Turn Any Website Into a Self-Contained Mac App with Fluid
Fluid is a great Mac app that converts any specified web site into it’s own self-contained application, allowing you to do things like turn Gmail, Facebook, Wikipedia, Soundcloud, and Pandora, into their own dedicated app.
Other than being useful for creating apps exclusively for particular websites, Fluid is also great for those of us who are easily distracted by other things on the web, forcing the usage of only the given site.
Turning Web Pages Into Apps on Mac OS
Fluid is very easy to use. Here’s how the app works, it’s quite simple:
- First, grab Fluid free from the developer on their website
- Open Fluid, then give it a URL and a name, then click on the “Create” button to build the app, and it’ll quickly create an app just for that website
- Repeat for other websites as desired, then you can place the apps into the Dock, Applications folder, or elsewhere
The web apps are self contained versions of the website, which makes it nice if you want to avoid distractions, and for many other purposes.
The default app icon comes from the favicon, or the Apple Touch Icon if the site has one. Give it a try, it’s pretty neat.
Fluid is free to download and use. For those who want extra features, a paid version is available for $4.99 that allows for separate cookie storage, pinning apps to the status bar, scripting support, and the ability to use OS X’s Full Screen App mode.