Google Chrome, the open source browser from Google gets abookmark manager. Google has released a new developer-oriented version of Chrome that brings better bookmark management to the Web browser. This version of Google Chrome is available only to the subscribers of Dev channel of Chromium. The latest development version is 0.4.154.18 which gets the new bookmark manager.
Another change according to the release notes is the popup blocker. Previously the pop-up blocker just minimized pop-up windows to the lower right corner of the browser window, create one ‘constrained’ window for each pop-up. Now, Google Chrome displays one small notification in the corner that shows the number of blocked pop-ups. A menu on the notification lets you open a specific pop-up, if needed.
Sometimes while using Google Chrome it may happen that you don’t manage to watch flash content (videos) from famous websites such as Google Video or YouTube. What you get instead is the following error message: “Sorry the video is no longer available”. Of course the video is still available but what maybe you don’t know is that you are just experiencing a Macromedia flash player incompatibility with your Google Chrome. To check this theory out it is just sufficent to open you Internet Explorer or Firefox browser and try to watch the video. If you can do it, it means that… your flash player needs to be updated. Here is the trick to fix it:
Chrome offers an all-in-wonder search box that lets you search for the URL, a bookmark, smart results, and popular searches based on the term or terms you entered. For our example, I chose to use “California”. When entering that term, I was able to get an option to search Google for California, go to the State of California website, and even search for the California Lottery and the California DMV, popular searches on Google that have the term “California” in them.
When opening a new tab in Chrome, as long as the tab is blank when you open it [by pressing CTRL + T / CMD + T], you can bask in the awe of your most visited Web Sites. So if you visit CNN.com every day, it’ll likely be number one on this list. With the Most Visited feature, you can track up to 9 with thumbnails. You can even jump to your history with a click of the link.
What’s also very handy about this is when you’ve closed your tabs and decide you want to go back to them again, you don’t have to hit up your history, just open a new tab and look right under “Recently Closed Tabs”. The last three are listed there and are no longer beyond your reach.
With the power of Chrome, you can visit any Web Site you wish, click on the and choose CREATE APPLICATION SHORTCUTS. From here you can create links on your desktop, quick launch bar, and more to said favorite Web Sites. I was not able to get it to work under my environment but that doesn’t mean I can’t share the YouTube video with you that Google made about it.
If I could get it to work, this would be something I would promote heavily. Just a click on the desktop and you’re on your way to your email, your news, your online RSS reader, or even MySpace or Facebook.
Chrome launched as v0.2 and made a huge impact almost months ago. Interest in the browser has somewhat faded since then. According to Net Applications, Chrome currently has a market share of about 0.7%, down from more than 1% in early September. While it has made an overall positive impression on the media, the browser is far from complete. One major update was rolled out today.
The new version a pop-up spoofing vulnerability, enables touchpad scrolling, promises more performance and reliability for Flash, Silverlight, Quicktime and Windows Media plug-in, fixes a “Chrome has crashed” message when closing a tab with an Acrobat 9 PDF and works much better with web proxies now. Also, Chrome no longer stores data from secure web sites.
PROS OF CHROME – Here are some of the good things (I am listing only things which are not available in FireFox one way or another):
Process Isolated Tabs and Add-Ons – this adds stability to the browser in case a particular plugin or a page goes rogue. Also, since each tab is its own process, overall security should be better.
DNS Prefetching – I am not sure if FireFox does this (I think not) or whether there is a plugin which turns this one, but Google Chrome performs prefetching at a number of places making for a faster browsing experience (as people have been pointing out). Here’s a detailed explanation of this feature on the Chromium Blog.
Page Search – The neat thing about Chrome is that it has a little itsy-bitsy things that set it apart from other browsers. One such thing is how it does page search. You can access page search by hitting Ctrl+F, and when type what you are looking for it highlights the word in the page – but that’s not all, other browsers do that as well. Chrome also marks all occurrences on the vertical scroll bar. This allows you to quickly scroll to the occurrence (useful if you are on a long page). Take a look at the screen shot below to see what I am talking about (all those yellow lines on the vertical scroll bar mark the occurrence of the word that I searched for):
THINGS WILL GET BETTER
Of course, Chrome will not always stay this way. It is an Open Source browser and enterprising folks will make it every bit as powerful as FireFox in time. There is already a non-Google version of Chrome (Chromium).
