By Jaden Geller
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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.
Look your work in the eye.
Helium supports a customizable translucency mode that allows you to simultaneously see your content and your work. Even cooler, Helium does not intercept mouse clicks when it is translucent! That's right, you can still click, drag, scroll, even flick behind your floating content. When you want to interact with the browser again, just click the icon in the dock and you're back in control.
More than fun.
Helium is useful for all kinds of multitasking, not just television and movies. Imagine keeping your Google Hangouts or Slacker window above the rest while you collaborate, or watching tutorials and reading documentation while programming—the possibilities are endless!
Saved my LIFE
Helium ACTUALLY saved my life. Here I am, a college freshman, interning at a small business over the break. Of course, being an intern, my job is to do all the boring things that no one else wants to do. I’m talking endless spreadsheets, mind-numbing data entry, that sort of stuff. So what am I to do for eight hours a day, stuck doing the most boring things known to man? Enter Helium. I was able to get all my work done without going insane from boredom by watching Netflix through Helium. It never got in the way of my work, could be resized, moved anywhere, even sometimes could change the opacity. Finally, I could be productive while entertaining myself and neither got in the way of the other. Helium, you saved my life from being overcome by even the most mind-numbingly boring work possible. Thank you!!!
Amazing, a couple of things
I want to start by saying I LOVE this app. I never knew I needed something like this so thank you for making it. It would be easier if when I clicked on the window to select the app to, for example, then use the spacebar to puase what’s playing, that it would select it. As it stands now I usually have to click on the icon on the Dock to get it to select the window. Additionally, many times when using Netflix I get an error on Netflix to reload the page and try again. This may not be the fault of the app, but something with Netflix that dooesn’t like the app.
Thank you again for this amazing app!
Very helpful. Wish it had an ad blocker.
I used to use Afloat, but having to get SIMBL and Afloat working again after every OS upgrade when they are no longer really supported became a headache. I love Helium's minimalist interface, how it does just what it's supposed to, and how it installs and updates from the App Store.
Only have a couple suggestions based on my use:
- Clicking on the app window does not bring up the app's menu in the menu bar. You have to switch to it using Command + Tab.
- When choosing "Open Web URL..." in the menu, the app does not put the cursor focus in the text input that appears. You have to click in the input to focus on it.
- Wish there was a way to integrate an ad blocker somehow.