A new Chrome extension turns Google Tasks into its own full-screen thing. The aptly named “Full Screen for Google Tasks” gives you a bigger and better interface that Google should have provided in the first place, though it isn’t perfect.
Google Chrome is an excellent browser (PRO); but, at the same time, it is a data collection software apparatus that reveals a lot about you (CON) through your browsing history (and other means). Google Chrome is also key when it comes to owning a Chromebook where the operating system is Google Chrome. What I have found that people do not understand all of this and do not know you can go into the settings in Google Chrome to clean out the history, cookies, etc… that are the tidbits of information that reveals where you have been on the internet. Going through these steps to clear out this data can also be a pain, even for the seasoned user.
The solution that I use, on my Windows computer and my Chromebook, to protect my privacy (and recommend) is a Chrome browser extension called “History Eraser“. Once installed, you simply click on the eraser icon, on the toolbar, then click on “Run Eraser”. It doesn’t get any easier than that and I can guarantee you will see a performance boost, especially if you have not done any browser cleaning in a very long time or at all. I usually run this following each browser session.
There are other settings in “History Eraser” to look at, as well. For example, I placed a “checkmark” next to “Close All Tabs Before Cleaning” to reduce the memory load and to ensure the cleaning process is accurately performed. You will also see “Easy-Medium-Hard” buttons at the bottom of the window. My advice for folks at home is to leave it at the default settings and you will be good to go. The more advanced buttons are more technical in nature and may only get you into trouble.
If you look at the screenshot above you will see that “History Eraser” (by the default settings), cleans out many items and will do it safely. I have been using this software (browser extension) for a very long time and it has worked well for me.
Source: HotCleaner – History Eraser
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Microsoft now offers a layer of protection for Google Chrome through a browser extension called ‘Windows Defender Browser Protection“. If you are particularly concerned about malicious links then this extension will provide an extra safeguard.
The Windows Defender Browser Protection extension helps protect you against online threats, such as links in phishing emails and websites designed to trick you into downloading and installing malicious software that can harm your computer.
If you click a malicious link in an email or navigate to a site designed to trick you into disclosing financial, personal or other sensitive information, or a website that hosts malware, Windows Defender Browser Protection will check it against a constantly updated list of malicious URLs known to Microsoft.
If the malicious link matches one on the list, Windows Defender Browser Protection will show a red warning screen letting you know that the web page you are about to visit is known to be harmful, giving you a clear path back to safety with one click.
For those of you who use the Google Chrome browser, “Shortcuts for Google” is a good browser extension that will help increase your productivity. This extension serves as a launcher (that can be customized) to display Google™ shortcuts as buttons in a space-saving popup next to your address bar. Reach services like Gmail, Google Drive, Google Maps, Google Calendar, and many more in just two clicks from your browser. The extension includes more than 500 Google services and websites. What sold me on this extension was not only the option to get to my favorite Google services but the option to create buttons to my favorite URL’s (or websites), like Facebook, my local newspaper, etc…
Came across a browser extension called Browser Guard (by Malwarebytes) that was actually introduced in July 2018 but is the first I have actually installed it, as a Google Chrome browser extension. It is also available as a Firefox browser extension, as well.
What drew me to this was a recent Malwarebytes news article on how “Browser Guard combats privacy abuse, tracking, clickbait, and scammers“; AND, that Browser Guard has the best protection among competitive browser security offerings, blocking 98.07 percent of malware.
Browser Guard, a free extension, blocks unwanted ads and trackers that intrude upon users’ privacy, while also protecting against clickbait and scams. The extension prevents browser hijackers, lockers, and annoying and sometimes malicious pop-ups, all known scare tactics to trap consumers in tech support scams, exposing them to unwanted content and forcing them into purchasing unnecessary, expensive technical support.
Source: Malwarebytes – Browser Guard
I have been waiting for something like this for quite a while and it appears Google has made picture-in-picture a reality when using their Google Chrome web browser. If you use the Google Chrome browser, Picture-in-Picture (PiP) allows you to watch videos in a floating window (always on top of other windows) so you can keep an eye on what you’re watching while interacting with other sites, or applications. For example, I can watch CBS News live, in a small window, while exploring other web sites.
