Thursday, October 22, 2009

Dev Channel Updated with Fixes and Extension Changes


This week Printing and the Quicktime plugin make their initial appearance on Chrome for Mac.  Lots of important Extensions changes and quite a few bugs are also fixed.


Be sure to read the Known Issues if you are running Chrome for Mac.


All Platforms:
  • CSS rounded corners are now antialiased on Windows and Linux.  (They were already on Mac.)
    Mac:
    • Printing now works. (Issue: 13158)
    • [r28871] Autoupdates no longer cause problems if Chrome is already running. (Issue: 14610)
    • [r29388] Hitting backspace while IME is active does no longer go back in history. (Issue: 25000)
    • [r28837] QuickTime plugin no longer crashes, and often displays properly (though there are still bugs to be ironed out).
    • [r28837] Plugin whitelist has been removed, so that Chrome will attempt to load all NPAPI plugins.  Expect more plugin crashes.
    • [r29396] Ctrl-tab switches tabs again. (Issue: 24921)
    • [r29458] Cmd-` switches windows again. (Issue: 24817)
      Linux:
      • Minor visual polish (e.g. horizontal scrollbars show the proper grippy, omnibox highlighting fix).
      • [r28834] Create application shortcuts now works on Fedora 11. (Issue: 22966)
      • [r28869] Browser actions (extension buttons in toolbar) partly implemented. (Issue: 23882)
      • [r29102] Omnibox auto-complete popup stacks properly below SCIM IME candidate window. (Issue: 19082)
      • [r29261] Ctrl+F etc. no longer type other letters into edit boxes in non-English keyboard setups. (Issues: 10846221521471)
        Chrome Frame:
        • Fixes persistent IE 8 crashes. (Issue: 22768)
        • Fixed crashes when navigating with Web Inspector open. (Issue: 22993)
        • Fixes spurious errors when re-installing Chrome Frame. (Issue: 23444)
        • Fixes a crash in comctl32.dll, triggered by Google Wave. (Issue: 24115)
        • Fixes empty referrer issue for initial link navigations. (Issue: 22994)
        • Preview support for accessibility via MSAA, including ARIA role and state information. (Issues 23669, others)
        • Improved keyboard and accelerator handling.
        • IE text-size menu items now change text size in Chrome Frame.
        • Navigating to a site marked as restricted is now disabled in Chrome Frame. Chrome frame now updates the zone UI on the task bar.
        • Chrome Frame will now work for all other users on the machine, not just the user who installs it. (Issue: 23989)
        • Fixes for SSL certificate error issue.
        • Disables sending 'chromeframe' in the User-Agent if the Chrome Frame addon is disabled. (Issue: 22760)
        • Disables the 'Chrome has crashed - Restart?' message box.
        • Limited support for JavaScript history object for back/forward from content.
        Extensions:
        • [r29068] *Breaking Change* Finalize browser actions API (Issue: 23879)
        • [r29284] *Breaking Change* Only one browser action or one page actions is now allowed per-extension. We are experimenting with the idea of a direct correspondence between extensions and visible UI features. We think this may improve managability. (Issue: 24473)
        • [r29335] Update page actions API to improve usability. Old API still supported. (Issue: 24635)
        • [r29495] Browser actions and page actions: Add chrome.browserAction.setIcon({path:...}). No longer need to prespecify images in manifest. (Issue: 22575)
        • [r29297] Add an options_page to the manifest. (Issue: 23801)
        • [r29365] You can now use (slightly) bigger icons in browser actions and page actions. Up to 19px square are now allowed (up from 16px). (Issue: 24881)
        • [r29046] Fix extension canceling. (Issue: 23405)
        • [r29143] Browser action button disappears when loading a new extension. (Issue: 23593)
          Known issues:
          • Mac: If an older version of Chrome is running when this version is automatically installed the running version will not quit cleanly and will spike the CPU at 100%.  It will be necessary to Force Quit the application.  Use Cmd-Option-Escape to open the Force Quit dialog.
          • Mac: Cmd-opt-left/right navigate history instead of switching tabs (Issue:25396). Use cmd-{/} as workaround.
          • Linux: Some fonts may look blurry or extra bold. (Issue: 25365)
          More details about additional changes are available in the svn log of all revisions.


          You can find out about getting on the Dev channel here: http://dev.chromium.org/getting-involved/dev-channel.


          If you find new issues, please let us know by filing a bug at http://code.google.com/p/chromium/issues/entry.


          Jonathan Conradt
          Engineering Program Manager


          58 comments:

          @hmad said...

          wats the version no. for windows n linux????

          I like 2 bee Anonymous said...

          I upgraded!. It's 4.0.223.9. I am on winXP.

          Experience: I had 2 tabs open i upgrade then closed chrome
          and reopened it gave me 3 error popups after getting rid of them i closed chrome and opened again and it's been working fine since.

