30 Chrome extensions for designers and devs (Part 2)

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16. Streak

Streak is the ultimate tool for managing CRM and support emails within Gmail. It allows you to turn a single email or an entire conversation into a trackable, assignable, organised ticket that you can manage yourself or share with others.

17. Search Stackoverflow

If you’re a web developer then you’ve probably heard about Stack Overflow, the go to place for any development related issues. If not, then you definitely need to check it out, the community is thriving and it covers a wide range of topics from C# and Java to PHP and jQuery. This fantastic extension adds a search box directly into your browser allowing you to search the vast resources of Stack Overflow. A must-have extension!

18. PHP Ninja Manual

It can be difficult to remember every function, so, if you’ve been wasting hours searching for specific PHP functions on Google, this extension is bound to attract your attention. The PHP Ninja Manual provides you with all the PHP 5.5 documentation with examples in eight languages without having to leave your browser.

19. PerfectPixel

Designers hate it when they create a stunning design for it not to match up perfectly when it’s coded. Perfect Pixel really is the perfect extension for web developers who are striving to develop sites that are accurate representations of designs. This easy to use extension allows you to put a semi-transparent image overlay over the top of your webpage and perform a per pixel comparison between them to ensure it is 100% accuracy.

20. Code Cola

Not only does this tool allow you to view the source code of what you’ve been working on, but it also functions as a CSS editor which means you can edit your web pages’ CSS style on the spot and see the changes instantly.

21. Chrome Sniffer

This extension helps web developer inspect and detect web applications and JavaScript libraries running on the site. It couldn’t be simpler to use: an icon will appear within the address bar indicating the framework and CMS version used.

22. User Agent Switcher

A great tool for seeing how a site looks using different user agents such as an iPad, iPhone or an Android device. This can be extremely useful if a site has been hacked as you can view pages the way search engines see them.

23. IE tab

One of the most popular and useful IE emulators available on the web. This allows web developers to test web pages with different versions of IE directly in their Chrome browser.

24. PicMonkey

This is an easy-to-use free online photo editor that allows you to edit web page images and screenshots. But that’s not what makes it so good. PicMonkey lets you grab every image and a screenshot of the entire page with a click of a button. Once you select the image you can edit it however you wish to from applying effects to changing exposure.

25. Chrome Daltonize

Colour Vision Deficiency (CVD) or colour blindness affects millions of people across the globe. This ingenious extension uses daltonization, a technique that allows the creation of images more suitable for viewing by those with CVD. This fantastic extension can be used to simulate how images appear to people with CVD and to help you design a more accessible web app. A great resource to help you design for people with CVD can be found here.

26. Appspector

This extension will help web developer to inspect web framework/CMS and JavaScript library running on the website you are currently browsing. An icon will appear on address bar indicates the detected framework. This highly-rated Chrome extension can detect more than 100 popular CMS and JS libraries.

27. Check My Links

Finished building a site? Ah, but have you been through and checked all the links? No matter how careful you are, it’s inevitable that you’ll have overlooked one or two, and checking them all is a tedious chore. Unless! With the Check My Links extension you can simply put it to work and it’ll comb through all the links on any page, highlighting valid ones in green and broken ones in red.

28. Flickr Tab

Are you tired of your Chrome tabs looking dull when you open a new one? The answer to your prayers has arrived in the form of Flickr Tab.

It’s a simple little Extension that displays a popular Fickr photograph each time you open up a window. Click the photo to view it in Flickr, or click the user name to see more photos from the photographer.

29. Google Art Project

If Flickr Tab and all its glossy images aren’t your thing then maybe Google’s Art Project extension might be more of your thing.

In every new tab you’ll be treated to a hi-res masterpiece from the likes of Van Gogh and Monet. If the images sparks your interest click on it and you’ll be taken to the Google Cultural Institute website which is full of information about the work and its creator.

30. Data Saver (Beta)

So, your latest bill from your mobile provider was rather toe curling? Don’t panic. You need Data Saver, from Google. The extension does what it says on the tin: it reduces the amount of data used when browsing the web. When enabled, Chrome will use Google servers to compress pages before you download them. There’s only one caveat: SSL and incognito pages won’t be included.

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