To make this work, you will need to install the Picture-in-Picture browser extension from the Google Chrome Store. Once installed you will see the icon for Picture-in-Picture on the toolbar. Visit a site, such as YouTube, start a video, then click on the Picture-in-Picture icon and watch the magic happen.
Below is a video to give you a visual on how this works… — Rick @ What’s On My PC
Source: Picture-in-Picture (by Google)
Most of our computer experience these days is spent in our web browser. Being creatures of habit we typically will visit the same pages on a daily basis. This is where iChrome comes into the picture in helping you become more productive in creating a personalized and customized dashboard that is the launching point to your world-wide-web… Rick @ What’s On My PC
iChrome is a Google Chrome browser extension that is a customizable personal dashboard on your new tab page featuring 50+ widgets, breathtaking backgrounds and much more.
A lightning-fast new tab page dashboard with stunning backgrounds, news, weather, HTML, Bookmarks, sports, RSS feed, stocks, todo, custom iFrames and much more!
Click&Clean is a freeware application for erasing your private information, browsing history, saved form information, passwords, download history, cookies, and cache from your PC. It will free up more free space on your hard disk and your computer will run noticeably faster. The Click&Clean is available in several versions for Chrome and Firefox.
Source: Click&Clean for Chrome
Source: Google Chrome Web Store
(Google Chrome Browser Extension)
Worldwide Radio is a favorite here at What’s On My PC…
Listen to live radio stations from around the world! Worldwide Radio – is more than 30,000 radio stations from around the world: USA, Russia, Poland, Ukraine, Belgium, Spain, Australia, Brazil, France, Italy, Canada, Mexico, Holland, etc. For more comfort, you can create your favorite lists of your favorite online radio stations.
Source: Google Chrome Store
(Google Chrome Browser, Chrome OS)
I have to say, I really like this clock. It is a digital clock that is an overlay to any page you load in the browser. There are options to change the colors, etc… Due to it being an overlay interface you can click on the digital interface to temporarily clear the clock from the screen to get to whatever is underneath the clock. Very useful clock in my opinion…
Displays a small digital clock at the corner of the screen, on a small semi-transparent patch. Colors and opacity are configurable. You can choose a 12- or 24-hour clock. The clock can be restricted to fullscreen mode only, which makes it ideal when reading text, e.g. with the Kindle Cloud Reader. Based on the original Overlay Clock extension by mk, improved to eliminate web site conflicts.
Source: Jeurissen Browser Extensions
(Browser Extension for Google Chrome)
Black Menu for Google is a Browser extension that takes all the best apps and services of Google and combines them into one single, convenient experience that’s always just a click away. Principles and specifications of Material Design have been applied.
Came across a small digital clock browser extension for Google Chrome that may be of interest to you. Once you download and install the extension, you will see a small digital clock appear in the top right corner of loaded webpages. You can customize the color, transparency, font, time format, and the location where you want the clock to appear. For example, I changed the color to black digits on a white background and moved the clock further down from its’ default location. This is a very handy clock to see what time it is. You can read about and get “Overlay Clock” from the Google Chrome Store at the source link reflected below.
Screenshot of the “Settings Menu”
Screenshot of where the “Overlay Clock” Appears
Feedbro is a tree-based feed reader with folders and drag & drop support. Can have unlimited feeds… Highly recommended.
If you don’t know what a feed reader is… In simple terms, it allows a user to keep track of many different websites in a single news aggregator. For example, I have a couple hundred feeds from news sites, tech sites, shopping sites, etc… that download up to the minute information into my feed reader where I can consume and quickly browse a large volume of information in one place. In my case, I use Feedbro as my feed reader.
If you use the Google Chrome web browser, you may want to add a calculator to it as a browser extension. I find myself using this calculator on a regular basis. Very similar to the Android calculator, in appearance, that you find on the Android phones.
Forecastfox is the best weather app I have found that works as a Google Chrome browser extension. Once installed, simply click on the icon on the browser toolbar and the current weather, forecast, and radar (all-in-one) pops up. Of course, you can configure the various options in Forecastfox to customize it to your taste.
I was on the hunt for a Google Chrome browser “math calculator” extension so that I would have a math calculator readily available (to perform simple calcuations) without having to navigate from the browser. What I found (and installed) was the “Android Calculator” which has been designed to emulate the calculator that is similar to the one on your Android smarphone.
