Fluid

Version: 1.4 || Release Date: 2012-06-06 || License: Freeware Developer: Todd Ditchendorf | App Owner: itod47

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.

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.

Use Fluid to run YouTube, GTalk, Flickr, Basecamp, Delicious, .Mac webmail, or any other webapp as a separate Mac desktop application.

Anytime you click a link to another site in an SSB, the link is opened in your system default web browser, keeping your SSB dedicated to the original site you've specified.

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20 Opinions

Extremely useful. I use an on-line approval system at work that insisted on opening tiny pop-ups that had to be resized every time. I created a Fluid SSB for it & set it to open in tabs instead and now my workflow is much smoother.

Fluid is a very nice application for people who have web applications they use all day long. I use it for web mail, time reports, issue trackers and such things. Very handy to launch with Quicksilver and easy to switch to and find since it looks like a normal app and not just a tabs in one of all browser windows.

I like Fluid a lot, but sometimes it has a little trouble. Its also unfortunate that it seems not to support Safari plugins, so I can't see Silverlight content in SSBs (for example, I was trying to make a Netflix one). Also: 1000!

Developer works like a madman: Fluid updates pop-up on a regular basis. He seems really committed, and currently works on it for free. Apple themselves believe in Site Specific Browsers since they have announced a related feature for the next version of Safari in OS X 10.6. Remarkable work, this is.

just come back to this app after noting that 1Password is going to support it and the current feature list is really impressive. wow! lot's has happened since I last commented

This little app is shaping up to be pretty impressive.

awesome app. too bad it just ate up my processor after 3 running apps.

Maybe this should have been obvious, but I found that the badges would not show up unless I chose one of the images from the facebook page. Doesn't work if you use the favicon.

Maybe I'm just doping out here, but I can't figure out how to get things like Yahoo Mail to show up with the number of unread messages badge like you have in the picture. Is there something required other than just creating an SSB for Yahoo Mail?

<b>Requires Leopard.</b>
On 10.4.10, 0.4 launches then immediatly quits... :(

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