I have been playing with Google Chrome since it was released as beta for Linux. I have become a Chrome convert . True , it may not match Firefox and its huge catalog of extensions but I hope the imbalance is only temporary. After Google introduced their extension architecture, lot of extensions are being developed. For a full listing see here and official page is here.
So far my experience with Chrome has been a pleasant one. Its really fast and light weight. It recently unseated Safari to become the third most used browser. I do have some quibbles like its bad rendering of non English languages (e.g. Hindi which I am trying hard to learn recently ) , no native support for RSS and inability to have RSS bookmarks. It does crash sometimes when viewing flash videos. But overall I am pretty satisfied. It has replaced Firefox as my primary browser.
Given that , I was trying to install some extensions to make my transition as smooth as possible. So here are some of my favorite Chrome extensions.
This was one of my favorite extensions on Firefox which helped me to seamlessly sync my bookmarks and passwords across multiple machines. So I installed it in Chrome so that I can add Chrome to the mix. It does work fine most of the time although I found some minor issues. For eg , I was using many keyword bookmarks (which I think is one of the coolest features in Firefox) but Chrome doesn’t support them yet (actually it does but via Custom Search Engines) . So when xmarks syncs them , I lost all my keywords in Firefox. Horrible !!. Same goes for my RSS bookmarks. I had couple of RSS feeds for dictionary, NYT etc in Firefox which was lost in the translation to Chrome and back. But overall the pros trump the cons.
Lack of native RSS support is one of my biggest grouses for Chrome. But this extension solves it , to an extent. It auto detects RSS is a page and shows an icon which you can use it to subscribe via some common RSS aggregators. It lacks the versatility of Firefox or Opera. It also lacks the integration with Bookmarks. I hope Google will solve this issue soon.
3. Chrome Page
This is another of my pet extensions. It adds an icon in the bookmark bar which provides handy link to some of Chrome’s interesting pages (like Downloads, memory, plugins etc )
This does as the name suggests – Removes ads from lot of places.
This is a neat extension. If you do some Google Search and click one of the links in the Search results, in the resulting page , it shows a small popup highlighting the relevant parts of the page. Clicking on them takes you the relevant part of the page directly. This extension supposedly springs only when it is helpful and so far it has not annoyed me.
This is a handy extension to share a link across many social networking sites.
WOT (Or Web Of Trust) which gives a color coded information about a sites based on parameters like Privacy, Trustworthiness, Vendor Reliability and Child Safety. You can add more karma by evaluating new sites.
This extension does a simple thing – It replaces the flash based display in a Youtube to use HTML 5 Canvas . The results are not very impressive but its still interesting to see YouTube pioneering its way using HTML-5.
There are lot of other Chrome extensions I like but these above are the primary ones I use. Enjoy them !!