The Chrome app store has seen a lot of improvements lately, but a lot of the apps that work inside Google Chrome still go under the radar. With that in mind, here are a few of our favourites you might not have seen yet.
Recently, Google has pushed for more offline apps in the Chrome Web Store. This means they operate just like an app on your computer, but they exist entirely in the Chrome browser. You can use these on a Chromebook, or any other computer you have with Chrome installed. That means they come in handy when you’re working off a rental laptop or a computer without a lot of hard drive space.
While we’re still waiting to get offline support for some apps, a number of these already work offline, so you don’t need an internet connection to use them. The best part? In some cases, they can actually replace space-consuming desktop software for when you’re working on the go.
The Google Suite of Apps
Google Drive appGoogle CalendarGmail OfflineGoogle Keep
Another favourite from the Google suite is the Chrome Remote Desktop, which is a simple way to remotely access and control other computers. The fact is, if you use any of Google’s services, their apps are well made and worth checking out.
Write Code with Codenvy IDE
You’ll find quite a few development tools in the Chrome Web Store, including CoffeeScript IDE, Application Craft and the offline-compatible ShiftEdit, but what makes Codenvy IDE interesting is the collaborative features. Either way, you have a lot of solid options for coding right inside of Chrome.
Edit Audio with TwistedWave
TwistedWave is essentially trying to be Audacity for Chrome. It doesn’t quite get there, but as a free (you’ll need to sign up for a free account to get more than 30 seconds of editing) audio editing tool that exists solely in your browser, TwistedWave gets the job done. You can easily edit audio files, cut them down, apply effects and save everything to either Google Drive or SoundCloud. If you just need simple editing, Audio Cutter is a great way to trim clips and edit fades.
Tomatoes Keeps You Productive with the Pomodoro Technique
The Pomodoro Technique of productivity is one of our favourites. All it requires is that you work in solid 25-minutes block and track your working time. You can do this right in Chrome with Tomatoes, an app that not only tracks what you’re up to, but also has a leaderboard to compete on.
Get a Minimalist Writing Experience with Write Space
Edit Video with WeVideo
Edit Photos with Pixlr Editor
Keep All Your Chats Private and Secure with CryptoCat
If security’s not that big of a deal for you, the imo messenger is a one-stop app for all your various chat accounts, including Google Talk, AOL, Facebook and plenty of others.
Of course, we’ve only touched the surface here. A number of your favourite apps, like Dropbox, Evernote, Pocket, Spotify, Feedly, Wunderlist and plenty more have dedicated Chrome apps. It might seem a little silly to use them if you’re not on a Chromebook, but they can come in surprisingly handy on any computer you have that doesn’t have a lot of hard drive space for more full-featured apps. Of course, if you are living just inside Chrome, these apps can make the experience a lot better.