Create a Google+ Mac App for Your Dock
If you follow me on Twitter, you know that Google+ is my new tech porn. Google+ is the same technological marvel we've come to expect from Google apps, but the elegant but still simplistic design is a welcomed change from Google. I want to get used to using Google+ but I don't want to be conscious of keeping the tab open in Chrome. Luckily MooTools developer Olmo Maldonado shared a slick method creating a custom Google+ app without the need for Fluid, and you can place the app in your dock for easy access!
This technique would allow you to create an app for any website, but the focus of this post will be Google+. You could use Fluid.app for this, but the technique presented here allows for avoid Fluid.app.
Grab the Google+ Logo
Download the following Google+ logo to the Downloads directory of your computer:
This logo will be used as the application and dock logo.
Download and Execute makeapp.sh
There's an outstanding script available on LifeHacker which provides the user a trio of simple prompts and creates an app based on the input. Behind the scenes,
makeapp.sh copies Google's Chrome and creates separate settings paths (for cookie and history separation). With those created, an executable is created which opens the Chrome copy to the Google+ url.
Run the script from command line with:
chmod +x ./makeapp.sh && ./makeapp.sh
The script will ask you for three arguments; provide the following:
- Application name: Google+
- Web URL: http://plus.google.com/
- Icon Location:
Now open your applications folder and you'll see a new app called Google+! Drag the app icon to the dock and now you have a Google+ app in your dock! The separate history and cookie pool is important so that your traditional Chrome install doesn't muck with your Google+ app's information, and visa versa. Have fun with Google+!
Fluid.app is a good solution too.