10 May 2014

Must-have Extensions for Google Chrome

Chrome extensions

Here’s a comprehensive list of the best extensions for Google Chrome that will help you do more and also enhance your web browsing experience.

The Best Google Chrome extensions

  1. Vimium — Power users can browse the web using keyboard shortcuts. No mouse required.

  2. Buffer — Share links to multiple social websites with a go.

  3. PushBullet — Send web links, text notes and even push files from computer to your phone.

  4. Clip Better — Don’t send raw links over email, send previews that suggest what a link is all about.

  5. Streamus — A YouTube music play for Chrome that also includes a radio.

  6. Mighty Text — Send and receive SMS text messages from your desktop computer.

  7. Snappy Snippets — Easily extract CSS and HTML from a web page and send it to CodePen or jsFiddle.

  8. Project Naptha — Copy text from any image with a right-click. It’s like an OCR for Chrome.

  9. Hover Reader — Read an article simply by hovering over a link.

  10. Bubble Cursor — Easily click links on web pages or type text in input boxes.

  11. Dewey — Improved bookmarks manager for Chrome with website thumbnails and instant search.

  12. dotEPUB — Convert web pages and documents to EPUB ebooks that you can read offline on your Kindle or iPad.

  13. YouTube Feed — Get notified when new videos are available in your YouTube subscriptions list.

  14. Boomerang — You can write an email in Gmail now and schedule it to be sent automatically at the perfect time.

  15. Hola — Unblock websites and access content, including videos, that aren’t available in your country.

  16. YT Options — Improves your YouTube experience and hides all the annoying parts.

  17. TextDown — A well designed Markdown text editor for Chrome.

  18. WriteBox — A minimal text editor for Chrome that also sync with Dropbox and Google Drive.

  19. Font Previewer — Preview and test any of the Google Web fonts on your website.

  20. SpeakIt — Select some text on a web page and the add-on will read it for you.

  21. Remote Desktop — Access other computers or allow another user to access your computer securely over the Internet.

  22. Extensions Manager — Easily manage your installed extensions, applications and themes from the Chrome toolbar.

  23. StayFocusd — Lets you restrict the amount of time you spend on time-wasting websites.

  24. Feeder — A mini RSS reader that sites in the toolbar of your Chrome.

  25. Page Monitor — Runs in the background and monitor web pages for changes.

  26. OneTab — Make your Chrome run faster by suspending tabs and restore them all with a click.

  27. Clipular — Screen capture anything you see on the web with a click.

  28. Time Warp — Focus on your work and avoid the distracting websites.

  29. MakeGIF — This is the easiest way to save a YouTub video as a GIF file.

  30. CleanPrint — Print web pages without the clutter or save them as PDFs

  31. Quick Source — View the source code of any web page, deobfuscated and beautified.

  32. SpellBook — It collects all your bookmarklets and puts them in the contextual menu.

  33. GIF Scrubber — This adds movie player like controls to animated GIFs on the web.

  34. Push to Kindle — Delivers any web content to your Kindle or the Kindle Reading Apps.

  35. KeyRocket — Learn and master the various keyboard shortcuts available in Gmail.

  36. Hover Zoom — Hover your mouse over an image to see the full-sized version in an overlay window.

  37. Input Tools — Write text in your own language using virtual keyboards and transliteration.

  38. ShortenMe — This lets you to easily shorten links with goo.gl and generate QR codes.

  39. Chime — Unified desktop notifications for Gmail and all your social networks.

  40. NiftySplit — Split Chrome in two windows. Click a link in the left window and it opens in the right one.

  41. WhatFont — Identify the name of the fonts used in a web page with a click.

  42. StyleBot — You can manipulate the appearance of websites and the changes are permanently preserved.

  43. Panic Button — Quickly hide all the open tabs and replace them with a work related website.

  44. iReader — Read long web pages like a novel in a clutter-free environment.

