How to make a native Windows app for any website or web-app using Web2Desk

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  1. This looks like a nice tool but it you create more than just a few apps you could chew up quite a bit of disk space. I created one for Gmail (an obvious choice) and the up-zipped app occupies 118MB. Still, it’s pretty cool.

  2. How about safety? Does is use secured connections where available? Does it have any kind of embedded trackers? Does it have any key loggers? Does it collect and send any data back to any/their servers online?

  3. Yes Rob, this is because the application sort of have complete Chromium inside them. The developer can for sure work on this feature where all the applications share a common Chromium wrapper.

  4. Hi kj1, the apps are almost running inside an chromium window so there is a very less chance of anything happening like that. The service claims to use Nativefier in background and Nativefier is completely open source and the entire code is available on GitHub. We’ve also covered a tutorial, where you can build your applications yourself using Nativefier. Web2Desk is merely an automation to that process. So to answer your question: No, I don’t think so any extra trackers or loggers are included in native applications built using Web2Desk or Nativefier apart from whatever is there in Chromium.

    Nativefier GitHub Repository: https://github.com/jiahaog/nativefier

  5. I created an app using Web2Desk and also using Nativefier on my Windows 10 PC. I didn’t compare the results byte-for-byte but the apps looked identical to me.

    Rob

  6. I don’t quite understand the use case here. Why would users need to use a .exe version of the website, when they could just as easily access the sites from Favourites and also login automatically using Lastpass or something else? The big problem with this, from my testing, is that you can’t save session cookies. If you close the app, you have to re-login EVERY TIME.

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