Today's tech-letter is another Mac (Apple) Special app. So if you're on a Windows, definitely switch to a Mac (which should be your only option). But in all seriousness, this is a fun tech-tool, so stick around.
I am not sure what your routine is every time you open up your MacBook, but there are several websites I am constantly visiting; from Reddit, to Twitter, to Netflix, to The Tech-Letter, it happens every day.
Here's the problem with this: having browsers with multiple tabs open can really slow down your computer. And also, who really wants so many tabs open? We're in an app-friendly digital era for a reason. They're easier to access, faster to open, and simply always available.
So today's tech-letter presents you with a Mac-only tool that does precisely what you think it does— converts websites to apps.
Instead of opening up websites on your browser and draining your laptop's memory/efficiency, Unite lets you convert any website into an application (with a ton of features). What's the process, you ask? Type in the URL, the name of the application, and hit the create button. In most cases, Unite will automatically grab the website's icon for you and save this on your laptop as an application.
And I must note something that some of you are probably thinking— no, this isn't a shortcut to a website. Remember back in the day we'd make shortcuts to websites and save it on our desktop, and double clicking it would open up the website using a browser? Nope, not Unite. It actually converts the website into an app, just for you.
This has every bit of the 'app' experience you'd expect, with notifications and everything.
Unite brings status bar apps, i.e. on MacBooks there's a difference between a stand-alone app (what sits on your Dock), and a status bar app (what sits on the top most bar of your laptop, where the time & battery information is). With Unite, you can choose what kind of app you want to convert a website to.
This doesn't work only for Netflix, you can use it for more productive tools. Slack? Gmail? Spotify? Investing apps? Try them all out.
One feature I appreciate is keychain support. If you rely on Apple's password reminders, you'll be happy to know that Unite supports that too, so you don't have to type in your password every time you use an app created by Unite.
We also have slices (unfortunately, not of pizza, but close enough). This is for the times you don't want to create an entire app, but do want to keep an eye on information that keeps updating. Whether it's the stock market, Google Analytics, or even the weather, you can take some sort of screenshot of a website and save that on your dock. In the image above, take a look at the icon with the numbers ("122.72")— that's Unite making a "slice" of specific information; so every time that number changes, the information on your dock does too, without you needing to open up a website or an app.
Other fun features include bookmarks, ad-blockers, picture-in-picture, dark mode, and more. Watch me create an app for The Tech-Letter in the GIF below. This app now lives on my dock, so every time I want to access The Tech-Letter, I can simply do so like I would any other app.
Unite is a Mac-only website-to-app converter that provides multiple ways into using your browser less, and apps more. There are several different types of conversions you can do (stand alone app, status bar app, and slices). These apps work every bit as a regular app would, with different sizes, notifications, dark mode, and more. Unite has a hefty price tag (that is so worth it for me) of $19.99 for one device, but offers a free version where you can create up to 3 apps.