Chrome’s Great Extensions

July 18, 2010 by · Comments Off on Chrome’s Great Extensions
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Adding extensions is pretty much like creating your own browser that suits you best. Each user has its own likes and dislikes, and you can try and see which ones are applicable to your diverse needs and distinctive taste.

Extensions let users customize Google Chrome with features and functionality that they like the most and are helpful to them. They also make various applications useful by providing quick access directly from the browser toolbar.  There are different types of extensions that you can find in the extensions gallery.

But, choosing extensions is a bit of a challenge. How do you choose from a huge variety of Chrome’s extensions available right now?  If you are not very familiar with Chrome or not that internet savvy, you will simply be lost about what extensions to install. Should you choose the featured, popular or top-rated ones found in the gallery?

Listed below are some of the favorite extensions of the Chrome team. If you are still confused and overwhelmed by the great number of extensions to choose from, read this list and start using Chrome as a pro.

  • Opinion Cloud: Summarizes comments on YouTube videos and Flickr photos to provide an  overview of the crowd’s overall opinion.
  • Google Voice: All sorts of helpful Voice features directly from the browser. See how many messages you have, initiate calls and texts, or call numbers on a site by clicking on them.
  • AutoPager: Automatically loads the next page of a site. You can just scroll down instead of having to click to the next page.
  • Turn Off the Lights: Fades the page to improve the video-watching experience.
  • Google Dictionary: Double-click any word to see its definition, or click on the icon in the address bar to look up any word.
  • After the Deadline: Checks spelling, style, and grammar on your emails, blog, tweets, etc.
  • Invisible Hand: Does a quick price check and lets you know if the product you are looking at is available at a lower price elsewhere.
  • Secbrowsing: Checks that your plug-ins (e.g. Java, Flash) are up to date.
  • Tineye: Image search utility to find exact matches (including cropped, edited, or re-sized images).
  • Slideshow: Turns photo sites such as Flickr, Picasa, Facebook, and Google Images into slideshows.
  • Google Docs/PDF Viewer: Automatically previews pdfs, powerpoint presentations, and other documents in Google Docs Viewer.
  • Readability: Reformat the page into a single column of text.
  • Chromed Bird: A nice Twitter viewing extension.
  • Feedsquares: Cool way of viewing your feeds via Google Reader.
  • ScribeFire: Full-featured blog editor that lets you easily post to any of your blogs.
  • Note Anywhere: Digital post-it notes that can be pasted and saved on any webpage.
  • Instant Messaging Notifier: IM on multiple clients.
  • Remember the Milk: The popular to-do app.
  • Extension.fm: Turns the web into a music library.

Google Mail Extension in Google Chrome

February 7, 2010 by · Comments Off on Google Mail Extension in Google Chrome
Filed under: Chrome, Gmail 

With the arrival of Gmail extension in Google Chrome, many users are very much excited and relieved. Now, you do not have to check your inbox over and over again to see if one of your important emails or messages has arrived.

What are extensions? Extensions are tiny programs that let you add new features and functions to your browser. You can see Google Mail extension as a small button added next to your Google Chrome address bar. What better way to customize your browsing experience as well as checking your emails without so much hassle but this Gmail extension. It definitely provides you an updated indicator of unread or new messages in your inbox as well as lets you access your inbox in just one easy click.

You can also make Gmail your default email application with the Send from Gmail Extension. It also lets you open a compose window if you click any email address on the webpage.

There are also other amazing Gmail extensions available now that you can check out. To give these several extensions a try, all you have to do is download Google Chrome and you’re good to go.

Is Google Chrome The Future Of Web Browsing?

October 22, 2009 by · Comments Off on Is Google Chrome The Future Of Web Browsing?
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Google Chrome has been out for a year and it is the fourth most popular web browser in usage share. Google designed the browser to be simple and easy to use. The Graphic user interface is minimalist with few clutters and refreshing layout. Like all of its contemporaries, it is a tabbed browser so changing website is fast and has added a twist of its own as its tab is independent from another tab.

Some people find it user friendly. For example, you can navigate and search the web from the same box. As you type in the Address / Search Bar the letter of the item you want to search, a dropdown bar pops with some suggestions and you can click your desired website.  Although, there are users who find this confusing because they are used to searching topics in a separate Search Box.

