANCEMENT: Lion Compatibility.
  • Changes in Fluid Apps
  • ENHANCEMENT: Lion Compatibility.
  • ENHANCEMENT: Support for Lion Full Screen mode. This feature is available for Licensed Users only.
  • ENHANCEMENT: New URL Handlers Preference Pane.
  • BUGFIX: Fix for issue where Fluid Apps designated as your default email application could experience an infinite loop when handling mailto: URLs.

Are you a Gmail, Facebook, Campfire or (Insert Your Favorite Webapp Here) fanatic? Do you have 20 or more browser tabs open at all times? Are you tired of some random site or Flash ad crashing your browser and causing you to lose your (say) Google Spreadsheets data in another tab?

If so, Site Specific Browsers (SSBs) provide a great solution for your webapp woes. Using Fluid, you can create SSBs to run each of your favorite webapps as a separate desktop application. Fluid gives any webapp a home on your Mac OS X desktop complete with Dock icon, standard menu bar, and logical separation from your other web browsing activity.

— User reviews — about Fluid

  • confused999

    by confused999

    "Waste of money. App is not supported."

    Would not suggest to anyone spending $1 with this developer as he does not provide support. Support documentation is non... More.

    reviewed on May 15, 2015

  • acsato76

    by acsato76

    "frequently error"

    frequently error message : Could Not Create New Fluid App - The operation couldn't be completed. (NSURLEErrorDomain erro... More.

    reviewed on January 25, 2012