Fluid And The Web
You as a user might wonder what this app is exactly for, and what it can do for you in your day to day computing with your Mac. And at times, with buzz words such as “site specific browsing (SSB)", casual computer users may get lost with the high tech sounding moniker. But in reality, it’s really as simple as: Fluid creates a desktop app for whatever website you desire.
An SSB is actually just a desktop app for web content.
So for example, if you want an app for Facebook, you can create one with Fluid. It will create a Facebook.app file that you can put on your Applications folder and/or dock. Launching the app will take you directly to Facebook, but not through your browser. It will operate on its own dedicated window were you can enjoy all the features of the website, veering away from web browser features and leaving you with just the website’s capabilities.
Virtually any site you desire - like Yahoo! Mail or maybe even Twitter - can be converted into an app with Fluid in just a click. With these apps on your desktop, you can even position them in your dock to access your favorite websites quickly.
Once your web app has been created, you can apply your own icons you find most appropriate for it. You can even go as far as editing the app’s icon further to use higher resolution icons that you desire so your web-to-desktop apps can sit pretty with all your other apps with beautifully drawn icons in Mac OS X.
In fact, Fluid’s been such a treat to a number of users already, that a Flickr photo stream has been set up, dedicated to provide high quality icons for popular and well-loved sites that people like to create Fluid SSBs (or, rather, desktop apps) for.