介绍：A floating browser window for your Mac
Peter Thomson: I know it's not the intended use-case, but I've been using Helium to have a floating window with my Trello Board (with my day's priority tasks). It's like having a Post-It note on my desktop, only with Trello.
Jesse Leimgruber: This is great, I love that it's open source too. I'm soon going to be very distracted.
Anthony: Man, this is soooo useful ! I recommend EVERYONE with a Mac to download this right now. The absolute best way to multitask on your laptop
Troy Osinoff: Love love love this concept. Downloading right now
Corey Stone: Cool idea! I wish it'd been ready by the NCAA tournament. 😄
Ruben Martinez Jr.: This is great! Who needs multiple monitors now?!
Bram Kanstein (@bramk):
I was trying to figure out how to watch the new Silicon Valley HBO, and then I just dragged the file in there, WHAAAT
This is amazing
Zain Abiddin: Awesome for Tutorials!
Aaron Gibralter: I've been looking for a new/supported AFloat forever! This looks great. Has anyone seen an app that allows you to make arbitrary OS X windows float/translucent?
I'm not sure how I survived without this product. For someone who works on a laptop throughout the majority of the day, it's good to break up the more mundane tasks with Helium. So far I've only encountered a few issues ("no plugin" issue - update Safari, no AVI support - use MP4) but these are irrelevant for a project in continuous development.
The floating browser works seamlessly when loading a video file from a Mac (10.10.03 Yosemite) and the shortcuts provide an easy way to interact with the browser window without having to touch a mouse (there's even shortcuts for Opacity strength). I look forward to seeing future updates and iterations for the product and in my opinion, is a must have application.
Patrik Misko: How about the Slack app open in Helium? UPDATE: it actually works fine! No more missed messages because of a window tsunami!
Mike Holford: Love love love love love. Thanks @Jaden for being awesome and making this. Very cool for coding tutorials!
Wrote something similar for Windows using Autohotkey. http://www.labnol.org/?p=5213
Benjamin Evans: Awesome product - I can't wait to watch GOT today... whilst working :)
Samuel Beek: It'd be amazing if I could set a certain resolution. So I can view a downscaled 1900 x 1080 window on a laptop.
Awesome work! I have been looking for something like this for so long 😍
Only request is for full-screen videos to be contained within Helium (i.e. not actually go full-screen); don't know if this is technically possible though.
Joshua Dance: This seems like awesome tech, and the worst idea for productivity ever. :)
Marc Anthony Rosa:
Game of Thrones new season began yesterday with HBO Now a real product, AND THEN this video player hits PH?
"Oh, Sherlock, what do we say about coincidence?" "The Universe is rarely so lazy"
Nice work @jadengeller and/or the HBO gods who commissioned you to do this genius product ;)
Melvin Salas: This is great! When I opened a youtube video it blocked the plug-in. Any way around that yet?
Hi, the maker of Helium here!
I'm glad you all like it! I've spent so many hours trying to watch Hulu while I code, always getting frustrated when the video gets lost behind my work. A few days ago, I spent the night hacking this together to fix that, and I'm pretty pleased by the results!
A really neat use case that I hadn't even considered is using Helium to watch programming tutorials while coding, which is a really awesome prospect! I'm very passionate about education, so I think it's really great that a "productivity" product of this sort can be repurposed to provide that kind of value.
I've got some interesting new features planned, such as automatic fill-window mode for Hulu and Youtube videos. Also, I want to look into a way to get a 1-click "Open in Helium" button in Safari. Further, multi-window support is coming for all you crazies who want to watch Hulu and Netflix simultaneously!
Thanks for trying Helium out! Feel free to check out the source code too—you'd be surprised how simple this was to implement on OS X!
A floating browser window for OS X. I really like the first sentence on their website.
"Multitask with ease. Helium is a floating browser window that allows you to watch media while you work. Your content will never fall behind your other windows even as you switch tasks."
It's great when you like watching things next to work.
Shruti Gandhi: I won't be falling behind on Silicon Valley, GoT, MadMen, Veep, and HoC anymore because of things like work!
Helen Crozier: Is it more efficient to code while 'watching' GOT (or anything else while coding? I've been brainwashed into thinking multi tasking means all output quality takes a hit. I'm dying to know the secret to how this works :-)
Jason Marmon: This is awesome :D going to use it when i'm working with documentation for new libraries. definitely a PITA to alt-tab every five seconds
Arthur Swiniarski: So cool and useful, thanks !
Aaron McKeehan: @labnol I will have to try this out, even with 6 monitors, I often lose track of my more important tabs.
Eric Posen: @samuelbeek @bramk I think he wants to downscale a high resolution to a smaller size, not actually look at a lower resolution window. For example: to avoid seeing mobile versions of sites.
Jaden Geller: @omaridau I'm fairly certain that this isn't possible, at least not without a ridiculous amount of hackery. I am however improving the experience when you paste a common video streaming URL like YouTube or Vimeo by automatically redirecting to the pop-out version of the video. That feature should be out later today :D
Milan vd Bovenkamp ♠: @gekitz very cool! Thanks for hunting!
Samuel Beek: @gekitz Thanks for making my development work 2 times faster man :)
Greg Barbosa: @melvinssalas From the FAQ section on the site now: "Make sure you update to the newest version of flash, and it should go away."
Bram Kanstein (@bramk): @samuelbeek you can drag to adjust size ;)
Jaden Geller: @jtmarmon That's a fantastic use case, I would never have considered that! Thanks for the idea :)
Jaden Geller: @m_patrik Wow, that's a fantastic use case! (:
tom meagher: @jadengeller Swift FTW!
Ryan Gum: @melvinssalas and if you're on a Mac, make sure you check for the latest version using Safari, Chrome has it's own custom flash that isn't systemwide.
tom meagher: @jadengeller will do 😎
Jaden Geller: @snagra_ Right now, only Silverlight is supported unfortunately.
Jaden Geller: @labnol Nice!
Greg Barbosa: @jadengeller You mentioned exactly why I can't wait to use it: Programming tutorials while coding. Switching windows back and forth on a small screen is not ideal, Helium makes that problem disappear.
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