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Fake is a new browser for Mac OS X that makes web automation simple. Fake allows you to drag discrete browser Actions into a graphical Workflow that can be run again and again without human interaction. The Fake Workflows you create can be saved, reopened, and shared.

Inspired by Apple's Automator application, Fake looks like a combination of Safari and Automator and allows you to run (and re-run) "fake" interactions with the web.

Power Users will love Fake for automating tedious web tasks like filling out lengthy forms and capturing screenshots. Developers
What's New
  • Improved support for Retina Display.
  • Fixed ability to use Assert Actions inside of Groups.
  • Intel, 64-bit processor
  • OS X 10.5 or later

MacUpdate - Fake

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Miocinq reviewed on 28 Jun 2012
version 1.8.5 won´t run on PPC as stated in the requirements.

Great software version 1.8.4.
[Version 1.8.5]



Rasputinsrevengereloadet reviewed on 26 Nov 2011
Very good software, very intuitive, very polished. Just the way a Macintosh software should be written. And software like this is the reason I still love Mac.
But the best of all, the developer himself is very responsive to support questions!
[Version 1.8.3]


Solefald commented on 31 Oct 2011
Before I spend $30 on this, it has to have following:

1. More meaningful trial process. Sorry, but no saving and 8 action limit does not allow me to test your software to the point where I can purchase it.

2. An ability to add a Pop-up in the beginning of a workflow, where I can enter variables that can be used later in the workflow. I don't want to edit the workflow to enter these variables every time I run it.

3. Ability to mask the password that will be entered into the web forms. Sorry, but I am not entering my password into the workflow in clear text or stopping workflow to wait fot me to enter the password. That is not something I would call automation.
[Version 1.8.3]



Teksestro reviewed on 31 Oct 2011
Extremely polished interface, very easy to use, and incredibly useful for automating functional and integration tests of web apps - in a visual way, and regardless of the language and framework(s) used.

It loses half a star for me because of pricing: $30 is too much for a single-purpose app such as this. Consider, for instance, that many developer 'helper' tools in the App Store cost below $10, and that some of the automation features included here are available for free in other packages.

For $5, I'd buy it, and make it part of my workflow.
[Version 1.8.3]



Surfspirit reviewed on 30 Oct 2011
I can't see the advantage above Free Firefox AddOn iMacros, I actually think iMacros is easier to use, but in both of them they miss OCR and that's what I need most for completely overcome web automation, but both lack this feature.
[Version 1.8.3]



Leoofborg reviewed on 19 Oct 2010
FINE. RonL, if you promise to GO AWAY and never post here again, I'll give you a Mini-Review. But you have to promise not to bury any more helpful comments like you have been doing. Incessantly.

There. Somebody had to say it. Okay, for the rest of you, here we go:


Fake is a Mac-friendly web-testing app by the maker of Fluid, which MOST Mac users know and love. Thanks, iTod! The name 'Fake' is an instant cue to web/SQA Testers as 'fake user' and NOT what the wannabe infosec luser blathered about. I dl'd the App, tested a couple routines, and thought, 'man this is useful'. iTod got my $$, and there you have it.

I'm semi-retired from the web space, but I *do* have a couple friends who've used Fake for 'online reputation management' as well as some other garden variety things. They like it.

If you need a more UNfriendly application to compare Fake to, try Selenium (http://selenium.org). But remember: you get what you pay for.

Judging by the bugfixes that are coming heavy & often, iTod has been VERY responsive to folks actively using this.

Lastly. Fake & Apps like this have high learning curves. It's not obvious to endusers what this is for or "why they're paying for a browser." I *can* tell you that Fake is very welcome, as opposed to say, "Learn Java, and then hook into App X to automate this."

Suggestion to iTod: for the folks who are obviously missing the point of this App or for those who need some prodding, maybe a few 'recipe' workflows --and the ability to load them from menu (ala Safari/WebKit's Debug Menu) might be a good next feature...

"Mini Review." Hah!

Really Grumpy after reading blather,
SQA / SysAdm Guy.
[Version 1.4.4]

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Leoofborg replied on 19 Oct 2010
Sorry, postscript:

4 stars for being bug free in my limited testing, for having that 'Cntrl-drag to rope link ID' feature (very useful), oh, and for being 64-bit. Power users will thank you for that one. If the Dev added Recipes as well as a Menu > Workflow repository (like the Script Menu, or Debug Menu in Safari/WebKit) I would give this 5 stars.
Celestial Teapot Software (developer) replied on 19 Oct 2010
Wow, thanks for the very kind words, leoofborg! I'm glad you're finding Fake useful. And I fully agree with all of your suggestions. I'll be working on them, and hopefully can get them out soon.


Ronl commented on 13 Oct 2010
Talking about trolling.

Long ago I apologized to this author AFTER I researched that he was authentic AFTER numerous other people had shown concern over his not having a functional website for such a long time and for a rather curious title for his app.

