Bubbles

Download Editors' Rating:
3
Good
Average User Rating:
2.8
out of 5 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.0
  • Total Downloads:
    6,478
  • Date Added:
    August 19, 2008
  • File Size:
    252.32KB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    6
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows 2000/XP/Vista

Editors' Review

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A simple fix to the problem of too many open browser tabs comes in the form of Bubbles, a bit of freeware that forges ad hoc applications from Web sites and sticks them to your desktop or system tray. Bubble is the fanciful term for the result, but it's known more technically as a site-specific browser. In other words, for every Web site you add, Bubbles produces a single browser window that's been skimmed of its navigation so it looks and acts more like a desktop app. You can quickly create a bubble by entering the URL into the main Bubbles interface, though you'll want to check out Bubbles' list of presets for Facebook, Gmail, and so on to get notified of new activity by a system-tray pop-up.

Extremely easy to use, Bubbles will nevertheless be too basic for some and the limited number of configuration options may be frustrating. Though we recommend Bubbles for its swift solution, the program's inability to rescale the dimensions of the Web site within when minimizing the window is a small flaw that reminds us these are not traditional desktop apps.

 
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User Reviews
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  • 1 stars

    "A browser without a back button."

    January 27, 2009   |   By mcgmatt

    Version: Bubbles 1.0

    Pros

    In theory, there might be notifications.

    Cons

    In reality, it doesn't seem to work at all.

    Summary

    You open a website in a "desktop window", which doesn't seem to be any different than any other window - it still appears on the taskbar, and floats above or below other windows. What's special? Well, unlike a browser, there's no toolbar, which means no back button, and no address bar, which means no way to know if you're on http or https. There's a search box, but it doesn't use Internet Explorer's default search engine. You get a tray icon, but right-clicking and selecting Preferences does nothing. Maybe that's where all the goodies are, but who knows...

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  • 2 stars

    "Does what it says, but not useful for me"

    August 27, 2008   |   By Mr Statto

    Version: Bubbles 1.0

    Pros

    Handy to have favourite websites available direct from the desktop

    Cons

    I'm used to not seeing adverts so was disappointed to have them in Bubble. I also missed the navigation buttons (back, forward etc)

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  • 3 stars

    "It seems good, but read this review about one big flaw"

    August 26, 2008   |   By adkiller2k7

    Version: Bubbles 1.0

    Pros

    I have just used it, it was pretty good except for one BIIIIG problem:

    Cons

    It uses the IE engine!!!! WHAAAT! i went to ip-adress.com and went on to the tools, it checked the bubble, and it says i am using IE 7 and Vista, WHY IE! I hate ie, i do no longer like this program because of this stupid flaw!

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  • 5 stars

    "Highly recommend for browser users for tabbing !"

    August 20, 2008   |   By MOHAN S.BIJUR/MS BIJUR

    Version: Bubbles 1.0

    Pros

    Good for Frequeent user-Identification

    Cons

    One to look for and keep a track

    Summary

    Useful for regular user while on travel and as reminder !

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  • 3 stars

    "Great Program"

    August 20, 2008   |   By mmagrath

    Version: Bubbles 1.0

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    Full Specifications

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    What's new in version 1.0
    This version is the first release on CNET Download.com.
    General
    Publisher BubblesHQ
    Publisher web site http://bubbleshq.com/
    Release Date August 19, 2008
    Date Added August 19, 2008
    Version 1.0
    Category
    Category Utilities & Operating Systems
    Subcategory Automation Software
    Operating Systems
    Operating Systems Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows, Windows 2000
    Additional Requirements Windows 2000/XP/Vista
    Download Information
    File Size 252.32KB
    File Name BubblesSetup.exe
    Popularity
    Total Downloads 6,478
    Downloads Last Week 6
    Pricing
    License Model Free
    Limitations Not available
    Price Free
     
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