Automatic File Association for Apps – Open Files Using Chrome Apps on Windows

Google Chrome has been slowly invading Windows’ territory, pushing a Chrome OS like full screen mode, and Chrome apps etc. Now, here is one more step deep into those woods of Windows.

chrome news  Automatic File Association for Apps   Open Files Using Chrome Apps on Windows

Here is a commit that showed up in the code few minutes ago:

Issue 181493011: Windows: Automatically associate file types with Chrome apps.

Windows: Automatically associate file types with Chrome apps. Currently only works if –enable-apps-file-associations is on. The Chrome app appears on the “Open with” menu and “Choose default program” dialog for files of any type mentioned in the app’s manifest. If there is no existing app associated with the file type, the Chrome app becomes the default handler.

Upon app installation, creates a copy of the win_app_shim executable to serve as a portable and uniquely named way to run the app. Any file types mentioned in the file_handlers section of the app manifest are associated with the shim.

In simple words, Chrome apps will automatically be added to the list of available to open files with.  For example, imagine you installed an app that opens .jpg files. Next time you right click a .jpg file and select “Open With”, this Chrome app will be available in the list along with your traditional software.

If a Chrome app is the only supported app available on your computer to handle a particular type of file, it will be come the default app for that.

File association is not new for Chrome apps. We have already seen this on Mac.

Now, lets wait for this to show up in our Windows computers. I am hoping that it will, pretty soon. Are you guys excited?

Google Releases Official “Inbox” Chrome Extension

Google has released an official Chrome Extension for Inbox, but that is just a “glorified bookmark.

The extension simple adds an icon to your apps menu and the only use that I can think of is adding it to the taskbar of your Chromebook for easy access.

If you are looking for a glorified bookmark for your shiny new Inbox, here is the download link.

chrome extensions  Google Releases Official Inbox Chrome Extension

Now, let’s go back to waiting for a full fledged beautiful Chrome app for Inbox!

via Inbox Guru

Chrome Gets a New Extension API to Support Third Party VPN Clients

Chromebooks at work? VPN is going to be a big part of that deal. Chrome OS has inbuilt support for VPN, yes, but the team is planning to extend this with a new extension API that will add support for third party VPN clients.

I am not sure if this API is going to give us new Chrome  VPN Apps, or if this is to add support for regular VPN clients to work with Chrome and Chrome OS.

chrome news  Chrome Gets a New Extension API to Support Third Party VPN Clients

Here is from a recent commit log:

Add new extension API for VPN This CL adds a new extension API that can be used to implement VPN clients by third party. BUG=407541

I couldn’t get my hands on anything further, say, a design document explaining the whole API. The bug referred in this commit gives me forbidden error. Things might be in early stages at the moment, and hopefully we will see more about this feature pretty soon.

Hope to see more Chromebooks in offices!

Source: Chromium.org

Yes, the Google Security Key Works with Chromebooks

Google announced a new way of using the Two Factor authentication; Security Key. If you haven’t read about this new feature and device, read more here and come back to this post.

So, I was given one of these last month, and have been using it with my Chromebook since then. Since it is my personal device, I used it only couple of times, and set it to remember my device.

It worked perfectly fine with my Chromebook, a Series 5 550. I could even do a firmware update using a Chrome extension.

Apart from my Chromebook, I used it once on my work PC to login to my Google account, and it worked ok, save for the time that it took to install required driver software.

So, if you are planning to use the Security Key, yes, it works on Chromebooks. Need proof? Here is a pic from Craig Tumblison, friend and fellow Chromie.

chromebook  Yes, the Google Security Key Works with Chromebooks

Don’t ask me how this picture proves that it works with Chromebooks!

Journal Writing App “Journal” Releases Chrome App

Journal is a beautifully designed writing app for journal writing. I discovered this app while reading about their newly launched Chrome app. Since I am new to this app, here is the official literature on what it does:

Capture life moments, from everyday thoughts to useful travel logs, Journey helps you to rediscover the joy of journal writing through the warmth and humanity of the interface. Journey presents your life beautifully in calendar, photo and atlas view, allowing you to revisit the greatest moments of your journey anytime, anywhere.

chrome extensions   Journal Writing App Journal Releases Chrome App

The beauty of their design carries over to the Chrome app. It is pleasant and inviting and I recommend you check out this app at least to appreciate the beauty of the design, if not using it.

chrome extensions   Journal Writing App Journal Releases Chrome App

If you are already a Journal user on Android, this might be an exciting news to you, more so, if you wanted to write long posts on your Journal.

