Via Mike Power (blog). I have discovered a fancy little WebKit-based app called Fluid. It calls itself a “Free Site Specific Browser [SSB] for Mac OS Leopard”. Fluid was developed by Todd Ditchendorf.
Fluid allows you to create virtual standalone applications for your favourite web apps. If you use Gmail as your default mail client, or maybe you rely on Adobe Buzzword as your word processor of choice, you could use Fluid to create a specific “app” window outside of your browser. This means that you don’t have half a dozen tabs open all day long – or you can keep that crashy mess facebook away from Firefox.
It’s pretty smart too. If you “Open Link in a New Tab”, it will pop you back to your default browser and the page will open as requested, rather than do something screwy within Fluid. Indeed any links that are external to the url first used to create your Fluid window will open via your browser, yet internal links work in the Fluid window. It’s really cool.
I have created 3 “apps”, facebook, Google Reader, and Buzzword. I prefer Apple’s Mail client to web-based email because I like off-line access, and this is the one drawback of Fluid, it really is only a web window, none of the web apps suddenly become usable off-line (well, obviously). Still it’s handy, very stable, and has already tidied up and improved my Firefox experience.