iFacebook
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iFacebook is a Mac OS X application that allows you to run Facebook as an application without opening a browser. It supports all Facebook features and has some extra features as well.
What's New
Version 2.0:

Fixes:

  • Performance improvements.
  • About us has been improved.
  • Better security.
New:
  • iFacebook was built from scratch with a more modern WebKit.
  • You can now check for updates and auto update iFacebook.
  • Menu and Keyboard shortcuts added.
  • OS X 10.7 Lion fullscreen support.
  • The ability to print the page.
  • Normal and Small Window option.
Requirements
Intel, Mac OS X 10.6 or later



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iFacebook User Discussion (Write a Review)
ver. 2.x:
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supercar1000 reviewed on 13 May 2012
Why not accessing it from the website directly???
[Version 2.0]


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Rspeed reviewed on 11 Mar 2012
Apparently this company has created a number of stand-alone applications that do nothing but give you access to a single web site. Why you would need Java for something that accomplishes almost nothing is beyond me.

It's worth pointing out that by using this application, you lose all protections that a real browser would give you. Considering how seriously these protections are taken (see the PwnToOwn contest and Google's hefty bounties for finding security holes), throwing that all away for a shiny icon seems silly.
[Version 1.0]

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iWebApplications (developer) replied on 12 Mar 2012
What browser protections are you talking about? It is based on the FireFox browser, the same protection FireFox has does iFacebook. Please make sure you know what you're saying.
and yes, We do create number of stand alone applications, If you don't find it useful then just don't use it.
Thanks.
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Rspeed replied on 16 Mar 2012
Firefox is updated on a regalar basis to fix security holes. Your applications are not, leading to a situation were users are unknowingly using unpatched software.
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Mikaelf replied on 13 May 2012
Is Firefox based on Webkit?
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Neutralzone replied on 13 May 2012
While I haven't actually run this app yet, I understand Rspeed's concerns. I currently run Facebook in a browser that I've configured to be highly restrictive as to what types of scripts and plug-ins are allowed to run, and how often cookies are flushed. This is to minimize the impact of Facebook malware and tracking. It is unclear whether running Facebook in an app like this will allow the same level of control over security as a modern browser.

However, I will suggest to the developer that this could be an opportunity for differentiation. If iFacebook could be developed so that one of its great features is the ability to keep your Facebook activity separate from your other web browsing activity, and if the app is designed to increase the transparency of Facebook privacy controls and the ability to limit Facebook cross-site tracking and malware/phishing potential, you could use that as a selling point. e.g. "Suspicious of Facebook? Use iFacebook...it's safer than your browser!"
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iWebApplications (developer) replied on 13 May 2012
I seriously like your tip Neutralzone and I will seriously consider this.
Though today iFacebook uses Safari's Framework which means it has the same security level as Safari.

Thank you for your reply.
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Neutralzone replied on 14 May 2012
Reply to iWebApplications (developer): The fact that you said iFacebook uses the same "security level" as Safari is precisely the issue. I don't use Safari for Facebook because it does not provide the same level of granularity over JavaScript, plug-ins, and cookies as I can have in Firefox or Chrome. When you tell me iFacebook is comparable to Safari, what you have told me that it is not good enough.
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THEE:LEE reviewed on 05 Mar 2012
This is nothing more than a webview with Facebook in it.

I am voting one star because firstly it adds no functionality to a normal browser (inface way less) and second the developer or a friend of the developer appears to be voting it up, the 4 people who had rated all had barely rated any other programs (about 1 or 2 others) and three of the four also rated Quick n Easy Web Builder which is probably also getting falsly rated.

There was an overly euthsiatic comment the other day and that appears to have dissapeared suggesting that was fake too.
[Version 1.0]

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Tryme replied on 05 Mar 2012
Actually @Appsindex, why should we not talk about other apps, especially when they make this pile of garbage look like the steaming turd it is.

Any Mac user can make the same thing using Automator. I'll stick with Menutab for Facebook which provides far more usefulness than this web service (it's not an app).
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Appsindex (developer) replied on 05 Mar 2012
Why are you killing new applications so fast?
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Tryme replied on 05 Mar 2012
@Appsindex - learn the difference between an 'Application' and a 'Web Service' - for a start, an application would provide me with Preferences so that I can tailor it a little to suit my needs. I see absolutely no reason to use this over a normal browser window.

This tool you are referring to as an application is in fact a 'Web Service' - for all intents a web browser window for Facebook, without any of the extensions, etc that would be afforded through a web browser. Any Mac user running a recent version of OSX can make their own version of this.

I also saw the reviews that @Thee:Lee referred to - which strangely no longer seem to exist, and clearly there was something murky going on there.

When all is said and done - if this tool suits your needs, enjoy using it.
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JCH2 commented on 02 Mar 2012
Link does not lead to the developer's site but rather to some other site claiming to provide download to a package of the best apps for mac... most of which are out of date.

So far, since this app doesn't appear to operate offline, it may well be another premade one-site webbrowser. With come changes to the layout and function on FaceBook, I wouldn't get too attached to this app.
[Version 1.0]

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JCH2 replied on 02 Mar 2012
And once again I see a "similar" on this page that has nothing to do with the function of the software in question. Likely someone's lookng for some free publicity.
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Appsindex (developer) replied on 03 Mar 2012
I think it's not possible to tell here about other applications please remove your feedback.
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Appsindex (developer) replied on 03 Mar 2012
Website is still under construction it'll be fixed soon.
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gtrsteve rated on 07 Jul 2012

[Version 2.0]



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Ikir rated on 14 May 2012

[Version 2.0]



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Quiiick rated on 14 May 2012

[Version 2.0]



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alexbrown rated on 05 Apr 2012

[Version 1.0]



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alexkaessner rated on 26 Mar 2012

[Version 1.0]



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Rspeed rated on 16 Mar 2012

[Version 1.0]


Downloads:5,072
Version Downloads:4,461
Type:Internet : Internet Utilities
License:Free
Date:13 May 2012
Platform:Intel 32 / OS X
Price:Free0.00
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iFacebook is a Mac OS X application that allows you to run Facebook as an application without opening a browser. It supports all Facebook features and has some extra features as well.


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