XULRunner-based browser
4.3  (4 votes)
Hosts web-based applications without displaying all the toolbars, menus and other items present in the standard web browser. Integrates the web-based app with the operating system and the user's desktop.

Prism is a simple XULRunner-based browser that hosts web applications without the normal web browser user interface. Prism is based on a concept called Site Specific Browsers (SSB). An SSB is an application with an embedded browser designed to work exclusively with a single web application. It doesn’t have the menus, toolbars and accoutrements of a normal web browser. Some people have called it a "distraction free browser" because none of the typical browser chrome is used. An SSB also has a tighter integration with the OS and desktop than a typical web application running through a web browser.Prism is a XULRunner-based browser that hosts web applications without using the usual web browsers. Prism was built under the SSB concept. SSB stands for Site Specific Browsers. An SSB is an application that has an embedded browser, specially designed to work with a single web application. An SSB does not have the look of a normal web browser, since it doesn´t show any menu or toolbar. This way, the space on the screen won´t be occupied by useless elements, and the users will focus on the application, not being tempted to go to another site. Besides, an SSB integrates better into an Operating System than any other web application that is run through a normal web browser.

When you install Prism, the installer configures your OS to associate *.webapp files with Prism. This way, when you double-click on a *.webapp file, Prism launches and opens the web application. The same would be done also when you click on a link to a webapp file in a Web Page being seen with another browser. You can build your own .webapp files or download some from the author´s site.

Daniel Ángel Romero
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  • It´s a nice free tool to build applications that will run with no distractions


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