Fluid, the neat little application that turns websites into standalone native Mac apps, has finally grown up into version 1.0 after three and a half years of development.
The application allows you to move frequently updating pages like Gmail or Facebook out of your browser tabs and onto your Dock where you can more clearly see ‘unread’ or ‘New mail’ notifications. It can also help with browser tab clutter (while at the same time adding to the clutter on your Dock…).
As before, the app is free, but there’s now a US$4.99 optional license that unlocks a few neat extras: the ability to create apps with separate cookie storage, pin Fluid apps to the Status Bar and use Userscripts or Userstyles in Fluid apps.
If you’ve installed previous versions of Fluid, you’ll need to remove them and start again with version 1.0, says developer Todd Ditchendorf. “Sorry for the inconvenience, but this is necessary to get Fluid on a solid foundation for future improvements and feature additions.”
And, he adds on the Fluid blog, “Fluid 1.0 is Intel-only and runs on Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard or later. Sorry, but Fluid 1.0 will not run on Leopard or PowerPC Macs.”