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Email this page (by Google)
Email this page is another of those must-have-it extensions. I am regularly sending Web page links to various members of the teams I'm involved with, and this is a surprisingly big time-saver over cutting and pasting the link. The real value, though, is I can select a chunk of text, tap the toolbar button, and have that text show up in the body of the message.
How often used: Daily, throughout the day.
Live without it factor: I could live without it, but since a similar function exists on Firefox, I'd probably have stayed with Firefox if this wasn't available in Chrome.
Evernote Web Clipper
Because I do so much research and writing, I like to keep clips of Web pages and articles I find. In the process of researching my most recent two books, I've clipped thousands of pages. I used to use a tool called Zotero, but found it cumbersome. When I moved to Chrome, I bought a premium license to Evernote and now I use the Evernote Web Clipper constantly.
How often used: Daily, during my morning reading, and then sporadically throughout my day.
Live without it factor: I rely heavily on searchable archives of Web pages, so for me, it's invaluable. I've had some problems with it (it likes to capture multiple copies of a page), and searching isn't as granular as Google, but even so, it's proven to be a must-have extension.
FVD Video Downloader
To be honest, this extension is a bit of a disappointment. It will grab videos and files in many cases, but not all. In particular, it refuses to download YouTube videos. Now, why would I want my own copy of YouTube videos? Well, I often download conferences and meeting videos, as well as technical discussions, bring them into VLC Media Player, and play them back at 2x speed or more. It makes it possible to get through a lot of material quickly.
Since FVD Video Downloader won't download YouTube, I find myself going back to Firefox to use the Download Helper, one of the few add-ons I still use Firefox for.
How often used: Rarely.
Live without it factor: If it would download YouTube, it would be a regularly used tool. Without that functionality, I can live without it.