Here is the download link

“Easy Unlock” The “Unlock Your Chromebook When Phone is Near” Thing Goes Live for Android 5.0 Users

Easy Unlock, the Chrome OS + Android feature that unlocks your Chrome OS devices when your Android phone is near, has started working for some users.

For now, we know that , who has an Android Lollipop 5.0 phone and a Chromebook with Dev channel on it has tested this successfully.

Here are some screenshots:

chromebook  Easy Unlock The Unlock Your Chromebook When Phone is Near Thing Goes Live for  Android 5.0 Users

chromebook  Easy Unlock The Unlock Your Chromebook When Phone is Near Thing Goes Live for  Android 5.0 Users

The Dev channel of Chrome OS has this enabled by default now. There is a flag to disable this if you want to (which of course will go away sometime in the future).

Now, we are left with questions. When will this launch for everyone. Will there be an app, or is this part of the Android 5.0 operating system? If it is, will that make this Android 5.0 and up only?

Source:  via OMG Chrome.

Right Click And Pin Your Google Drive Folders on Your Chromebook’s Files App

Here is a quick tip from  for heavy Google Drive users on Chromebook, you can right click any folder  inside your Google Drive account and create a shortcut for easy access.

You can do this for your sub-folders too, which makes this feature even more useful. If you have a folder that you frequently access, but is couple of levels deep (like I do most of the times;  Documents > Home > Bills > April, that kind of stuff) this is going to help you a lot.

Just right click any Google Drive folder from the side bar of Files app, and select “Create Shortcut”. For now, that is the only option available when you right click, so do not worry about choosing the correct option!

chromebook  Right Click And Pin Your Google Drive Folders on Your Chromebooks Files App

Try it! and let me know if you liked it!

Thank you! !

Clarisketch, Web2go, Remind and Lensoo Create Are the Latest Android Apps Available on Chrome OS

Google is adding more Android apps to the Chrome Web Store, making them available to Chromebook users. I am not sure if they are converting/porting the most asked Android apps from their survey, because these are not the most-asked-for apps.

chrome news  Clarisketch, Web2go, Remind and Lensoo Create Are the Latest Android Apps Available on Chrome OS

Four new Android apps that made it to Chrome OS are:

  • Clarisketch: Creating messages by combining speech, drawing and photos
  • Web2go: Innovative news app that lets you listen to your own choice of news websites and magazines
  • Remind: Remind (formerly Remind101) offers teachers a free, safe and simple way to instantly text students and parents.
  • Lensoo Create: Lensoo Create turns your Chromebook into a virtual whiteboard with voice recording, video and smooth digital writing.

Google, I am waiting for Flipboard chrome news  Clarisketch, Web2go, Remind and Lensoo Create Are the Latest Android Apps Available on Chrome OS

via OMG Chrome.

 

Palettab Puts Interesting Fonts and Color Schemes On Chrome’s New Tab Page

This one is going to be a designers’ favorite. This Chrome extension puts awesome color schemes from colourlovers.com on your New Tab Page, along with nice web fonts. And yes, this is designer beautifully.

Palettab is a chrome extension to help you discover new fonts and awesome color collections every time you hit the new tab button.

The colors and fonts take up most of the space on the new tab page. There is just a refresh button on the top, to view more interesting stuff, or just browse away and you’ll get a new one when you open the new tab page next time.

chrome extensions  Palettab Puts Interesting Fonts and Color Schemes On Chromes New Tab Page

The only thing I would love to see change is this. We spend just a fraction of a second on the new tab page before typing in a URL. If the extension keeps one set of colors and fonts pre-loaded, it will make a better experience.

This is a fun discovery project by Tim and Claudio. (Good job guys!)

Download the extension from here.

“Mini Mirror” Puts Webcam Video On Your Desktop While Screencasting from Your Chromebook

Want to screencast from your Chromebook like a pro, I mean, with your webcam video on the corner explaining your session? Mini Mirror is a Chrome packaged app for that job.

I am talking about getting something like this while screencasting from your Chromebook:

chrome extensions  Mini Mirror Puts Webcam Video On Your Desktop While Screencasting from Your Chromebook

And….. here is a video demo:

According to the developer, these are the features that set this app apart from the competition:

  • Move the webcam Feed in any position while keeping it always visible (you can hide it by clicking on the icon in the task bar.
  • The video feed can be resized by switching the application in frame mode, when you are done switch back to borderless

And, the code is available on Github if you want to take a look. This is always a good sign!

Enough with the introductions. Here is the download link!