Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Chrome Natively Supports Greasemonkey

Greasemonkey is a Mozilla Firefox add-on that allows users to install scripts that make on-the-fly changes to most HTML-based web pages. Basically, as Greasemonkey scripts are persistent, the changes made to the web pages are executed every time the page is opened, making them effectively permanent for the user running the script.

Google Chrome and Greasemonkey
The original Greasemonkey developer and Google employee Aaron Boodman announced yesterday that Chrome version 4 and later will support at least 80% of the Greasemonkey scripts out there natively. That is, without any additional tweaking necessary; unlike many of the hacks that existed up until now.

This now gives those who contemplate switching to Google's Chrome a serious re-consider. For me personally, not having Greasemonkey alone was the reason behind my lack of interest in Chrome. Potentially, this now makes available 40,000 plus scripts. Although I've not tried it, I'm under the impression that each of the userscripts one would install is treated like an extension in and of itself.

Have you made the switch to Google's Chrome? If not, will the availability of Greasemonkey scripts lure you in now? Let us know in the comments.  ▣

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