  45. Image Properties — View camera details, GPS location and other information about any photograph.

  46. Tab Outliner — See all your open tabs and Chrome windows in a vertical hierarchical tree.

  47. RSS Subscription — Subscribe to RSS feeds in your favorite news reader with a click.

  48. URL Expander — The add-on will auto-expand all short URLs found on a web page.

  49. Text Mode — Browse the web in black and white in pure text without images and other media.

  50. Twipster — It makes the Twitter website clean and more readable.

  51. Better History — A better history viewer for your Chrome.

  52. History Timeline — A better way to visualize your browsing history in Chrome with pictures.

  53. Clearly — Read web pages in a distraction free environment.

  54. Stylish — Completely change the look of your favorite websites.

  55. PageRank — Find the Google PageRank and other SEO related information of a page.

  56. Fatkum — Download images in bulk from any website including Flickr and Google Images.

  57. Google Dictionary — View word meanings without leaving the current page.

  58. in10search — Search for content across all open tabs in Chrome.

  59. Page Archiver — Save the entire web page to your desktop including the images, CSS and JavaScript.

  60. Holmes — Search your bookmarks from the omni bar of Chrome.

  61. Nimbus Screenshot — Capture and annotate web pages inside your Chrome browser.

  62. AutoPagerize — Easily read paginated web pages without clicking.

  63. Readability — Send web pages to your Kindle for reading later in a clutter free environment.

  64. Save to Google Drive — Save web files to your Google Drive with a click.

  65. Looper — Watch your favorite YouTube videos in a continuous loop.

  66. Personal Blocklist — Block one or more useless websites from appearing in your Google search results.

  67. Swift Preview — Don’t open a new tab. Preview links before clicking in the same window.

  68. FastBrowz — Preview links on Reddit and Hacker news without leaving the front page.

  69. Share Extensions — Generate and share a list of extensions installed in your Chrome browser.

  70. Chrome to Mobile — Push web pages from the desktop to your mobile or tablet for offline reading.

  71. Dead Mouse — You can open links on a web page with your keyboard without ever touching the mouse.

  72. Google Site Search — Quickly search pages on the website that you are currently browsing.

  73. YouTube Ratings — See the proportion of likes and dislikes of any video on the YouTube website.

  74. Similar Pages — Find more websites that are similar to the one you are currently looking at.

  75. Search by Image — Find other images on the web that are similar to one picture.

  76. Source Locator — Locate the folder where the source code of any Chrome add-on is unpacked.

  77. YouTube Thumbs — See a short preview of the YouTube video without even opening the watch page.

  78. Send from Gmail — Send the current web page by Gmail with a click. Works for both Gmail and Google Apps accounts.

  79. Chrome Access — The add-on provides quick access all the ‘about:’ and ‘chrome://’ internal pages of Chrome.

  80. Disconnect Me — Prevent online advertisers and search engines from tracking you on the web.

  81. Web Timer — Keep track of how you spend your time on the Internet.

  82. Strict Workflow — Block time-wasting websites temporarily and focus on your work.

  83. Window Resizer — Automatically resize your Chrome browser window to any screen resolution.

This story, Must-have Extensions for Google Chrome, was originally published at Digital Inspiration on 09/05/2014 under Google Chrome, Software

05 May 2014

Clean Up your Whiteboard Pictures by Email

Your mobile phone has an excellent camera but photos of the whiteboard aren’t coming out as good and clear as you would like them to be. Maybe there’s poor lighting in the conference room? Maybe your camera’s settings aren’t perfect for capturing whiteboard photos?

One little trick that will vastly improve the quality of your whiteboard pictures is available inside the manual settings of your cameraphone. Go to your camera’s manual settings, choose EV (Exposure Value) and add 1 or 2 “stops” (usually indicated by +2) before clicking the Capture button.

Then there’s a shell script that brightens and cleans up your whiteboard images using the popular ImageMagick library. It runs from the command line and all it needs is ImageMagick, a free image editing software that is available for Mac, Windows and Linux.

If you find it a hassle to remember commands, there’s an even easier way. Capture the whiteboard scribbles with your mobile camera and send the picture as an email attachment to the following email address.


Wait for a minute or two and you’ll get a prettier version of the whiteboard image, clean and legible and more optimized for printing. Here’s an example.


Raw Whiteboard Picture


Clean Whiteboard Picture

Internally, the Unwhiteboard service uses the same ImageMagick command to clean up your Whiteboard captures but on their own server so you don’t have to install anything on your computer.

Here are some more useful email addresses.

This story, Clean Up your Whiteboard Pictures by Email, was originally published at Digital Inspiration on 05/05/2014 under Email, Image Editing, Internet