That being said... I am wondering about who these people are that have nothing better to do now than condescend to mine, and __many__ others', PREVIOUS concerns?

Has anyone not noticed that there are NO STARS (i.e. no one has even written a review on this app) MONTHS after it was released!

For MacUpdate this just does not happen.

What I have to say to 'reviewer's that wants to pile on me for voicing concern (and have apologized) is to shut-the-f__k-up and buy his app if you like it so much. Then write an actual review with stars.

What trollers... buy it and stop b_tching if you like it so much.
[Version 1.4.3]


Ronl commented on 22 Sep 2010
You don't appear to be familiar with the concept of what script kiddies do and the similarities between the name of this app and the fact that the author has no apparent interest in posting a correct link to his website via MacUpdate.
[Version 1.2.2]

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Ronl replied on 22 Sep 2010
This was intended to be a reply to Danny... not to the author who I have already apologized.

Bloobie replied on 13 Oct 2010
Enough already with the trolling. I believe Danshock was correct in that you are being deliberately obtuse.

The developer clearly explained to you in a reply on 19 Sep about how MU auto-posted a link to an old blog site as the website for this app. You go on 3 days later to continue your rant about the name of the app and the site.

Get past the name of the app already. The app appears as a fake web user to any site, hence the name. As the developer, Tod can name it whatever he wants. He wrote it after all.

MacUpdate has a very long history of posting links to software with not only old or incorrect sites, but also to alpha and beta releases which are not even announced publicly yet. It is the developer's responsibility to correct this, as this developer already told you (on the 19th of September) that he had.

Tod is well-known in the Mac developer community, works for Celestial Teapot, and has developed very useful web software such as the powerful Fluid.

Ronl commented on 20 Sep 2010
Apologies to the developer if I appeared to be ranting.

Why would you call your app "Fake" and why would you not ask MacUpdate to correct the link to your visible website though?

These are legitimate questions... and not ranting.

Before someone was to even try out a demo... let alone purchase it I think it is not unreasonable to ask the above.
[Version 1.2.1]

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Danshock replied on 22 Sep 2010
The term "appear to be" does not apply to what you are doing. You are ranting, and either you didn't understand the earlier conversation, or you are being deliberately obtuse.

Software can be added to MacUpdate by people other than the developer. MacUpdate added an entry for Fake, linking to the website where they noticed it. The developer then realized this was done, and went through a process to have proper attribution given, as well as a website dedicated to the app. He explained this, and this was not his fault.

As far as the name, I think a piece of software that automates something that would normally have to be done manually can justly use the name "Fake." The software is a "fake" web user - it looks to webservers as if a normal person is browsing, but can be automated for testing, data-gathering, and much more.

As you clearly understand neither how MacUpdate works nor what this software is for, please stop annoying people who might be interested in the software (like me!) by blathering your nonsense. The developer responded politely to you - I don't have to.

Ronl commented on 19 Sep 2010

I have not 'ranted' about your software.

What I have done is express skepticism as to the product seeing as how the creator can not even maintain a website.

If your website is prone to hacking, etc. what is to say that your product is not insecure, buggy, etc.

And why would someone call their product 'Fake.?'

Counterintuitive and inapplicable unless...?
[Version 1.2.1]

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Celestial Teapot Software (developer) replied on 19 Sep 2010
And the rant continues.

Adrian replied on 20 Oct 2010
RONL: Try reading the developers previous posts.

Mextex had trouble on 01 Aug 2011
I would really appreciate some more videos on the developer's website showing more examples on how and why this app can be useful. As I have only one idea on how I could use the app, I hesitate to purchase it. I am sure this app can be useful for many different things but I guess I simply have not enough knowledge and imagination
[Version 1.8]

gosmond rated on 13 Feb 2013

[Version 1.8.8]

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Type:Internet : Browsers
Date:26 Mar 2013
Platform:Intel 64 / OS X
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Fake is a new browser for Mac OS X that makes web automation simple. Fake allows you to drag discrete browser Actions into a graphical Workflow that can be run again and again without human interaction. The Fake Workflows you create can be saved, reopened, and shared.

Inspired by Apple's Automator application, Fake looks like a combination of Safari and Automator and allows you to run (and re-run) "fake" interactions with the web.

Power Users will love Fake for automating tedious web tasks like filling out lengthy forms and capturing screenshots. Developers can use Fake for graphically configuring automated tests for their webapps, including assertions.

All of Fake's automation features are powered by Mac OS X's native scripting tool" AppleScript. Which means Fake can be used to incorporate web automation into many other OS X scripting tasks.

Fake's browser component is based on the same open source technology behind the popular Mac OS X Site Specific Browser, Fluid. Fake's proprietary secret sauce is in its web automation capabilities" the Action Library, and Workflow side pane.

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