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Create Floating Desktop Mac Web apps Using Site Specific Browsers (SSB)

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Written by Pedro

Mac is the most complicated operating system I ever experienced. Yeah, you heard it right, Mac doesn’t want you to do too much customization in it. Being a webmaster, sometimes I need to open a lot of web pages at same time. That’s why you may need to move and separate some of the web pages from the browser. In Windows, You may do this easily by downloading some software. But for Mac, It is not easy that much as we know that there is no concept of installing software using DVDs and ZIPs. So to do it on Mac, you must need a Dock Window. Dock Window apps can help you in creating floating desktop webapps using site specific browsers.

Create Floating Desktop Webapps on Mac:

Using the Dock Window, You can setup the shortcuts on Mac’s desktop and open your frequently used webpages directly. The process is also called site specific browser Mac. There are a lot of site specific browsers available that automate your web pages into a desktop app.

Why You Need It?

Also known as SSB, It allows you to open more than one web pages at a time without a browser in the form of the app. Site specific browsers can be used with Google Chrome, Mozilla FIrefox, Chromium and Vivaldi web browser. Chromium browser comes with the built-in “Create Application Shortcut” tool but it doesn’t have the enough ability to integrate with system’s menu. While using the 3rd party site specific browsers, you can choose the manual icons for every floating desktop webapps.

In most of the SSBs apps, you just need to paste the link of a web page that you want to save on desktop, give it the name, icon and save it. That’s all!

Using site specific browser apps are a more stable method for professionals as compare browsing the web through the browsers. I’m in open example of that. mostly I need to open at least 6 web pages(Facebook, Gmail, Shout92.com, Youtube, Google sheet and Fiverr) at the time but It was a bit difficult to manage when I was new to the Mac. Then I heard about the dock Windows(site specific browsers) and I was shocked. Then I started my research and ended up with “Yes, they do exist”.

I bought and installed one of the best site specific browser apps “Fluid” for $4 and the result was actually awesome. However, during the research period, I also discovered few more apps that can help you in creating floating desktop webapps and they are listed below.

1) Fluid:

Opening a lot of web pages at a time can cause crashing your browser and ended up with losing all of your data. To avoid the problem, you can install SSBs. Site specific browser apps are very few in numbers and “Fluid” is on top of the list. You can create a real sperate desktop app for every web page using the Fluid. It separates the web page from every other web browsing activity by giving it a unique Dock Window icon and menu bar.

Creating a desktop app for any website using Fluid is extremely easy. All you need to do is enter the URL, choose a name, icon and click create. Now within few seconds, a new app for that website will appear on the desktop of the Mac. Whenever you want to access that website or web page, just click on that app. The price of Fluid site specific browser app is only $4.99

Key Features:

  1. It gives you the ability to add blacklists, wish lists and auto-software updates with built-in user scripting.
  2. Fluid can give any page a desktop icon on your Mac.
  3. This site specific browser allows you to browse the web with an iphoto-like thumbnail.
  4. You can also use the full-screen mode for any app in Fluid.

2) Alfred 3:

The second and award winning site specific browser man app is Alfred 3. It is pretty enough to make smarter and access any web page directly from your Mac’s home screen. Alfred 3 is not only good enough for creating floating desktop webapps but also perfect for controlling other tasks of your Mac. The app will cost you about $23 for a single licence. Using the search engine of Alfred 3, you can access any web page and find files from your Mac within seconds.

Key Features:

  1. Open the web page once with Alfred 3 and then no need to type that URL again. Use the clipboard history to visit it again.
  2. It helps you in cutting down the manual tasks and automate them. Using the Link hotkeys features of Alfred 3, you can create your own workflow on your Mac.
  3. Even you can control your music using the great Alfred 3 app.
  4. Using the Quick look option, you can preview any web page without opening it.

3) Apptivate:

Save your web pages and open it quickly whenever you want. Installing Apptivator is the best way to do it. The best thing about Apptivate is that you don’t need to pay a single penny for it. Just open the app, drag the URL to workflow and save it. From that workflow, you can access any saved URL without opening the browser. It allows you to save and open up to 20 apps/URL at a time.

Key Features:

  1. It allows you to hide any app easily.
  2. Comes with a lot of executing scripts.
  3. Automate a lot of operations from your Mac with the help you Apptivate workflow.
  4. Access any folder or files from your Mac quickly.

Also Read: Top 5 Free Remote Desktop Client for MAC OS X.

About the author

Pedro

Pedro is an active blogger, web developer and UI Expert. I spent almost 10 years to get experties over various fields like Programing, SEO. Self motivated and with ownership I like to make things as close to perfect as possible. Also worked on www.kidpaw.com, www.mobilestore.pk and enjoyed learning spectrum over the internet.

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