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| "How to get standalone Messenger and Hangouts apps " ::[2016-11-29 01:11AM] |
|                                                      author: Jeremy Malcolm |
|                                                                             |
| One of the banes of my life is that rather than XMPP becoming the           |
| universal standard for messaging as it once appeared it would, the          |
| opposite has happened and messaging has fractured into multiple             |
| incompatible proprietary standards.                                         |
|                                                                             |
| A year ago, I was able to use a single client to access both my work and    |
| personal XMPP accounts, in addition to messages from iMessage, Facebook     |
| Messenger and Google Hangouts. That's no longer possible; instead I need    |
| to keep a browser tab open if I want to use Messenger or Hangouts.          |
|                                                                             |
| Although I don't have a single-app solution, the next best thing would be   |
| to have separate, standalone apps for Messenger and Hangouts on my          |
| desktop, just like I have on my phone. And with a bit of fiddling around,   |
| that is actually possible. Here's how to do it on macOS.                    |
|                                                                             |
| 1. Facebook Messenger                                                       |
|                                                                             |
| For this, you need to download an app called Fluid, which creates           |
| standalone Web apps from almost any website, complete with a customisable   |
| dock icon. Launch Fluid and complete the fields that it presents to you as  |
| follows:                                                                    |
|                                                                             |
|   URL: https://www.messenger.com                                            |
|   Name: Messenger                                                           |
|   Location: ~/Desktop for now; you can move it to /Applications later.      |
|   Icon: Download this Messenger icon.                                       |
|                                                                             |
| Then launch the app that Fluid created, and resize its window to the        |
| dimensions you want.  I use the same placement and dimensions as Apple's    |
| Messages app, which I continue to use for XMPP.  The result is a            |
| beautiful, standalone, native-looking app.                                  |
|                                                                             |
| 2. Google Hangouts                                                          |
|                                                                             |
| Google also has a browser-based Web app that you could package using        |
| Fluid, but it doesn't work so well as a standalone app. However, there is   |
| a web app available in the Chrome store. Here's how to get that web app     |
| running as a standalone app.                                                |
|                                                                             |
|   * Download and install Chrome or Chromium.                                |
|   * Install the Hangouts web app.                                           |
|   * Download this Hangouts icon set.                                        |
|   * Quit Chrome or Chromium and rename the application to "Hangouts".       |
|   * Right-click on the Hangouts icon and click Get Info.                    |
|   * Drag the Hangouts icon set that you downloaded over the top of the      |
|     original Chrome or Chromium icon in the top-left corner of the Info     |
|     window. Release the pointer when you see the green + sign appear.       |
|   * Relaunch the browser and launch the Hangouts web app from the toolbar.  |
|   * Close the browser's main window.                                        |
|                                                                             |
| You now have, to all intents and purposes, a beautiful, native-looking,     |
| standalone app complete with its own Hangouts dock icon.                    |
|                                                                             |
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