My work Macbook Pro died last week.
My support colleagues were wonderful and after two days, I got my machine back. I realized, though, that Chrome hadn’t synched properly and I had to rebuild my bookmarks and—more importantly—my extensions.
These tiny browser apps truly reflect the way we work and I decided to ask people I know about their favorite extensions. I’m starting with Regina Casaleggio, a user interface (UI) designer based in Cape Town, South Africa. Here are her 5 favorite Chrome extensions.
Readability takes unreadable, ugly blog posts and makes them beautiful and easy to read. They use extremely good typography. Readability is also a great bookmarking tool for articles. With great features like “Read Now,” “Read Later,” tagging and sharing etc.
With Hola I can access websites that are blocked in my country—like Netflix—but it also helps me when I’m working with design clients that are building location-based service and software.
For example, last year I worked with a company that delivers fresh food in a patented container via courier. Their services was only available in certain cities in the US.
In my opinion Awesome Screenshot is the best way to capture website screenshots. I haven’t found a tool that works better. You can screen capture all or parts of any web page, add annotations, comments, blur sensitive info, and share with one-click uploads.
Stache is a visual bookmarking service. The Stache Browser Extension for Chrome requires Stache for Mac, but the extension makes it easy to send pages to Stache. Stache is fantastic for collecting and re-discovering pages I find interesting. The fact that it is visual speaks to the designer in me :) The search is great! You can add tags, meta data etc.
If you don’t like bullshit, get Adblock. But make sure to unblock the sites that don’t serve bullshit, because advertising is how they earn a living.