Mozilla Prism
Your rating: Now say why...

(2) 2.5

Run Web-based apps locally without a browser.   Free
Add to my Watch List
Email me when discounted
Prism is designed to create a better environment for running your favorite web-based applications. Much of what we used to accomplish using an application running locally on our computers is moving into the Web browser. Thanks to advances in Web technology, these apps are increasingly powerful and usable. As a result, applications like Gmail, Facebook and Google Docs are soaring in popularity.

Unfortunately the Web browser, which was originally designed for reading documents, is not an ideal environment for running applications. It is frustrating and time-consuming to wade
What's New
Version 1.0b4:
  • 494133 Set As Desktop Background not available when Prism extension is installed
  • 506886 Check override.ini for environment variables if not found in application.ini
  • 508575 Click handler is not attached when login manager is disabled
  • 509021 Make notification API more flexible by allowing optional arguments and an onclick handler
  • 509294 Prism fails when Web app URI does not have a base domain
  • 517892 Provide platform glue with access to the associated window object
  • 527260 Patch to add restore minimized window functionality to JS-API
  • 527827 Build fails because prism/Makefile is missing in makefiles.sh
  • 528903 Stub reports missing Microsoft CRT DLL
  • 535194 Crash on Mac when registering unknown protocol handler
  • 535197 Enable maximize on first run
Version 1.0b4:
  • 494133 Set As Desktop Background not available when Prism extension is installed
  • 506886 Check override.ini for environment variables if not found in application.ini
  • 508575 Click handler is not attached when login manager is disabled
  • 509021 Make notification API more flexible by allowing optional arguments and an onclick handler
  • 509294 Prism fails when Web app URI more...
Requirements
Intel, Mac OS X 10.4 or later





MacUpdate - Mozilla Prism




  • Fluid
    +19

  • ieBay
    +2

  • ideviantART
    +1
Mozilla Prism User Discussion (Write a Review)
ver. 1.x:
(2)
Your rating: Now say why...
Overall:
(2)

sort: smiles | time
burypromote
-2

-55

iLeopard reviewed on 22 Sep 2011
Prism has not been on firefox for years bye

dda
[Version 1.0b4]


burypromote
+1

+851
Negritude commented on 24 Jul 2011
Prism is dead. It has been forked in two separate directions, one called WebRunner (Salsita Software), the other called Chromeless (Mozilla Labs):

http://salsitasoft.com/blog/2011/02/09/prism-is-now-webrunner/

http://mozillalabs.com/blog/2011/02/prism-is-now-chromeless/
[Version 1.0b4]


burypromote

+23
Tommy-Montag commented on 06 Apr 2011
Firefox is my primary browser so when Prism first appeared in beta a couple years ago, I was pretty excited by the possibilities; I had fun testing it out, but at the time, though, I had still had a PPC in my network so had to table Prism in favor of Fluid, which, too, is excellent app of the webkit/Safari variety.

I just re-visited Prism recently and, although customizations are not as easily/readily configured as with Fluid, it's still an excellent alternative, albeit Intel only.

What brought me back to it was my need to print out Avery labels - I don't have MS Word or any other of the commercial apps Avery puts out templates for and the .doc templates are some what cumbersome to use in OOo. OOo's built-in templates - at least for a few of the label types I've tried - have not printed out positioned correctly. Whether this is operator error (mine) or something else, I am not sure.

Avery has a pretty good web-based system to create perfect labels but every time you want to use it asks for a log in or your email address...

But if you set up Prism with this URL:

http://enu.print.avery.com/SelectSku

you can bypass all that nonsense and get straight to making to your labels.

The screen at that URL asks the user to enter/select the SKU number for the product you wish to use a template for and you're off to the races.

It's great to be able to get to what you need right away with just a double click of the mouse!

You create your labels - there's options for mail merge, inserting/resizing images, and of course your own personalized text (although fonts are limited to what Avery offers in the interface) - and it prints out to a PDF.

So far it's printed perfectly aligned, great looking labels every time.

(The technology Avery uses for this is Flash so if you are Flash-averse, there's the heads up.)
[Version 1.0b4]


burypromote

+49

VRH reviewed on 25 May 2009
Outstanding utility! Of course, it has to be used with the same caution that any web application requires. I use this to create standalone apps for streaming Pandora and to manage my Listingly.com lists.
[Version 1.0b1]


burypromote
-11

+113
Formica commented on 09 May 2009
This is a giant mistake. Running ANY software from the web is a mistake. It can do ANYTHING it wants with your information, and you would never know it. Now I am like most people -- I can't stand Microsoft. But when I am writing a letter on Word, I am very confident that the app isn't transmitting any of my own personal information back to Microsoft because I use an application called Little Snitch to alert me of ANY calls OUT of my computer. But if you are using a WEB-APPLICATION to write that letter, how do you know that any of the constant back-and-forth communication between your computer and the web-app's corporation doesn't include your personal information, like for instance your 1Password database, or you Passwords file, or your web browsing history, or whatever?

