The web is full of Pinnable content. Every day you probably see dozens of blog posts with images you should Pin, but you forget to do it because the site hasn’t installed the right plugin.
Why rely on them? Within your own browser, you can have all the best Pinterest tools right at your fingertips. You can have hovering “Pin It” buttons, right-click menu items and more. You can even get inspiration photos delivered to you every time you open a new tab. It doesn’t get easier than this.
Install these extensions and you’ll always have new content to pin. Again, and again, and again.
Chrome start pages are always changing and evolving, so it’s refreshing to find a start page that is beautiful, useful and not too distracting. That’s what the Pinterest Tab extension is: a gorgeous way to view the sorts of photography you’re interested in, mixed with a few other neat features. Recently they also added the option to show your Chrome bookmarks in the tab too, which might be the clincher in your decision-making, especially as it means you can stop displaying the bookmarks bar and see all those sites in your start page instead. You can gain a little bit of your screen back!
What else do you get? Well, it automatically details an arc of the day, showing the current time and weather, and featuring the sunrise and sunset times for your location. It also connects to Google calendar to tell you what’s coming up today and tomorrow, but note that it only looks at your primary calendar.
The thing that is really strange is that it’s getting these gorgeous photos from 500px, but you can quickly pin any images you like using the little button in the bottom left corner. So, it serves as an easy way for Pinterest to get some of the most beautiful pictures from 500px into their system. Sneaky, but awesome for Pinners who like to bring new content to their followers. Also, if you like, you can just keep reloading the tab for new images. All in all, you could be pinning a LOT with this extension as your start tab.
The image categories include: cute, wild animals, photography, fashion, art, travel, sports, food, architecture, design, people, cats, science and nature, and gardening. Something for everyone. You can change what you get with a quick settings tweak.
Now finally, you also get a little Pinterest ‘P’ that sits in your omnibar, which you can use to pin images from any page you’ve stumbled across. This neat functionality makes sure you have no need of the regular “Pin it” extensions or bookmarklets, while also keeping your toolbar clean. Personally, I prefer it to a button in my toolbar.
The Pin It Button is the stock-standard Pinterest extension, so there’s not a lot to say about it. It pins when you click the button on the toolbar. It also adds hovering “Pin It” buttons to images while you’re surfing the web. Just in case you were in danger of forgetting to pin.
If you hate the hover buttons you can turn that off in the options, which is neat. You still have the “Pin It” functionality from the right-click menu. You can also right-click the button and delete it from the toolbar, which would be ideal if you already had the Pinterest Tab extension running, yet wanted the “Pin It” hover buttons on images and the right-click menu option, both of which the Pinterest Tab extension doesn’t have.
I have to say that this extension is one of the most useful ways of sharing things around the web. Just one little swirly green button on your toolbar leads to just about any share tool you can think of. In the options, you can choose which tools you want access to and which order they’re listed in. So, if you’re always sharing to Pinterest, or some other social network, it’s got you covered. It even has meta-sharing tools, like Hootsuite and Buffer. Basically, it’s an essential item. Get Shareaholic.
Just Pin It is a third-party Pinning tool for Chrome that has all the expected features, such as a hover button on images and the right-click menu item. However, it goes a step further and lets you take screenshots of the page, edit them quickly and upload that image directly to Pinterest. This could be really useful to you if you’re always showing off handy tricks and tools to your followers. You can turn off the hover button in the options, so it can easily be used alongside the other tools, including the official Pin It extension if you like.
What Are Your Favourite Pinterest Tools?
Obviously, this list is dedicated to Chrome lovers and doesn’t even touch the surface of the many other Pinterest extensions you might love, or the web-based Pinterest tools like Pinstamatic that brighten up your Pins. What do you use for your Pinning?