          Thanks

          Skyheartblue said...

          All,
          Download the latest DEV version from here (r4.xx) and install it.
          With this baby the new releases will auto update your chrome! Even with r4.xx!
          http://www.google.com/chrome/eula.html?extra=devchannel

          The coolest browser ever!!! :)

          BTW.
          Latest version is: 4.0.223.9
          JB

          @hmad said...

          thanks man..
          lack of support of authentication based proxy in google update is a big drawback..have to depend on offline installer

          Gary said...

          Does Chrome Frame get automatically updated when Chrome gets updated? Or do you have to update Chrome Frame separately?

          jujubee jackolantern said...

          cmd opt arrows work for me for switching tabs, they don't go though history. I'm running mac os x 10.6.1

          Stecki said...

          Reloading tabs or trying to open certain tabs from bookmarks keep crashing chrome now :-( Unsuable :-( #Win7-RC-32bit

          elguero said...

          There is already a bug report about the crashing.

          http://code.google.com/p/chromium/issues/detail?id=25515&sort=-id&colspec=ID%20Stars%20Pri%20Area%20Type%20Status%20Summary%20Modified%20Owner%20Mstone#makechanges

          Stecki said...

          @elguero Many thanks - deactivating rss extension solved the problem!

          DarkUFO said...

          Is it possible to roll-back. This version is unusable.

          Евгений said...
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          Rick said...

          Looks like this version kills the LastPass extension...

          Fabio_Rulez said...

          continues crash with extensions enabled. I had to remove them to make the browsers work fine. If you experience the same problem, you have to disable the extensions. Please star issue http://code.google.com/p/chromium/issues/detail?id=25546
          I opened about that.

          Fabio_Rulez said...

          sorry, haven't noticed that there was already a bug about that, tracked as issue 25515. Please star that one. Hope they'll fix soon ;)

          Tony said...

          Can we have an off-Line Mode and a Better Bookmark Manager that confirms upon deleting a bookmark item?

          Avinash Agrawal said...

          THIS KEEPS CRASHING, For example
          goto news.google.com
          Clicking on "Sci/Tech" at left side of page, makes Chrome crash

          DIEGO said...
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          DIEGO said...

          Chrome doesn't work with Gmail, Google Reader, Chrome Help, Blogspot (i'm writing this in Firefox)...

          Mark said...
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          Skyheartblue said...

          @ Avinash Agrawal,
          This works perfect for me.

          JB

          Blue Frog said...

          Just updated to 4.0.223.9. Gmail calendar doesn't render multiple calendars correctly in week view when there are overlapping events.

          Avinash Agrawal said...

          Just pressing "Refresh" button on this page
          http://googlechromereleases.blogspot.com/2009/10/dev-channel-updated-with-fixes-and.html

          makes it keep crashing. Whats going on ?

          Fabio_Rulez said...

          PLEASE READ THIS! FOR EVERYONE WHO POSTED ABOUT CRASHES OR WANT TO POST ABOUT CRASHES!!

          there was a problem whit feed extensions that is already tracked and solved. They'll put out the fix soon. As workaround just disable your feed extension.

          jujubee jackolantern said...

          this has been the most stable update yet for me...not getting any of the aforementioned crash issues

          Avinash Agrawal said...

          Removing blog RSS extension helps, no more crashes now. thanks @Fabio_Rulez.

          BTW, this RSS extension worked in prev version

          DIEGO said...

          It's alright!!! REMOVING RSS EXTENSION, chrome works fine....

          Geordon said...

          Windows build crashes if you're running RSS extension 1.0. Version 1.3 works flawlessly.

          Geoffrey said...

          I have seen the bold/fuzzy fonts with Linux build 4.0.223.5 on the buttons on the Google homepage, but did not see it an any widgets or main sectinos on other pages (on the small amount I tested, anyway). Tested on UNR 9.10 Beta.

          Soo said...

          in the new tab window. you need more than 2x4 most visited preview boxes. like a lot more. fill up the screen with like 4x8 or moar!

          im not making this up

          Moses said...

          updated, restarted and Chrome only show me blank screen and won't load any page for me :(

          Kevin said...

          Bookmark manager needs to be a priority! It's so frustrating the way bookmarks are dealt with currently!

          There's no way to reorder bookmarks on the bookmark bar, you can't bookmark things to the "Bookmark" menu item. So annoying!

          Sagi Koren said...

          Still can't sync my bookmarks. Chrome freezes.
          I checked bookmark manager and it seems that chrome has duplicated some folder bookmarks 20 times or so.
          This might be the problem.

          But since I cannot delete anything straight from Google Docs (annoying read-only message) there's nothing much I can do.

          Is there a way to remove duplicates automatically from google docs?

          Will syncing be solved some day?

          Pras said...

          this version crashes at piratebay\browse and almost all .aspx

          LeFF said...

          When you make the saving of a proxy auth?

          dmt said...

