Plugins

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Plugins is an extension for Google Chrome that lets you easily control third-party plugins and extensions in your browser. You can download Plugins from the extension store and install it to your browser in two clicks, and it will save you much time if you’re a power user. Design 8/10 There seems to be no design at all; it’s just a dropout menu out of a button in the Chrome extension panel. But the design is there, it’s just as functional as can be. And the extension is usable enough to give it some place. It&r...

Plugins Review: Better Living Through Extensions

Plugins is an extension for Google Chrome that lets you easily control third-party plugins and extensions in your browser. You can download Plugins from the extension store and install it to your browser in two clicks, and it will save you much time if you’re a power user.

Design 8/10

There seems to be no design at all; it’s just a dropout menu out of a button in the Chrome extension panel. But the design is there, it’s just as functional as can be. And the extension is usable enough to give it some place. It’s even good, as so far the extension is less than 1 MB, and looking lean and mean only does it right.

You can change the appearance of the icon (in fact, just select the color of it, or choose your own image to display), and that’s all you can do about the design. But that’s quite enough.

Functionality 9/10

It’s a meta-extension – that is, an extension meant for working with other extensions and plugins. It lets you easily control third party elements in your browser, like Adobe Flash Player (if you still use it) or extensions you installed.

For advanced users it has Chrome components list, so you can update any of them separately. It lets you easily access built-in cleaner to clear cache or personal data. There are special sections for controlling Flash plugin, and a menu for handling other extensions.

The latter is probably one of the most wonderful features. You won’t have to dig deep now to control extension. In two clicks you can access all of them, and the built-in menu lets you disable or remove any of them.

Usability 8/10

The major mission of this extension is saving your time by providing easier access to key functions of the browser. And it’s done well. If you let Plugins review the way you clear your cache or manage extensions, you may like it from the first time.

So far (as for March, 2019) the extension hasn’t been updated for more than a year. But it doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s abandoned. Maybe the developer just follows the rule: if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. And by now it definitely ain’t broke. At least, we didn’t notice any issues with it.

The extension can be added to the context menu, but we didn’t see much sense in that.

Cross-Platform Use 8/10

As an extension for Chrome, it’s available for all the platforms that support the desktop version of this browser (that is, Windows, OS X, and Linux). Mobile versions of Chrome don’t support extensions so far, and it’s not clear if they ever will.

In Conclusion

Plugins is a great extension for managing other extensions of Chrome. Power users will appreciate it, and if you think you’re one, download Plugins to make your life easier.

Pros:

  • Quick access to features you may often need;
  • Control over all extensions, including those you’ve hidden;
  • Small size and simple design;
  • Works without issues.

Cons:

  • If you don’t use these features frequently, you don’t need Plugins;
  • Too much attention to Flash player that gets obsolete;
  • No updates since February, 2018.

Design 8

Functionality 9

Usability 8

Cross-Platform Use 8

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