The Dev channel has been updated to 5.0.360.0 for Windows, Mac, and Linux platforms
- Tabbed bookmark manager (Issue 4890)
- Several Translate improvements
- Fixed long timeout when navigating away from slow pages (Issue 11007)
- Fixed menu popups for Xinerama users (Issue 14184)
- Better crash dumping
- Updated libpng for CVE-2010-0205
- Issue 39196 Bookmarks under the chevron are disabled (fixed but not in this release)
- Issue 39104: REGRESSION: Native dialogs got extended - fixed on trunk.
- Issue 37874: REGRESSION: Visual Defect / Gray Bar on Frame and Superbar on Windows 7 and Vista Aero
- Issue 39340: [Extensions] Chrome crashes when dragging browser action not-incognito-enabled from normal window to incognito window
- Issue 39360: [Extensions] Facebook for Google Chrome extensions doesn't work in incognito mode
- Issue 39372: [Extensions] new tab extensions takes effect in incognito mode even without "Allow this extension to run in incognito" option checked.
More details about additional changes are available in the svnlog of all revisions.
You can find out about getting on the Dev channel here:http://dev.chromium.org/getting-involved/dev-channel.
Google Chrome 5.0.342.7 has been released to the Beta channel for Mac users (we released Linux yesterday). The highlights for Mac are basically the same, with the addition of Full Screen view working.
We finally have automatic translation for all Beta users.
- Automatic translations and greater control over content for privacy. The Google Chrome 4.1 Beta announcement for Windows explains these features in more detail.
- Full screen mode
- Really, really reload. A normal reload causes the browser to check with the server before reusing its cached content. The server can decide whether or not the browser should use its cached content. A force reload causes the browser to ignore its cached content and ask the server for a fresh copy of the page. Use Shift+Reload to force a reload (the reload keyboard shortcut varies by platform).
To get on the Beta channel, you can download Google Chrome from http://www.google.com/chrome?platform=mac.
Google's Chrome browser is out with a new Dev release, and the big change is inside the Mac bookmark manager, which we've heard was previously less than awesome to use. The new bookmark manager has drag-and-drop organizing, easy deleting and renaming, and a better look. The developers note that folders stuffed with bookmarks may not let you access all the bookmarks at the bottom, but a fix is coming. Auto-filled forms also saw improvements across all platforms. What still needs fixing in Chrome for Mac? Image via ReadWriteWeb. [Google Chrome Releases via ReadWriteWeb]
Mac OS X only: Chrome for Mac Beta just updated with support for Chrome extensions. Windows and Linux users have been enjoying support for Chrome extensions for a while, and while Mac users who're subscribed to the dev channel of Chrome have had extension support since January, this is good news for Mac users who prefer the relative stability of the beta release. Ready to get started installing some saucy Chrome extensions but not sure where to start? Check out these 13 excellent extensions, or just head to our Chrome extensions page to browse other extensions we've covered.
The release also brings with it bookmark sync, the bookmark manager, cookie manager, and task manager—so there's a ton of good stuff to in this beta release. [Google Chrome Blog]
[via Google Chrome Blog]
Since we released Chrome for Mac in beta last December, we've been busy adding new features. Today, after some incubation in the developer channel, we're happy to make some of these features more widely available. The new beta release of Chrome for Mac offers extensions, bookmark sync, and more.
With this new version, you'll be able to install any of over 2,200 extensions (and counting!) currently available in Chrome's extensions gallery. Extensions can add useful, informative, fun, or quirky functionality to the browser. You can manage your extensions by clicking on the Window menu and choosing "Extensions."
For this release, we remained focused on providing a snappy, safe, and simple browsing experience on the Mac. If you haven't tried Chrome on the Mac yet and are curious about its features, this video will take you on a brief tour:
Google Chrome 5.0.307.5 has been released to the Developer channel for Mac and Linux. We've fixed some bugs present in 5.0.307.1 in an effort to stabilize 307 for a Beta channel update.
Chrome only: Extension FastestFox adds a bunch of new options to Google Chrome to search multiple sites, add related links, and turn text URLs into clickable links.
Once installed, you'll see a new icon in the toolbar that allows you to turn each feature on or off—including a new search box that allows you to easily submit your query to another service, hover search buttons when you select text, related links on Wikipedia, and turning text links into clickable links.
Once you've done a search, you can scroll to the bottom of the page, and FastestFox will load the next page below the current one on demand, so instead of clicking through every Google result, you can just keep scrolling. It's a useful extension that might be worth a look, especially if you spend a lot of time doing research. FastestFox is a free download, works wherever Google Chrome extensions do.
Chrome only: Extension Don't Break the Chain tracks your progress with Jerry Seinfeld's productivity secret—a calendar that tracks how many consecutive days you've successfully achieved a certain goal.
All the extension really does is bundle up the calendar from previously mentioned webapp Don't Break the Chain and move it into an easy-access button on your toolbar, but it's a great way to keep yourself productive without a lot of effort. Simply click the box for each day you complete a task, and skip the days you don't—the app will tell you when you've been dropping the ball. Don't Break the Chain is a free download, works wherever Google Chrome Extensions do.
