Friday, March 06, 2009

Refractor for Prism, Create Web Apps

Ever want to get to your web based services just by double clicking an icon on your desktop? Honestly that’s one of the things that I’ve always wanted out of a web service like Gmail or Twitter, being able to access it in it’s own little application, from an icon on your Windows Desktop. Well with this little Firefox add-on, now you can. You’ll need the latest non-beta release of Firefox, which at the time of writing this, is 3.0.6. You’ll also need to install a Firefox extension called Refractor for Prism.

Refractor for Prism Download

Mozilla Firefox Download

After you install Refractor for Prism, go to your Tools menu in Firefox and choose Convert Website to Application. You’ll be presented with a little dialog, there you can choose various options like making a systray icon, desktop icon and whether or not you want toolbar access in your new custom web based application. The usual option I choose is to have desktop icon access to my web application so that I can easily double click it.

As you can see the frontpage of Neowin might not be the best choice, but you’re able to choose whatever you want, there really is no limit to what you can do with this little addon, and it for me it’s certainly one of the “must install” on any new Firefox installation that I do.

(CNN Live Video Web Application created in Refractor for Prism)

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