Chrome's history menu lists your most visited sites and recently closed tabs, which is different from most other browsers. Extension Recent History gives you the history menu you're used to, listing your most recently viewed pages in a simple drop-down. More »
The Google Chrome web browser comes with a series of keyboard shortcuts that can be used to execute commands in the web browser. This ranges from opening new tabs with the Ctrl-t shortcut over Ctrl-p for printing to Shift-Esc for the task manager. A complete list of Chrome shortcuts is available at the Google Chrome website.
But there are also commands that are not mapped to keyboard shortcuts at all and others that are mapped with keys that the user does not want to use.
The Chrome Keyconfig extension for the Google browser can be used to configure additional keyboard shortcuts in the Internet browser.
The configuration is handled in the extension’s options. Several shortcuts are preconfigured with the option to edit the keys and actions or delete the key completely to avoid pressing it in error.
Each shortcut consists of at least one key and an action. Actions are provided in a pulldown listing. Among them actions to copy the url and or title of the website in various ways, to focus various elements on the page, scrolling related shortcuts, tab and navigational shortcuts or page loading shortcuts.
Configurations can be imported and exported which is handy to use the same shortcuts on all computer systems with Chrome installed.
The extension lacks a help file or explanations. Most of the features are self-explanatory while some leave the user puzzled. The extension for instance offers actions for a normal mode and limited mode without explaining the difference.
In addition to crash and stability fixes, this release also includes a localization refresh of our strings. If you spot any issues, please let us know: http://code.google.com/p/chromium/issues/entry.
The versioning of Chromium and thus Google Chrome has been criticized in the past for being raised with light speed. The first beta version of the Google Chrome web browser was released on September 2, 2008 and the web browser quickly made its way through versions 1 to 4. The official releases at this point are either a version 4 release (stable) or version 5 release (dev and beta).
This could change pretty soon as the latest Chromium version has been raised to version 6. It usually does not take long before the Google Chrome developers are raising the version of their web browser as well which means that we will soon see the first Google Chrome 6 releases appear.
Cutting edge users who want to try the latest Chromium 6 build can download the latest Chromium build from the Chromium build server.
There do not seem to be any major changes in the Chromium 6 builds yet.
Chrome: Firefox's Live Bookmarks show RSS headlines right from the bookmark bar. Chrome lacks this built-in convenience, but Extension RSS Live Links adds it in, saving you the trip to Google Reader just for a few headlines. More »
Being a business owner, it is very common to spy on your competitors, see what they are up to so you can take proper actions to prevent them from snatching your market shares. This applies for websites and online business as well. You have to constantly check out your competitors’ site to see if they have make any changes or launch any new stuffs. In addition, you can also find out what tools that they are using and implement them on your site.
In Google Chrome, there are several useful extensions that you can use to spy on others. Here is it:
So if you are wondering why your competitor is ranking high in the search engine, check out their design structure and see what they are doing correctly.
BuiltWith Technology Profiler is a scaringly useful tool for analyzing the backend structure of any site (except https site). It can expose almost everything that you are running in the backend, from the OS you are using to host your server, the programming framework, the software you use to run your sites, the advertisement network you are running, the analytical tool you are using, the widgets that you placed in the sidebar and many more insidious information.
3. Chrome SEO
When you are done with the backend, it it time to go to the frontend. ChromeSEO allows you to find out the SEO aspect of a site. It shows a list of results, including number of pages indexed, ranking in Google pagerank, Alexa ranking, quantcast, number of backlinks, number of bookmarks etc.
The Google Chrome Developer Relations team has been working hard to spread the word about Google Chrome’s extensions platform and support for HTML5. Besides speaking at developer events around Silicon Valley, we’ve made it a priority to connect with developers in other locations in and out of the United States.
Following our trips last year to the Czech Republic, Russia, and Argentina, we spent a good chunk of the past few months on the road meeting with hundreds of developers and Google Technology User Groups.
For starters, Brian Kennish spoke about advanced extensions at Google DevFest in Tokyo, Japan and Google’s South by Southwest Interactive booth in Austin, Texas. You can check out a video of Brian’s DevFest session.
Next, Ernest Delgado, Jeremy Orlow, and Arne Roomann-Kurrik presented extensions and HTML5 to developers in London, England. Both presentations were actually implemented using HTML5 — the extensions deck as an extension and the HTML5 deck as a webpage.
The Dev channel has been updated to 5.0.396.0 for Windows, Mac, and Linux platforms
- The toolbar, omnibox and other UI changes reverted for Chrome 5 have been restored in this build.
- Fixed bug related to scheme stripping that could cause URLs of the form "http://ftp.foo.com" to be misnavigated, by not stripping the scheme in this case.
- Many bugs fixed relating to stripping "http://" and its interaction with the clipboard. Chrome should now prepend schemes onto the pasted text in a variety of situations.
- Continual polish to main frame UI, including the bookmark bar
- Bookmark bar icons should no longer be cropped under some GTK themes
(particularly, the new ones in Ubuntu Lucid).
- Flash content when using nspluginwrapper should be clickable again.
- Linux: Fixed a crash caused by a premature application data record in the middle of an SSL handshake (Issue: 42538)
This is something I have never heard of. I was trying to install Google Chrome in Ubuntu and in the download page a small note came into my notice. It goes something like this "Installing Google Chrome will add the Google repository so your system will automatically keep Google Chrome up to date".
- I was rather intrigued. No need to add repository separately to get the latest updates? I always usedChromium Web Browser, a Google Chrome derivative, and this was actually the first time I was installing Google Chrome itself. So I am not sure if this hack had already existed before.
