Working in today’s fast-paced world can be daunting. There is so much to do with so little time available. Thankfully, automation is fast becoming a solution available to everyone. Activities such as filling out forms and job registrations are no longer tedious. Complex activities like scouring the Internet for information are now automated, thanks to browser automation extensions!
If you are looking for ways to automate your daily repetitive browsing tasks, these five Google Chrome extensions will automate your Web experience.
1. UI.Vision RPA – Multi-Purpose Desktop and Browser Automation
Formerly called Kantu, UI.Vision RPA combines the best of Kantu’s browser automation capabilities with the ability to automate desktop apps as well. This makes it one of the most powerful extensions for automating boring browsing tasks.
- Visual browser automation and UI testing – This is ideal for designers and developers. From testing layouts on different devices to recognizing various site elements, it’s perfect for automating browser testing.
- Visual desktop automation for Windows, Linux, and Mac – Much like website automation, use this tool to automate repetitive desktop tasks. Or, if you just need basic desktop automation for Windows, try AutoHotKey.
- Selenium IDE++ – This tool is often called the Swiss army knife of general purpose web automation. Run macros, automate filling out forms, and take screenshots.
It does have a learning curve if you’re new to browser automation, but it’s so useful that you’ll still love it.
2. Chromium Browser Automation (CBA)
The Chromium Browser Automation is a simple extension for Chrome. It’s a full-featured automation tool that helps you avoid repetitive activities.
It helps you automate simple activities like filling out forms while still being complex enough to support scripting and injection.
Some of its major functions:
- Record: you can record activities you are currently carrying out on your web browser. Record in this sense does not mean a screen recording. It means that the extension stores all your interactions with the web page.
- Play: this feature allows you to “play” your recorded interactions. This means you will be able to fill out a form again, re-access your email or delete a bookmark with a simple click of a button!
- Injection: this is for the more advanced users – web developers. You can inject your scripts into a web page to see how it affects site performance. This is useful for debugging and app testing.
Due to its simple interface, the CBA is easy to use with little or no prior browser automation experience. If this is your first time attempting automation, you are good to go!
3. Universal Automation for Job Search
Unlike other browser automation tools that attempt to do everything, Universal Automation does one task and does it to perfection. The Universal Automation tool is a job-search tool designed to search for and apply to jobs.
It does this by searching through a difficult job board for available positions. It matches these jobs to your specialty and sends the application.
After sending these applications, it sends you the application ID and codes. This is to provide proof of your application to the job.
Once installed, click on the button located on your browser toolbar.
This brings you to a page that grants you the option to configure the extension for your use. Click on “Options.”
The next page contains a form that you only need to fill out once. Once you have completed the form, click “Save,” and you are good to go!
This is a job search and application tool, so tailor your expectations appropriately. It is an effective tool nonetheless and can save you tons of time and stress with job applications. The tool hasn’t been updated in a while, but it still works well for what it does.
4. Wildfire AI
Since iMacros starting limiting features in the free version, Wildfire AI has become a popular alternative. It’s a seemingly simple website automation extension, but it’s great for beginners and experts alike.
All you have to do is start recording your actions and then press Stop when you’re done. Once a simulation is recorded, use the Workflow feature to quickly edit it the way you want. You’ll be able to run the simulation whenever you want.
The colorful workflow map makes it much easier to edit than many other similar extensions. It’s not quite as feature-rich as others, but if you just want to automate boring browsing tasks, this is a great place to start.
5. Katalon Recorder
The Katalon Recorder is an updated version for the obsolete Selenium IDE. It is a powerful automation tool focused on testing.
It also supports many popular programming languages, such as Java, C#, Ruby, Python, etc. It is useful for recording, replaying, debugging and displaying test results for Chrome.
Using this tool, you can interact with web elements. You can also record all the actions you have performed on a web app.
Creating and managing test cases are a breeze, and playing automated test cases takes a few simple clicks. It is also one of the fastest tools available for web automation.
Automating web activities is a necessary part of all web app development. Regardless of what you do online, there’s something these automation extensions can do for you.
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