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11 good Chrome web apps for the Chromebook

My recent purchase of a Chromebook led me to investigate Chrome web apps. I was surprised to find many good apps for Chrome, and have already come to depend on these 11 while working on my Chromebook. A bonus tip for Chromebook owners has been included at no charge.
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By James Kendrick, Contributor on
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11 Chrome apps for the Chromebook

If you haven't checked out the Chrome Web Store in a while it may be worth a fresh look. There are many apps now available, from productivity apps to games.

These 11 apps are working well on my Chromebook, but most should work in the Chrome browser on any system.

Many of these apps work well in a separate window on the Chromebook or in a browser tab.

All of these apps can be found in the Chrome Web Store.

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New York Times

This app optimizes the New York Times web site for use in the Chrome browser. The many sections are just a tap away, and the page layout is optimized for the screen.

Free

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Scratchpad

This app works best in a window and provides a simple notepad for capturing information. Notes can be synced with Google Docs making them available from any system.

Free

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Black Menu

Chromebook users are often entrenched in the Google system, and I am no exception. Black Menu is a dropdown menu that provides easy access to all Google services in one space. 

The menus cascade down providing additional access depending on which service is selected.

Free

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Elegant Calculator

This dropdown calculator is a tremendously useful utility on any system and especially the Chromebook.

It provides both a basic calculator and a full scientific calculator based on user selection.

Free

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Aviary

This is a simple yet full-featured photo editor for Chrome. It can open any image file stored in the Google Drive for editing.

All of the expected functions are present in Aviary, and it works well.

Free

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TV Chrome

I like to watch world TV and this app is a convenient way to do so. TV programs can be accessed by both country of origin and category.

Once a show is selected it pops up a video window that works well in a separate window on the Chromebook.

Free

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WeatherBug

You have to get a good weather app, and this one is full-featured and attractive.

All of the expected forecasts are available, along with weather maps.

Free

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Webcam Toy

The Chromebook has a front-facing webcam, and this app takes good advantage of it. In addition to allowing snapshots from the camera, Webcam Toy also has a number of fun effects like the one shown here.

Free

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Evernote

I use Evernote on every device I use, and this app makes it easy to do with Chrome.

I run it in a window on the Chromebook and use it to both capture information and write articles.

Free

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Google Chat

This app is a simple interface for Google Chat, allowing audio/video chat sessions with your contacts. Used in a separate window I keep it open on my Chromebook to the side of the screen.

Free

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Pandora

I love streaming audio from the Pandora service, and this app puts a decent interface in Chrome. I run it in a window and minimize it while working.

Free

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Bonus Chromebook Tip

The Chrome OS has a full suite of keyboard shortcuts, so many it is impossible to remember them all.

Here's a great tip for Chromebook owners: Hit CTRL-ALT-? and an onscreen representation of the keyboard appears.

Hold down the CTRL, ALT, SHIFT key to see what each key invokes when it is pressed.

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