          Huge decreasing in benchmarking from about 4700 points to 4200. http://service.futuremark.com/peacekeeper/browserStatistics.action

          Darin Fisher (Google) said...

          @hmad, can you describe what kind of proxy authentication you use? google update supports many flavors. i'm surprised to hear it does not work for you.

          teezeh said...

          For me, the last two Dev channek builds do no longer show PDF file inline via the Adobe Plug-in. I have the latest Adobe Reader and Acrobat Pro 9.2 on my Vista Ultimate machine...

          Murat said...

          BANKING SITE OF GARANTI.COM.TR STILL NOT WORKING. BLANK WHITE PAGE..!!! ITS BEEN NOW ALMOST 5 MONTH. (https://sube.garanti.com.tr/isube/encurl/430b2484a221a20b75903e0c499d7ba8)

          Lumo said...

          Teezeh: the PDF mistake is due to the updated Acrobat Reader 9.2, and it actually affects all Chrome editions.

          It is called Issue 24883 and happy news is that it has been fixed, i.e. the next Dev channel after the current 4.0.223.9 will not see the problem.

          Chrome only re-paints the PDF when things actually change. But Acrobat Reader 9.2 needs "2 signals" that the window has changed before it starts to paint. So the fix is probably that when PDF opens, they send him two signals. ;-)

          Habib said...

          Chrome only re-paints the PDF when things actually change. But Acrobat Reader 9.2 needs "2 signals" that the window has changed before it starts to paint. So the fix is probably that when PDF opens, they send him two signals. ;-)

          @hmad said...

          @ Darin Fisher (Google)
          i'm behind a Squid proxy using LDAP integration for authentication...it just never updates on its own..i've checked with local admins..its just google update that fails to work.

          vhanla said...

          When you try to upload a file for example on twitpic or any other site, it happens that if you right click any picture file and choose preview on windows xp in order to make sure it is the correct picture, and after that return to the opendialog and finally accept, then chrome crashes showing the following error message:
          La instrucción en "0x07a33842" hace referencia a la memoria en "0x09df8fd8". La memoria no se puede "read".
          Runtime error 216 at 07A33842

          And after that it shows the restart chrome confirm dialog.

          Maybe it only happens to me, but just try and comment here please.

          francois said...

          chrome is crashed many too often.
          it is a very bad version!

          Hazar said...

          Still we can't use bookmark manager in mac version and also bookmarks bar arrow isn't working properly. I want to organize my bookmarks but there's no chance to do that. Please do something about bookmarks in the next version.

          Alistair said...

          For those with crashing issues, make sure you disable all your extensions. Then try to enable them one at a time to see what is causing your crash.

          Economie Numérique Conseil said...

          teezeh : I have the same problem :
          1) clic on xxx.pdf : opens a blank and waits for ever
          2) CTRL clic on xxx.pdf : opens a blank and waits for ever
          3) right clic : choose open in a new window (not TAB) : opens a new window and works!

          Carlos Eduardo said...

          Since mine updated to 223.9, everything I do crashes Chrome.

          I'm on Windows XP and have 4 extensions, Gmail Checker, RSS Icon, Adsweep and Xmarks.

          This never happened before the update.

          Economie Numérique Conseil said...

          MS WINDOWS VISTA : no extension : crash after seconds moving page down, I went back to beta version (3.0....)

          Scriptor said...

          Bye, bye, extensions.

          houtxone said...
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          Dan Atkinson said...

          Has anyone else encountered any issues with their userscripts (i.e. not working)?

          When I updated to 4.0.223.9, they stopped... :(

          houtxone said...

          Maybe it's my imagination but I disabled all my extensions and then re-enabled them and got a significant boost in speed.

          MajorMauser said...

          BookMarks Have never worked for me I cannot get the BookMarks Manager to open its just greyed out. I have deleted everything Google.... or having to do with Chrome and re-installed. Still no BMM.

          Dave said...

          This is the worst Chrome version I've experienced yet. It's highly unstable and crashes often. Please fix.

          Yang said...

          Can you help me with this bug everytime I click on the antonation on youtube Google chrome will always said The following plugin has crashed: Shockwave flash
          Can you tell me weather this is Adobe or Youtube fault or is it a bug
          OS: Windows XP Professional SP2
          RAM: 768MB
          Processor: 1.73 GHZ

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          Siddhant4u said...

          I'm getting below persistent error after upgrading to 4.0 version of chrome while accessing Gmail.com. It works fine for 3.0 version and any other browser.

          "This web page has a redirect loop."

          The web page at https://www.google.com/accounts/ServiceLogin?service=mail&passive=true&rm=false&continue=https%3A%2F%2Fmail.google.com%2Fmail.... has resulted in too many redirects. Clearing your cookies for this site or allowing third-party cookies may fix the problem. If not, it is possibly a server configuration issue and not a problem with your computer.