My Top Ten Google Chrome Browser Extensions I Can’t Live Without

October 14, 2014

I was at a dead end this morning in deciding what to write about when the answer was staring right back at me. I spend a great deal of time reviewing software, hardware, apps, browser extensions, etc…; many of which I end up using and can’t live without. One such category of things I can’t live with out is my Google Chrome Browser Extensions. I have exactly 10 extensions installed; therefore, these are “My Top Ten Google Chrome Browser Extensions I Can’t Live Without”.

I thought I would share these extensions with you to see what you think:


Calculator – This is, in my opinion, the best calculator out there that be readily accessed from the extension toolbar. This is a standard calculator with a great productivity feature:  You can put the result directly into the field you are currently on with a single click.  No cutting and pasting required!

Calculator


Cool Clock – An extension fully loaded with tons of useful time-related features… But the best part is, it is totally COOL.

Cool Clock


Forecastfox – Forecastfox delivers international weather from AccuWeather.com. Features include: severe weather alerts, radar, current conditions, 7-day forecast, details for each day, recent locations quick switch, and links to hourly forecasts and more details

Forcastfox


WOT (Web of Trust) – I install this on every PC I have to help protect the PC from visiting malicious web sites. WOT is a website reputation and review service that helps you make informed decisions about whether to trust a website or not when you are searching, shopping or surfing online.

WOT - Web of Trust


Pocket – This is “must have” extension. 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. Once you start using this you will not be able to put it down.

Pocket


Pushbullet – To fully appreciate Pushbullet you need to install it on all of your devices (computers, smartphones and tablets). This browser extension and app gives you the ability to push files, notes, messages to and from your devices. Pushbullet also will automatically show you all of your phone’s notifications right on your computer. This means you can see who’s calling or read and reply to text messages even if your phone is on silent or in another room.

Pushbullet


Hangouts – Google+ Hangouts brings one-on-one and group conversations to life with photos, emoji, and video calls for free. Connect with friends across computers, Android and Apple devices.

Hangouts


OneNote Clipper – OneNote is developed by Microsoft and is available for different platforms. It is the easiest way to save anything on the web to OneNote in just one click. It’s like your camera for the web.

OneNote


ScribeFire – An easy-to-use blog editor lets you post to all of your blogs. ScribeFire is the editor that I use to create and post my blog articles.Once you learn how to use ScribeFire you will find it is a real timesaver.

ScribeFire


Awesome Screenshot: Capture and Annotate – Capture the whole page or any portion, annotate screenshot, blur sensitive info, one-click upload to share.

Awesome Screenshot


Quick Note – The Brain Fart Class Of Note Keeping

October 13, 2014

In the heavyweight class of note keeping apps, we have Evernote and OneNote that are exceptional in that they can perform a higher level of note keeping that are best suited when researching something or we want to store something of importance (for future reference).

In the lightweight class of note keeping we have Google Keep, that is exceptional in that you can keep notes in a manner for which we keep sticky notes (for grocery lists, to do lists, reminders, etc…), that are at a lower level of importance, but we feel necessary in order for us to exist.

Each of these heavy weight and light weight apps can be quickly accessed from all of our computing platforms (such as the Windows and the Android platforms); but, did you know that there is another class of note keeping called the “brain fart” class of notekeeping?

The brain fart a class of notekeeping is where you need to make notes quickly (on the fly), as they come to mind and are only around for the short term. This is the class of note keeping where another note keeping app called Quick Note comes into the picture.  Quick Note is like having a piece of paper and pencil with you at all times; and, in appearance, Quick Note looks just like the canary yellow ruled line notepads that we all have used at one time or another.

Quick Note

Quick Note is installed as a Google Chrome App that you can make a shortcut to so that your Quick Note notepad is easily and quickly accessible at all times. To use Quick Note you need to sign up for a diigo.com account so that you never lose your notes, as they are then synchronized (and stored) to your diigo.com account.

Quick Note is especially designed for lightweight note-taking. You can use it as a simple notepad,  scratchpad, clipboard, or to record todo lists. 

★ Quick to add and edit ~ Add note in the app or from right-click menu

★ Quick to search ~ Instant search for all notes

★ Quick to access ~ One-click to access your notes

★ Sync to cloud and access your notes anywhere


Nimbus Screenshot – Probably The Best Browser Screen Capture Extension In The Google Chrome Store

October 12, 2014

As a blog writer it is necessary to have a good screen capture application available. Probably the best screen capture extension in the Google Chrome Store right now is Nimbus Screenshot: Capture and Annotate.

Nimbus Screenshot: Capture and Annotate

Nimbus Screenshot fits in well with ScribeFire, that is also a Chrome browser extension, that I use to draft my blog articles. With both of these extensions in place, all articles that I compose are performed directly in my browser (Google Chrome and/or Chromium) making my writing experience much more pleasant, efficient, and faster.

Nimbus Screenshot gives you the ability to capture a whole Web page (snipping tool), a part of it or the whole browser window. Built in is an optional editor, with a very user-friendly interface, where you can edit your captures, crop your images; AND, add text (or comments), lines, arrows, circles, rectangles, etc… When done you can save your screenshots to your Google Drive or Nimbus account. The free Nimbus account allows you to save up to 100 mbs of data a month.