The Chrome has much space for the actual web content and it loads webpage faster in some independent reviews. Another feature that many internet users like about Chrome is the adoptive homepage. It lists your frequent visited website in thumbnails or in a list so all you can do is to select and click.

Security is beef up in this browser. It updates itself regularly to prevent phishing and malware attack. It also warns user about harmful websites that you want to visit. It has also some complex security feature that prevents malware in installing itself. A private browsing is also present in what Google calls Incognito mode. In this mode, after you close your browser, all traces like cookies or information history is deleted. One excellent feature of this browser is the download interface. It is also clean and minimalist.

Google Chrome is still in its infancy stage unlike other dominant browsers such as Internet Explorer or Firefox. It is not perfect, but I think that the future looks bright with regards to this browser.

Themes on Google Chrome

September 18, 2009 by · Comments Off on Themes on Google Chrome
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Finally, after a year it was released, Google Chrome are offering new themes! It won’t be that boring interface anymore.  You can change it to something hip, sophisticated, or into another simple-looking theme but a different color.

Star Gazing Theme

Star Gazing Theme

Late Night Theme

Late Night Theme

Download and install first Chrome (stable release or beta version) on your computer. If needed, restart your PC.*

After the installation process and you check Chrome again, you will notice it’s new tab page interface. You are now ready to change the theme!

  • Click the wrench bar
  • Go to Options. A small window will pop out.
  • On this window, choose Personal Stuff which is the second tab. You will see at the bottom the options for Themes. Click Get Themes link, just right after Reset to Default Theme button.
  • Themes that you can choose from will be displayed on a separate tab on the browser. Just apply the theme you like, and the theme will change after the theme is loaded.
Theme Page

Theme Page

Congrats your browser has a new look!

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*I gave up installing Chrome because it kept saying an error occurred. However, after I restarted the computer and checked the browser again, I was surprised to see the new tab page.

Google Chrome in the Speed of Light

September 7, 2008 by · Comments Off on Google Chrome in the Speed of Light
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The reason I went Firefox 3 on my new PC just recently is to feel the rush of having a browser that leaf through web pages at the speed of light, sadly it’s a dim lighted alley full of tumbleweed in a not-so-sunny afternoon. That’s why I feel so exhilarated when finally I have my hands over this new browser in town that everyone is frantic about—The Google Chrome.

Never mind the other features but the speed alone makes you glued to your seat and wanting to browse more web pages like you’ve never done before. Although the absence of add on and extensions makes you reminisce your old love with Firefox, I’m quite sure the Google team behind this hype wouldn’t let up this Beta version to be a Beta forever unless those people is fond of idiosyncrasy.

Google chrome’s features are clean, professional and crisp. Spotless as it may seem, it’s quite functional in every step, you can toggle tabs left and right—most useful for multi tasking geniuses out there. And for those regular Einstein of secretive world, Chrome has this incognito page where you can leave no trace of your browsing prowess for the FBI, CIA, Interpol or your mother in law to trace. Yep, cookies and registries are never recorded as you browse through incognito mode; bookmarks are never saved in that method unless you get back to the ordinary browsing page. That I think sets Chrome apart from the other browser around the Cyber World.

There is one disappointment though, no Google toolbar yet available for chrome, and how much I needed those page rank feature of Google toolbar, in short, Firefox is still handy pending the full version of Google Chrome. Most of Internet Explorer 8 and Firefox 3 features can be found in Google Chrome plus the fact that it is almost 5 times faster than the two makes it a winner.

Try experiencing clicking a new tab and you will be amazed by the number of screenshots you have recently browsed displayed on that page, so getting back to your favourite page is never that tough, plus the fact that recently bookmarked and imported from Firefox pages are also being displayed at the right column makes the Chrome more organized.

Google Chrome can also handle HTML lightning quickly and can grip dynamic content in a crash proof mode without the worry of stammering between words, not bad for a beta version.

I think the secret to the new innovation Google has employed to Chrome is the well balanced features of the browser, I mean let’s admit it everything on the Google Chrome is not original, bits and pieces came from Firefox 3, IE8 or Safari but Google team make it a point to use a weighing scale to put into equilibrium the whole process. In philosophical world, Google chrome is the Aristotle with wisdoms coming from Plato and Socrates.