Bubbles

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

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.0
  • Total Downloads:
    6,522
  • Date Added:
    Aug. 19, 2008
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    252.32KB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    5
  • Platform:
    Windows

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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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 2000, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows
Additional Requirements Windows 2000/XP/Vista
Download Information
File Size 252.32KB
File Name BubblesSetup.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 6,522
Downloads Last Week 5
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free
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