Sport & Auto
- About Future
- Digital Future
- Cookies Policy
- Terms & Conditions
- Investor Relations
- Contact Future
We've been treading in the waters of Google Chrome extensions since their "official" release to the browser's beta channel a few months back. With the number of legitimate Chrome extensions now pushing the 1,500 mark, it's about time for this relatively new soldier on the Web browser battlefield to get its own spotlight. Chrome extensions are here to stay--as well they should be. A number of excellent carryovers from Firefox's extensive add-on library have joined forces with a fresh batch of Chrome-only extensions to create a sizeable number of tweaks, hacks, and plug-ins for your enhanced browsing pleasure.
The inaugural extension in the weekly "Chrome Extension of the week" series does its part to reduce your daily repetition with whatever Web tasks you frequent. Sound confusing? I'd hate to spoil the story by saying that this extension allows you to record and play macros for whatever it is you do on the Internet, but I guess I just kind of did. The extension's called iMacros for Chrome, and its name does an excellent job of conveying just what this helpful little add-on does to your general browsing experience. Quickly fill out Web forms, perform usability testing, run a ton of searches, login to Web sites... the possibilities are limited only by your imagination!
As is the case with most extensions, iMacros for Chrome drops a little icon in the upper-right corner of your browser near your address bar. It's here where you'll tell the extension that you're ready to record, stop, or play any given macro. The macros themselves are saved as bookmark files, an ingenious twist that allows you to share your recorded macros between computers using Google's built-in synchronization features. You can even share your "bookmarks" using conventional URL shortening services if you want to give your iMacros for Chrome-enabled friends a taste of what you've been cooking up.
Maximum PC picks one new Chrome extension as its favorite of the week each... week. Have a nifty extension that you can't live without? Twitter David Murphy @acererak with your latest suggestions.