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Stefan vd

Stefan Van Damme

Expert in Browser and internet technology

I am a tremendous developer that changed the internet web experience. I created the Turn Off the Lights Browser extension that has been featured on Google, YouTube, Mozilla, and Microsoft Windows Blog. I am a web browser product expert for all the major web browsers. And build high-quality apps for Windows, Mac, Android, and iOS. I am a YouTube Community Contributor, Google Product Expert (PE) / Trusted Tester (TT). And I won the Google I/O 2017 contest for the Best Student Google Assistant from the 1000 entries. I am ready for the next challenge.

Dhr. Ing. Stefan Van Damme
University of Antwerp
Belgian developer

I own a MacBook Pro Retina 16 inch (begin October 2021)  
Desktop: Windows / Mac user
Mobile: iOS

Current know:
Product Expert on the Google Chrome English forum
Mentor on the Google Chrome English forum
Local Guide in Google Maps

Turn Off the Lights developer
Lovie Award & People Choices winner 2017 Google Developer Expert 2023 - Web Technology: Browser Extensions
Title What I do:
Google API Guru
Google (Desktop) Gadget
Google Maps Developer
Google Geo 3D Developer
Google Chrome Extension Developer
Google Chrome Extensions Proctor
"Google Chrome Product Expert (Top Contributor)"

Safari Extension Developer
Firefox Extension Developer
Opera Extension Developer
Microsoft Edge / Internet Explorer Extension Developer
Microsoft Store App Developer
Mac App Developer
Google Qualified Developer     Google Qualified Developer

Google Geo 3D Certified Developer   Google Chrome Extension Certified Developer


Who, what, where

Stefan vd is the persoon who make 3D graphic design and build programs. He is best known for the Google Desktop gadget in your sidebar. Even he also develop Windows gadget. And make buildings that are visible in the program Google Earth.


All products from me are completly free. And you can use it for private or business use.

Where come the name "Stefan vd"?

The name is chosen for the shortness of the url. And it give the initials from Stefan last name. www.stefanvd.net .


Dutch website: The first website go official open on 31 may 2006. First products information published is on tuesday 6 june 2006 for the GTI Mortsel in 3D and later Stefans own program. And now the website is converted to English on 1 november 2011. English website (.com) of Stefan vd is open 4 april 2006. And closed in the year 2010.

Developer Experience


I have experience with almost all programming languages such as HTML, CSS, PHP, ASPX, XML, Python, JavaScript, Objective C, Swift, Visual Basic.net, C#.

For design, I can work well with CSS3 and the software package Adobe Premium packet.


Stefan vd stands for years in the top as one of the best Google Gadget developer in the world. Which he is also one of the most famous Google Desktop API Guru for all your questions about programming a Google Gadget. And using the Google Desktop software.

Turn Off the Lights

This was one of my first Chrome extension I made for the Google Chrome browser. The extension gives focus to the video element and make it surrounding the video it dark.

This extension is so popular that Google is even create a video of it. My extension is also one of their most favorite Chrome extension.

Later also YouTube mark my expansion as great extension for the YouTube website.

3D Projects

GTI Mortsel is the first 3D graphic project. Then later the Tokyo, Brussels, and Antwerp city was next in Google Earth.


I also wrote technical articles such as the translation of Google Desktop Gadget. Include the translation of gadget. "Translating into different languages with strings.xml" (july 2009)

Community Help Forum

Occasionally i help Chrome users who experience difficulties while browsing on the Internet.

Because of my appreciation, I was even chosen as the first "Chromie Of the Week<"/a>" indicated. This mean the person who is most helpful to the Chrome help forum.

Now I'm also 'Uber Chromie' called. And since October 2011, I am called as Top Contributer for the English (USA) Google Chrome Help Forum.

Google Desktop

Google Desktop (and Developer) group. I am one the experienced developers that watch this group, answering questions and providing valuable feedback. Known as Google API Guru. Did you know this? The program Circle Dock use my a skin and icon from the Windows Dock gadget, I am the source of inspiration for the look of the current version of Circle Dock.

Google Blog

july 2010
Use Chrome like a pro
november 2010
Chrome extensions for YouTube

Archived Projects

† iGoogle Gadget 2007 - 2012

Web Gadgets

† Google Desktop 2007 - 2011

Gadget for Windows/Mac & Linux computer

† Windows Desktop Gadget 2007 - 2011

Gadget for Windows Vista & 7

Google Chrome extension 2009 - ...

Web is the future

Safari extension 2010 - ...

Web is the future

Opera extension 2010 - ...

Web is the future

Firefox extension 2010 - ...

Web is the future

IE extension 2011 - ...

Web is the future

3D Project 2004 - ...

3D is the future

Web App 2010 - ...

Web is the future

YouTube 2010 - ...

Video is the future

Google Chrome Help forum 2010 - ...

Help is the future

Windows 8 App 2012 - ...

Windows is the future

Mac App 1 August 2015 - ...

Apple is the future

Acknowledged and applauded by companies

Stefan's browser extensions is regularly acknowledged and applauded by companies:


Lovie Awards 2017 London and People’s Lovie Award for the Turn Off the Lights website and application.

Help to Promote you Company

Features for you

But you can also hire me to create a custom app to:
+ Enhance your business
+ Reach new clients
+ Promote your product


If you are interested in a custom HTML app, you can always contact me, see "/support/".

More and more people are interested in the use of mini-applications. To make their tasks and other things, finishing efficient  or to get the latest information.

Active platforms:

Google Desktop, Windows Gadget, 3D Earth/SketchUp, iGoogle Gadget, Google Chrome Extension, Safari extension, Opera extension, FireFox extension, Internet Explorer extension, Web app and Windows 10 Apps.


It depends on which platform you want.

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