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15 Best Google Chrome Extensions for Designers

15 Best Google Chrome Extensions for Designers

In 2012 when Google Chrome surpassed the IE popularity numbers people started taking it more seriously. It was a smart move by Google when it added a range of toolkit with lot of improvements in its Chrome’s features. Synchronization with other web application, creation, building, analysis, maintenance and improvements of websites were the primary focus of the extensions introduced. I can’t take all in one post hence here is my list of 15 Best Google Chrome Extensions for Designers:

 

Window Resizer

Window resizer extension helps in showing several screen resolutions by resizing the size of the window. Web designers who want to test their layouts on different resolutions on laptops, desktops and mobile devices can use it.
Window resizer

 

Webpage Screenshot

This extension can capture a whole page and is fast yet simple option. Designers can save PNG/JPG images with a click; even long pages are stored in one image file only.
Webpage Screenshot

 

Simple Image Resizer

Maintaining quality is difficult when sizes of images are changed. Simple image resizer resizes photos and images while retaining its quality.
Simple Image Resizer

 

Mobile Tester

It becomes important for designers to test their designs on different resolutions and user agents. Mobile tester is used to test mobile websites having numerous resolutions.
Mobile Tester

 

Speed Tracer

Performance is important. It tells about the time spent on various applications (Example: JavaScript parsing, DOM Event handling, layout and CSS style recalculation). Note that Speed Tracer is available in Chrome 18 and above versions.
Speed Tracer

 

What Font

Once you hover over the font this extension would effectively inspect the type of web fonts.
What Font

 

Stylebot

Using it designers can easily manipulate the appearance of any website. It uses customization of CSS.
Stylebot

 

Image Downloader

When there is a need for bulk image download then this extension can be proved very useful.
Image Downloader

 

CSS Reloader

Web designers and developers plays with CSS and do lot of experiments. CSS Reloader allows reloading of CSS of web pages without reloading the page.
CSS Reloader

 

Responsive Web Design

As the name suggests, it tests the responsiveness of web designs on Google Chrome.
Responsive Web Design

 

Eye Dropper

One of my favourite extension; it is an open source and using it you can pick any colour from the web pages.
Eye Dropper

 

WebEdit

It allows designers to edit any webpage without saving those changes for experiments. This extension is very handy when the purpose is to play and experiment with the website without causing any damage to it.
WebEdit

 

YSlow

This is a performance tester and helps to improve performances of the websites. It provides information related to page performance, components, summarizes the component details.
YSlow

 

MeasureIt

It provides a ruler to get the pixel width and height of any elements on a web page.
MeasureIt

 

Image Cropper

Cropping image becomes very handy with this extension. It helps in taking specific portions of a webpage. It is the simple, no-frills Chrome extension. It provides pixel-perfect accuracy.
Image Cropper
I was a habitual IE user and hence I was bit reluctant to surrender it to Google Chrome. But gradually I switched to it like many others who have changed their browsers from Firefox, IE etc. to Chrome. Reason is obvious; chrome is easy to install and is freely available and it offers useful extensions which are equivalent to the add-ons and plugins that comes integrated with other browsers. It is not an exhaustive list and I encourage you to research more.

Written by Amit Tripathi

Being an professional blogger, Amit has work on many professional blogs for same niche. Get Amit on Google+

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