Posts Tagged ‘Chrome Extensions’

Chrome Extensions – Aviary

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009


Today’s featured Chrome Extension is Aviary Screen Capture.

I have been using Aviary for some time now, and fully expected there to be a Chrome extension for it. The simple idea is, you find an image you like on the web, click the Aviary extension button, and choose to either do a screen capture or open one of Aviary’s products. Aviary offers web-based software for image editing. I use it from time to time for blog posts, especially when I am away from my Adobe Photoshop program.

Here is a sample of an image I captured with the Aviary Screen Capture extension.

As you can see, the quality is pretty nice for a web app. Go ahead and check it out and let me know what you think.

Chrome Extensions – Google Voice Notifier

Monday, December 21st, 2009

In this second edition of my Chrome Extensions series, I am featuring Google Voice Notifier. This one is really only useful if you have Google Voice.

The Google Voice Notifier extension is from Google, and at the time of this writing has 11,155 users. I expect this number to rise as more people get Google Voice accounts.

The extension works as one might guess. When I have an SMS message or a voicemail, the icon my extension toolbar shows that I have a message and displays a number indicating how many messages are waiting. I currently have my voicemail and sms messages forwarded to my gmail account, but I think this feature is still useful. Since it is installed in my Chrome browser, any computer I log into with my Google credentials will give me quick access to my Voice account.

If you have Google Voice, I think this extension is worth installing.

Chrome Extensions – RSS Subscription

Sunday, December 20th, 2009

In the interest of promoting extensions for the Google Chrome browser, I am going to feature extensions that I am using.

Today’s extension is the RSS Subscription extension. From the time Chrome launched, I have been wishing I could subscribe to RSS feeds easier. I was constantly finding something I wanted to subscribe to while browsing in Chrome, and I had to copy the URL to Firefox in order to subscribe. Considering I use Google Reader for my subscriptions, I found it odd that I couldn’t easily get to it from Chrome. If I were to click on an RSS feed or an XML file, I would get a big jumble containing the entire feed in a very unreadable layout.

Enter the RSS Subscription extension. It determines if there is a feed on a given page, and if there is, it places the traditional orange RSS icon in the browser location bar. This is a default feature for every other browser, so it makes it fairly easy to adopt. I have used the new tool successfully on a number of occasions. I found that if I go directly to a feed I still get the jumbled mess, but if I stick with the browser bar icon I have had a lot more success.

I recommend this extension. Since Google wrote this one, I am very willing to trust it. As of the time of this writing, 49,914 people agree with me that this extension is worth having. If you missed the link above, you can type chrome://extensions in your Chrome browser to find the extension gallery, or you can just click here to go directly to the installation page.