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Gears Greased – Google Chrome gets Greasemonkey support

We brought you a post telling you that Google Chrome was going to be getting extensions, well now there are already over 2,000 of these bad boys, but hang on a tic, now Chrome users have access to over 40,000 more. Why? Well that’s because Chrome 4.0 now supports greasemonkey scripts for Windows and the Chrome developers build for Linux and Mac. The “gears” that run Chrome have been greased!!!

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Confused about what greasemonkey is? Thats ok, let me explain this thing to you real quick. It was originally developed for Firefox, Greasemonkey is an extension that allows you to write scripts (effectively JavaScript) that alter the web pages you visit. You can use it to make a website more readable or more usable. You can fix bugs that the site owner can’t be bothered to fix themselves. You can alter pages so they work better with assistive technologies that speak to a web page aloud or convert it to Braille. You can even automatically retrieve data from other sites to make two sites more interconnected. For example, VidzBigger, allows you to automatically scale video on YouTube to largest possible size and also lets you view the comments of that video without missing any of the video, so it fixes the video part of the screen. How awesome is that? Lots awesome!!

In Chrome 4.0, you can go to Userscripts.org, the outlet store for Greasemonkey scripts, and install many of the more than 40,000 scripts directly in Chrome, but about 15-25% of them wont actually work yet. On the backend, Chrome will convert those scripts into a Chrome Extension, then you can play with your scripts, install uninstall, whatever you like. Sounds like fun doesn’t it, yes it does :)

You folks, fans of productivity, will love this. Greasemonkey is a super duper way to add easy functionality to web pages and we think that because they are now manageable extensions, is LEGEN…wait for it…keep waiting…and I hope you’re not lactose intolerant because the end of that word is DIARY. Yeah, Whad Up!

OK, well clearly we love the fact that this has come to Chrome!! YAY! :)

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