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March 15, 2010 7:24 PM   Subscribe

How can I get my browser to open URLs matching a certain pattern in another, different browser program?

I'm on a Mac, and I do most of my browsing in Firefox. However, I fully jumped on the Fluid bandwagon and have a few SSBs set up, including one for Facebook. This gets to be a little troublesome and annoying when I come across a Facebook link because I can't just click on it and get anything useful --- I get the facebook login page instead. (And even if I were logged in under Firefox, it wouldn't be where I want to do my Facebooking.) So instead I have to copy the link, go to my Facebook SSB, paste the URL in the location bar, and hit enter.

What I'd like to do is just be able to click on links as normal and, if I end up going to page in the domain, that will be automatically opened not in Firefox, but instead in my Facebook SSB.

Is this wishful thinking? Am I asking for too much? The closest ray of hope I found with Google was the Redirector add-on, which is cool but not what I need.

If this can happen with Firefox, great. If it can happen by using a different browser as my default (Safari? Chrome? Camino? Mosaic?), I'm interested in at least trying it out. If I need to just suck it up and stick with what I'm doing now, then at least I'll know and I'll stop wishing for more. (Or at least I'll realize maybe I need to buck up and write the extension myself.)

Details, if helpful:

- Firefox 3.6
- Mac OS X 10.5.8
- Fluid 0.9.6
posted by ymendel to Computers & Internet (5 answers total)
I don't have a direct solution but have you tried getting support from Fluid's forums. Facebook is after uber-popular so likely there are other people out there that have the same problem so perhaps you can help Fluid's developers make a fix.
posted by mmascolino at 8:17 PM on March 15, 2010

Best answer: Choose Wisely.
posted by tmcw at 9:05 PM on March 15, 2010

Response by poster: I don't think I've ever been so happy to read machine-translated German.

One of the comments there also mentions Choosy, which sounds hazily familiar enough that I may have already been told about it. It's not free, but it could be worth looking into.
posted by ymendel at 9:13 PM on March 15, 2010

Choose Wisely doesn't work on Mac OS 10.5, by the way.
posted by k. at 9:33 PM on March 15, 2010

I don't know if this helps you any, but Firefox Prism is a similar tool to Fluid. I'm looking at their features page, and I see the following:
Associate applications with browser links

Some browser links cause an application to run rather than opening in the browser. A popular example are mailto: links that open your mail client and fill out the recipient (and optionally the subject line) for you. Until now, you were out of luck if you use a web mail client, but now Prism lets web apps handle these links just like traditional desktop apps.
Not sure if it only supports alternative protocol handlers (ie ftp://, mailto: etc) or if it handles http URLs as well.
posted by pwnguin at 11:40 AM on March 16, 2010 [1 favorite]

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