Comments on: Create Your Own Desktop Webapps with Fluid (Mac OS X) Tech Tips, Reviews, Tutorials, Occasional Rants Sat, 31 Aug 2013 15:50:35 +0000 hourly 1 By: Michael Tue, 12 May 2009 03:20:26 +0000 I just downloaded Fluid yesterday and I love it. I am using it for Gmail, and it allows me to keep Gmail always running and in its own space. I gave it a Gmail icon and it has a badge over it showing me how many new emails I have. Combined with Gmail’s work offline feature, it functions like a true email program completely separate from Safari.

By: Everett - Sat, 06 Dec 2008 22:09:14 +0000 I’m sorta thumbs-up / thumbs-down on this one. (Maybe we should review movies?)

Thumbs up because it limits memory usage, isolates from browser crashes, and it lets you put the app on a different desktop Space (if you’re using OS X Spaces, things can get weird if an app has multiple windows open in multiple spaces and you start apple-tabbing between apps).

Thumbs down because it doesn’t work on 10.4 (I made the app in 10.5 then I tried it on my 10.4 computer… it won’t open). I tried making an app out of the Yahoo! site. Checking and reading mail worked, but I could not attach files. As a web site developer, I can only imagine how difficult it is to make an app like Fluid that compartmentalizes all of web site’s services and calls… looks like the attachment functionality is one that fell through the cracks when Fluid compiled the Yahoo! app. Maybe Gmail’s architecture is different, but I would be surprised if any complex site survived being “Fluid-ized” with 100% functionality.

Summary: I agree with Brian… it’s a novelty, but it can come in handy.