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My Google Chrome Wishlist

So Google released they’re own web browser to spice up the already rampant ‘browser war’. Google Chrome is still in its early stages but features the basics when it comes to browsers. It’s got Tabs, a fully featured address bar and “Incognito Mode” to name just a few.

I’ve been using Chrome since Google publically released it, and it has become my browser of choice for the most part on all my computers. Even my wife requested Chrome be installed on her new netbook!

However, there is a few little niggles with Chrome which keep me going back to Firefox for developing sites. Something I don’t particularly like doing as Firefox runs quite slow for me compared to Chrome.

So here is my list of things I wish Google Chrome does, but doesn’t!

  1. Chris Pederick’s Web Dev Toolbar (Link) – A no-brainer. This tool has saved me so much time in the past and I just can’t get on with Chrome’s “Element Inspector“ tool (however I am persevering!), so this is the number one reason I keep going back to Firefox when developing for the web.
  2. Adblock Link – Blatantly. I Had been using Firefox since about 1.3. That’s around 3 or 4 years. The first extension that was recommended to me was Adblock Plus. All of a sudden, 99% of adverts dissapeared, and my browsing experience was immediately better. Since then, I’ve had very minimal contact with net adverts. So when I used Chrome for the first time, it really made me realise just how many adverts have appeared on websites. I realise that online advertisers have had to place more adverts because people like me use Adblock, but per-lease.
  3. Greasemonkey Link – What an excellent tool. Greasemonkey allows you to add functionality to various websites you visit by installing javascripts via Greasemonkey (Check out userscripts.org). I Seriously do not use this tool to its full potential with only a handful of scripts installed, but it has made my browsing experience better.
  4. Stylish Link – Similar to Greasemonkey, but instead of adding functionality, you can add your own styles to various websites using CSS. I use this generally for creating fixed width layouts on some forums I visit. I hate the fact that a forum will stretch across the whole screen. It makes it hard to read, so I used this tool to fix the width to make the posts more readable.
  5. Delicious Bookmarks Link – Last, but by no means least – the Delicious Bookmark buttons. I’m so used to just hitting the Delicious icon on the website I’m on to bookmark it. And yes, I am aware that Delicious offer javascript bookmarklet’s which allow you to bookmark easily on Chrome… However, i loved the fact that i can drag a link to the Delicious Bookmarks icon and it’ll bookmark the link which is really handy at work. If I see a link that I want to read, I just drag it to the icon, and it’s book marked for later reading.

I’m aware that all these wish list items are extensions to Firefox, and Google have announced that they are bringing extensions to Chrome, but I wish they’d hurry up about it!


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