Bringing web applications to your Desktop

Prism

I played around with Prism a few months ago and was fairly impressed. Prism lets users split web applications 

out of their browser and run them directly on their desktop, Also known as a Site-specific browser. Prism has recently hit 1.0 beta, and is available for OS X and Windows. So far I’ve only used it for Gmail and Slacker radio and I recommend doing a quick search on flickr for “Gmail icon” or “Slacker icon” (or whatever site your making the SSB for) then use that image. If you don’t specify a image it uses the faveicon by default which is only 16 pixels square.

Another great SSB that I have been using on my Mac’s for a while is Fluid, Although as of this writing fluid has only reached version 0.9.6 so if your wanting something a bit more up to date you may want to stick with Prism.

http://prism.mozilla.com/

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Flickr Photostream In WordPress

flickr-logoPerhaps you noticed in the top right of the page I’ve added my flickr photos. This is auto-updating, as soon as I upload new images to flickr they appear here on my site as well. And its super easy.
flickrstep1

First head over to http://www.flickr.com/badge.gne, We are going to use the HTML Badge for this. On the next step we have a few options about the type of content you’d like to display. You can choose to display all of your public photos and video or perhaps just your content with a specific tag associated with it. You can even limit it to only display content within a specific flickr set. You even have the option to display all public content from everyones uploads, and yes you can specify specific tags for this as well.

To get the layout I use, select not to display your portrait, leave the number of images to display at 3 (4 isn’t an option we will override this in the next step anyway). Choose to display your most recent images, (or you can opt to display random images) Select Square for the size and for orientation select None (Because you want to style it yourself).

flickrstep5Go ahead and skip the Colors step because we are going to style this ourselves with a bit of CSS. Don’t worry what it looks like at this step, in fact we only care about one thing on the next step, the bit of code I highlighted in the image. However we need to change this code just a bit to load 4 images instead of 3 and to make the code Valid. First lets replace all the & with & and then we need to adjust count=3 to count=4 your end code will look somewhat like this (This will pull MY 4 images not yours be sure to get the code from the flickr page to pull your images).

appearance_widgetsNow that we have the little bit of code we need, lets get it ready to place in the WordPress sidebar. WordPress Widgets are also known as “sidebar accessories” which are WordPress Plugins or add-ons to your WordPress blog sidebar. Developed by Automattic for WordPress and WordPress.com blogs, WordPress Widgets allow the easy addition of design elements, gadgets, content, images, and more to your WordPress sidebar to personalize your blog without knowing HTML, PHP, or any code. Many WordPress Plugins now come with a Widget version to allow easy addition to the sidebar. One Widget type is Text which allows us to input our own HTML or Plane text, We are going to use this Widget type.



appearance_widgetseditor2Now that we have the Basic code put together, we need to style it, so we need to add some CSS to the WordPress CSS file, Don’t worry its not as hard as you think, WordPress has a built in editor for doing this. (The following Instruction’s assume your running the latest and greatest Version of WordPress, If your not UPGRADE! if you don’t know how, Use the Contact link at the top of the page or leave a comment to get ahold of me, I offer WordPress Upgrades as a service, contact me for more details)

Select Appearance from the Left Sidebar, then select Editor, okay we are going to edit the Style-Sheet at the bottom. Once the editor is up scroll all the way to the bottom and Paste the following code in.

#flickr {
width:165px;
height:150px;
margin-left:12px;
}
#flickr a img {
float:left;
margin:0 0px 8px 8px;
background:#3f4e4e;
padding:4px;
width:62px;
height:62px;
}

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Flock Moving To Google Chrome

Flock is a Broswer desiged with Social interaction in mind, with the ability to plug right into most social sites like facebook and twitter. Run your own WordPress install? It can plug into that as well, even has a built in blog eitor. If it wasnt for me writing my blog from so many locations I’d use it. but for now I stick to the built in WordPress editor.

Flock has been unappy with support from Mozilla, even going as far as to say they are feeling like the “red headed step child of the Mozilla development community.” I for one am torn on this subject, while I love Google Chrome I love the addon’s for Firefox, and most of them work with Flock as well, but then again. If they were to add plug in support for Chrome I’m sure I’d move to Chrome for good. Even though for now I only run it on my work computer as every personal machine of mine Runes OS X or Linux.

Granted Google is working on a OS X version of the Chrome browser, but on that platform I’m going to be pretty torn between it or Safari 4.

In the end I tend to trust the developers judgment and I’d like to believe they would not put the time into a product they were not sure the everyday user will love.

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A multi-process browser for OS X inspired by Google Chrome.

StainlessI’ve written about Stainless before. It looks like the developers have been hard at work because before it was simply a proof of concept. In fact, they actually recommended against using it as a daily browser, however the project has grown since then.stainless_screenshot

It’s an interesting browser to play around with, but I’d still hold off on making it your new primary browser. It still lacks the ability to track history or to save bookmarks.

Check out the notes for their latest version 0.4.5 and check out the site if you’d like to give it a try.

  • added dynamic loading of WebKit nightly frameworks
  • added cmd-shift-arrow shortcuts
  • added proper escpaing to smartbar searches
  • fixed full-screen flash playback
  • fixed javascript window.close notification across processes
  • fixed client hang issues during some javascript uploads
  • fixed browser launch from Adobe AIR apps
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A multi-process browser for OS X inspired by Google Chrome?

That’s right, if your like me you’ve been waiting for the OS X version of Google Chrome, I currently use Chrome at work because I’m forced into a windows environment there, (yuck!) but at home I still rock Flock.

well While its not Google Chrome its inspired by it and even sports Multi-processes which is what I love about Chrome in the first place. Introducing Stainless. While I’m not about to go replace Flock with Stainless. Its something you might want to check out.

 

heres what Mesa Dynamics says about there latest creation:

First, a disclaimer: At this point, Stainless is really just a technology demo and is likely to stay that way (though we might add some novel ideas we have for bookmark, history and download management).

So, why did we create yet-another-WebKit-browser? Because building a multi-process browser for OS X was a cool way to leverage the multi-processing technology we developed for one of our products, Hypercube.

Judging from Chromium’s OS X Detailed Status page, the Mac version of Chrome will use a WebCore-rendered bitmap to pass between the browser and rendering processes. The strategy we use in Hypercube (and now Stainless) is far less ambitious, but a whole lot easier to do and, thus, available today for your downloading pleasure (for Leopard only, sorry).

Check it out and download the App over at http://www.stainlessapp.com/

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