CategoryGoogle Chrome Apps & Extensions

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

WikiWand Makes Wikipedia Beautiful on Chrome

WikiWand is a Chrome extension that gives a face-lift to Wikipedia. Install the extension and visit Wikipedia, and you’ll see a modern and fluid user interface.

Here is the official list of extension features:

  • New clean layout for optimal readability
  • Great modern typography
  • Convenient fixed table-of-contents
  • Quick preview when hovering over links
  • Multi-language search with icons
  • Beautiful, immersive cover photos
  • Larger photos and better media gallery
  • Easy article narration and audio playback
  •  Dozens of other improvements

I can keep writing about how good it looks, but that won’t do any justice . So, here are some screenshots for you.

chrome extensions  WikiWand Makes Wikipedia Beautiful on Chrome chrome extensions  WikiWand Makes Wikipedia Beautiful on Chrome

Think you want this one? Get it here.

 

StayFocusd Helps You Increase Productivity By Reducing Your Time on Time-wasting Websites

StayFocusd is a productivity extension for Google Chrome that helps you stay focused on work by restricting the amount of time you can spend on time-wasting websites. Once your allotted time has been used up, the sites you have blocked will be inaccessible for the rest of the day.

I really need something like this. At least when I am blogging from home. (At work, most of these websites are blocked anyway). I sit down to blog, open a new tab, and then start browsing around: Facebook, Feedly, Facebook, Google Plus and Facebook again.

I eventually finish a post or two for Chrome Story, but I could very well use that wasted time to write my other blog, G This G That.

If you have the same problem, this extension can help you to some extend.

chrome extensions  StayFocusd Helps You Increase Productivity By Reducing Your Time on Time wasting Websites

It is highly configurable, allowing you to block or allow entire sites, specific subdomains, specific paths, specific pages, even specific in-page content (videos, games, images, forms, etc).

You should totally check out this one. Download from here.

GraphiTabs Lets You Manage Chrome Tabs in Style!

Want something to manage your Chrome tabs in style? GraphiTabs is here to help you! It searches, groups and suspends tabs in a tree view.

GraphiTabs helps to see the current browser state with a simple graphically structured tree. This tree is truly live – every branch & item within it can be changed in realtime mode. 

We have seen many other Chrome extensions trying to do this, but the difference here is the style. Plus, I see the possibility of these guys updating this extension often adding feature. They are additional settings and bookmark management options promised as “coming soon”

chrome extensions  GraphiTabs Lets You Manage Chrome Tabs in Style!

There are some handy instructions and hints dropped wherever required, which shows the care they have taken to make this as user friendly as possible. You get keyboard shortcuts too!

chrome extensions  GraphiTabs Lets You Manage Chrome Tabs in Style!

You can right click any tab on the tree view to close, suspend or open. You can click and drag the entire tree to zoom in and manage your tabs.

If you are someone who keep a LOT of tabs open while using Chrome, this is an extension that you might want to install and keep For others, I recommend you install, play with it and uninstall it, because it is worth checking out!

Download it from here.

via Lifehacker.

Use “Read Mode” for a Pleasant Reading Experience On Chrome

Between my Feedly account, Flipboard, and other websites that I regularly visit, I read a lot online these days. There are short articles and news items that I scan through, and longform articles that I save to my Pocket account to read later. ( Then there is books on Amazon and Google Play).

Read Mode is a good extension to have for all these.

Read Mode puts Google Chrome into read mode for a pleasant reading experience.

Just click on the glasses icon in the address bar, the current page will turn into a nice-to-read black on white page allowing you to read without forcing your eyes. Ads and Flash animations are also removed while on read-mode. Click the icon again and everything will go back to normal.

chrome extensions  Use Read Mode for a Pleasant Reading Experience On Chrome chrome extensions  Use Read Mode for a Pleasant Reading Experience On Chrome

There are many other popular extensions of course, this is nothing new, but I kind of liked the default presentation of this extension. It actually takes a lot of effort to stay simple!

Download it from here.

Get Ambient Noise on Your Chromebook with Elmnts, Works Offline

Looking for an ambient noise app for your Chromebook? Here is a perfect choice. Elmnts is a well designed ambient noise app that works offline. Here is some official literature to get you started:

Elmnts is an elegant ambient sound generator for improving focus and calm. Whether you’re studying, working, or just relaxing, the sounds of the elements make everything better.

Sounds included:

- Rain
- Fire
- Forest
- Water
- Coffee Shop
- Ocean

I tried two or three sounds together, and yes, it worked. Since there is volume control for each of these sounds, you can adjust it as you wish and make something of your choice.

chrome extensions  Get Ambient Noise on Your Chromebook with Elmnts, Works Offline

The apps works just as promised and looks very nice. If you are searching for an ambient noise app for your Chromebook, look no further.

