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    OK, is it possible to make plugins for chrome?
    I can't seem to find a definitive answer.

    If so, where should I start looking for how to do it?

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    Okay, first there's a distinction between plugins and extensions. Chrome supports NPAPI plugins which are cross-browser and used for things like Flash. I don't know much about NPAPI, but I imagine plugins would generally be written in a compiled language such as C++.

    Chrome is also beginning to support extensions, which are Chrome-specific and are written in HTML and Javascript - they make calls to Javascript APIs which call browser functions. This support hasn't reached the stable channel yet, but the weekly-updated developer's channel has a lot of these features implemented.

    For more info you should read the HOWTO for what's available now and check out the design documents to see what's coming up.

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    The Stable version is now at 2.0.172.28 so now supports Extensions ...

    If your on the Stable version you should have updated automatically by now ...

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    Thanks guys!
    I will take a look at the docs and rip into making an extension or plugin.
    Will post back here with my results.

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    Don't hesitate to ask if you need help.

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    OK guys I am ready to make a start on this!
    I guess start with a toolbar?

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    Quote Originally Posted by couponmeup View Post
    OK guys I am ready to make a start on this!
    I guess start with a toolbar?
    Think again..Chrome doesn't allow toolbars to be added.
    You can do a Browser Action, though.
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    OK, I started an extension.

    A quick question, the small yellow info bar that comes up when you first run chrome and it says it's not your default, would you like to make it?
    What is that control called, can I create my own message in a box like that?

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    As far as I know, you can't use that box directly, but you could emulate it with HTML.
    You might be able to access that control with NPAPI but I wouldn't know how. :P
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    OK, doing well now.
    How do I get it to remember stuff?
    I want to remember which URLs have been visited....

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