Category: Google Chrome Apps & Extensions (page 1 of 41)

Read about latest and greatest Google Chrome extensions here. You will find a bunch of useful Chrome extensions being posted here with download links.

Polarr Photo Editor is a Powerful Photo Retouching App That Works Offline Too

Polarr Photo Editor Chrome App is an offline version of Polarr’s online service. The Chrome app does not have all the features that the online version offers, but yet, this is a powerful photo retouching tool for a Chromebook.

chrome extensions  Polarr Photo Editor is a Powerful Photo Retouching App That Works Offline Too

Let me tell you this up front: Support for RAW image files is promised in a future version. That’s cool, isn’t it?

Here is the official feature list to start with:

Polarr Photo Editor is the most powerful, versatile, and elegant photo editing tool in the browser. Polarr can read and write large JPEG files up to 30MP and load a large quantity of photos in one session. Features include adjustments for color temperature, exposure, contrast, highlights and shadows, clarity, HSL channels, curves, distortions, vignette, local adjustments, adding watermark and signature and more.

Comparing with most of the other image editing Chrome apps available today, this one has a pretty neat list. There are lots of nice effects you can choose from and also customization controls for these effects which we rarely see on Chrome apps at this stage.

It worked a little slow on my Chromebook, but this may be because it is an old Samsung Series 5 550. I would love to hear about your experience with one of those new Chromebooks.

To give it a try, download from here.

Thanks Tyson Kemp

Google Chrome Bookmarks Get A Material Design Makerover With This Extension

Remember this Google Stars extension that I told you all about sometime back? That thing is live now on the Chrome Web Store.

Initially, we thought this is going to be a Pinterest like service built into Chrome. Then we realized that this is a design makeover to Chrome bookmarks. It still has the social sharing features, you can make a folder or two public and share with your friends, so in a way, this is like Pinterest.

It was initially called Google Stars, and now it is just Bookmark Manager. (May be Google Stars was its code name, right?)

Anyways, this cool extension is now available on the Chrome Web Store and it lifts your Chrome bookmarks to a whole new level. We see Material Design and Google’s card based UI giving your Chrome bookmarks a totally new look.

chrome extensions  Google Chrome Bookmarks Get A Material Design Makerover With This Extension

Then there is the auto folders feature which work only if you use Chromesync. “Collect bookmarks by topic: Your bookmarks will automatically be organized by topic, like “Tokyo” and “Photography.” If you’d rather, you can still organize them into folders yourself.”

There is improved search, and topic based bookmarks collection, say, again, Pinterest or Evernote type of thing.

I am not keeping a lot of hopes on seeing this being pushed a lot towards the Pinterest kind of service, because many of us had similar feelings about Google Keep when it first came out, and nothing happened (We thought it is going to be an Evernote competitor.)

This extension makes your Chrome bookmarks look better and also adds some neat functionality. For that reason, I will call this a “must-have” extension.

Get the extension here.

Unofficial Google Inbox Checker Extension for Chrome

Looking for unread count from your new Inbox? Here is an unofficial Chrome extension for you. Please do review this extension before you install, since this is unofficial, and I have not tested it.

chrome extensions  Unofficial Google Inbox Checker Extension for Chrome

This extension, as the name suggests, does the simple task of showing you the unread count from your Inbox.

This extension will only show the number of unread emails, including those in bundles, but reminders would not be counted.”

I will wait for an official extension, or an inbuilt unread count feature from Google. If you really miss unread count however, try this extension.

Download from here.

Thanks James!

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

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

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!

You Can Translate Selected Text with The Updated Google Translate Extension for Chrome

Google Chrome has an inbuilt translator that offers to translate the webpages that you visit. Then there is this official Google Translate extension which does the page translation plus a bit more. The latest update has made this extension a tad more useful.

You can now select text from pages you visit and translate it, not just the full webpage translation. It also supports audio, so you can hear words pronounced as well.

chrome extensions  You Can Translate Selected Text with The Updated Google Translate Extension for Chrome

Simply highlight the text that you want to translate, and then click the Translate icon that appears. You can also right click and choose “Google Translate”. If you click the icon in the upper right of your browser window, with no text highlighted, you can translate the entire web page.

You can download and try the Translate extension from the Chrome Web Store; if you already have the extension installed, it will be updated automatically.

 

Google Maps Team Releases Chrome New Tab Page Extension with Stunning Google Earth Imagery

Google Maps team has released a new tab page extension named Earth View for Chrome! That sounds interesting, isn’t it?

They had previously added a bunch of Google Earth photos to Chrome OS wallpapers. Now, with the new Chrome extension, these images come to the new tab page too, if you are interested.

chrome extensions  Google Maps Team Releases Chrome New Tab Page Extension with Stunning Google Earth Imagery

Each image has the location of the image mentioned on the bottom right corner similar to those daily photos from Bing.

If you are a fan of the traditional new tab page with most visited websites thumbnails, you are going to miss those while using this extension. There is only a small link to Chrome Apps menu on the top left corner of the new tab page and no sign of most visited sites. Tradeoffs, you know!

Install this from here and try it out!

via OMG Chrome.

Google Releases New Hangouts for Chrome with Chat Heads

This one looks more like the Facebook Messenger for Desktop. Really.

Google released a new Hangouts app for Chrome today, which looks better and works better, provided you like chat heads.  This is not an upgrade to the existing Hangouts app, but a new app altogether.

chrome extensions  Google Releases New Hangouts for Chrome with Chat Heads

chrome extensions  Google Releases New Hangouts for Chrome with Chat Heads

Now, do not jump into any conclusions about chat heads comparing it with your experience on the phone. I have disabled Facebook’s chat heads feature on my phone. I did not like it. However, when it is on my Chromebook where I have enough screen space to spare for chat heads and chat windows, this is a different experience, and I have started liking it.

Here is a video demo!

You can download and install it from here. Give it a try and let me know your thoughts!