Category: Google Chrome Apps & Extensions (page 1 of 40)

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

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!

Flix Plus is a Chrome Extension that Customizes Netflix and Adds Keyboard Shortcuts

Flix Plus is a Chrome Extension from Lifehacker, adding keyboard shortcuts to Netflix, along with a bunch of customization options.

It includes 22 tweaks that can be turned on or off individually. Here is a few from the official literature:

chrome extensions  Flix Plus is a Chrome Extension that Customizes Netflix and Adds Keyboard Shortcuts

* Makes it easier to navigate Netflix’s suggestions. You can hide or fade out shows you have watched, rated, or that are listed multiple times, hide entire sections and show entire sections at once by removing the scrolling.

* Hides episode spoiler images and text, and stops Netflix from shrinking your screen during the credits. (Requires HTML5 player.)

* Lets you rate shows by half star

* Adds keyboard controls to navigate most of the site. Press “?” for a list.

* Enhances the “My List” page (for those who still have the older version) with improved sorting controls, ability to write a note saying why you added a movie, showing box images, and highlighting titles that will expire soon.

* Allows you to hide Facebook recommendations, as well as hide the top prompt to rate/recommend what you just watched.

* Adds a “Darker Netflix” theme that styles Netflix in black, perfect for night viewing

* Export your ratings to a JSON file.

If you are a Netflix user looking for some customization and control, download this extension from here.

Muzli is a Chrome Extension That Fills Your New Tab Page with Curated Design News

Muzli is a Chrome extension that replaces your New Tab Page with a well-designed, curated and designer friendly content. If you are a developer or someone with deep interest in design, you must check this out. If you are not really into design, pass on this one.

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Here is a list of features from the official literature:

  • Muzli Picks: A real-time, hand picked shots from around the web.
  • Dribbble popular items
  • Awwwards Winners
  • CSS Winner (winners)
  • Behance popular items
  • Constantly updating set of links on inspiration, resources and design blogs.

Download the extension from here to give it a try.

Plex Cast Sends Videos from Chrome to Your Plex Device

Here is a Chromecast-like set up for Plex users, without any extra hardware, complete with remote control from the browser!

Plex Cast is a Google Chrome Extension for sending online content to be played on Plex. Supported content include YouTube, Vimeo, DailyMotion, CollegeHumor, LiveLeak, TED, Soundcloud and more than 100 other websites.

Here is what you’ll need:

  • Plex Media Server
  • A Plex client

Here is how to set this up:

  1. Cnfigure your server and client by clicking on settings. Make sure your client is on.
  2. A click on the Plex Cast icon sends the currently playing video of your active tab to your Plex Client.
  3. Your current tab will update with the remote, you can use your keyboard to control your Plex client.

chrome extensions  Plex Cast Sends Videos from Chrome to Your Plex Device

Got Plex? Here is the download link for the extension!

“Edge” A Web Ruler Extension for Google Chrome

Edge is an on-screen ruler that supports multiple units, horizontal & vertical orientation, and looks like a native application.

This is a typical developer tool, but muggles like me can use this once in a while for measuring things online.

Note: I couldn’t get this working on my Chromebook. I am guessing this is a non-Chrome OS app.

Here is the official list of features:

* Support for pixels, inches, and centimeters
* Both Horizontal and Vertical rulers
* Move the ruler with your arrow keys (+ shift for 10px changes)
* resize the ruler with your arrow keys + alt (+ shift for 100px changes)
* Calibrate the ruler with your screen size
* Exists separately from any browser tab
* Easily resizable
* Settings are remembered across launches
* Always on top mode

chrome extensions  Edge A Web Ruler Extension for Google Chrome

You can download Edge from here.