That’s the first thing I said upon installing the Google Chrome extension, “Ozone,” because there’s simply no way around it: This extension is search to the extreme, period.
What do I mean by that?
Suppose you want to search for the name, “Nathan Edwards,” across a whole host of sites. Perhaps you’re interested in all the articles he’s written, or maybe you want to pull him up on Facebook or Wikipedia, or maybe even—god forbid—he’s acted in a movie you really like. Or maybe you sent him a Gmail that you need to look up. Or maybe you want to research his life on Linkedin.
Sounds like quite a task, eh? Good thing that Ozone can do it all... at the same time!
That’s exactly what I was thinking shortly after I installed this week’s “Extension of the Week” for Google Chrome. And what prompted my decision to fire up the extension “Scrollbar Anywhere?” One of those godforsaken/annoying/why websites where, instead of vertically scrolling down the page like 98% of every other site on the ‘net, I was instead forced to move horizontally in an attempt to please a designer’s inner struggle to, “do things differently.”
Scrollbar Anywhere not only the perfect extension for anyone with an oldschool mouse sans wheel, it’s also a pretty nifty extension for, well, anyone who doesn’t like being limited to a mere single direction in their movement. Here’s why. Scroll Anywhere transforms your right mouse button—or the left or center button, depending on your personal preference—into a trigger switch for maximum scrollin’.
Google Chrome has a proverbial treasure chest of options hiding beneath its surface. But it’s not as if many of these configuration screens and information windows are just thrown out there on one of Chrome’s drop-down menus. No, Google makes its advanced users do things the hard way: Manually remembering and entering various about: strings into the browser’s address bar in order to access “the fancier stuff.”
At least, that was the case until the awesome extension ChromeAccess walked its way into our lives. Goodbye, typed commands; hello easy-to-access drop-down menu for all of Chrome’s secret innerworkings!
If you aren’t a huge Gmail user, feel free to skip the next few paragraphs or so. That’s a not-so-subtle warning about this week's Chrome Extension of the Week, as it’s a super-useful add-on that allows you to climb deeper into the depths of your ever-expanding Gmail Inbox. Go figure, it’s called, “Graph Your Inbox.”
Unfortunately, the extension only works for Gmail and Gmail alone—sorry, other email services. But if you’re one of the proud users of good ol’ Google mail, you’ll be able to use this extension to see exactly how many different kinds of emails you’re receiving over days, months, and years. Think of it as… a kind of Excel chart for your inbox.
Here we go, Web developers. I know we all hate the ritual process of testing the look and feel of a site in different resolutions. I, for one, get the foul taste of bile in my mouth whenever I have to consider designing a site for ya'all still trapped on 1024-by-768 displays. Ugh.
Of course, I'll be darned if I'm going to try and measure my browser window to make sure that I'm rendering everything at the correct size these lesser resolutions call for. Which is exactly why one of the first add-ons I go searching for when installing a new browser is the ol' "Make My Browser Whatever Size I Want Automatically" plugin. In Chrome's case, it's called Resolution Test.
As I mentioned in my previous Firefox Add-on of the Week, it's World Cup time here in the ol', er, world. And just as there's a handy add-on or two for those interesting in keeping up with the latest scores and information via their Mozilla-based browser, so is there an equivalent way to stay on top of the World Cup through Google Chrome.
Just like before, I'm going to take a quick look at two different extensions for the browser. Unlike my choices for Firefox, however, there aren't any prettied-up or theme-changing elements to go around this time. It's nothing but pure soccer in this week's batch of extensions--whether you want to watch stats or watch the games directly, you're covered.
Whoops! Closed that tab. Not to fear--you can immediately reopen tab after tab, in order of their departure, by merely holding down shift+control and tapping the "t" key on your keyboard within Google Chrome. Easy, right?
Now, what happens if you want suddenly want to reopen a tab that you closed a few iterations ago? It seems kind of pointless (and arduous) to open eight different tabs to get to the one you wanted, only to have to reclose the additional seven just to rid them from your browser tabs for good. Too much work, if you ask me! And that's just where the extension Sexy Undo Close Tab comes into play. Heck, with a name like that, it's just hard to resist this add-on's... appeal.
I can't count the number of times that a Web site prompts me to have some kind of Eureka! moment. If I read a slammin' review, I have to tell myself to investigate said product at my local retailer of choice. If I read an awesome article, I have to remind myself to consider subscribing to the magazine at some point in the future. If I see a really funny cat, well, I want to make note of what I can do to make my own cat look just as silly.
It's not very fun to keep a running Word document open to collect all these thoughts. Nor--heaven forbid--would I ever turn to the archaic concept of a yellow sticky note or manual notepad. Blegh. Thankfully, the Google Chrome extension Note Anywhere keeps me away from the Stone Age of note-taking by dropping the digital equivalent of said sticky notes right into my browser. And, yes, these notes stay with the given Web page I stick them on. That's just plain cool.
One of the hardest elements of Google Chrome I had to come to terms with, upon switching to the browser after years of using Firefox, was its lack of support for session management. I'm a pretty prolific user of tabs--I usually keep hordes of tabbed windows open at any given time as a sort of "bookmark but not really" method for reminding myself to check out said sites once I have a little bit more time.
However, this lifestyle isn't without its flaws. A browser crash here, an errant reset there, or some silly screw-up on my part (like closing the main browser window that's full of tabs before closing an ancillary pop-up window) has often brought forth heartache. Tabs disappear. An entire week's worth of browsing and collecting (or hording) vanishes within seconds. Tears are shed. Information is forever lost.
Chrome hasn't been the best of browsers when it comes to tab management... but all that's about to change thanks to one, simple extension!
A recent litany of comments to various Maximum PC articles reminded me of a particular extension for Google Chrome that is, hands-down, one of the best add-ons you can possibly grab for the browser. And I'm totally serious this time. This extension doesn't wiggle the screen, play dumb music, or otherwise summon some kind of cutesy effect overtop your browsing session.
The extension, After the Deadline, is a comprehensive spelling- and grammar-checking application that will help you turn any hunk of normal, crudely written prose into something that will look like it was typed by 900 monkeys sitting in a room (Shakespeare). The only sticking point to this super-helpful extension is that it allegedly works best in the beta versions of Chrome. I tried it in the "common" version of the Chome, however, and couldn't find any issues to report.