With the right hardware and software it would seem there is no limit to what humankind can accomplish. But sometimes the accomplishment is unintended. Take lasers as an example. What’s the number one use for lasers? CD and DVD players. Here’s a way a Mac user can turn a website into a Mac app.
Coherence Is Not Incoherent
This week I ran across a cleverly designed and rather interesting new utility which turns ordinary websites in apps that run on your Mac. Well, kinda, sorta, mostly. The app is called Coherence and what it does is simple, and if you don’t mind stretching the bounds of your imagination a bit, it can be useful.
Something similar already exists in OS X whereby a website can be carved up and turned into a Dashboard Widget which is something like an app; a mini-app perhaps. We’re expanding the definition, but you get the idea. Apple provides the details here.
Coherence is a Mac app based upon Google Chrome which serves as the basis for the browser in the app. Add a name to the app, enter the URL, assign an icon if you like, and presto change-o, ipso facto, and Voila! A Mac app is born.
What good is a Coherence-based app and how does it differ from a browser bookmark?
First, the website-cum-app can be used much like a regular Mac app except that it’s a website. The app can be placed on the Mac’s Dock. It can be used fullscreen, placed on the Desktop, and look and act much like any regular Mac app. Except it’s a website.
Alright, on to the Why? of the situation.
If you want to create an app displays a website and nothing else. That’s what Coherence does. Setup an app to display a YouTube video, a Vimeo video, or the forums of a particular website. The browser-based app becomes the gateway to that website. It looks like an app, smells like an app, and walks like an app. It’s just that the app only does whatever they website does.