Thanks to Apple’s decision to create an iPhone App Store browsing just isn’t the same on a mobile device as it is on Mac or PC. Today, it’s apps which do some of the heavy lifting once assigned to a website and a browser.
We’re also living in the golden age of Mac browsers; an age where free is good, fast is better, and secure is becoming the norm. Safari, Firefox, Chrome, Opera and pretty much any other Mac browser looks and works pretty much like any other Mac browser. Except this one.
Floating Rocks And Rules
Unless you take extreme action, browsers don’t float and sometimes that’s exactly what you want to do with a browser window. Have it float somewhere on the Mac’s screen so you can use it or view anytime or all the time.
That’s exactly what Fluid Browser does. For a few bucks you get a minimalist browser which is perfect to view sites and videos on the Mac’s screen while you browse elsewhere using Safari or whatever. Netflix, YouTube, Hulu or whatever else you want running in a browser window easily floats over everything else on the Mac’s screen.
Watch while you work on something else.
Fluid is a browser so it works like a browser but has minimal features, and the features it has are different than you find on most popular browsers. You can add bookmarks to get to favorite sites so in that regard it’s like any other browser. But you can also add and control transparency to the browser window so you can see through to whatever you’re working on behind Fluid.
Also unique to Fluid is the built-in Fluid Finder which activates the Mac’s Finder so you can, well, find files to play, including most popular video files and photo files. El Capitan Mac users will even be able to add a PDF document to a Fluid window to review a PDF while working on something else. That’s handy.
There’s much to like here but there’s no try-before-you-buy option, and because Fluid Browser is somewhat new there’s an occasional bug or two, but it gets great reviews on the Mac App Store because it does exactly what you don’t get from Safari, Chrome, or Firefox without mucking around with multiple windows and none provide the transparency effect.
Fluid seems billed to be a way to watch media in a browser window while you work or view something else, but the option to view JPGs, PDFs, and perhaps in the future, other documents, makes it more than worth the throwaway money on the price tag.