WWW & Internet Browser Utilities Mozilla Prism for Windows

Mozilla Prism for Windows 1.0 Beta 4 for Windows

by Mozilla Labs

Avg. Rating 4.5 (50 votes)

File Details

File Size 9.4 MB
License Open Source
Operating System Windows (All)
Date Added
Total Downloads 7,020
Publisher Mozilla Labs
Homepage Mozilla Prism
Other Versions

Publisher's Description

Prism is an application that lets users split web applications out of their browser and run them directly on their desktop. It lets users add their favorite web apps to their desktop environment. They are accessible with Control-Tab, Command-Tab, and Expos�©, just like desktop apps. And users can still access these same applications from any web browser when they are away from their own computers.

Latest Reviews

garretthylltun

garretthylltun reviewed v1.0 Beta 3 on Feb 4, 2010

Ok, first, this is not a review of the Opera Browser... If you want to discuss that, please use the "Discussions" section and not the "Review" section. And while we're at it, note that Chrome also had/has this functionality, likely even before the Opera Browser. Either way, it's a mute point since whatever browser offers this feature, we all still have our choice of browsers to choose from and it's great if they all do offer some of the same functionality.

As also noted below, I'd like to second that opinion that when clicking on a link we have a choice some how of opening it in either the same window, new window or open it in the default browser window. I setup a test for using Gmail, but when I clicked the calendar from within the Prism window, it opened my Firefox, which isn't what I wanted to do. Maybe if they offered an option in the right click menu for opening in the default browser and default clicking stays within the Prism window, unless maybe it's an external link outside of the domain of what the Prism window was setup for.

Anyway, Prism seems good. Some good options given when you setup a Prism window. Runs quick enough, opening a Prism window is quick enough. Didn't encounter any errors in initial runs of the program.

I give it a 5. Does what it says, does it well too.

reets

reets reviewed v1.0 Beta 1 on Jun 27, 2009

great app but missing one option that i would like to see. when clicking on a link, instead of opening a new window it would be nice to have it open in a new tab in the same prism window.

Blackholesun

Blackholesun reviewed v0.9 on Mar 17, 2008

This functionality is present in Opera browser since a long time now. Try running Opera browser in the Kiosk mode and see the results. You can even customize it to your liking.

preinterpost

preinterpost reviewed v0.9 on Mar 14, 2008

"5 for just being an open source project" - You are such an idiot! Nobody cares if you like OS. Rate the damn program!

I like prism a lot. You can for example use it to create your own desktop Yahoo mail program. It is sometimes however crashing and does not support the proxies defined in FF. Will be great but still a lot of work to do.

anomoly

anomoly reviewed v0.8 on Nov 6, 2007

I read many, of the what seemed like a thousand comments, to it's conception on it's home page.
I don't know squat about programming but it seems to have SOME sort of potential; what I don't know.
I can't quite figure out the difference between this and say a portable application as I use as many as I can get my hands upon. I'm typing with FF portable now.
5 for just being an open source project

spiked

spiked reviewed v0.8 on Nov 5, 2007

Conceptually, this is like Microsoft's 10 year old HTA technology with 3 key differences: (1) Prism is built upon Firefox's engine instead of IE; (2) Although HTA could take advantage of local system resources, security concerns forced Microsoft to severely limit the ability of HTA to access Internet resources, whereas Prism starts with the assumption that Internet access is what makes web apps valuable; and (3) Prism makes it possible for the end-user to wrap existing web apps, in contrast to HTA which required at least a little bit of HTA-specific coding.

The convenient thing about HTA is that you don't need anything special to be installed in advance, other than IE. Indeed, the Prism project states, "Ideally you shouldn't even have to download Prism, it should just be built into your browser." Today, you do have to download it and run the traditional exe setup, but eventually it will be implemented as a Firefox extension. Perhaps someday it will become a standard part of Firefox.

I give it a 3 because it clearly demonstrates potential but a few minutes of experimentation with various sites will quickly reveal rough spots at this stage, so it's not yet useful except as a proof of concept.

Ian C.

Ian C. reviewed v0.8 on Nov 5, 2007

Doesn't seem any more stable than 0.7, mainly it likes to crash when you close it, and consume all the system resources. However 0.8 adds a dialog that comes up if you launch it without any parameters so you can make a 'webapp' easily by inputting a URL.

Here's some bundles that are already put together by Mozilla as well as a bunch of user contributed ones.
http://wiki.mozilla.org/WebRunner#Bundles

You can also use it to run Chatzilla (IRC) as a standalone app:
http://chatzilla.rdmsoft.com/xulrunner/

Just an FYI, XULRunner == WebRunner == Prism

Satansgeek

Satansgeek reviewed v0.8 on Nov 5, 2007

It works very well indeed...my main wish for it would be for something along the lines of Net Jaxer so as to give collaberative discovery of applications and a rating system for them too. No problems with the installation and in use it is near enough transparent...you just use your chosen application as though it were an installed application on your own machine.

sherpajosh

sherpajosh reviewed v0.8 on Nov 5, 2007

Everytime I try to install it says the files are corrupt and it asks to abort, retry, or ignore. Tried to ignore but after installing nothing happens when i run prism. Tried uninstalling and reinstalling with a new install file but samething happens. Any ideas?

