gmark-this

Dear readers,
A couple days ago I managed to make available my first Chrome extension. GMark This is a Google Bookmarks extension for Google Chrome. It aims to provide a lightweight and elegant interface between Bookmarks and Chrome by providing simple ways of bookmarking new pages and searching bookmarks. Searches are also integrated with Chrome’s Omnibox.

GMark This was motivated by the lack of a simple extension to manage Google Bookmarks on Chrome. For users with a significant amount of labels and bookmarks, using traditional options like YAGBE is not feasible. Loading all your labels on a pop-up and browsing through them is simply not efficient. That’s why GMark This aims to provide the simplest integration between Bookmarks and Chrome, without overheads.

Currently GMark This aims to provide a simple integration between Bookmarks and Chrome, thus, its features also aim to be as simple as possible.

  • New bookmark creating through a browser action button.
  • Bookmark search through Chrome’s Omnibox.

You can check it out at http://code.google.com/p/gmark-this/

Chrome or Firefox?

I’ve been a Chrome user for quite a while and before that, Firefox for a long time. I decided to make the move almost 2 years ago, right after extensions were introduced. The main reasons to do so were the start time (cold and warm), which by that time were blazing fast on Chrome compared to the slow Firefox and the cool new Chrome start page. So far I’ve been happy with Chrome besides a few problems with it’s extension capabilities, but the recent launch of Firefox 7 made me question my decision. The new Firefox is as fast, if not faster than Chrome on start time and apparently consumes significantly less resources. That, combined with more powerful extensions is a recipe for a great browser.

Now the requirements. What is really important to me is, besides the speed and footprint, are a few particular extensions. Good support to Google Bookmarks, Evernote, Read it Later, a Session Manager, AdBlock, a bulk media downloader and a Twitter client.

So far I came to the following analysis:

ChromeFirefox
Google BookmarksPartially. YAGBE works but it’s not great.Yes, thru GMarks
EvernoteYes, thru official extensionYes, thru official extension
Read it LaterYesYes
Session ManagerYesYes
AdBlockYesYes
Media DownloaderNo. Apparently this is a Chrome API limitationYes, thru DownThem All or Download Helper
Twitter ClientYes, TweetDeck appNo. Could not find a web app at the same level as
TweetDeck.
Nice Start PageYes.Yes, thru myfav.es.

So what is your opinion? Have any extension suggestions? Firefox or Chrome?