Lazarus Form Recovery
If you've ever accidentally closed a tab or hit the back button while completing an online form, Lazarus Form Recovery is the tool you've been waiting for. This Chrome app saves everything you type in online forms and backs it up as you go, encrypting it so it's safe and secure. If you do accidentally delete something, simply click on the Lazarus icon in the corner of the text box you were working on, choose the text you wrote from Lazarus' menu and pick up where you left off. The app also has a nifty setting that lets you save forms for a period of time, so you can revisit completed documents.
Telegram is an ultra-secure, encrypted, cloud-based messaging app that lets you chat with your friends across any device. The Chrome app is clean and easy to use, and you'll have access to all your messages whether you're on your laptop, smartphone or tablet. Recently updated to support embedded Instagram photos, Twitter posts, plus YouTube, Vine and Vimeo videos, this is the most secure messaging app you'll ever need.
Gmail Offline tackles one of the basic weaknesses of webmail services: offline availability. Gmail Offline is a Chrome app that syncs your Gmail account whenever you're online, allowing you to access your mail when you're not connected. You can read messages, archive mail and even write new mail or replies. The next time Gmail Offline detects an Internet connection, it automatically executes all of your offline actions when syncing data.
Pixlr Touch Up
Autodesk's Pixlr Touch Up is a free, light photo editor that covers a lot of basics when it comes to tweaking photos before sharing to your social network or online gallery of choice. Pixlr Touch Up features crop, resize, rotate, and color and contrast enhancement, as well as some quick colorizing filters. Undo and Redo buttons let you take back bad edits, and the app can save the results to either your PC or to Google Drive. It's no Photoshop, but for touch ups and tweaking, Pixlr Touch Up gets the job done.
Pixlr Editor is a fairly powerful photo editor that should meet the needs of all but the most hardcore of graphic arts people. It supports layers and best of all, it offers a Google Drive plugin that allows you to choose a photo from your Drive, open it directly into Pixlr Editor, and then save it back to the Drive.
Google Keep, the search giant's cross-platform note-taking service, gets its own desktop Chrome App. This app takes Keep out of the browser tab bar and into your desktop taskbar. Now you're only a click away from jotting down post-it style notes, reminders, and quick snippets of text in Keep's minimalist desktop app. Insert images and lists, set reminders, archive or delete your notes, and synch your data across all of your desktop and mobile devices with this neat note taker.
In our highly connected online world, we might have to juggle the usernames and passwords of dozens of different accounts for a wild variety of apps and services. That's where password managers like LastPass step in, serving as your personal password locker, helping you generate strong passwords and then automatically saving it into an encrypted password locker that you can access anywhere with your master password. Simple, secure and with remarkably convenient features such as form autofill, LastPass is a great addition to your Chromebook.
Magisto stitches your family and vacation videos together into slick, professional looking productions. Simply upload your video clips, choose a preset visual theme, another choice for soundtrack (or your own music uploads), and then Magisto does the rest of the heavy lifting, returning an edited compilation complete with soundtrack that you can easily share with family and friends.
This app is specifically tailored for students. It lets them input specific details of their class schedules (like who teaches a particular class) and will create alerts for assignments and tests. They can track progress on assignments and mark them with a completion percentage. It has an app for Andriod and iOS that syncs with the Chrome version, so they can access it from their phones or their Chromebook.
This app allows you to do actual coding work from a Chromebook. You can also keep your work synced up across different computers of applications. It’s a good app to use if you’re just starting in the introductory stage of coding.
x-MoveNote for Education
This app is for the teacher that has a lot of PowerPoints and would like to turn them into videos for blended learning. You can import PPs or images into the app and then narrate your message while advancing the image or PP. Really good for beginners.
LucidChart for Education
Lucidchart is a web-based diagramming tool that makes drawing diagrams fast and easy. Students can work individually on assignments or with an unlimited number of other classmates to create and edit diagrams in real time -- great for group projects. LucidChart for Education includes all the premium (paid) features to schools.
You can use this app with any YouTube, Khan Academy (and many others) videos. It allows you to crop the video so you only show the portion you want, Record your voice to explain something and build questions into the video as they view it.
x-WeVideoWeVideo makes video editing easy for users. It looks and feels much like iMovie did a couple years ago. It has good editing features and saves directly to your Google Drive or YouTube. WeVideo is NOT a screencasting app. It is better suited for students to create short videos for reporting.