AddToAny is one of my most used Google Chrome browser extensions and actually has saved me from installing the extensions for other services (which saves memory) where I need to connect to and post links (or articles). AddToAny is similar to the sharing utility that you use on your smartphone.
What does AddToAny do? AddToAny is a universal share button that makes it easy and fast to share links to anyone anywhere using Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, LinkedIn, WhatsApp, Pinterest, Gmail, email, and many more sharing and social media services.
For example, if I want to send a link to a post to Facebook, I click on the AddToAny share button on the browser toolbar, select Facebook and it automatically connects to Facebook and initiates the post to Facebook. AddToAny does the same for a multitude of other services, as well. You can select the services you desire to use and connect to by clicking on the “Options” selection on the AddToAny menu.
– AddToAny’s Universal Share Button & Smart Menu
– Personalized based on the services you probably already use
– AddToAny “More” button lets you instantly access any other service anytime
– Right-click to share from the context menu (optional)
– Share to multiple services quickly while keeping the share popup open:
– Just Ctrl+click or ⌘+click on a service, or
– Click the middle mouse button
– Large buttons with vector icons
– Perfectly crisp on high PPI screens such as Retina displays or the Chromebook family
– Customize the services that appear in the sharing menu
– Drag & drop to rearrange the order of services in the sharing menu
– Toggle AddToAny in your context menu
– Add a custom service to share to
Fast & Secure:
– Optimized to load instantly without slowing down Google Chrome
– Directs to the HTTPS version of sites for privacy on shared networks
– AddToAny doesn’t collect personal information
Source: Google Chrome Store – AddToAny
If you use Google Chrome, “The Great Suspender” (browser extension) will actually reduce your memory footprint by basically freezing or suspending tabs you have open after a prescribed amount of time. For example, I have “The Great Suspender” configured to suspend any open tabs I have active after a time period of 15 minutes. As a result, memory is freed up and the CPU becomes less taxed. To reactivate the suspended tab, simply click on the page to reload the page content.
You can download this highly rated app at the Google Chrome Store (see source link below).
Notes for Google Drive is a Google Chrome browser extension that allows you to easily create notes from within Chrome that are automatically synced as Documents to your Google Drive account.
* automatically saves to Google Drive as soon as you start typing
* drag and drop reordering of notes
* quick access buttons for opening and editing in Google Drive
* does not require you to be signed into Chrome. This is perfect for when you want to access your notes on work and non-personal computers.
“App Launcher Customizer” is a Google Chrome browser extension that allows you to customize the launcher and add more than 250 Google shortcuts. I bet you didn’t know that Google had that many shortcuts, but they do.
The real killer part of this launcher is that the extension also allows you to create your own custom shortcuts to any website that you want. You can get this Chrome extension at the Chrome Web Store (see source link below).
Highly recommend this browser extension that will allow you to quickly bring up the current weather, the forecast, and radar directly from your browser’s toolbar.
Forecastfox Weather is a free extension for Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome that adds weather icons to your browser’s toolbar, letting you easily track the weather anywhere in the world. Mousing over the weather icons reveals detailed weather information for each forecasted day in an easily readable format. Forecastfox Weather aims to be unobtrusive and easy to use.
You will need the Chrome Browser Extension, called Dark Reader if you use your computer a lot during the night time hours. What it does is turn the background of the browser pages black, thus eliminating the stress on your eyes.
Source: Dark Reader – Chrome Web Store
I was looking for an easy way to pull up my Google Chrome Bookmarks and came across the “Bookmarks Menu” Chrome browser extension. With the extension installed, can now get to my bookmarks with ease without having to navigate the Google Chrome menu. Nice job on this to the developer…
I love this calculator for its’ simplicity and that it is right at hand, as a browser extension. You can also access this calculator via the source link below and to learn more on how to install the calculator as a browser extension.
A simple calculator for basic arithmetic. This is a free tool available as an offline-enabled web/mobile application, Chrome extension, Firefox Add-on, and Microsoft Edge Extension.
Source: Basic Arithmetic Calculator
A Chrome Browser extension to reduce eye strain…
Screen Shader is a chrome extension for anyone that automagically changes the color of your screen to match up with daylight cycles in your timezone.