Here are some interesting links on what the early adventurers are doing with Chrome:
There is so much more going on about Chrome, and I will keep updating this post as I find it.
CONS OF CHROME – Let’s look at the bigger list first:
Lack of Add-Ons – this is the single biggest problem with Chrome and why people just look at it, say “Nice!”, and never run it again after that. For example, it doesn’t have a StumbleUpon toolbar, or AdBlock, or S3Fox, or any number of add-ons and extensions that people have come to depend on.
Integration with Windows OS – there are little bitty things that don’t work:
Privacy Concerns – It’s from Google – most users are vary of the Terms of Service which Google has (and for Chrome these have been revised, but are not much better). There is very little trust, when it comes to Google tracking user data, and from Chrome, it has a license to track everywhere you go. The German Government has actually warned the citizens against using Chrome.
Other Annoyances – There are other small problems that keep the hate going:
When you download a file from a website, the downloads bar appears at the bottom of the tab where you can monitor the progress of your downloading file. The file button indicates the size of the download and the amount of time remaining until the completion of the download. An arrow appears in the tab to signify a download in progress.
Pause or cancel a download in progress
Open a downloaded file
After the file’s download is completed, click the file button in the downloads bar. You can also click this button while the download is in progress so the file opens as soon as it’s downloaded. The file’s now listed as the newest link on your Downloads page.
To make sure that files of its type always open immediately after they’re done downloading, click the arrow next to its button in the downloads bar and select Always open files of this type.
To open the folder on your computer containing the downloaded file, click the arrow next to its button in the downloads bar and select Show in folder.
Move a download on your computer
Copy a downloaded file to a different folder on your computer by dragging its button from the downloads bar to the desired folder window that’s open on your computer.
By default, Google Chrome copies your browsing history, saved websites, and passwords from your default browser when it installs.
Currently, you can only import settings from Firefox or Internet Explorer. To manually import information from these browsers, follow these steps:
Importing information into Google Chrome doesn’t remove the information from the other browsers.
Chances are you visit some websites on a regular basis. If you’re on a website, you can tell that it’s bookmarked if the star icon on the address bar is highlighted. You can create bookmarks in several ways. Click a link below to learn more about each method:
Click the star
If you come across an interesting webpage that you’d like to access again in the future, click the star icon on the Google Chrome toolbar to create a bookmark. A bubble confirming the addition of the bookmark appears.
If you accidentally clicked the star icon, you can quickly revert by clicking the Remove link in the bubble.
If you’re on the History page (Ctrl+H), you can also click the star icons that appear next to the links of websites you’ve previously visited to create bookmarks for them.
Manually add the web address
If you know the web address that you want to bookmark, you can right-click the bookmarks bar (Ctrl+B) and select Add page. Provide the following information in the ‘Edit Bookmark’ dialog box, then click the OK button.
Select the appropriate location for the new bookmark from the folder list. Click the OK button when you’re done.
Drag a link to the bookmarks bar
You can quickly create a bookmark for any link on the webpage you’re on by clicking and dragging it to the bookmarks bar.
Import bookmarks from other browsers
Learn how to import bookmarks from Internet Explorer or Firefox. After importing, folders and bookmarks on your Firefox bookmarks toolbar or Internet Explorer links bar are placed on the Google Chrome bookmarks bar directly (Ctrl+B). All other items are filed in the ‘Other bookmarks’ folder at the end of the bookmarks bar.
For times when you want to browse in stealth mode, for example, to plan surprises like gifts or birthdays, Google Chrome offers the incognito browsing mode. Webpages that you open and files downloaded while you are incognito won’t be logged in your browsing and download histories; all new cookies are deleted after you close the incognito window. You can browse normally and in incognito mode at the same time by using separate windows.
Changes made to your Google Chrome bookmarks and general settings while in incognito mode are always saved.
To turn on the incognito mode, follow these steps:
A new window now opens with the incognito icon in the top left corner. You can continue browsing as normal in the other window.