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Fluid gives your favorite Web apps a home on your Mac OS X Desktop.

Are you a Gmail, Facebook, Campfire or an 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 crashing your browser and causing you to loose your (say) Google Docs 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 Web apps as a separate desktop application. Fluid gives any webapp a home on your Mac OS X desktop including Dock icon, menu bar, and logical more...

What's New

Version 1.8.2:
  • FIX: Improved support for multiple displays.
  • FIX: Improved support for userscripts.
  • FIX: Web Page Zoom persists across launches.
  • FIX: JavaScript and CSS sytnax highlighting and some code completion features in Userscript and Userstyle editors.

Requirements

  • OS X 10.6 or later

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Cowicide Member IconReview+1131
Cowicide
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This app is a great way to convert web apps into Mac OS apps. I've been using this for many years, but one recent example of where this comes in very handy is where I turned the AirDroid web app into a Mac OS app on my laptop.

I've seen Windows users begging the AirDroid developers to make a standalone app for it, but they haven't gotten around to it yet on Windows or Mac.

But, at least on my Mac with Fluid, I can easily create an AirDroid standalone app and it works perfect. Instead of having to open a Safari window with an url field, etc. taking up space and having to hide them, etc, etc. - I have an app that opens in a single, compact window (and remembers the window position and size each time it opens). It even can share cookies with Safari so I don't have to re-input credentials, etc. and my 1Password extension works as well (when needed).

The one thing that's lacking is I wish Fluid allowed for some easier flexibility and options for clicking on user interface buttons automatically after it launches and having it recognizes that the app has loaded beforehand.

I basically do that myself with Applescript to click buttons, etc. with a combo of javascript and Applescript and even using a combo of mousetools with Applescript for stuff.

But, it would be much easier and more powerful if Fluid had that kind of ability built-in instead of having to rely on Applescript.

But, anyway, overall this app is fantastic and gives me the advantage of easily creating standalone apps even if the developers of the services haven't gotten around to it yet (or never do). That's power.

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Version 1.8.2
Lhutz Member IconReview+1
Lhutz
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Fluid is also great if you need to use multiple accounts for a single web page.

To avoid having to constantly switch logins, I used to use a different browser for each account (Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Opera). With Fluid (and the separate cookie storage pro feature) that is no longer necessary and I avoid the overhead of running multiple browsers simultaneously. Plus, it looks really nice, if you assign decent icons to the different apps. :)

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Version 1.8.2
Nova-Bossa-Nova Member IconComment+35
Nova-Bossa-Nova
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I use Fluid with Gmail.

I found out today that the Undo command doesn't work using cmd+Z!

Whatever you write, if you want to undo it, you must do it via the menu bar. Annoying.

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Version 1.7.2
Nova-Bossa-Nova
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It seems to be a bug in Gmail. It happens only when I paste text, but not when I type text. It happens in Safari too.

Tommy-Montag Member IconReview+54
Tommy-Montag
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I forked out the 4.99 for the separated cookie/data storage feature - it works as advertised - and it's been well-worth it, even just for accessing my webmail.

Fortunately, my webmail provider doesn't show ads or have intrusive page elements so I didn't have a need to fiddle about with userstyles or userscripts to create a distraction-free workspace, which made setup a breeze for me. It just worked right out of the box in a way that was very useful to me.

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Version 1.7.2
Nova-Bossa-Nova Member IconReview+35
Nova-Bossa-Nova
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I'm using Gmail with this, but unfortunately it displays ads. I tried some scripts, but they don't seem to work. Does anyone know a script that really block all Gmail ads in Fluid?

Thanks!

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Version 1.7.2
Nova-Bossa-Nova
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I see now that without a way to effectively block ads in Gmail, this applications is, unfortunately, USELESS for me.

Philosopherdog
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I don't see how blocking gmail ads is in the least relevant to a review of this application. This is not an ad blocking app. It's not one of its features.

Nova-Bossa-Nova
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As you can see above, I gave this application 5 stars, which means I find it very good. However, personally I use it for Gmail only. On its description, Gmail even appears in the first place. That suggests most people use it for Gmail. If so, it should offer a possibility to effectively block ads in Gmail, since I don't know of anyone who deliberately wants to see ads in Gmail. Ergo for Gmail it's useless.

