When it first arrived, the Electron framework launched its own under-the-radar revolution by providing developers from all over a straightforward way to transform web apps to modern, reactive cross-platform desktop applications.
With the help of various utilities, even rookies can “port” a web app to the desktop, take, for example, Nativefier. This idea has even spawned some extreme and interesting results, for instance, apps like Rambox, Franz, and Stack, that bring some of your favorite web services more closer to you and out of the web browser.
Which brings us to a similar, Electron-based application, appropriately called WebCatalog. Just like in the case of the three apps mentioned above, WebCatalog brings together some of the most popular and useful webservices to date.
Indulge in the incredible overabundance of web apps
And, when we say “some,” we actually mean “a plethora.” This is probably the most important highlight of the app, its incredible number of web services. Whoever you are, whatever apps you use on a daily basis, there’s a good chance that you will find at least three of them in WebCatalog’s, well, catalog.
From popular messaging apps (Messenger, WhatsApp, Hangouts, We Chat), to Google productivity platforms, to live music streaming apps (Google Play Music and Spotify), social media services, email web apps, all the way up to financial managers, everything can be found here.
Powerful, user-friendly, and unexpectedly lightweight
There is, however, one more important aspect of this app, one that differentiates it from the previously mentioned ones. Basically, the utility in question allows you to use these web apps as simple, standalone (native) desktop apps. This means that each and one of the has a separate window and, more importantly, and quite conveniently, their own taskbar icon.
And to top it all off, the app does a really good job at keeping everything as light as possible. And since it’s web engine of choice is Chromium, everything should be smooth as butter. Sure, expect high resource consumption if you go overboard with the number of apps, but it’s still more light on resources that we would have expected.
Undeniably useful but we know that it could be a bit better
Before we conclude, there’s one more thing we would like to say. We are aware of the fact that this project hasn’t had the time needed for reaching “adulthood.” This means that there’s a good chance that more useful features will be added in the future.
Since we’re on the subject, a split-screen feature would be very useful, indeed. Also, a way to organize these web services within folders would be of great use, we’re sure.
Brings all your favorite web apps directly to your computer’s desktop
All in all, if you are constantly working with multiple web apps and keeping track of the notifications for each one of them becomes a hassle, then you should check this app out.
Besides its impressive web app support, the fact that it allows you to run them as native apps might be a very welcome idea for many users out there.