Download it from here.

via OMG Chrome.

This Chrome Extension Exports Google Docs to WordPress Posts

I know that not many of you will need this extension, but as a blogger and WordPress fan, it is my duty to post about this extension :). Meet Send to WordPress, a Chrome extension that helps you send articles written on Google Docs to your WordPress blog.

Once the extension is installed, you can create a new WordPress post from a Google document by right clicking one or more documents and selecting“Open with” -> “Send to WordPress.” It’s that easy. And yes, all the formatting and images are preserved.

As a one time set up, you will need to enter details of your WordPress blog, including the password. You have the option to send the post to save as a draft or to publish immediately. You can also elect to use your theme’s text styles and add images as attachments. The images are uploaded to the media library of your WordPress blog.

chrome extensions  This Chrome Extension Exports Google Docs to WordPress Posts

I am worried about the additional classes etc that the extension might added to the article (almost like copy pasting from an MS Word document, or may be cleaner than that) You can always clean it up from the WordPress post editor, but that’s going to be time consuming.

chrome extensions  This Chrome Extension Exports Google Docs to WordPress Posts

This extension does not offer much functionality than the WordPress editor, (you don’t always need a full wordprocessor for blogging btw). So, how does this help you? As Sarah Gooding of WP Tavern noted, you can write posts, edit and organize them even when you are offline, or cannot access your blog.

If you are a WordPress user and Chrome fan, checkout this extension from here.

Source: WP Tavern, my favorite WordPress news source.

Google Classroom Extension for Chrome is Now Available from Web Store

Google Classroom is a content management system for schools that aims to simplify creating, distributing and grading assignments. It was introduced as a feature of Google Apps for Education following its public release on August 12, 2014 (Wiki)

Two days ago, Google started rolling out Classroom to all Google Apps for EDU customers. As a followup, the official Chrome Extension for Google Classroom was released today.

I am not sure about what extra features this extension will bring in. There is none mentioned on the Web Store. I will have to wait for someone from my readers to try this out and let me know!

chrome extensions  Google Classroom Extension for Chrome is Now Available from Web Store

Here is some official literature from the Web Store:

Classroom is a new tool in Google Apps for Education that helps teachers create and organize assignments quickly, provide feedback efficiently, and easily communicate with their classes. Classroom helps students organize their work in Google Drive, complete and turn it in, and communicate directly with their teachers and peers.

You can install this extension from here.

This Extension Shows You A Funny GIF Every Single Time You Open A New Tab

animatedTabs is cool. Totally cool. It just does one simple thing. Every time you open a new Chrome extension, it shows you a funny gif. It’s fast, simple and addictive as the developer says.

As Techcrunch notes, the extension brings these gifts mostly from reddit’s /r/gifs/. That means this is somewhat curated content, upvoted by Reddit users.

chrome extensions  This Extension Shows You A Funny GIF Every Single Time You Open A New Tab

I am going to keep this one on my Chromebook for a while. I installed it only few minutes ago, but I am already enjoying it. You can also give it a try from here.

“Green Mahjong” for Chrome, a Game App That Works Offline Too

I am not a gamer, I have said this hundred times here. So, here is a game that a friend recommended that I share with you all. I will stick to the official literature as usual chrome extensions  Green Mahjong for Chrome, a Game App That Works Offline Too

Green Mahjong is a solitaire Mahjong game. The goal is to match open pairs of identical tiles and remove them from the board, exposing the tiles under them for play.

chrome extensions  Green Mahjong for Chrome, a Game App That Works Offline Too

The game is finished when all pairs of tiles have been removed from the board or when there are no exposed pairs remaining.

Install it from here.

This Extension Plays Popular Songs from Chrome’s Toolbar

Want a music jukebox on your Chrome toolbar? Instant Music is a Chrome extension for just that!.

If you are behind the trend or too tired of looking for the music you want, Instant Music is the right music player for you. You can pick a genre of your choice, select a number of songs you want to listen to, and play right away. It’s like a jukebox for your browser except that it plays the latest famous songs instantly for free.

So, it does all the searching and finding a free streaming source (Youtube!) so that you can just sit back and enjoy! And yes, there are keyboard shortcuts for music control. Here:

Windows

  • Play/Pause: Ctrl + Shift + X
  • Next Song: Ctrl + Shift + Period
  • Previous Song: Ctrl + Shift + Comma
  • Repeat This: Ctrl + Shift + L

Default for Mac:

  • Play/Pause: Command + Shift + X
  • Next Song: Command + Shift + Period
  • Previous Song: Command + Shift + Comma
  • Repeat This: Command + Shift + L

chrome extensions  This Extension Plays Popular Songs from Chromes Toolbar

Here is a video demo to get you started.

Install the extension from here.

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