Go ahead and download the most recent version of Google Earth, then download Little Snitch. Just for one day, count how many times Google Earth calls home -- that is, calls out out over the web back to the home company to do GOD KNOWS WHAT (plus the HUNDREDS of other companies' that now call out to Google Analytics to keep track of their apps' updates). Also, keep track of HOW LONG each one of those calls home lasts. It is SCARY. GOOGLE EARTH ALONE CALLS HOME TWELVE TIMES EVERY DAY, and each call last around 22 seconds! Do you know how much information an application can transmit over a broadband connection in 22 seconds, especially if it had all day to look for whatever it is looking for and organize that info into a packet for rapid transmission during a 22-second broadband connection? What computer software could possibly have a need to call home 12 times a day, and what the hell are those apps telling the home company?

And now Mozilla Prism wants to create an independent platform for an unknown number of companies to create applications to do things like word processing, spreadsheet creating and management, and whatever else? That means that without a web browser as the underlying system, THERE WOULD BE NO SYSTEM MONITORING CALLS OVER THE INTERNET FROM YOUR COMPUTER BACK TO THE CORPORATION THAT CREATED THAT APP! Is that what you want -- LESS MONITORING OF CALLS HOME?
[Version 1.0b1]

3 Replies

burypromote
+3

+9
cornstalkk replied on 09 May 2009
ha ha ha ha......Good Lord. These conspiracy theorists need to crawl back up in their holes and stay there.
burypromote
+5

+140
macfool replied on 23 Jul 2009
Technically, FORMICA is very correct. Or put another way - there is far too much unannounced OUTGOING communications between YOUR computer and points unknown.

That's a fact.
burypromote
+3

+5
Hermit replied on 15 Jul 2010
Interesting rant. Starts out with one premise (any software from the web), moves to another while giving a solution (network monitoring such as Little Snitch which allows you to monitor and block ANY outbound connection), then goes on to erroneously say this program is only for other companies to make programs with. Besides the bad example of Microsoft Office (which is moving entirely online for storage and, therefore, a "software from the web"), am I the only one that sees the irony in a person ranting about the privacy evils of web-based programs on a web site using a web browser?
burypromote
+4

+29
M-Rick commented on 28 Aug 2008
Fluid is better :

- Can run multiple web applications
- Web applications created are stand alone and very light
[Version 0.9]

1 Reply

burypromote
-1

-1
tim8 replied on 28 Aug 2008
it will not run on OSX 10.4, has the grey circle w/ line thru it...
There are currently no troubleshooting comments. If you are experiencing a problem with this app, please post a comment.

There are currently no ratings. Write a comment or review now.

Downloads:6,187
Version Downloads:2,537
Type:Internet : Browsers
License:Free
Date:15 Jul 2010
Platform:Intel 32 / OS X
Price:Free0.00
Overall (Version 1.x):
Features:
Ease of Use:
Value:
Stability:
Displaying 1-6 of 6
-
-
-
Please login or create a new
MacUpdate Member account
to use this feature
Watch Lists are available to
MacUpdate Desktop Members
Upgrade Now
Install with MacUpdate Desktop.
Save time moving files & cleaning
up space wasting archives.
Prism is designed to create a better environment for running your favorite web-based applications. Much of what we used to accomplish using an application running locally on our computers is moving into the Web browser. Thanks to advances in Web technology, these apps are increasingly powerful and usable. As a result, applications like Gmail, Facebook and Google Docs are soaring in popularity.

Unfortunately the Web browser, which was originally designed for reading documents, is not an ideal environment for running applications. It is frustrating and time-consuming to wade through a mass of browser windows and tabs just to find your email client. Unstable applications can slow down or crash your entire browser. And many of the conveniences offered by modern operating systems are unavailable to Web apps running in the browser.

The Best of Both Worlds

This is where Prism comes in. Instead of running all your Web apps in the browser, Prism lets you run them in their own window just like normal applications. A single faulty app or Web page can no longer take down everything you are working on. In the future, we will be releasing Web app bundles from the Prism developer community that let you customize your application to use many of the operating system features common to a desktop application.

Prism is based on the same world-class browsing engine as Firefox to ensure maximum compatibility with the entire range of applications available on the web, today and in the future.


- -