Organize your WordPress Support Chat Rooms with Fluid, a Mac app

Organize your WordPress Support Chat Rooms with Fluid, a Mac app

Fluid allows you to run WPMU DEV chat sessions as their own Mac apps

Fluid is a Mac OS X app that lets you create your own Mac apps by simply entering a URL and app name. These site-specific browser (SSB) apps are called Fluid Apps, and the video below shows how quick and easy Fluid is to use.

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Fluid App Examples

Fluid Apps are really handy for chat rooms, email programs, and other web applications. Personally, I have 4 Fluid Apps on my Mac OS X Lion 10.7.4:

WordPress support chat rooms can run as Fluid Apps
WordPress support chat rooms, like WPMU DEV Live Support, can run as Fluid Apps

You might add your own wp-admin area, list of WordPress website logins, WordPress support sites, email inbox, or web-based instant messenger. I’ll be adding more of my own Fluid Apps soon.

Increase Productivity and Organization

One of the great things about having a stand-alone app instead of another browser window is the ability to make it open at startup. With Campfire chats where you don’t see chat room history while you’re away, you can just leave your Fluid App open all day and come back later to read the public discussions.

Other ways to use Fluid Apps include:

  • Reduce Clutter: Closing your browser’s 30 open tabs while leaving your chat room open
  • Application Switching: Use application switching keyboard shortcuts (like Command + Tab) instead of hunting for that browser tab with your mouse
  • Don’t lose your work: Don’t accidentally close your browser because of forgetting one of your tabs needed to stay open
  • Get immediate notifications: Some web apps support Mac “dock badges”, which display your unread message count

WordPress support and other apps can be created with Fluid

Custom Fluid Apps Icons

The Fluid Apps Flickr group is a great to find custom Fluid Apps icons. I’ve found using the favicon sufficient for my needs, but more creative folks or those with multiple Fluid Apps with the same favicon would definitely benefit from custom icons. Just download your chosen icon to your Mac’s hard drive, then drag the image to the Fluid App when creating it.

If you want to create your own image to use as a Fluid App icon, the suggested image size is 512 x 512.

Fluid Support

If your app’s URL or icon needs to change, just open the app and go to Preferences > General. Click around and you’ll find a lot of other great settings.

Support for Fluid is available at the FluidApp Google Group.

Credit: First and last images sourced from fluidapp.com