Chromebooks can sometimes be a hustle, especially when you have to connect them to other devices or use a series of apps or services that need local installation. While some of these actions are still impossible to do using a Chromebook, there are some workarounds for the most common needs of the users, such as signing a document just received on email or connecting a printer to a Chromebook.

Editing a document on Chromebook can also be a drag sometimes. But we discovered a couple of useful tools in the Chrome Web Store that allow you to mark the documents with annotations of both texts and images, or even include websites. We will walk you through five of the most powerful productivity add-ons that will give your Chromebook extra powers. These add-ons work great on the Chrome browser as well, so you can use them on a wider range of devices.

No 1: Folia

If all you need to do is make some highlights, put shapes and arrows on a document or simply mark a file with ink, then Folia is everything you need. If you decide to use it, you should know that this solution allows you to sign in through your Google Account to use it, or create a separate Folia account if you think is necessary. Folia allows you to import a document from your cloud service – OneDrive, Dropbox, Google Drive and any other top cloud service or from your computer’s local memory. You might find the entire importing process too long, but it’s worth it. As soon as you’ve uploaded the documents you will have access to a nice set of tools for editing your files.

When you’re done touching up the file you can save them back on your cloud storage service, from which you will be able to access it anytime.


No 2: DocHub

If you usually need to add an annotation as simple as a signature in PDFs files, then DocHub is the perfect tool for you.

The app allows you to create and save a signature within the app which can later be added on your PDF files. After you have created your signature, you can import your document from a cloud service or from your computer and retrieve it afterward with the necessary annotations.

The DocHub tool is pretty easy to use and provides a friendly user interface which is very straightforward. Although the service is still in beta-testing it works pretty great and we haven’t found any problems. But its creators agree that you might find some bugs here and there.


No 3: PandaDoc

Offering only a paid version of the service, this add-on is more targeted towards the business area and provides a lot of features that can improve collaborations. Among these features, there is a tool that allows the users to ask signatures from other users and send their own when requested.

The add-on based service costs $19 monthly/person, but if you decide to keep it and pay in advance for a full year it will cost less. It is very easy to use in teams and also comes with a lot of third party integrations like support for Zoho and basecamp, allowing you to keep your files synchronised with your team members’. PandaDoc also provides a very organised interface and it is the best choice if you need to stack shared files in one depository.


No 4: Axiom

Another interesting add-on is Axiom. It offers an interesting set of easy to use tools that will allow you to make the changes you need. However, the interface isn’t as fancy as that of the above add-ons and it also works with a limited set of document formats. In order to use Axiom, you can import files from your local memory or from cloud services like Dropbox and Google Drive. Further on, after the chosen document is uploaded in the web app, you will be able to select the options in the toolbar menu to add your modifications to the document. You can make changes like writing, adding sticky notes, highlighting and then share them with your team members. The file formats you can use with Axiom are PDF, Powerpoint or Word and you won’t be able to use images. However, it’s free and fast and could be helpful.

Axiom Chromebook

No 5: Scribble

This add-on is the best if you’re used to doing your documents based on a thorough research. After adding Scribble to your browser, just by clicking on the bookmarklet shown, you will be able to access a toolset for web annotations and simply mark the web page your on and save the modified content on the cloud storage Scribble provides.

Keep in mind that this version of Scribble is still in beta and might come with some bugs, but other than that you get a wide variety of ink and highlighter colors and the possibility of organizing your stuff using tags. The Scribble add-on is also free, but the people behind Scribble are preparing a paid version of the service for users that need more than the standard 250 MB of storage.

What do you think? Which add-on are you going to go for?