Avg. Rating 4.5 (50 votes)
Your Rating
garretthylltun

garretthylltun reviewed v1.0 Beta 3 on Feb 4, 2010

Ok, first, this is not a review of the Opera Browser... If you want to discuss that, please use the "Discussions" section and not the "Review" section. And while we're at it, note that Chrome also had/has this functionality, likely even before the Opera Browser. Either way, it's a mute point since whatever browser offers this feature, we all still have our choice of browsers to choose from and it's great if they all do offer some of the same functionality.

As also noted below, I'd like to second that opinion that when clicking on a link we have a choice some how of opening it in either the same window, new window or open it in the default browser window. I setup a test for using Gmail, but when I clicked the calendar from within the Prism window, it opened my Firefox, which isn't what I wanted to do. Maybe if they offered an option in the right click menu for opening in the default browser and default clicking stays within the Prism window, unless maybe it's an external link outside of the domain of what the Prism window was setup for.

Anyway, Prism seems good. Some good options given when you setup a Prism window. Runs quick enough, opening a Prism window is quick enough. Didn't encounter any errors in initial runs of the program.

I give it a 5. Does what it says, does it well too.

reets

reets reviewed v1.0 Beta 1 on Jun 27, 2009

great app but missing one option that i would like to see. when clicking on a link, instead of opening a new window it would be nice to have it open in a new tab in the same prism window.

Blackholesun

Blackholesun reviewed v0.9 on Mar 17, 2008

This functionality is present in Opera browser since a long time now. Try running Opera browser in the Kiosk mode and see the results. You can even customize it to your liking.

preinterpost

preinterpost reviewed v0.9 on Mar 14, 2008

"5 for just being an open source project" - You are such an idiot! Nobody cares if you like OS. Rate the damn program!

I like prism a lot. You can for example use it to create your own desktop Yahoo mail program. It is sometimes however crashing and does not support the proxies defined in FF. Will be great but still a lot of work to do.

anomoly

anomoly reviewed v0.8 on Nov 6, 2007

I read many, of the what seemed like a thousand comments, to it's conception on it's home page.
I don't know squat about programming but it seems to have SOME sort of potential; what I don't know.
I can't quite figure out the difference between this and say a portable application as I use as many as I can get my hands upon. I'm typing with FF portable now.
5 for just being an open source project

spiked

spiked reviewed v0.8 on Nov 5, 2007

Conceptually, this is like Microsoft's 10 year old HTA technology with 3 key differences: (1) Prism is built upon Firefox's engine instead of IE; (2) Although HTA could take advantage of local system resources, security concerns forced Microsoft to severely limit the ability of HTA to access Internet resources, whereas Prism starts with the assumption that Internet access is what makes web apps valuable; and (3) Prism makes it possible for the end-user to wrap existing web apps, in contrast to HTA which required at least a little bit of HTA-specific coding.

The convenient thing about HTA is that you don't need anything special to be installed in advance, other than IE. Indeed, the Prism project states, "Ideally you shouldn't even have to download Prism, it should just be built into your browser." Today, you do have to download it and run the traditional exe setup, but eventually it will be implemented as a Firefox extension. Perhaps someday it will become a standard part of Firefox.

I give it a 3 because it clearly demonstrates potential but a few minutes of experimentation with various sites will quickly reveal rough spots at this stage, so it's not yet useful except as a proof of concept.

Ian C.

Ian C. reviewed v0.8 on Nov 5, 2007

Doesn't seem any more stable than 0.7, mainly it likes to crash when you close it, and consume all the system resources. However 0.8 adds a dialog that comes up if you launch it without any parameters so you can make a 'webapp' easily by inputting a URL.

Here's some bundles that are already put together by Mozilla as well as a bunch of user contributed ones.
http://wiki.mozilla.org/WebRunner#Bundles

You can also use it to run Chatzilla (IRC) as a standalone app:
http://chatzilla.rdmsoft.com/xulrunner/

Just an FYI, XULRunner == WebRunner == Prism

Satansgeek

Satansgeek reviewed v0.8 on Nov 5, 2007

It works very well indeed...my main wish for it would be for something along the lines of Net Jaxer so as to give collaberative discovery of applications and a rating system for them too. No problems with the installation and in use it is near enough transparent...you just use your chosen application as though it were an installed application on your own machine.

sherpajosh

sherpajosh reviewed v0.8 on Nov 5, 2007

Everytime I try to install it says the files are corrupt and it asks to abort, retry, or ignore. Tried to ignore but after installing nothing happens when i run prism. Tried uninstalling and reinstalling with a new install file but samething happens. Any ideas?

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