Fluid is a compelling Mac-based application that allows you to turn almost any website into its own ‘app.’
What does that mean, exactly? Basically, Fluid is a program that allows you to remove a few steps from the process of launching and accessing frequently used web-based tools and services. For example, I use a browser-based, social media service called Cotweet on a daily basis, but I would prefer to not keep it open in a tab in my browser, where it could be easily closed or open me up to Endless Tab Syndrome. Fluid allows me to create a Cotweet application, which means I can have a separate application window open for the tool, allowing me to keep Cotweet on a separate desktop on my Mac or to quickly launch it from the dock as needed.
It’s very simple to create your own Fluid application:
Enter the website’s URL, provide a name, and optionally choose an icon. Click “Create”, and within seconds your chosen website has a permanent home on your Mac as a real Mac application that appears in your Dock.
The service is free to use but for $5 you can access a few more features:
- Separate cookie storage (usually cookies are shared with Safari)
- Minimize app to the menu bar instead of the dock
- Userscripts or Userstyles
- Lion Full Screen mode
What do you think of Fluid? I understand Chrome for PC has a comparable feature but it doesn’t work on Mac yet. Have you found other services like Fluid which you prefer?