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Adding Google Maps search to your address bar.

HashMaps lets you search for places and directions straight from the address bar. HOW TO USE: Once installed, in the address box, type in #, and press either Space or Tab. That's it! Now look for places or directions. NEW: You can save commonly used addresses like 'Home' or 'Work', which would allow you to search something like "home to McGill University". To save: Click on the Extension icon next to the address bar, and put in addresses. Or, go to chrome://extensions, find HashMaps, and click on the Options button. Note that you don't need to do this if you've already saved your Home/Work addresses in your Google Account. TO SEARCH FOR PLACES: Simply type in the name of the place, and press Enter. Example: "McGill University". Screencast: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGTYNvsGLgU TO SEARCH FOR DIRECTIONS: Type in the origin and the destination separated by a 'to', and press Enter. Example: "Montreal to New York". Screencast: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VPGPeumO-d4 MOTIVATION: While travelling in India, I often want to look up directions and places on Google Maps. But given that internet speeds are still somewhat iffy, the process is a pain. To look up directions, I have to first load maps.google.com, then enter locations, and then search. That extra step of loading the landing page significantly slows things down. But that's not why I wrote HashMaps. Given Chrome's excellent address bar - Omnibox - I now no longer have to go to google.com to search for something; I can just search from the address bar (this is of course also true for Firefox, but it sometimes craps out when it sees a colon: it thinks you're supplying a port). The process feels much more natural. That was the idea behind this extension. I use Google Maps on a regular basis, and the extra step of going to maps.google.com seemed unnecessary. I should be able to search for directions using my address bar, just like I use it for searching for other things. That, and I'm lazy. ICON CREDITS: http://www.flaticon.com/authors/freepik WHAT'S NEW: - Saving Home/Work addresses! - New, snazzier icon, courtesy: Freepik - Suggestions! Start typing and see suggested locations. Don't worry, your search history isn't saved at all: all suggestions are created dynamically when you type by smartly interacting with the Google Maps API.

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Frances FuelOct 8, 2015

I like this app

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Himanshu Kaul SahibMar 2, 2015

I just love the HashMaps extension. We all love the fact that we can google directly from our address book, right? HashMaps gives you access to google maps using your address bar. And don't worry, it does not need any special permissions so its pretty convenient to install and use.

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