As we all know by now, Google Chrome for Mac and Linux are now here, and despite the Mac version missing a few features at the moment, both are earning rave reviews around the web. Meanwhile, a report a couple days ago from Net Applications suggested that the Mac and Linux builds helped push Chrome into the number three browser spot in terms of usage, past Apple’s own Safari. And it could be on the verge of jumping even higher thanks to Google now promoting it on its homepage to all Mac users.
After promising to release Chrome for Mac by the end of this year, Google has finally delivered it.
Although it still lacks some of the Windows features, such as: bookmark synch, full extensions support, bookmark manager and multi-touch support, it’s still worth a try. Especially, if all you want is speed.
[via Google Chrome Blog]
There was nothing more excruciating for me as a kid than seeing the presents pile up under the Christmas tree but knowing that I couldn't open them until Christmas morning. On the Google Chrome team, we've had the same feeling as we've been working to get betas ready for Mac, Linux and extensions. It's been a long time coming, but today we can check the top three items off our users' wish lists.
Google Chrome for Mac (Beta)
We've been working hard to deliver a first-class browser for the Mac — it took longer than we expected, but we hope the wait was worth it! We wanted Google Chrome to feel at home on the Mac, so we've focused on uniting our clean, simple design with subtle animations and effects to create a snappy and satisfying browsing experience on OS X. As you might expect, the speed of Google Chrome for Mac is something we're very proud of. If you have a Mac, try installing the beta and see how fast it launches — there's hardly even time for the icon in the dock to bounce!
For more details on this beta release of Google Chrome for Mac, read on in the Google Mac blog or watch this video from one of our engineers, Mike Pinkerton:
Google Chrome for Linux (Beta)
At Google, most engineers use Linux machines, so we certainly heard loud and clear how much they wanted Google Chrome for Linux. Just like Google Chrome for Windows and Mac, we focused on speed, stability and security, but we also wanted a high-performance browser that integrated well with the Linux ecosystem. This includes tight integration with native GTK themes, updates that are managed by the standard system package manager, and many other features that fit in natively with the operating system where possible.
Just as important, we've had quite a bit of help from the open source community. More than 50 open source contributors have worked on Chromium and they've been especially helpful on delivering our Linux version of Google Chrome. For more details on the beta release of Google Chrome for Linux, check out the Chromium blog.
Extensions in Google Chrome for Windows and Linux (Beta)
When we first launched Google Chrome in September 2008, we knew that we wanted to make it easy for you to customize the browser with extensions. We also wanted to make extensions easy to create and maintain, while preserving Google Chrome's speed and stability. Extensions on Google Chrome accomplishes all these goals: they are as easy to create as web pages, easy to install, and each extension runs in its own process to avoid crashing or significantly slowing down the browser.
If you're on a PC or a Linux machine, you can check out more than 300 extensions in the gallery, including a few cool, useful and cute extensions . Extensions aren't quite beta-quality on Mac yet, but you will be able to preview them on a developer channel soon. And if you're a web developer, you can learn more about writing extensions for Google Chrome on the Chromium blog.
If you've been waiting patiently for Google Chrome to come to the Mac, but you're not an early adopter who likes to take chances with nightly builds, you'll be happy to know that the first official Developer Preview of Chrome is out now. Chrome brings speeds comparable to that other Webkit browser you may have tried on your Mac, Safari. It's also got a growing library of themes, in case the default Chrome blue turns you off.
With Safari 4 switching away from the tabs-on-top after trying them out in beta, the orientation of the tabs is Chrome's defining UI feature. Chrome's multi-process architecture also keeps one crashing tab from taking all your other tabs down with it. Sure, you can "restore all tabs" when Firefox crashes, but that's still more of a pain than it needs to be. Chrome is also making strides toward supporting extensions. It'll also import bookmarks and settings from your other browsers, so it's easy to make the switch.
Today Google has released yet another build of its Chrome web browser for Mac OS X. While final version should be ready by the end of this year, Gizmodo reports, that this release is quite solid and worth a try.
Google itself describes those releases as lacking certain privacy features and not appropriate for general consumer use.
If you are anxious enough and would like start using Chrome on Mac as soon as possible, here are some download links:
- (Bug 18427) Make New Tab Page load faster with custom themes [r22462].
- (Bug 18160) Ensure downloads really stop when a user cancels [r22557].
- (Bug 13649, Bug 18456) Don't show themes in chrome://extensions/, since that page doesn't work well with them [r22578].
- (Bug 18480) Theme the New Tab Page in incognito mode too [r22613].
- (Bug 15247) Add a way to restore blacklisted thumbnails on the New Tab Page [r22704].
- (Bug 18093) App mode and popup windows should not be themed [r22783].
- Now supporting 50 locales.
- Support downloading large files (greater than 2GB) [r22670].
No, it’s not ready yet. But it does at least look like the Mac release of Chrome is getting ready for prime time.
Now, let me be clear: I am not testing out that rather bogus “Developer Release” of Chrome that Google announced to placate users last month, I’m testing out the daily builds of Chromium, which you can find for the Mac here. How different are they? Well, in look in and feel, a lot.
Just look at the difference in the start pages. The Developer Release of Chrome for Mac has a ho-hum old-style history overview page. The new builds of Chromium feature the new, sexy layout. This includes thumbnails of pages that you can move around and pin down. And because the build also includes favicons (which the Developer Release only does in certain places), it also includes the ability to switch to “list view.”