This past weekend I rediscovered Fluid. Fluid is a Site-Specific Browser for Mac. It packages up a WebKit browser that is specific to one website (or sites – the list is configurable). I spent up and purchased a proper license. This unlocks the following (very useful) features:
- Create Fluid Apps with Separate Cookie Storage. (Preferences → Security → Cookie Storage)
- Pin Fluid Apps to the Mac OS X Status Bar. (Fluid App Menu → Pin to Status Bar…)
- Use Userscripts or Userstyles in your Fluid Apps. (Window → Userscripts)
- Use Lion Full Screen mode in your Fluid Apps. (View → Enter Full Screen)
My friend Paul Everitt mentioned in passing a few weeks ago. I had been an early user and then at some OSX upgrade it failed to make the cut to be reinstalled onto the new machine/OS.
A bit of background… For various reasons I have a number of Google accounts.. personal, a few for work, and a few for community causes in which I’m involved. Interacting with multiple Google accounts during the course of a day is extremely difficult. This is particularly true (and painful) when sharing files with Google Drive. You need to know to WHICH persona/credentials your colleague shared a particular document. Words can’t describe how annoying that is… was..Until I re-discovered Fluid.
I now have a Fluid browser for each account. Below is a screenshot from the SSB I have for my rob AT zebrareach.com account.
- Separate cookie storage means this browser stays clean and authenticated (with my Zebrareach credentials) with Google
- Two handy bookmarks give me quick access to Gmail and Google Drive
Now, if I need to check something under my zebrareach.com identity (Talk, Hangout, Gmail, Drive) no problem. Oh, switch to my reachtapp.com credentials – just launch that SSB. Love it.