Last Week, Mozilla Labs has released another update of its experimental Site-Specific browser Prism. Prism is very powerful way to split webapps out of their browser and run them directly on their desktop.
What is Prism?
Very first, Instead of running all your web apps in the browser, Prism lets users to run them in their own window just like normal applications. A single faulty app or web page can no longer take down everything you are working on. Hence, if any site causes the browser crash , you will not loose everything.
Secondly, Prism is based on Firefox, and uses its rendering engine Gecko.
How To Use Prism?
You can use Prism by two ways :
- Install this Firefox extension (had code name ‘refractor‘)
- or, Download the stand-alone Prism application.
For Firefox users, installing add-on is the best way. After installing it, you can get the option – “Convert Website to Application” in the Tools menu.
And, you are ready to use Prism!
Now, you can convert any website to a stand-alone application. You can launch & use it as a different process. While browsing your favorite site (I choose Google Reader here), just select the above option to convert it to application.
You can customize the application window. (see the screenshot below)
Features Of Prism
- Separate process for each window. Actually, they are different applications.
- Desktop Application.
- Minimal user interface.
- supports customizations.
- Applications can be launched from desktop, quick launchbar etc. like other desktop tools. They can be started with system start, can be minimized to system tray etc.
- Apps can be configured to display popup alerts or notifications.