Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Useful Google Chrome Extensions

Over a period of time, I came across a couple of good Google chrome extensions that have helped me quite a bit in getting things done.

This post is nothing but just a short list of some really useful google chrome extensions that you might find useful if you are a developer or if you spend most of your time online working on Google Chrome and like to organize your stuff right from your browser window.

As a good practice, I mostly keep the extensions disabled and only enable the ones I need when i need them such as Awesome Screenshot or the Alarm clock. If you keep too many of these active, Chrome takes extra time to startup, which is something that none of us want.

Sometimes its just better to use different extensions in different chrome profiles and you can use each profile for a different purpose.

Here's the stuff that I use. Click on the titles to go to the extension in the chrome extension gallery. If you are aware of better alternatives to some of these, I would love to try them out, so don't hesitate to share the goodies!

Springpad is a free application that makes it quick and easy to take notes and save anything you want to remember - from tasks and lists to products, places, movies, recipes and more. Everything you save is automatically organized and enhanced with useful information for instant access on the web and on your phone

Download youtube videos in different formats. Such extensions keep on failing whenever there is a new update to youtube, so I am not sure if this one is still working at the time that you are reading this post. Remember to check the user comments before installing this extension.

Capture the whole page or any portion, annotate it with rectangles, circles, arrows, lines and text, blur sensitive info, one-click…

Add the current page to your Instapaper List
Similar to pocket. A single click on the icon will save the current page to your Instapaper unread list. A double click will take you to the Instapaper unread list. is an intuitive and easy to use online Todo list, and Task Manager. It helps you to get organized, and to get things done.

Easy to use world clock. Find time for global meetings easily. Do time zone conversions among cities intuitively.

Receive notifications and quickly access everything you love about Facebook with Facebook Lite for Chrome.

+1 and share a web page, anywhere you go on the web.

Easily check Google Calendar and add new events from websites you visit.

View definitions easily as you browse the web.
With this extension, you can:

  1. Double-click any word to view its definition in a small pop-up bubble.
  2. View the complete definition of any word or phrase using the toolbar dictionary.

Quickly send email from the address bar using GMail™!
OmniMail helps you send emails faster! Easily start new emails from the address bar/omnibox.

Pocket Extension for Google Chrome – The best way to save articles, videos and more
When you find something on the web that you want to view later, put it in Pocket. It automatically syncs to your phone, tablet or computer so you can view it at any time, even without an internet connection.

Allows you to upload a pdf version of the current page to your Google Docs using the pdfcrowd service.
This extension's purpose is to make it easy to save a web page to your Google Docs.

A clock with two configurable alarms that will play a sound and speak a phrase of your choice.
This extension gives you a handy and fun alarm clock that's at your fingertips whenever you're running Chrome!
Two separate alarms, with handy controls to adjust by 5-minute intervals - or type any exact time with 1-minute precision.

Runs Windows Live Messenger in Google Chrome.Connect with friends and family with Windows Live Messenger (MSN Messenger). Sign in with Windows Live ID and chat with your friends. This one has a good sound alert

YAGBE - Displays Google Bookmarks in a tree. Supports nested labels, searching, sorting, creating, and managing Google Bookmarks.

Quick and easy notes for Chrome : Sticky Notes is a Chrome app that locally stores all your notes in a single tab. It auto saves on every letter, so you don't have to worry about losing something because your computer crashed and you didn't click Save - it's already done for you!

Checker Plus for Gmail
Displays new emails and the sender's contact photo, get desktop notifications or even listen, read or delete them without opening a tab.

Happy Programming :)
Signing Off