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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also, would be nice if I could somehow use it with 1Password - having just created a SSB for a webapp I have no idea what the password is without 1Password

it would be nice if this kept the cookies seperate to safari and to other fluid SSBs as any websites open in fluid are vulnerable to XSS attacks from websites open in safari. hopefully it will do that before coming out of beta, otherwise quite promising.

From Fluid Developer: Hi all, thanks for trying fluid!

@sjaq try v0.4, the issue with ports should be fixed. please let me know if its not.

@themacguiy also check out v0.4 and let me know if its still not working for you. this should work.

@el_cravito that's correct, the free beta expires in March... I haven't decided yet how to move forward beyond that... not sure if it will be for free or fee... feedback welcome. :0]

@avocade try v0.4, this url: "https://mail.google.com:443/" will work now. please let me know if it doesnt work for you.


Nice app. It would be even better it if supported Camino's embedded view. I like to use Safari 3.x for daily browsing because of speed but for some sites (i.e. Googe Notebook) I have to use camino because of some compatibility issues.

Mozilla is working on something very similar, called Prism (just google "mozilla labs prism"). I use it for Facebook all the time... and if I know Mozilla, it'll stay freeware.

I like the app. I didn't have a problem with http:// although I didn't try https://

This app is perfect for what it does.

I never use gmail without SSL, so https:// and port 443 is definitely a must!

From what i read in the developer's website, this beta version will expire on March 31st, 2008.
Anybody knows if Fluid will still be freeware after the beta period?
(Maybe the developer could give us that information...)

Great app, one problem though: it doesn't work on ports different from 80

Great little app. One small thing to remember: don't add http:// or https:// to the URL. It will not work. It doesn't even tell you what you did wrong. I hope the developer releases an update soon!

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