We've all been there at one point, watching an in-depth Photoshop tutorial to help hone and develop your skills. But if you're not fortunate enough to have multiple monitors, it can be a real pain in the ass going back and forth from the video and Photoshop to follow along. Isn't there an easier way to do this? Introducing the new Fluid Browser app.
Fluid is a new floating browser designed to view practically anything alongside your work. This includes but not limited to Netflix, Youtube, Xcode, PDF, and more. It is available at the App Store for Mac only at $2.99
How It Works
While having a primary application open, let's use Photoshop for an example, you would open the floating browser and either copy/paste a URL, or load a file to the browser. From that point, you are able to view your primary application and the floating browser simultaneously, allowing you multitask without having to close a page, scroll around, or make windows smaller in order to fit the screen. You may adjust the opacity of your floating browser as much or as little as you desire.
It takes me a lot to be sold on a new app, adding a new software often means adding more time to my work flow. Although with this app it cuts time, in fact I was using the app last night while writing my next article and was referring to notes using the Fluid Browser. I also tested it out watching a few tutorials like Photographing the World with Elia Locardi while working in Lightroom and CaptureOne, or Photoshop and Premier Pro, and loved how I could work behind the browser and adjust the opacity. This is something I've been looking for in the past, especially when I'm on my 15" laptop and this helps avoid having to make windows smaller to fit, closing out windows, etc.
The only downside I've found is it can be tough to move around the window at times since it is a floating browser. I kept having to click on the application logo in my dock in order to enable my Fluid browser to move. I'm sure this is something that could be tweaked in the future so I believe it's only a minor issue.
- Great for multitasking for watching tutorials and reading notes, etc.
- Ability to adjust opacity of window
- Inexpensive: $2.99
- Browser is tough to move around at times
- Takes some time to getting used to.