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Prism for Firefox

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Editors' Review


Prism lets you take Web-based applications and convert them into desktop applications. While it performed well during our tests, were trying to figure out why anyone would find it necessary.

The programs interface appears as a pop-up window and a blank browser window. There's no Help menu, so we had to play around with it to figure out just what, exactly, it does. Basically, you enter a URL and a name and a shortcut appears in a location of your choice. We chose to place a shortcut on our desktop, and sure enough, when we clicked on it, the corresponding Web site appeared in the Prism browser window. The browser itself is plain and lacks any navigational buttons, which was really frustrating since the app is still Web-based and you can't go back to the last page.

If you could view the pages offline, we could understand the point of this program. From what we understand, the program is still under development. We think its best that you wait until the makers of Prism finish what they've started before you give it a try.

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3 stars

"it works.."

May 12, 2009  |  By angelofwoda

 |  Version: Prism for Firefox 1.0b1


it seems just a little strange to surf in a webpage without usual bars, but i like it...


i don't know what i don't like by now

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3 stars

"Its a Good Start but it has its beta glitches"

November 15, 2007  |  By shawnthroop

 |  Version: Prism 0.8


Very simple interface and since it uses the Firefox engine it loads fast and reliably. I was very happy to see that there are so many .webapps already up and running for it. (I use Gmail and it works well with all of their web apps (ie. google docs and spreadsheets, google notes, reader...) great idea on Mozilla's part I haven't opened up outlook since I installed prism. One thing that i really liked is that it uses the Firefox spell checker which was a lacking feature in Gmail.


Its a bit unstable, as are all new products in beta testing, but it still runs well. I did notice a few glitches though when using some web based apps such as Docs and Spreadsheets and Google Notes but I'm sure mozilla will smooth out the kinks in time. It amy not be a necessity but its a good start to Web based apps on your desktop

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 1.0b3
Version 1.0b3 fixed Prism fails when web app URI does not have a base domain.
Publisher Mozilla Labs
Publisher web site
Release Date March 03, 2011
Date Added March 03, 2011
Version 1.0b3
Category Browsers
Subcategory Firefox Add-ons & Plugins
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 2000/XP/Vista
Additional Requirements Mozilla Firefox 3.0 - 3.6.*
Download Information
File Size 527.62KB
File Name External File
Total Downloads 3,621
Downloads Last Week 2
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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