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I’m gradually transitioning to the the ultra-speedy Chrome as my browser of choice. Although Chrome can’t yet match Firefox’s huge extension ecosystem, many of my favorite “must-have” Firefox add-ons are are now available for Chrome, or at least have Chrome equivalents.

One of the things that gave me pause when considering the move to Chrome from Firefox was having to give up the wide range of add-ons that the Mozilla service provides. But while Chrome can’t yet match Firefox’s huge extension ecosystem, it’s rapidly catching up, and many of my favorite “must-have” Firefox add-ons are are now available as Chrome extensions, or at least have Chrome equivalents. Here are the five Chrome extensions that I wouldn’t be without in the course of my daily blogging work:

  • PostponerRead it Later is a tremendously useful service for keeping on top of the latest writing in your field. Stumble across an interesting sounding article but don’t have time to read it now? Save it to your Read It Later list so you can check it out later, from any computer. If you have an iPhone, you can sync your Read It Later list with the phone, meaning you can catch up on those articles when you get a spare moment while on the go. Unfortunately, there’s no official Read It Later extension for Chrome, but Postponer, a pair of extensions, does the job admirably.
  • After the Deadline — This useful extension has been available for a while as a Firefox add-on, so it’s good to see it released for Chrome. It’s a fairly comprehensive spelling and grammar checking tool. It can highlight misspelled words, misused words (“weather” instead of “whether,” for example), grammar and style issues. It’s certainly not perfect — it won’t catch all of your mistakes and it’s also quite a hefty extension — but as a quick sanity check, it works really well. I find it especially useful as Chrome’s built-in spell-checker doesn’t seem to work with WordPress (please see the disclosure at the bottom).
  • Clip to Evernote — Note-taking app Evernote is a tremendously useful tool for writers. You can capture and access your notes wherever you happen to be, on pretty much any device. The official Chrome extension lets you swiftly clip interesting snippets of web content and save them to your Evernote account, without having to open new tabs or mess about with bookmarklets.
  • Word Count — Word counts are crucial for many writers. Word Count’s a simple extension that enables you to highlight some text on a web page and hit a toolbar button to get a word and character count without having to waste time copying and pasting the text into a word processing app.
  • Webpage Screenshot — This is another simple but extremely useful extension if you often need screen grabs. On my Mac, I normally snap screenshots using OSX’s built-in tool (Cmd+Shift+4), but if the page or image that you need to grab is bigger than the current window, this extension comes in handy. It can take a screen grab of an entire page, or just the current window.

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  1. Thanks for the useful extensions, do fix the link to Webpage Screenshot as it currently links to After the Deadline Extension!

    1. Yikes, fixed, thanks.

  2. After the Deadline conflicts with Vanguard sign-on page (Chrome cssRules). It took me a while to isolate that. This is unique to Chrome, AtD works fine on Firefox. If you suddenly have pages that won’t load, try disabling AtD extension.

    1. Hi Hal,
      I’m planning a maintenance release of AtD for Chrome. I’m happy to fix this if you contact me about it, especially since you know the cause of the problem already.

      http://chrome.afterthedeadline.com/contact-us/

      – Raphael

  3. Your link to ‘Webpage Screenshot’ actually goes to ‘After the Deadline’. Thought you should know.

    1. Whoops. thanks, now fixed.

  4. This article is about a Google product and its extensions, but the item about Postponer mentions only syncing to an iPhone, not to an android phone. Can I do something to get it to sync to an android phone so I can read it later there?

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    Another great one is WordPress Stats chrome extension

    https://chrome.google.com/extensions/detail/kfkplpbeijhlpnlccijpjpggabgmbopg

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