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In time for the iPad introduction, NPR has introduced a tablet-optimized version of their website, which uses HTML5 instead of Flash. Combined with Fluid, it makes an awesome NPR app on the Mac. The tip itself is rather easy and somewhat obvious, but it is nice to see that the app works even though NPR only advertises it for Chrome, and it makes a really good standalone application.

The process is easy. If you don't have it, download Fluid. Open Fluid, and create a new app for URL http://www.npr.org/tablet/, and name it NPR or something else. If you want to, you may want to Google for a high-resolution copy of the NPR logo, so that you can use that as the icon for the app. For that, in Fluid choose Other in the Icon pop-up menu.

After the app is created, launch it, open the application's preferences, select the Behavior section, and make sure the box next to 'Closing the last browser window' ('only hides the window') is checked. That's it.
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Use Fluid to Create an NPR player application
Authored by: jcheshire on Apr 07, '10 08:43:15AM
I quite often find high quality corporate logos are best found on Wikipedia. Here is NPR's, as an example.

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Side note
Authored by: mdwittenberg on Apr 07, '10 09:14:31AM

Strange how organizations create versions just for the iPad or iPhone that are more functional/readable than their standard layout.

Thanks for the hint, if you know of any others please post them.



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Use Fluid to Create an NPR player application
Authored by: neuralstatic on Apr 07, '10 09:35:14AM

i had made a fluid browser thing once for a cbc show i liked... but i never saw it to be a great advantage over just using a browser i already had open all the time. someone tell me what i'm overlooking, please



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Use Fluid to Create an NPR player application
Authored by: avandelay on Apr 07, '10 01:53:35PM

The advantage, especially if you pick a good icon for it, is that you can quickly either click it in the dock, or you can command-tab to it with the app switcher. If you use Fluid to make a dedicated Gmail app, it will even badge the icon with the number of unread messages.

If you tend to accumulate a lot of tabs in your browser, it becomes a lot easier to quickly get to an often-used app than to hunt through all your tabs.



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Use Fluid to Create an NPR player application
Authored by: JamesThree on Apr 08, '10 08:01:50PM

I use Fluid for certain webpages like Ustream where I want it to run while I'm doing other stuff on the web. The benefit for me is sometimes I get a little too Command-W happy and accidentally close the wrong browser window! Using Fluid keeps the page I want open in another app, preventing me from inadvertently closing it in Safari. You could duplicate this by running another browser like Chrome, but Fluid is nicer since I can have a folder full of websites in my dock and run them with a single click.



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Stupid user question
Authored by: loehman on Apr 07, '10 04:44:22PM

Does the iPad use MacOS? Is there a way to open an iPad app on a Mac?



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Stupid user question
Authored by: lihtox on Apr 15, '10 08:35:31AM

It does not use MacOS. I believe there is an iPhone "simulator" which will let developers test iPhone apps on the Mac, and there's probably an iPad version too; I don't know how this would work out for everyday use, however.



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