As a side note, which I need to explore further; Nimbus also offers, in a addition to the Google Chrome browser extension, a screen capture app for the Windows, Android, and Firefox platforms.


Another Awesome Google Chrome Weather Extension

October 3, 2014

If you read my earlier post, A Five Star Weather Extension For Google Chrome, I was quite excited to come across the Google Chrome browser extension called YoWindow Weather. This excitement, as it usually does, lead me to look at, and explore, other weather browser extension options (for Google Chrome).

One thing I am leanring, and it just may be me, when performing a search at the Google Chrome Web Store, for “weather” as an example, you do not get a good search result. After noticing this, I went in another direction, using the Google Search Engine and came across this gem of a weather browser extension, called Forecastfox.

Forecastfox

Forecastfox apparently is a favorite extension of Firefox users and was eventually piped over to Chrome. Forecastfox is very nicely done in bringing you weather stats (through the AccuWeather.com service).

Features of this weather extension are:

- severe weather alerts

- radar

- current conditions

- 7-day forecast

- details for each day

- recent locations quick switch

- links to hourly forecasts and more details


Google Keep Has Become One Of My Favorite Apps

September 27, 2014

If you are familiar with sticky notes, then you need to take a look at Google Keep. Google Keep is Google’s electronic version of sticky notes. With Google Keep you can create notes quickly and easily; AND, since it is a Google Application you can sync your notes using your Google account. This means you can get to your notes from virtually anywhere (i.e. Android Phone, Android Tablet, Android Wearable, and through the Google Chrome Web App on the internet).

I have thoroughly tested (and used) Google Keep since its’ inception; making it one of my favorite applications.

Google Keep

Initially when Google released Google Keep there was a lot of hype comparing it to the popular notekeeping app called Evernote. To me this was a inaccurate comparison. Evernote is at the more comprehensive level of note keeping, whereas Google Keep is at the  basic level of note keeping (such as grocery lists, check lists, products you want to remember, and the list goes on and on). The more I use Google Keep, the more I love it.

To get you started, Google Keep for the Google Chrome Browser is available [here] and Google Keep for the Android tablet and smartphone platforms is available [here]

Features:

Notes & lists in Google Keep – You can create notes on the go with Google Keep on your Android phone or tablet, on your Android wearable, and on your browser. You can pick colorful notes, make a check list, insert a picture and can create an archive to keep old notes

Reminders in Google Keep – You can add time and location reminders to new and existing notes in Google Keep.

Search & sync in Google Keep – Your notes are automatically synced to Google so you can view them on other devices and the web.


Use Ctrl + H in Google Chrome To Access and Manage Your Browsing History

September 13, 2014

If you use the Google Chrome Web Browser, hold down the “Ctrl” key on your keyboard and hit the “H” key… This hotkey combination makes it easy to view your history (for the past 90 days) and to manage various aspects of it, such as “clearing your browsing history” and managing the history on any of your other google account signed-in devices.

Chrome - Browsing History

Use the History page to view a list of websites you’ve ever visited in the last 90 days while using Google Chrome in standard mode. This page doesn’t store pages from secure websites, those you’ve visited in incognito mode, or those you’ve deleted from your browsing history. If you’re signed in to Chrome on multiple devices you will see your browsing history from those signed-in devices. Any changes that you make to your history on one device will be synced to your other signed-in devices automatically.

 


Awesome Screenshot (Capture and Annotate) Google Chrome Browser Extension (Five Star Rating)

September 9, 2014

As a blogger I often use a screen capture program to grab screenshots to use in my postings. Most screen capture programs I use are locally installed Windows programs; however, lately I have been using the Google Chrome browser extension called Awesome Screenshot (Capture and Annotate) to grab screenshots to post in Scribefire which is the editor I use to draft my posts.

One of my goals in my blog drafting and posting is to solely find ways to use my browser to do all the work, without relying on locally installed software. Using Awesome Screenshot (Capture and Annotate) and Scribefire together, which is also a browser extension, is bringing me closer to that goal.

Awesome Screenshot One thing I want to point out about Awesome Screenshot (Capture and Annotateis that it is one of the highest rated browser extensions, with approximately 1.3 million users, at the Chrome Web Store, which speaks highly of this application.

 Capture the whole page or any portion, annotate screenshot, blur sensitive info, one-click upload to share.

Capture

1. Capture or clip selected area, or all visible portion, or entire page

2. Support  PNG format

3  Support  horizontal scroll when capturing

Annotate & Edit

1.Annotate it with rectangles, circles, arrows, lines and text

2.Crop and scroll & Show crop area dimension

3. Use eraser to hide sensitive information

4. Copy the screenshot  and paste it to gmail etc. Support Windows and Linux.

Save & Share

1. Save to Local

2. One-click to upload to awesomescreenshot.com and get a shareable link

3. Support Google Drive (Gdrive) Now.

3. Save very large image, by pass the 2M limit. No crash any more.

 


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