Chrome is rapidly turning into a beast of an ecosystem. So much so that people have started using Chromebooks to do real work. It’s not surprising though, with the plethora of extensions available to fulfill your every need. Also, with Chrome Packaged Apps gaining traction against desktop apps, the Chrome ecosystem has matured a lot.
As advanced as Chrome is when it comes to web technologies, it is still a pretty big memory hog. And running multiple extensions at once can only make it worse.
So, instead of running dozens of different single purpose extensions, why not try some of these all-in-One extensions instead.
Here are our picks for the top multi-purpose extensions available for Chrome.
Backtick is a console for bookmarklets. It comes pre-packaged with lots of functionality. You can launch it by pressing the Tilda key (`). From the console you can type in any command, hit enter and it will be executed.
To see the full list, just hit space once. Here’s a taste of what Backtick can do for you: download videos, skip YouTube ads, share content on various social networks, identify the fonts used on the website, resize view-port and bring up rulers and guides, or check to see if the website is down for you or for everyone.
Of course you can do all of this by dragging bookmarklets to your bookmarks bar but that can get complicated very fast. Backtick gives you all the commands in one central location and allows you to launch them quickly. You can download Backtick here.
2. FastestFox for Chrome
If Chrome is your default browser, FastestFox (UPDATE: This tool is not available anymore) is a must-have. It provides you with endless scrolling pages across the web, so you never have to go looking for the next button. It also comes with a pretty powerful highlight menu. From here you can search for the highlighted word in different places and you can look it up on Wikipedia right there.
It will show you relevent shopping results as well, which you can disable if you find it annoying.
3. Awesome Screenshot
There are many screenshot tools available for Mac, Windows and Chrome. But Awesome Screenshot rises above the rest thanks to its long feature list and its ability to perform well.
Not only can you take a screenshot for a specific part of the screen or the whole web page, you also get various annotation options. And you can do all of this right in the browser. No need to save the picture, go looking for it, bring it into a photo editor and then edit it. When you are done, you can share the screenshot to various social networking platforms using awesomescreenshot.com.
It will upload the image to its servers and give you a shareable link instantly. Alternatively, you can also use Google Drive or your local storage to save the images.
4. SmartVideo for Youtube
We spend a lot of time watching YouTube videos, be it Nyan Cat or parodies. So customizing YouTube to suit your needs better makes sense. SmartVideo gives you lots of options to customize buffering in YouTube, a source of frustration for many. SmartVideo can start buffering the video as soon as the page loads. When you pause, SmartVideo will keep downloading the video instead of stopping after a couple of seconds, which is what YouTube does right now.
Cool tip: If you feel like YouTube’s servers are doing a poor job of determining the most suited resolution for your internet connection, you can force it to load HD every time as well.
Have your own favorite all-in-one extension for Chrome? Let us know in the comments below.