17 Excellent Google Chrome Apps You Need To Download

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Google’s Chrome web browser made huge strides this year, growing by as much as 84%, according to StatCounter.One of the unique draws of Chrome is that it allows you to install “Chrome apps,” applications that run within your browser.

Many of these apps are mere shortcuts to websites, but many of them are much more than that. Here are our favourites.

PadMapper makes apartment hunting tons easier.

PadMapper leverages Google Maps, Craigslist, Apartments.com, and Move.com to make for an immersive apartment hunting application.

Click here to add PadMapper to Chrome

Springpad keeps track of everything you need to remember.

Springpad keeps track of notes, pictures, bookmarks, recipes, to-do lists, and more, and it syncs across all of your computers and mobile devices.

Plus, the interface looks gorgeous.

Click here to add Springpad to Chrome

Offline Gmail gives you the flexibility of Gmail, even without an internet connection.

Gmail is the email service and email client of choice for millions of people, yet if you're left without an internet connection, it's easy to feel helpless.

The Offline Gmail app for Chrome downloads your mail to a local folder on your computer and enables you to send and compose emails without an internet connection. Pretty convenient.

Click here to add the Offline Gmail app to Chrome

AdBlock is one of the most popular Chrome apps ever

AdBlock does one thing, and it does it well: remove banner ads from the websites you visit, including popular destinations like Facebook and YouTube.

Click here to add AdBlock to Chrome

Bastion is a top tier game you can play inside your web browser.

Bastion is a highly acclaimed indie RPG game that features fun gameplay, beautiful artwork, and a 'reactive narrator' that tells a unique story based on how you play the game.

Click here to add Bastion to Chrome

Cryptocat is a private chat room for you and your friends

Cryptocat is an ultra secure encrypted chat room for you and friends. In order to join your conversation, friends need a unique code identifier.

Cryptocat even works on your Android or iPhone.

Click here to add Cryptocat to Chrome

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Kindle Cloud Reader is your gateway to reading all of your Kindle books on your computer.

The user interface is great, and the app even saves the entirety of the current book you're reading for offline reading.

Click here to add Kindle Cloud Reader to Chrome

Access great 60 Minutes videos with this app.

The 60 Minutes app includes all the segments you see on TV, plus interviews and behind-the-scenes commentaries.

Click here to add 60 Minutes to Chrome

This Chrome app takes screenshots of what you're looking at.

Remembering the keyboard shortcuts for taking screen captures can be annoying.

With this Chrome app, it's simple to take a screen capture of what you're reading and even add shapes, text, and arrows to it.

The app is built by Google, and is a nice lightweight alternative to Skitch.

Click here to add Screen Capture to Chrome

Aviary is like Photoshop, but free and in your browser window.

Aviary can make Chrome a little bit sluggish, but considering it's a free Photoshop alternative that lives inside your browser, it's a must-try.

Most of the photo manipulation tools you've come to know and love are all here.

Click here to add Aviary to Chrome

Scratchpad stores little notes and pictures you want to remember.

Scratchpad hangs out in the bottom corner of Chrome and stores every little thing you need to remember, like pictures, to-do's, and more.

It even syncs with Google Docs!

Click here to add Scratchpad to Chrome

SlideRocket is like PowerPoint but in your browser.

Like Aviary, SlideRocket takes a desktop staple application and sticks it in your browser, proving that you don't need a powerful computer to run productivity apps.

SlideRocket is a new take on slideshow creation. It's a modern version of PowerPoint, and even lets you export slideshows for easy viewing on mobile devices.

Click here to add SlideRocket to Chrome

Take a look inside your body with this app.

BioDigital Human takes advantage of new WebGL 3D technology to let you peer inside the human body and learn about what you're made of.

Click here to add BioDigital Human to Chrome

Plants vs Zombies is now on your computer

Ultra-popular game Plants Vs. Zombies is now playable from within your Chrome browser on a free trial. It's a fun diversion.

Click here to add Plants Vs. Zombies to Chrome

The New York Times even has a Chrome app.

The New York Times' Chrome app turns browsing your favourite newspaper into a fresh and new experience. There are even keyboard shortcuts to help navigate pages.

Click here to add NYTimes to Chrome

Write Space gives you a distraction-free writing environment.

Looking for a distraction-free writing environment on your computer?

Write Space is a full-fledged text editor that requires no internet connection and saves your document every time you type a new letter. It saves the document to your computer, so you don't have to worry about losing it somewhere in the cloud.

Click here to add Write Space to Chrome

Weather Underground's Chrome app is both useful and handsome.

Weather Underground's Chrome app combines some of the most accurate forecasts with beautiful high definition (if not necessarily relevant) images from around the world.

Click here to add Weather Underground to Chrome

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