- After installing Google Chrome from deb in Ubuntu, I went on to check my sources.list and this was what I found.
- I was thinking, why don't Firefox or even Chromium do something like this. It is rather useful from a newbie point of view. I guess everyone here who have been using Ubuntu for sometime knows how hard it is to install latest updates of Firefox or as a matter of fact any other application in Ubuntu. What do you think? How about other applications also following the Google Chrome way? Send in your suggestions.
Google Chrome Blog: Potato gun, lightning, and sonic magic: Unconventional speed tests for the browser
[via Google Chrome Blog]
Yesterday, we released a new beta for Chrome, and teamed up with a few creative minds to bring Chrome’s speed to life with an early preview of a series of fun, unconventional speed tests for the browser. As promised in my blogpost, here’s a follow-up video of the full results!
(Watching web pages load at 2700 frames per second reveals unexpected artifacts. If you're interested in the technical details, read on in the video's description drop-down in YouTube).
All browsers: Want your Google Calendar to look a bit more like a desk calendar—all appointments, no filler? The Mini Google Calendar user script cuts out everything except your data view, relying on keyboard shortcuts for everything else. More »
Chrome: Chromey Calculator puts all of the best Google Calculator tricks right at your fingertips, along with a helpful list of your most recent calculations and the ability to turn recent results into variables for trickier calculations. More »
Wikipedia is a trusted source of information – when you want a general reference or want to define something, without adding all the text in your document. I regularly use the online encyclopedia for my writing work, projects and when I want to refer to definitions or popular personalities. If you are a writer and regularly use Wikipedia pages for referencing, you are certainly going to love the Wikipedia companion extension for Google Chrome.
After the extension is installed, click the small “W” icon placed just right to the Chrome address bar:
This opens a small pop up window where you can type the keywords in a text box and search the Wikipedia website without leaving the current page.
The extension is useful, because I can search Wikipedia from the same browser tab and avoid distractions while I am writing something. The second advantage is that the extension lets you open the page in a new browser tab, in case you want to read the complete Wikipedia page. Here is how the pop window loads the content:
- HTML5 Features: Geolocation, App Cache, web sockets, file drag-and-drop.
- Integrated Flash Player Plugin
- V8 performance improvements
- Preferences synchronization
- NaCl behind a flag
- Windows: http://www.google.com/chrome/eula.html?extra=betachannel
- Mac: http://www.google.com/chrome?platform=mac
- Linux: http://www.google.com/chrome?platform=linux
If you find issues, please let us know: http://code.google.com/p/chromium/issues/entry
[via Google Chrome Blog]
Today’s new beta release incorporates one of Chrome’s most significant speed and performance increases to date, with 30% and 35% improvement on the V8 and SunSpider benchmarks over the previous beta channel release. In fact, looking back in time, Chrome’s performance has improved by as much as 213% and 305% on these two benchmarks since our very first beta.
Today’s beta release also includes a handful of new features. Not too long ago, we introduced bookmark sync into the browser, which allows you to keep your bookmarks synchronized on multiple computers using your Google Account. Beta users can now synchronize not only bookmarks, but also browser preferences including themes, homepage and startup settings, web content settings, and language. By popular demand especially from avid Chrome extensions users, you can now install and use Chrome extensions while in incognito mode.
Under the hood, today’s release contains the goodness of some new HTML5 features, namely Geolocation APIs, App Cache, web sockets, and file drag-and-drop capabilities. Additionally, this is the first Chrome beta that features initial integration of the Adobe Flash Player plug-in with Chrome, so that you can browse a rich, dynamic web with added security and stability -- you’ll automatically receive security and feature updates for Flash Player with Chrome’s auto-update mechanism.
Since our launch last December, all of us on the Google Chrome Extensions team have been excited to see a steady stream of new developers trying out our platform. Besides reading our documentation, Twitter account and our blog posts, a great way for an interested developer to get up to speed has been to participate in the extensions community. For example, in our discussion group, experienced developers often provide advice and answer questions for those working on their first extensions.
We wanted to take this community knowledge sharing process a step further. We reached out to our friends at Aviary, Zemanta, Web of Trust and Glue and had them discuss their experiences with Chrome extensions on camera. In the videos below, you’ll learn some of the innovative approaches developers from these companies used to create their extensions. You’ll also hear about the technical challenges they faced, the techniques they used to make their extensions more popular, and some of their upcoming plans:
We’re sure that these short videos did not answer all the questions you have, so if you’re attending the Google I/O conference on May 19th, make sure to stop by the sandbox area and meet the Zemanta, Aviary, Web of Trust and Glue teams in person. They’ll be happy to share the benefit of their experiences with anyone looking to write a Google Chrome extension. If you can’t attend, make sure to get involved with the community and we’ll get you on your way to making an excellent Google Chrome extension.
Math wizards take note. Chromey Calculator is an extension for the Google Chrome web browser that offers access to most of Wolfram|Alpha’s and Google’s mathematical calculations and functions.
The extension places one of those dreaded icons in the Google Chrome header that opens a popup window when clicked on.
Here it is then possible to perform calculations and conversions easily. Supported among others are for instance:
- Mixed unit calculations — 2 mi + 4 km + 3 light-years in feet
- Unit conversion — 1/4 cup in tablespoons
- Currency conversion — 56 dollars in euros
- Hex, octal, binary — 4 + 0xAF + 0o71 + 0b10 in hex
- Mathematical functions — tan(pi/4), log(10), sqrt(2), etc.
- Mathematical and physical constants — pi, e, h, c, etc.
- Solve equations — solve(2 x^2 – 1 = 0)
- Derivatives and integrals
- Vector calculations