If you are a Facebook junkie and also use the Google Chrome Browser take a look at the Social Book Post Manager that is featured on Lifehacker…
Called Social Book Post Manager, the extension allows you to delete all your posts on the social network before a specific date, or specify the types of posts you’d like to delete through word search. For instance, you can search for posts that contain the name of your ex, or “weed.”
“Explain and Send Screenshots” is a browser extension (new to me) that gives you the ability to capture screenshots and to record video of your screen. Once the capture is performed, you can write text, crop an image and perform other functions in the editor that is built in (such as insert arrows, lines, and circles to point things out). I especially like the option of uploading my own images into the editor; which, is an option you do not typically see in these type of browser extensions.
I am still playing around with this extension; however, I can tell you the developer is top notch, for which I encourage you to explore some of his other browser extensions (that in my opinion are the best out there).
Hunter is a Google Chrome browser extension lets you find the people behind a website and their email addresses. Five Star rating from over 10K users at the Google Chrome Store.
Get email addresses from any website: when you are on a website, click on Hunter’s button in your browser to get every email addresses we found related to the website.
Source: Hunter – Chrome Web Store
I’ve tried them all (Chrome Screenshot Browser Extensions)… This one (FireShot) is now under my review; and, so far, I really love it.
Here is why:
Take FULL webpage screenshots. Capture, edit and save them to PDF/JPEG/GIF/PNG, upload, print, send to OneNote, clipboard or email.
FireShot takes full web page screenshots. You can edit and annotate captures.
You can capture web pages entirely to PDF (with links) / JPEG / PNG files, print, or copy to clipboard. FireShot can work offline.
* NEW: send screenshots directly to Gmail.
“The Best Free Google Chrome Extension” by PCMAG.COM.
The screenshots are instant and produce no traffic.
### What you can do with FireShot:
✓ Capture full web pages entirely
✓ Capture only visible part of the page
✓ Capture selection
✓ Save screenshot to disk as PDF (with links), PNG, and JPEG
✓ Copy screenshot to clipboard
✓ Print screenshot
### A FREE upgrade is available. Activate it directly from the menu and:
✓ Capture specific elements, such as scrolling areas on web pages
✓ Capture all tabs in one click and save to single PDF
✓ Edit screenshot: crop, resize, add text and arrow annotations, blur areas and apply other effects
✓ Save screenshot to PDF files
✓ Save captures to disk as PDF, PNG, GIF, JPEG, BMP
✓ Send to OneNote (Pro version)
✓ Upload to Twitter, Google Picasa, Facebook, ImageShack, Flickr, EasyCaptures
✓ Copy screenshot to clipboard
✓ Print screenshot
✓ Export to external editor
Baseball fans and Google Chrome Browser fans, check out the browser extension, “MLB Baseball Tracker” at the Chrome Web Store. I am an Orioles fan and this a great extension to keep track of your favorite MLB baseball team with real-time score and play information. Hover your mouse pointer over the toolbar icon to get current team and game status.
Found this “Google Calendar Extension” to be quite useful…
Get a button on your browser toolbar that you can easily click to see upcoming events from Google Calendar, without ever leaving your page.
This is a nice Google Chrome extension, called Shortcuts for Google, that gives you the ability to launch over 300 Google services (i.e. like Gmail, Maps, Calendar, Keep, etc…) directly from a button on the toolbar. What has sold me on this extension is that you can also add your own customized shortcuts, in addition to the services that are provided by Google; AND, any changes you make will sync and be the same should you change to another computer. Definitely is a great launcher to have that becomes part of your web browser. Also, a big help if you are a Chromebook user. 5 Star rating in the Google Chrome Store.
Display all Google™ services as buttons in a space-saving popup next to your address bar. Reach services like Gmail, Google Reader, Google Maps, Google Calendar, and many more in just two clicks from your browser. The extension includes nearly 300 Google services and websites.
Since owning my Chromebook I have been experimenting with just about anything and everything I can get my hands on. My most recent discovery is a Google Chrome browser extension called iChrome. I currently have iChrome set to load when I open a new tab; however, it can also be configured to be used as your home page.
