Flotato easily turn a web site under macOS

The web sites have naturally vocation to be accessed and used from a browser. But the web technologies have become so powerful that some online services resemble real-world applications. In these conditions, why not consider them as such ?

There are puzzles that turn websites into apps. The first that comes in mind, it is of course Electron, a development platform that builds on the three pillars of the modern web (HTML, CSS, and Javascript) with an engine Chromium under the hood. Through Electron, you can use apps like Slack, Simplenote, or even the Brave on the Mac… but it is the price of consumption is often excessive resources (read : Development : Electron is it the new Flash ?).

Flotato with three sites crushed in apps of its own : Netflix, YouTube, and MacGeneration.

Solutions more accessible to the general public are available, and who depend less on the Mac sound engine, like the utility Fluid using WebKit. In this same category just slip Flotato. In addition to a name fun, this utility offers features interesting.

At the opening of the software, it does not leave the user alone without defence : the home page lists a selection of web sites and online services (Gmail, Twitter, Instagram, Netflix, Slack, YouTube…) that will turn into applications by simply clicking on the Get button. The operation generates a web app which is housed in the Applications folder of the Mac, while its icon is a station in the dock in the Finder.

A badge on the icon of the web app Gmail. Note the pixelation of the icon MacGeneration : Flotato takes the favicon of the website when it was not in stock icon high resolution from the site transformed into an app.

This icon has the same properties as the app is a classic, it can be kept in the dock, move it on the desktop or elsewhere, search for it in Spotlight, and some may even view badges red. Only problem is, it is the icon of Flotato that is displayed for each of the web apps found in the Applications folder (when they’re sliding on the desktop, it is a shortcut that carries the icon of Flotato). In the dock, it takes on the appearance of the services.

As for the applications, they operate autonomously, without Flotato is active. It is possible to resize the window, switch to Split View, to close it without the leave, in short, everything that a software macOS is supposed to do. The interface boils down to three buttons-red-orange-yellow system, which disappear when the mouse cursor is not with them.

Function Dock Monitor Active displays in the dock a piece of the app that you have selected in advance.

The window of the web app can position itself in the foreground via the option Pin to top, one can view the mobile version or desktop, and it is even possible to change the icon of the app in a screenshot of the site (handy to keep an eye on information such as weather or Stock quotes).

Flotato is not limited to a selection of well-known service. It is possible to create an application from any web site. Not even need to know the exact URL, just type the name of the site (at random ” Fcae “) for the utility to do the rest.

It is in the box.

Like Fluid, Flotato uses WebKit. The footprint of apps is less than with Electron : a web app like Twitter created since the utility consumes only 10% of the memory needed to Chrome to make it roll the same web site, according to the publisher. The weight of the web apps is also more lightweight : 20 Mb for Netflix, for example.

In short, Flotato is an interesting tool that allows you to view and use our web sites and online services of choice in a manner similar to standard applications. The utility is free and it allows you to create six web apps. To take advantage of an unlimited number of apps, it is necessary to proceed to the checkout and pay for at $14.99.