Friday, February 26, 2010

Google Docs Viewer extension for Chrome

Chrome Browser: If you are a tech-savvy person, you probably have noticed that Google integrated with much of the internet market with free software and services. The Google Chrome browser is optimized to load web pages faster and interpret JavaScript quicker than most other web browser available. In the past month or two I have started using and liking Chrome. It is still considered "beta" and does have some bugs, but overall it's worth the download.

Google Docs Viewer: Since Google integrated extensions in the Chrome browser, developers have quickly begun to develop free extensions to make common tasks more efficient. One issue all browsers have in my opinion is the Adobe PDF plug-in. This plug-in is slow and can crash your browser if things aren't exactly right or if the PDF has file corruption.Google has released a simple tool to allows users to view PDF files without the Adobe plug-in by using a web based service. The extension, Ultimate Google Docs Viewer, automatically reassigns links to PDFs, powerpoints (*.ppt, *.pptx), tiffs, and Microsoft Word files (*.doc, *.docx) to automatically open in the Google Docs Viewer. It also provides quick access to download the file.

More Extensions: I will be reviewing other extensions and promoting those I think are beneficial.In the meantime, I would recommend looking into the Google Chrome browser.