I would assume that, at least in this regard, I am like most web developers:
I use Firefox as my primary development browser because it was the first to offer all the Add-ons that made my life soooo much easier, and I could no longer imagine doing my job without these tools. Naturally, I just went ahead and used Firefox for my regular browsing too, cause, you know, you never know when you’re going to want to Inspect someone’s Element, right?
The challenge with Firefox then became that it got slower and slower, and upgrading usually meant saying good-bye to some of the Add-ons that you relied on so heavily, so, eventually, you found yourself stuck on this remote island: I want to upgrade my Firefox, but don’t want to lose my Add-ons…
I finally got sick of this situation and, thanks to having to work in a WebKit browser lately for a specific project, I have slowly fallen in love with Google Chrome. Their developer panel has finally caught up with, if not surpassed, Firebug in nearly all aspects, and I have also found a series of Extensions that mirror everything I needed from Firefox’s Add-ons.
Here is my list, feel free to share any others that you feel you couldn’t live without:
Firebug– Yeah, like I said earlier, possibly the best Chrome Extension is the one that isn’t an Extension at all, it just comes with the browser!
- Web Developer– Yes, one of what I consider to be the two most important Firefox Add-ons ever created, this is the Chrome version of Chris Pederick‘s toolbar. I must say, I like Firefox’s version better, easier to use I think, as a consistent toolbar and with keyboard shortcuts, but at least I have it.
- Eye Dropper – To sample colors from whatever is in your browser window
- Measure It! – Measure stuff that is in your browser window
- Microformats – I know, I know… why? I just can’t quite let go yet…
- Status Bar – Not really a developer helper, but nice to see full links before clicking them (though I may dump this one, it’s annoying in Gmail, because status bars are created for each of the
IFRAMEs that drive Gmail…)
- Awesome Screenshot – Really helpful, and very easy to use.
Also really cool, and something I had been looking for in Firefox since I started downloading Add-ons, is the ability to synch Add-ons across various computers, like you could with Bookmark synching, but that also is built-in to Chrome.
So, which of your fave Extensions am I missing?