App Stores are overflowing with native apps for the web apps we’ve grown to love: Facebook, Gmail, Evernote, Dropbox, WordPress, and more. It’s sometimes hard to choose between using a native app for a web service, and just opening it in another tab. Many of us end up downloading native apps for some of our web apps, as we found in this week’s poll, but sometimes, it’s just better to use the web app.
That’s what Mac.AppStorm writer Reid Leamaster found with his favorite task management app, Todoist. It’s a great todo list app that’s gotten even better since our last review, and he’s come to rely on it for his to-dos. The Todoist team recently made a new Mac app, but he found that the original web app was more powerful, and switched back to using it in Flow, an app-specific browser for the Mac.
Head over to Mac.AppStorm to see how Reid uses Fluid to make Todoist’s web app even better, and if you have a Mac, be sure to try out using Fluid to turn web apps into native-like apps. On a PC, you can do much the same with Chrome’s Application Shortcuts.
Native apps, or web apps? Which ones are truly better?
That’s one of the most important questions developers could ask themselves today, with native apps surging in popularity, while people still spend more time than ever using web apps like Facebook and Gmail.
Our own Jacob Penderworth recently got fed up with the infrequent updates to Twitter’s native Mac app, and decided to switch to using the Twitter web app in Fluid by default instead. He lists what frustrated him with native apps, why Twitter’s web app is much better now, and why he chose to use Twitter in Fluid instead of as another tab in his browser. It’s an interesting insight into how web apps truly can be better than native apps, especially when the native apps are merely a way to show data from the web app.
If you have been a consistent reader of Web.AppStorm, you know that there are some great applications out there for the web. There are many times that I wish a lot of these were actually on the desktop instead. Take for example, Pandora, I love using it, but there is not native desktop app for it. Well, about a year ago, I came across a solution that has been such a great way to enjoy them natively.
In this post, let me show you how to use Fluid, an application that changes a web page into a desktop like app. I don’t know about you, but I am moving more and more toward using the web for a lot of my daily tasks, email, calendar, social networking, etc., and I hate having so many tabs open in my browser. With Fluid, I can change all of that and have these websites launch by itself versus being stuck on the web. Let me show you what I am talking about.
Hopefully yesterday’s review of Google Wave was helpful to those of you still waiting to get access to this new tool.
If not, here’s a round up of good resources for getting your fill and knowing what to expect when you finally get an invite. Some of these are opinions, some are factual, but I think all are helpful in getting a grasp of what to expect.
If I’m wrong, feel free to tell me in the comments.