Why iChrome? Well, first off, it ties in nicely with my other Google apps by displaying (for example) my email, calendar, notes, drive, etc… in a nicely layed out customizable panel with the options to customize the background, as well. Displaying of these items is done through a widgets selection page. I especially like the widget for Facebook where I can browse Facebook and at the same time have view of my other widget panels such as my email, calendar, notes, drive, weather, stock market; PLUS, the widget panel I have setup to launch the Google apps I have installed. You can even set up additional tabbed pages.
iChrome is the best of the best, in my opinion, for creating that new tab page or home page. Kudos to the developer on making a very fine product that serves a very useful and productive purpose. The FREE version does contain an advertising bar that can be moved around and is not obtrusive at all.
iChrome includes nearly 50 widgets, thousands of stunning backgrounds, and powerful features including:
Dozens of widgets including: Weather, Sports, News, Stocks, RSS, Bookmarks, Gmail, Recently Closed Tabs, and more! Drag and drop customization on 1-5 columns or a grid! Fully featured voice search and “OK Google” hotword detection Buy Pro and get dark and transparent themes, live backgrounds, maximizable widgets, hourly weather forecasts, and more Navigate between an unlimited number of customizable tabs, each with their own widgets Work completely offline anytime, everything (even the backgrounds) is ready whenever you are! And hundreds more features! Install iChrome now and check them out!
iChrome is an open source project, check it out on Github…
Today I would like to share with you a Google Chrome browser extension, called “Close This Tab”, that I highly recommend that serves a very useful purpose and will increase your productivity. What this extension does is allow you close a tab by going to a side of the screen and mouse clicking on a closer bar that will appear. When you go to the side of the screen you will see a colored bar appear which is a cue that you can mouse click to close the tab. “Close This Tab” is configurable in that you can designate which side of the screen you want to use as the hotspot (where the colored closer bar will appear). By default, the colored closer bar is on the left side of the screen; which, for me, is ideal. You can also adjust the width of the colored closer bar.
Where this extension comes in handy is when you have the browser set to full screen (which is my preference). I no longer have to go to the top of the screen, to search for and close the active tab. If you are a Chromebook user, this is a must-have extension that will also work when you need to close any Google Chrome Apps that you have open.
Boxcryptor for Chrome is currently in beta; however, if you are looking for a way to encrypt files on your Chromebook and store them on the cloud (such as Google Drive and others), this a great option to consider. By encrypting your files, you are in essence making the impossible to be opened or seen. The Chrome version of Boxcrypt, as featured in this article, is currently in Beta Testing…
Boxcryptor is the encryption solution optimized for the cloud which allows you to use all popular cloud storage providers such as Dropbox, Google Drive, Microsoft SkyDrive and Box without sacrificing safety, privacy, or comfort. With Boxcryptor you can easily encrypt files locally in your browser before uploading them to your cloud. Your cloud provider only receives encrypted files and you keep complete control of your data!
Source: Boxcryptor – Chrome Web Store
Have you ever noticed that when you use your web browser and have multiple tabs open, things will slow down? A solution to this problem, if you use the Google Chrome web browser, is to install the browser extension called “The Great Suspender”. This extension automatically unloads (suspends) the tabs you are not using, but will retain their titles and favicons. The extension allows you to manually suspend tabs or you can configure the tabs to suspend after a set period of time. You can even whitelist tabs that you do not want to go into suspension. To take a tab out of suspension, simply click on the web page of the tab.
In the end, what “The Great Suspender” does is reduce the memory footprint that is consumed by having numerous tabs open; thus, a faster browser experience.
Click&Clean is a free browser extension for the Google Chrome browser that helps you to delete your browsing history, cache, cookies and enhance your security and privacy online. What caught my attention with this particular browser extension is that, in the Google Chrome Store, this extension is rated 5 Stars by over 55K people, with a user base of nearly 3.5 million users.
– Scans your PC for Malware
– Deletes your browsing history,
– Removes download history,
– Erases temporary files,
– Clears cookies and Empty cache,
– Deletes client-side Web SQL Databases
– Removes Flash Cookies (LSOs)
– Protects your privacy by cleaning up all traces of your internet activity,
– Cleans up your hard drives and Free up more disk space, including secure file deletion using external applications, like CCleaner or Wise Disk Cleaner.
If you use the Google Chrome Browser or own a Chromebook, you need to install the browser extension called Nimbus. This extension, to me, is hybrid in nature between a browser extension and an actual app. I can tell you it is the best, by far, screen and video capture extension (app) out there for Google Chrome and the Chromebook. The clips that you capture can be edited (with the built in editor) and stored locally on your computer or online (at Nimbus or Google Drive or Slack).
