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Archive for June, 2010

My Google Chrome Extensions

Posted by lubosp on June 2, 2010

Intro

I started using Google Chrome browser (now using 5.0.375.55 beta) about 5 months ago after using Mozilla Firefox for quite a few years. Firefox 3.5+ started hanging (maybe extension?) so I decided to give Chrome a try. Here are the reasons why I decided to switch to Chrome:

  • Each Chrome tab and extension runs in separate process, so rogue web site or extension cannot take down the whole browser. Memory consumption of Chrome and Firefox is about the same, but Chrome is more robust and doesn’t hang.
  • Extensions are still better in Firefox, but Chrome is getting better and has most of the extensions I need, and Google stuff like Gmail, Reader, Voice, Calendar integration is better in Chrome (and I use a lot of Google tools).
  • Speed, javascript rich sites like Gmail are quite faster.
  • Screen real estate management is better in Chrome.
  • Faster development cycle for Chrome, and better chance Chrome will get better faster than Firefox.

List of Extensions I use

General

  • AdBlock – AdBlock for Chrome! Blocks ads all over the web
  • AniWeather – AniWeather = Animated Weather + Any Weather
  • Copy Without Formatting – Provides various ways (customizable keyboard shortcut, floating button, or auto-copy) to copy your selection WITHOUT formatting
  • Docs PDF/PowerPoint Viewer (by Google) – Automatically previews pdfs, powerpoint presentations, and other documents in Google Docs Viewer
  • FastestChrome – Browse Faster – Save time and enhance your productivity! Get quick definitions, auto-load next pages, search faster, and more
  • IE Tab – Display web pages using IE in a tab
  • LastPass – LastPass is a free password manager and form filler. LastPass is also available for Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari (Mac)
  • MegaUpload DownloadHelper – No More Countdowns – Automatic Downloads
  • Session Manager – Session Manager lets you save sessions of your opened tabs and windows, and to quickly re-open them whenever you like
  • Speed Dial – Speed Dial for Chrome – replace Chrome new tab with your predefined visual bookmarks

Google

Social

  • Facebook for Google Chrome – Extension which lets you read your Facebook news feed and wall. You can also post status updates.
  • Chromed Bird – Chromed Bird is a Twitter extension that allows you to follow your timelines and interact with your Twitter account
  • Diigo Web Highlighter and Bookmark – Highlight webpages with multiple colors as you read online. Also allow tagging and sticky notes
  • Xmarks Bookmarks Sync – Backup and sync your bookmarks and open tabs across computers and browsers. Xmarks is also available for Firefox, Safari and IE

Development

You can set a theme in Options/Personal Stuff/Themes/Get Theme…

You can import data from different browser in Options/Personal Stuff/Browser Data/Import Data from different browser

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