Chrome Extensions are Finally Here
When Google’s Chrome first came around, Firefox’s fans looked at this new open source attempt with suspicion. Certainly it was anti-Microsoft, and compared to the bloated ponderousness of Firefox, it was sharp, light on its feet and stable. A little on the defensive, they claimed that it was no surprise that Chrome was this fast: it had no add-ons the way Firefox did, to weigh it down. Well, Google has made its source code open for programmers to design extensions and add-ons for, and there are dozens of Chrome extensions available now on third-party sites: and surprise, Chrome does not slow down under the weight of these, and manages extensions which much better ease-of-use than does Firefox. For instance, you don’t need to restart your browser after you import an extension. So what kind of extensions are they that Chrome has, and do they rival Firefox’s considerable range?
Certainly there are not as many extensions available on Chrome yet; but the ones that are available, are pretty good. Here are examples of a few good ones:
Let’s say you are visiting the website of a bank or something, and there is a message at the bottom of the page that claims that the page will only display properly on Internet explorer 6 or better. We have two choices here: you could fire up Internet explorer, copy and paste the web address over there and start all over again. Or else, you could add the IE tab extension to Chrome, and Internet Explorer opens inside it. It is even ready for Windows 7.
Bubble-Translate uses the Google translate, and performs in-line translations from any supported language to yours. You install it, and an icon shows up in the address bar. Anytime you need anything translated on a webpage, all you need to do is highlight it and click the icon. The translation shows up in a tool tip.
Fittr sounds like it was named by the same person who thought of Flickr; Fittr adds features to Flickr; it gives you convenient shortcuts to use on Flickr and has better Autocomplete; and it gives you ready access to EXIF properties. Perhaps the best addition is the way it gives you the URL to any picture, that you can copy and send to someone.
The one thing that Chrome is missing is finally here; this should probably push it over 20% in market share line now.