Xenophile
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Agreed, the inability to use Fluid with ad blocking software limits its usefulness.

@pdog: What we seek is a way to use Fluid with software that blocks ads; an example would be compatibility with the AdBlock extension for Safari. If to use Fluid one must sacrifice the ability to block ads, then it will never truly replace a dedicated web browser for advertising-heavy sites.

Also, note that Nova-Bossa didn't downrate Fluid at all. He merely pointed out the lack of an important, even critical, feature.

afm369@369.ch Member IconReview+0
afm369@369.ch
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With this app I made my own RSS agregator thru InoReader site and got free and easy to use chain with full sync: InoReader Fluid app (MAC OS) + Feeddler RSS (iOS).

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Version 1.7.2
Yavari Member IconReview+45
Yavari
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Fluid is amazing for creating 'apps' of the websites that you use most. I've found it particularly useful for Gmail. The only problem is that installing userscripts is a bit more involved than, say, adding them in Chrome or Firefox through Greasemonkey/Tampermonkey. It's a good app, though, and definitely worth the $5.

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Version 1.7.2
Zeebie Member IconReview+71
Zeebie
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Nice idea but doesn't work properly. For privacy reasons I created a Gmail app but when I try to sign in it passes my login including password (!) over to Safari so I get automatically logged in there. And this is, of course, exactly what I was trying to avoid...

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Version 1.7.1
Joshmunkey Member IconComment+54
Joshmunkey
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Nice little application, works wonder with social media sites that I always want quick access to. More complex sites that utilize certain plug-ins are a drag at times though, such that they may not work without tweaks here and there, or not even at all. Netflix Instant and HBO Go are some examples.

I came across a solution for getting Netflix Instant Streaming to run on fluid: Change the default User Agent in the plist file. Instant will run if you change the User Agent from default to Safari, but it reverts back with every start up. To change that:

Right click the fluid-created Netflix app, and go to Show Package Contents. Go to Contents folder, then Resources folder, then open UserAgentStrings.plist up in your choice of editor (in 10.6.8, I used TextEdit). In the "Default (Automatically Chosen)" string, the default is listed as "Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; Intel Mac OS X %d_%d_%d) AppleWebKit/%@ (KHTML, like Gecko) %@ Version/%@ Safari/%@". If you look below, there's a whole host of other strings, such as Safari, iOS Safari, IE, Firefox, etc. Figure out which one enables Instant for you, copy that string, and paste it in the place of the default. Save the plist, and reopen the Netflix app; Instant should now work. Not sure if updates will bork this trick, but quitting the application certainly doesn't.

As for HBO Go, I haven't figured that out yet. Whenever I try and login with my provider, it jumps me to Safari and the HBO app remains on a grey page with no activity. If anyone can give some advice, that would be lovely.

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Version 1.6.1
Stormchild Member IconComment+383
Stormchild
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Looking to use this for a project management site I'd like to keep open on a different desktop (space) than the one Safari is assigned to. It seems ideal for the job, but I'm running into a couple problems with it. They're relatively minor, but annoying enough that I'll probably just stick with running it in a normal browser until I can find solutions for them.

1. For some reason, "applications" created with Fluid cannot be assigned to a specific desktop. Every other app in my Dock has this option, but the site-specific "app" I created with Fluid does not.

2. The app icon is very low res and looks terrible. I've tried replacing the appl.icns with a proper, high quality one, but it still ends up being low res in the Finder, Dock, and Launchpad.

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Version 1.6.1
Stormchild
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Update: I was able to resolve both of these problems by recreating the app. I don't know why I wasn't able to assign the app to a specific desktop before; the only thing I did differently this time was choose a higher quality icon.

As for the icon, I exported the high-res icon I want to use from CandyBar (an Iconfactory icon) as a PNG (at the maximum supported size - 512x512) and chose that as the icon when creating the app. It now looks great everywhere. (I guess you can't replace a low res icon with a high res one after the app has been created.)

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Version 1.8.2
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Version 1.8.2
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Version 1.8.2
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Version 1.7.2
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Version 1.7.2
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Version 1.4
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Version 1.2
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Version 1.1
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Version 1.0
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Version 0.9.6
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Downloads 41,862
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License Shareware
Date 21 Mar 2014
Platform Intel 64 / OS X
Price $4.99
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