Fluid let's you create native MacOS site-specific browers (or SSBs) for web applications, based on WebKit (there's also Prism, based on Gecko, but Fluid has some nice MacOS touches in it that I'm taking advantage of).
There are a couple of reasons you might want to do this for Horde or another web application. One is that it's just sort of cool; you can have Horde sitting in your dock with a custom icon. You can even see the number of unread emails you have using MacOS dock badges:
Another reason is that web browsers still crash a lot. Fluid SSBs are their own separate WebKit instance, so misbehaving sites (... ahem) can't muck with your webmail windows and cause you to lose mostly written email (or vice versa, especially with Gmail).
Creating an SSB for Horde is pretty easy. First, of course, download Fluid. Then grab a high-resolution copy of the Horde gear logo for your dock:
Now just click Create and you're ready to launch Horde!
A few notes:
- Fluid 0.8.1 has drastically improved tabbed browsing for me. If you have an older version, upgrade (you can upgrade individual SSBs, too!)
- I tried to get Fluid to grab a nice icon for Horde automatically, including by putting apple-touch-icon.png in the base horde/ dir, in my webroot, etc., but couldn't get it to work. If you have this working, I'd be happy to add the necessary bits to Horde for it.
- To see the number of unread messages in Horde's dock badge, you need this patch (for IMP HEAD, but it should apply cleanly to an IMP 4.2 RC also): http://cvs.horde.org/diff.php?r1=2.857&r2=2.858&f=imp%2Fmailbox.php
- The high-res gear looks good, but it's not quite "lickable" in the mac way. If anyone has a high-res alternate Horde icon (gear or otherwise!) I'd love to see it and talk about using it.