Essential Google Chrome Extensions for web designers:

Over the past few years Google’s Chrome browser has gained a lot of popularity among web designers. Although Firefox has been there for quite some time, the Google Chrome browser is now the preferred browser for users, web designers and web developers as well. Reasons for this includes speed of operation, customizability and a ton of extensions to make life easier. Here are some of the most essential Chrome extensions that are currently available on the Chrome Web Store for web designers.

CSS Shack:

CSS shack is a powerful chrome extension that allows users to perform a number of tasks that include creating designs and then export them as a CSS file for use on the website. CSS shack also supports layers and contains a host of other functionalities offered to the user.

iMacros:

iMacros is a helpful chrome extension that allows users to record their actions and save them to the hard drive. This prevents the hassles that come with repeating the same steps for testing the web pages over and over again, and all this with the click of a button.

WhatFont:

WhatFont offers the easiest way to identify the fonts on a webpage. With this simple yet elegant extension you can inspect web fonts by just hovering on them, saving a lot of time.

Project Naptha:

Naptha helps users while working on mock-up image with embedded text. This extension also has features such as highlighting, copying, editing text from any image on the web. This handy extension also can translate the text too.

Instant Wireframe:

Instant Wireframe allows users to view live as well as local web pages with a wireframe overlay. Web designers can turn any web page into a wireframe with just a single click.

Ripple Emulator:

Ripple Emulator is a handy multi-platform environment emulator that helps users to test their web apps using a number of devices and screen resolutions. Ripple Emulator can also be used for perform debugging, Document Object Model (DOM) inspection and automated testing as well.

Perfect Pixel:

There is no point in coming up with stunning designs that does not match up when it gets coded. Perfect Pixel helps users to develop websites that are accurate representations of the designs. It ensures that the website matches the design pixel for pixel.

Evernote Web Clipper:

Evernote Web Clipper is a great tool that allows users to save all interesting content from around the web in their account. Users can save anything they see online including text, links and images to their Evernote account with a single click.

Web Developer:

Web Developer helps users add a toolbar button on their browser that contains a number of tools required during development. The tools provide options for working on cookies, CSS, Forms, Images and much more.

Stylebot:

Stylebot provides users the options for manipulating the appearance of any site on the web using custom CSS. It is basically an editor that allows users to change font size, colours, margins and much more.

Percentage of paid gaming apps on play store.

If you consider the sheer number of products on Play Store it would be impossible to get an exact percentage of paid apps. Initially, developers, both novice and amateur alike, wanted to milk this cow dry and the games, that were published then, were mostly paid, so there was a rather large chunk of paid mobile games in the marketplace. Later on the developers realized that not everybody would go for a paid game/app and they started looking for alternatives to monetize their product. Furthermore, piracy also affected paid apps, converting them to easily downloadable APK files off the net.

The Play Store has come a long way from being just a marketplace for apps/games. Most app submissions don’t go through the kind of moderation or censorship that the ios App Store goes through and the result is of course a huge pile up of apps/games, where some of the great apps from good companies go unnoticed.

In-App Advertising was the next best option for developers. Ads were placed inside the apps in a rather unobtrusive fashion. While most apps’ utility weren’t affected with a slight ad space either at the bottom or top, they were still considered irrelevant and annoying. Some apps also went on to have a full screen ad along with a countdown to a skip button. In the end even when the app experience was spoilt to a meagre degree, users were happy as long as it was completely free. Yet again the developers faced issues as the ads generated a lean revenue.

As a result Freemiums were introduced. These are apps/games which are free to play, but when users try to access all features, they are asked to pay a small amount. People who were hooked to the apps/games were happy to oblige. Ads were also a major source of revenue for these ‘free games’. While Freemiums are the obvious choice to go with, developers can also opt to monetizing an app through in-app purchases.

Right now it’s safe to assume that the paid apps on Play store is as less as 20% and these are either games from AAA developers like Gameloft or from gargantuan companies like Ubisoft or EA or even apps that  boast of immense features. Even so, these paid apps either quickly take the freemium route within months of its release or go on sale for as less $0.99. Nonetheless feel free to charge a premium if your app meets the quality.

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