Prism Firefox extension hits beta
Web app as a desktop app is go
Mozilla Labs has released a beta of a Firefox extension that turns any website application into a desktop app.
The not-for-profit outfit launched the standalone web app late on Friday. Dubbed Prism, it comes with its own site and an updated API for developers to play with.
Prism 1.0 beta comes loaded with several nifty features including tray icon support, automatic updates and application-specific settings.
As with Mozilla’s latest Firefox browser, Prism also allows users to wipe clean their web surfing history with
porn private browsing mode.
Google’s Chrome browser already has the ability to run standalone web apps on any site, but it doesn’t currently offer add-ons such as those found in Prism.
“With the release of Prism 1.0 beta we are ready to start fostering an ecosystem that makes it easier for developers to create and distribute compelling web app bundles,” wrote Matthew Gertner on the Prism development team blog last Friday.
Prism supports both Mac and Windows platforms and can be downloaded here. ®
Just another wanna be browser
So they'll add more web friendly features (tabs? Firefox extensions? favourites? Bookmarks?) and we'll just end up with another browser disguised as a 'desktop app'.
Totally, utterly pointless. My browser is open all the time anyway, so why do I want Prism?
It doesn't work. It doesn't do anything!
It's completely unusable. It doesn't even start up, but bombs out with a Visual C++ error!
I know it's a beta app, but even so, I'd expect something that actually runs. I'd have also
expected something a lot more stable from Mozilla, than this piece of useless junk.
Linux desktop shortcuts still aren't working properly? Not working for me, and there's this thread:
That's some fail right out the door, even for a beta.