I have used Fluid.app for several years when I want to make a “Single Site Browser” (SSB), and have been generally pleased with the results.
However, the development appears mostly stagnant, and there are some annoyances. The biggest drawback is that Fluid.app browsers, which are based on Webkit, can’t use Safari extensions.
There have been some solutions out there which would allow you to make SSBs based on Chrome, but they were always a little fidgety / twitchy, and often even required using the command line… which I use all the time, but didn’t seem the right UI for this. It seemed like a tool for people who needed to do this once and just wanted to get it done with ASAP.
However, as part of Setapp, I came across Unite and Coherence – both of which are apps which make SSBs. At first I ignored this, because I had Fluid.app, but I recently decided to take a closer look.
Unite will create SSBs based on Safari / Webkit.
Coherence will create SSBs based on Chrome or Brave which means that you can use Chrome extensions. Which is a huge win, IMO. Plus, you get Brave’s build-in ad-blocking and privacy features, which I find myself more and more interested in.
So now I have two new apps that I will be using with my Setapp subscription, for no additional cost.
The only downside to SSBs (and this is true of Fluid also) is that they are not very easy to backup or move/copy to another Mac. If you spend a lot of time creating one and customizing it, you’ll have to duplicate that work on another Mac, if you use more than one, or if you do a clean installation of macOS, you’ll have to re-create it as well.
If you want to know more about the similarities / differences between the two apps, the developer has a comparison page (they are both made by the same company):