Sometimes I see pictures of screenshots with people with web applications and nice icons on their launcher, how can I set this up?
Currently there are two preferred ways to do this. In Ubuntu 12.04 you can use the the preview of the official Ubuntu Webapps by installing it from a PPA (comes by default with 12.10)
Both options are better than the regular site-specific-browsing (ssb) features of Firefox Prism and Chrome, because they allow full integration with Ubuntu. This includes the launcher-menu, the HUD, indicators and notifications.
Ubuntu has this feature built in, see:
You can also use the more traditional webapp integration approach:
Since these can be time consuming if you use a bunch of webapps I created a "Web Applications" folder that I keep these in because I need a place to hold the icon as well. I sync this folder with Ubuntu One so that on reinstalls or new computers I have my applications all ready to go with the high resolution icons.
In chromium-browser or Google Chrome you can do this by going to the website you want to make into an application. Clicking on the Wrench icon and select, tools -> Create Application Shortcuts:
Then select Desktop to create a shortcut on your desktop:
You can also select "Applications Menu" in the create application shortcut, this will put it in the Dash for you, which is handy so you can use the search feature to launch the shortcut, however most web site's favicons don't scale very well so they look ugly. So instead I do this to pretty up the application:
Then move it to this "Web Applications" folder or wherever you want to keep it:
Download a snazzy version of the icon that is good looking. I recommend the Fluid group on Flickr. Download the icon to the folder, and then right click on the shortcut and select properties:
Drag and drop the nicer icon onto the shortcut's icon box, replacing the low resolution icon with the new one:
Drag and drop the new slick icon right onto the Launcher for the final effect:
And the final effect:
I think it is good practice to make a different Chromium profile for every app. Your apps will run faster because the extensions installed in the default profile are not run. Also, you can install extensions specific for your app that won't run in your default chromium instances.
If you want to run your apps with a different profile, do this:
to the command and close.
If this doesn't work, do the following:
to the command and close.
You create a launcher icon (meaning a
Then rename the epmty file to
This is not necessary but before dragging it to the launcher, you can
If you delete the *.desktop file the icon will disappear form you launcher. The usual place to store these files is ~/.local/share/applications/.
If you use the latest build of Chromium (>11.0.696.57) this now works with Unity. Create the app shorcut from within Chromium then drag it on to the Unity bar. This works on 11.04
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