Category: Google Chrome Apps & Extensions (page 2 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.

Tweak Google Play Music on Chrome with “Better Music”

Here is a handy Chrome extension for Google Play Music users. Named “Better Music for Google Play Music™”, it adds a bunch of new features to Google Play Music;  scrobbling, toast notifications, play controls, and more.

According to the developer, “Better Music is a tool to help get more from your Google Play Music™. Better Music extension adds controls, toast notifications, scrobbling and Last.FM support, mini player, global keyboard shortcuts, and lyrics to Google Play Music™ in any Chrome tab or window. More yet to come.”

chrome extensions  Tweak Google Play Music on Chrome with Better Music

Here is the official list of features:

• Playback controls (Play/Pause, Skip, Reverse, Shuffle, and Repeat) in the button on the browser bar
• Songs scrobbling (option to turn on/off)
• Opportunity to “love” songs on Last.FM
• Google Play Music™ thumbs up/down
• Desktop notifications (toasts) for changing songs (option to turn off)
• Persistent mini player in options panel (notifications still happen unless toggled off)
• Playlist switching (autoplay on switch) in miniplayer and popup (browser button) windows

To try this extension, download it from here.

Official Pinterest Tab Extension Helps You Start Your Day With a Little Inspiration

I uninstall most of the extensions after I test them or write about them. Only a very few get a full time position. Bing wallpaper for Chromebook was one of them. Now, I have one such extension for my new tab page.

With Pinterest Tab, each new window opens with an inspiring full-color Pin. You choose what Pins you see: architecture, gardening, great moments in sports…whatever you want. And your calendar’s there, too, so you’re all organized and ready to kick off your day.

Every day, you are asked choose a topic of interest to show inspirational photos from. There are design, photography, cute, and cats etc.

chrome extensions  Official Pinterest Tab Extension Helps You Start Your Day With a Little Inspiration

And then, you get to see beautiful stuff curated by Pinterest. That’s pretty much it.

There is a small area at the bottom of the page where the time and a welcome message (Good morning/afternoon/evening) is displayed.

From the top right corner, you can always change the topic of the day by clicking the + button, or refresh within the current topic for a new picture.

If you like what you see, there is an easy way to pin it to one of your boards, easily accessible from the bottom right corner.

chrome extensions  Official Pinterest Tab Extension Helps You Start Your Day With a Little Inspiration

Good one Pinterest. If you had made an extension that lets me pin stuff, I would have never installed it, but you got me with this one!

Install it from here.

CSS Shapes Editor for Chrome is an Incredible Interactive Editor for CSS Shapes

Developer news, but you will surely enjoy the video that I have included here even if you are not a developer. Read on!

As the developer saysCSS Shapes are meant to be used in the browser context where it’s easy to see how they interact with other elements on the page in various configurations. With this tool, developer Razvan Caliman wants make this possible.

The extension adds a new sidebar to the DevTools Elements panel called “Shapes”. It offers controls to create and edit CSS Shapes values like polygon(), circle() and ellipse() on the selected element.

chrome extensions  CSS Shapes Editor for Chrome is an Incredible Interactive Editor for CSS Shapes

Here is a video demo:

Install this from here.

Blipshot for Chrome Makes Full Page Screenshots with a Single Click

If you read one of recent posts and uninstalled the Awesome Screenshot extension, here is one alternative that you can try. This however does not offer all those features, but if you are into making full page screenshots (full, including the scroll) this extension is the right pick.

Official literature:

Blipshot is a one-click screenshot extension: just click on the icon and the page screenshot will be created: you can then drag’n’drop it wherever you want.
Why wasting time if you just want a screenshot? chrome extensions  Blipshot for Chrome Makes Full Page Screenshots with a Single Click

This extension is from Davide Casali of Automattic, the company I would LOVE to work for (they make WordPress among other cool stuff). So, I can safely recommend this one as Matt did.

chrome extensions  Blipshot for Chrome Makes Full Page Screenshots with a Single Click

So again, if you are into full page screenshots, install Blipshot from here.

 

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.