One of the problems that I have is that when I’m done ‘browsing’ I always quit. I know, I don’t have to. My Mac has more than enough RAM and processing power to leave multiple applications open. But since my task of ‘browsing’ is done I quit which then subsequently closes The Sixty One running in another tab or window. It’s not hard to get back to where I was, but it’s irritating.
I ran across Fluid yesterday and started playing with it. Fluid is an app that lets you make a double-clickable application for a particular URL. You can assign your own icon to it and put the resulting application where ever you want. I particularly like the subheading on the website describing Fluid: Your web browser is for web browsing. It’s a Site Specific Browser.
This app makes perfect sense! My problems are solved. After a little tweaking it’s done exactly what I needed. So now I have a single icon in my dock that is ‘separate’ from my browser. It’s a neat way to mentally separate my regular business apps from my news sites and so on. I can see having myself having separate dock icons for my bug tracking website, my project tracking website and maybe something like the REALbasic forums. Less clicks is better in my opinion with something I do multiple times a day..
It also gets me to thinking a bit about SproutCore. If I can create a shell application (Fluid), what can’t my web app learn to take advantage of application stuff like the app menu? It’s the best of both worlds, in my opinion. It will be interesting to see how far this marriage of desktop application (i.e. Site Specific Browsers) to the new generation of web apps (like SproutCore) goes.