Fluid
Fluid 1.8.2
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(24) 4.0625

Create site-specific browsers for your favorite Web apps.   Shareware ($4.99)
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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
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
  • Intel, 64-bit processor
  • OS X 10.6 or later



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Nova-Bossa commented on 28 Dec 2013
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.
[Version 1.7.2]

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Nova-Bossa replied on 28 Dec 2013
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.
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Tommy-Montag reviewed on 23 Dec 2013
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.
[Version 1.7.2]


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Nova-Bossa reviewed on 29 Nov 2013
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!
[Version 1.7.2]

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Nova-Bossa replied on 01 Dec 2013
I see now that without a way to effectively block ads in Gmail, this applications is, unfortunately, USELESS for me.
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Philosopherdog replied on 06 Dec 2013
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.
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Nova-Bossa replied on 06 Dec 2013
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.
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afm666 reviewed on 23 Aug 2013
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).
[Version 1.7.2]


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Yavari reviewed on 08 Jul 2013
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.
[Version 1.7.2]


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Zeebie reviewed on 20 Jun 2013
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...
[Version 1.7.1]


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Joshmunkey commented on 14 Feb 2013
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.
[Version 1.6.1]


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Stormchild commented on 20 Dec 2012
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.
[Version 1.6.1]

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Stormchild replied on 20 Dec 2012
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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Aeschylus reviewed on 16 Sep 2012
Easy to use, works great on Lion. No glitches. It's really freeware with an option to buy premium features. A good update to an app I've used a long time.
[Version 1.6.1]


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Mtcobra commented on 16 Sep 2012
Changes in version 1.6.1:

FIX: Improved Application stability on Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion.
FIX: Fluid App Icon creation now works on MacBook Pro with Retina screen.
[Version 1.6.1]


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Gcoghill had trouble on 21 Jun 2011
I have issues with the "open link in new window" command, just opens a new window in the background with the home page. Anyone else seeing this? I emailed the developer but got no reply to this issue.

Also, the contextual (right-click) menu seems to be missing some items such as "open image in new tab" etc. I feel like this version is a step down from the beta.
[Version 1.0]


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cottinghamk had trouble on 27 May 2008
The plugins part of the preferences has disappeared in some of my apps, so I can no longer edit the options for the thumbnail plugin.
[Version 0.9.1.4]


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pede had trouble on 14 Jan 2008
Great application. I'm using it to create a Gmail app. But I noticed two things. First, spell checking in text fields doesn't seem to work. Is this just not supported yet? Second, when clicking on a link in Gmail, it opens in my default browser (which is great), but also opens a blank window in the Gmail app.
[Version 0.6]

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itod47 (developer) replied on 29 Feb 2008
Hi, spell checking has been added in 0.8. The other issue you mentioned is known, but not fixed as of 0.8 yet. soon tho.
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imaswitcheryeah had trouble on 29 Dec 2007
Just updated to the new 0.4 version, love the unread badge for Google Reader, but it's not very helpful when it doesn't go away after you read something.

I first updated the Reader app made by Fluid, and then tried deleting that app and then creating a new app using the 0.4 version of Fluid. Still does not get rid of the unread badge after reading items.
[Version 0.4]


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enefem had trouble on 17 Dec 2007
Hello, if I update Fluid should I create the whole applications one more time? If yes, that's not convenient
[Version 0.3]

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metaphysical replied on 17 Dec 2007
Each all actually update itself if it detects a new version. And yes, I said 'each app' meaning if you're using 10 Fluid apps they'll all need to update =)

nink rated on 22 Mar 2014

[Version 1.8.2]



katlinquinn rated on 28 Aug 2013

[Version 1.7.2]



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b-0-m rated on 25 Jul 2013

[Version 1.7.2]



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JoshiSm rated on 14 Aug 2012

[Version 1.4]



creativeboulder rated on 03 Sep 2011

[Version 1.2]



+6

Wikno rated on 25 Jun 2011

[Version 1.1]



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poobard rated on 01 May 2011

[Version 1.0]



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Emrys0821 rated on 17 Jan 2011

[Version 0.9.6]


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Version Downloads:1,110
Type:Internet : Browsers
License:Shareware
Date:21 Mar 2014
Platform:Intel 64 / OS X
Price: $4.99
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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 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. Then provide a 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 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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