Google Chrome Plug-ins
I’ve been using Google Chrome now for a few days and I really like it.
I’m a bit behind the times with posting a review but I wanted to take a few days to get used to it and see how I found it. So this is more of a considered review rather than first impressions.
Having said that, I think that for me, the first impressions still stand. It’s fast, nice to use and seems to be stable – I haven’t had any crashed yet. Interestingly I was ready to blame it for my computer crashing repeatedly after I’d installed it but that turned out to be Outlook having some issues of its own – thankfully now fixed.
One thing that I haven’t seen mentioned in the reviews is what it feels like to use. It’s nice. Going from Chrome to IE shows just how clunky IE is! Chrome is smooth, sleek and works like you’d want it to work – minimal buttons, minimal clicks, minimal fuss.
I haven’t yet used it for any development purposes but the thing that I really like is the ‘Inspect Element’ function. A quick click and you can see the HTML and the styles applied to a certain element. That’s very handy!
I also like the fact that they’ve maximised the screen size available to the web page. I didn’t realise how much of my screen was taken up by various toolbars (Stumble, Delicious, Google) in FireFox but there we go.
The only thing stopping me move from Firefox completely is the lack (or non-existence) of plug ins for Chrome.
Google is obviously hoping to grow this area and it looks like they’ll be using this site to do it http://www.chromeplugins.org/. I just hope they somehow manage to keep the stability and maximum screen availability. 3rd party plugins can easily affect the speed and stability of the browser and it’d be too easy to install a few toolbars that then take up a large area of the screen.
It’s still early but hopefully the plugins can gracefully integrate with the browser.
For what it’s worth, I’d like the Delicious, StumbleUpon and SEOQuake plugins please!