Learn while you browse

Important notice The Translate and Speak Chrome extension is not working in most of countries anymore. Google started charging for each translated character and I can’t pay for all of us. I haven’t found any other usable translation service, so this extension won’t be maintained. The source code is open, if you want to take… Continue reading Learn while you browse

Chrome Webstore “message.json” issue

Today I have encountered an issue while I was uploading new version of my extension to chrome webstore: “An error occurred: Cannot parse message.json file from uploaded package.” I wasn’t expecting that since the extension was working locally without a problem. Also the error message says about message.json which was not a part of my… Continue reading Chrome Webstore “message.json” issue

New features “Translate and speak!”

My chrome extension just got two new features: Show in Wikipedia Show in Wiktionary They do basically that they say on a tin. The language of both wiki sites is determined by Google’s translate language detection function. It’s not always accurate, but it’s best I can get at the moment. I encourage you to install… Continue reading New features “Translate and speak!”

Chrome can speak now!

Yesterday new version of “Translate and Speak!” (previously TranslateMe) Chrome Extension has been released and it’s now ready to download on Chrome Webstore. New features in version 1.4 include: “Speak!” function, which uses amazing Google’s TTS to read text Translate (detect language) function, which tries to guess language of the phrase before translating it to… Continue reading Chrome can speak now!

Limitation of Chrome Extensions API

The Chrome Extension model is amazingly easy to use with just few basic concepts to understand. But there are rather severe limitations. The most important I found so far: There is no easy and consistent way to create option page. Developer needs to create option page as any normal HTML page, this is just overkill!… Continue reading Limitation of Chrome Extensions API

TranslateMe – my first Chrome extension

I spend long hours reading on-line (don’t we all?). Most of interesting material is available in English only (including en.wikipedia.org which is much superior to my native pl.wikipedia.org), so I tend to read all in that language. And as it is my second tongue, I need to use translator quite often. Google translator is doing… Continue reading TranslateMe – my first Chrome extension