Helium

A floating browser window for your Mac

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Jaden Geller
@jadengeller
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!

Discussion

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Jaden Geller
@jadengeller
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!
Bram Kanstein (@bramk)
@bramk · Creator of @startupstash
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
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Georg Kitz
@gekitz · Baking iOS things at 9Cookies.com
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.
Jesse Leimgruber
@jesserank · CEO @ NeoReach, Stanford
This is great, I love that it's open source too. I'm soon going to be very distracted.
Corey Stone
@coreywstone · UX guy, Founder of HERO Keyboard
Cool idea! I wish it'd been ready by the NCAA tournament. 😄
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