4Chan Plus For Google Chrome – Improves 4Chan’s Usability

I’ve never used 4Chan myself, but this extension sounds like an improvement over previous version …

4chan, love it, hate it or be indifferent to it. The web forum is one of the most controversial websites on the Internet these days. The website itself feels dated on the other hand, especially the way threads and forums are displayed to the user.

4Chan Plus is a Google Chrome extension that adds many features to 4chan that improve the website’s usability. All features of the regularly updated extension are optional which means that users can make use of them but do not have to.

4chan plus

Lets take a closer look at the features:

  • Hoverable images – Grab the full image and display it on mouse over directly on the same page without loading another one. Option to preload images on request or always. Option to replace thumbnails with the large versions automatically.
  • Expandable images – Open images in a new tab on double-click. Option to define the size of that image (original, fit screen, custom size)
  • Post Preview – Displays referenced posts on mouse over.
  • Show the number of unread posts in the titlebar
  • Restore postnumbers in /b/
  • Autofetch new posts – Set to every 3 seconds by default, can be changed to every second or every 10 seconds. Autoscroll when new posts appear, scroll quick-reply box with auto-scrolling.
  • Quickreply – Activate on board pages and within threads, remove original box.
  • Bookmarks – Add thread bookmarks to access them at a later time again.
  • Smartbar – Displays information and options at the bottom of the screen, for instance to preload or expand images, see the number of repllies, favorite it or reply.
  • Quickreport – Add a button to quickly report a thread to moderators.
  • Content features – Play Youtube videos directly on 4chan, make links clickable and restore original filenames of images.
  • Sounds – Add sounds for specific events.

4chan extension

The Chrome extension makes life on 4chan a lot easier, especially for regulars. The developers have plans to add the following features in upcoming updates:

[NEXT UPDATE]
– retract expanded threads
– backlinking
– improved postpreview
– screenshots!

[FUTURE UPDATES]
– (auto)saving images to disk*
– support for other sites (confirmed!)
– styling options / themes
– sage highlighting
– auto-noko + switch
– ‘comment too long’-expansion
– filter

Chrome users can install the 4Chan Plus extension directly from the official Google Chrome extensions gallery.


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