In summary, here is what Nimbus can do:
– Capture the whole web page or a required section of it
– Capture the whole browser window
– Capture the browser window of other programs
– Quick capture site fragment
– Create your own drawing or model from scratch
Record screencasts (video from screen)
– Record video from your screen/tab (Screencasts)
– Record video from other active program
– Customize your screen resolution and FPS
– You can draw on video
– Paste different patterns and text boxes to your screenshot
– Resize and crop your screenshot
– Add arrows and stickers to your screenshot
– Highlight text on your screenshot
Share screenshots and screencasts
– Save screenshots in: JPG and PNG
– Save screenshots and screencasts to Nimbus Note
– Send screenshots to Slack
– Save screenshots to Google Drive and Google Classroom
– Comment your screenshots and screencasts
I first saw Avira Safe Shopping Chrome Browser extension at Major Geeks and decided to give it a spin. The Avira Safe Shopping browser extension is an extension developed by Avira, whom you may recognize as one of the leading makers of Avira Antivirus or predominantly now known as Avira Free Security Suite. I was skeptical at first after installing this extension, but once I discovered what it can do, it is a keeper in my book.
Once installed you will see a red shopping cart icon with a check mark in the cart. If you visit any site, you can click on the icon to determine if the site is safe, how many trackers were blocked and how many ads were blocked. If you perform a Google Search this extension will place a green check mark next to the sites Avira deem safe. Also, discovered this worked with Bing, as well.
Where the real power in this extension is when you are shopping for something. For example, I am an avid Amazon shopper and if I bring up a product in Amazon, the Avira Safe Shopper will display a bar at the top of the browser displaying a comparative best deal and other offers (at other sites).
After briefly exploring the Avira Safe Shopper Chrome browser extension, I am going to keep this extension active to see what kind of mileage I get out of it. Give it a try, you have nothing to lose and may actually help you save some money.
I am currently trying out a Google Chrome browser extension, called Email Tracker, that works with Gmail, Outlook / Hotmail, Google Inbox, and Yahoo Mail. Its’ main sole purpose is to alert you when your sent emails have been read. Simply install and any future emails you send are automatically tracked. No account signup is required. Email Tracker is currently carrying an excellent review rating (based on approximately 200 reviews).
A circle will appear when the tracking is enabled on the sent email and a checkmark will appear when it has been read. Works for unlimited email accounts and sent emails.
I did not realize how many Google Chrome Extensions and Apps I had installed until I installed Extensity (see source link below). This Google Chrome browser extension (which carries a 5 star rating) is a tool that allows you to quickly manage (enable or disable) all of your other Google Chrome browser extensions. You can also setup profiles to determine when specific extensions should be enabled and when not. You can also launch your Chrome apps from the list, as well.
- Keep your browser fast – disable extensions that you won’t use right away.
- Keep your toolbar clean
- Ideal companion for extensions collectors.
- Turn all extensions off (and back on) with a single click.
- Quick switch between several extensions groups using the Profiles feature.
Screenshot of Extensity on my computer…
I recently installed FireShot and have been quite impressed. FireShot is a Google Chrome browser extension that gives you the very convenient ability to capture screenshots. You can quickly capture full web pages in their entirety; capture only visible portions of the screen; or, capture selective areas on the screen. Once you make the screen capture you can save the screenshot to disk (as a PDF, JPeg, or Png) or you can copy it to the clipboard.
If you use Google Chrome, I encourage you to take a look at the highly rated browser extension called YoWindow Free Weather, at the Google Chrome Web Store. This extension features a living picture of the weather that can be configured to download your local weather (and forecasts) from the National Weather Service. You can also configure this extension to grab the weather for multiple locations. I especially like, that once you open the extension, you can go full screen and leave it running to see the weather at any moment when you are not using your PC.
- Living weather picture – real cloud coverage, rain/snow, fog, grass swings to the wind, Sun, Moon, mist, thunderstorms…
- Full featured weather station – lots of information
- Time-scroll – see weather at any moment
- Animated landscapes – Village, Seaside, Airport plus 1400+ picture based landscapes
- Turn any picture into landscape with living sky