Ever since the widespread of Chromebooks, the app ecosystem of Google’s Chrome browser and operating system has become much broader than it ever was. The library of apps in the Chrome Web Store that is now more specifically targeted at Chromebook users is constantly expanding and growing. Even brand new packaged apps are now available that can be run offline, standalone on the Chromebook through the Chrome launcher.
While the number of Chromebook apps (Please check http://www.gadgetreview.com/best-chromebook-apps to learn more about Chromebook apps)in the Chrome Web Store is countless and innumerable now, here are the 5 best ones that are definitely worth having.
1. Polarr Photo Editor 3
The third version of this lightweight photo editor app was released just last year. Along with the fact that several features of Polarr have been improved, such as its adjustment sliders, photo editing guides and user interface, it is now also possible to use a mouse and touchscreen with it.
Now, quick adjustments can be made to any photo using any of the 50 different present filters that are offered by Polarr Photo Editor 3. Along with presents, this new version also includes a cropping and tilting tool, a dehaze fature, “denoise” improvements, extra keybord shortcuts, and vignetting. Edited photos can even be exported with watermarks using this app as well. Chromebook users will even be able to collapse and expand their workspaces.
2. Microsoft Office 365
Technically, Microsoft 365 is a set of productivity apps, since it consists of the typical full downloadable MS Office applications, but it is also much more than that. It is like an ecosystem that requires subscription after which users can access remote data, collaborate on files and share information, along with running the apps like Excel, PowerPoint, Word and more.
Some Chromebook users might be wondering why they should buy and download Office 365 when they can just use Google Docs, Google Sheets and Google Slides as a part of Google Drive in Chrome. They actually can and should if they happen to have minimal requirements. However, it is a fact and worth noting that the browser-based Google Docs is relatively slower while the Microsoft Office 365 apps are comparatively faster.
3. VLC for Chrome OS
Much like Polarr Photo Editor 3, VLC for Chrome OS was also launched by VideoLan in 2015. Finally, the most used media player in the world can be used on the Chromebook too and the app is a port of Android version.
VLC for Chrome OS has plenty of features. It supports all audio files, even FLAC, and all video files, even DVD ISOs and MKV. Whenever possible, it automatically detects subtitles, while subtitle file formats can also be loaded, such as SRT and SSA. Moreover, its media data resembles that of the Android version.
For quite some time, there was no proper BitTorrent client that Chromebook users could rely on and use. After all, BitTorrents grant access to illegal downloads of films and music, but at the same time even reputable companies use BitTorrents to offer convenient and efficient downloads of their software. However, that was only until JSTorrent was developed, becoming the first BitTorrent client for Chrome OS and it is arguably still the best.
Of course, it is not free, but files as large as several GBs can be handled by the app and it can be run with ease even on lower-end Chromebooks that are equipped with an ARM processor. Even a media player has been incorporated into this app, so files that are being downloaded can also be streamed at the same time. Depending on the user’s choice, files are either downloaded to Chromebook’s Downloads folder or to an external hard drive attached to the Chromebook.
There was a time when it would seem impossible for Chromebook users to install Linus on their notebooks, but Crouton is an open-source app that has actually made this possible. The convenience of using Crouton is that Chrome OS does not have to be uninstalled and users get the option of switching between it and Linux as desired.
Just about any desired Linux distro can be installed onto a Chromebook once Crouton has been downloaded. While using this app and installing Linux onto a Chromebook does have a bit of a learning curve, it is certainly use for users who would rather use a Linux OS rather than the default Chrome OS.