There have been numerous times where I've been reading some documentation in one tab and then needed to look at something in gmail. This process requires that I:
- find the tab that has gmail on it
- do what I need to do in gmail
- navigate back to the original tab
Not too long ago, I came across Fluid and realized that this might be an answer to my problem. The basic premise of Fluid is that you can elevate the status of any web application into a desktop application by wrapping the web application with a Site Specific Browser (SSB). Brilliant!
Since then, I've 'fluidized' some of my most frequently used web apps and it has eliminated the need to find the browser tab with 'application x' on it. Now, I can just take comfort in the fact that the application is in my dock waiting for me. Sweet.
This is a screenshot of the part of my dock that has been fluidized:
from left to right: gmail, gcal, gdocs, fogbugz, hyperic
I highly recommend Fluid, it's a great little product.