Chrome extensions with right-click context menus coming soon! And your chance to win a Chrome hoodie…

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In a move that is surely an effort to keep pace with Firefox’s helter-skelter development of Jetpack, Chrome Beta now has a context menu API!

There’s also a bunch of other new APIs, the most exciting being the Omnibox API. Imagine Chrome’s built-in search engines (type ‘Amazon’, then a space, and then a book name — it searches Amazon!), but with extension access. Type the name of an extension into the Omnibox, and then any further input is redirected to the extension. Actually, having said this is an exciting addition, I’m really not sure what an extension would do with it… Perhaps something Ubiquity-esque?

The new Infobar API might be of interest, too. You know that blue bar that appears when Chrome asks you whether you want a page to be translated? Well, extensions can now pop those up for you. I can see security and privacy extensions like LastPass making use of them, or an extension that alerts you when a page you’re visiting has an ‘official Chrome extension’ (you know, instead of that awful JavaScript hack…).

Oh, and if you make an extension (featuring the new APIs? It’s not clear), let Google know and they might send you a free Chrome hoodie! Hooray.

Chrome extensions with right-click context menus coming soon! And your chance to win a Chrome hoodie… originally appeared on Download Squad on Tue, 24 Aug 2010 09:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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