Monday, March 1, 2010

Windows Beta Update: Translate and content controls


The Windows Beta channel for Google Chrome has been updated to 4.1.249.1021. This update has some new features that we wanted you to be able to try before Chrome 5 is ready, so we created Chrome 4.1.

The new features are
  • Automatic translation of web pages
  • More content settings to let you control whether web sites can store cookies, load images, use plug-ins, run JavaScript or show pop-ups. You can find these new settings in under Options > Under the hood > Privacy.

The changes in Google Chrome 4.1 Beta are explained in more detail on the Google Chrome Blog.

Orit Mazor
Google Chrome Program Manager

32 comments:

MK said...

Does this beta include the changes from Issue 32365 allowing users to enable extensions in Incognito mode? I've been hanging onto an old 4.0 beta because it was the last version that let userscripts run in Incognito.

Manish said...

Excellent!!

How about moving all the privacy related options to a new tab named "Privacy"? Also the clear browsing option should be able added back to the Wrench Menu, rather than hidden in the Option tab.

Ryan said...

Doesn't always remember javascript settings when you enter url into block list.

Andre said...

When will this Translate feature come to the Mac?

Li, Quanjia said...

opera is really fast now. chrome need speed up. I count on google

Mirek said...

Opera is fast but buggy now and has been for years. Many websites dont work well in Opera too. Most discouraging issue is the case of Opera vs Microsoft. Instead of doing their own marketing they abused Microsoft to release ballot screen to EU users of Windows, so they have a choice of browser instead of using IE. Chrome and Firefox didn't need such amoral way to increase their market share. It's like if company that makes calculator can suit Microsoft because Windows already have one and thus users dont want to buy their commercial calculator. It makes me sad, because I liked Opera browser.

_flyman_ said...

I do not know where to complain:
Chrome does not support a design
-object type="text/x-scriptlet"-
I ask to consider at updating.

The reference to not working design:
http://log2stas.livejournal.com/569824.html#comments

The Russian user.

Dogan said...

Please put an option to completely disable translation feature.

Daniel said...

I have to agree with one of the above commenters. Chrome needs to boost it's javascript engine's performance to match Opera's improvements. It's no longer the king of the browsing world. I noticed that when I was browsing some websites, I would attempt to scroll before the page was finished downloading. Opera has no problem with this, while Chrome lags behind. This also should be improved. I look forward to any future releases!

christina said...

Translation Bar Privacy Issue: I never allowed Chrome to send the web addresses I visit to 'google servers' to determine the content language. Even if I chose 'Never translate X language' the URLs are sent anyways.
Many updates were released after the introduction of this forced feature but Google hasn't offered a way to disable it.
After the great news about Chrome supporting Extensions, I've decided to try Chrome, but I believe this 'translation toolbar' feature has been the most upseting/controversial since the release of Chrome and many have switched back to Firefox until this 'glitch' gets fixed.

riscy00 said...

I found update website very confusing because it does not reference to release number, so I can decide if my version (previously installed) requires updates.
The beta download website for example does not inform anyone what version number or date.
This area need improving to be more clearer so we can decide better.
I think this is important obvious feature of the website, why it is not there?

Mark Larson (Google) said...

@christina: The translate feature never sends any data to Google unless you choose to translate a page (by clicking the Translate button).

When the translate bar appears, you can choose Options > Never translate this site or Options > Never translate this language .

The content language is not determined by sending data to servers, it is all done locally on your machine. We use something we call the 'Compact Language Detector' to determine the primary language of the page you're looking at.

I appreciate your concern, and I'm glad you commented because other people might thing the same thing. Please rest assured that Google Chrome doesn't send the content or address of pages you view to servers for the translate feature.

--Mark

Mark Larson (Google) said...

To be precise, when I said "Google Chrome doesn't send the content or address of pages you view to servers for the translate feature," I should have added "until you ask for a translation by clicking the button."

Chris L. Carnakis, Esq. said...
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Fabio_Rulez said...

if you want the native translator bar to be themed please star issue:

http://code.google.com/p/chromium/issues/detail?id=37300

Rob Gevers @ Studio Fresh said...
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Chris L. Carnakis, Esq. said...

I ran a test where I opened up all of my bookmarks (approximately 150) in tabs under Google Chrome, then I ran the same test under Firefox. I noticed that Google Chrome uses about twice the processing power and quite a bit of memory in its attempt to open said bookmarks, and it struggled to do so. Is this because Google Chrome handles each tab as a separate process? Will processing and memory usage be better managed in future versions of Google Chrome?

Also, and once again, is there any chance that we'll see an open/run option in addition to simply downloading/saving files? I have been waiting for this since Google Chrome was first released.

Thanks.

Fabio_Rulez said...

@Chris: there is a very popular bug about save/run.
see:
http://code.google.com/p/chromium/issues/detail?id=333

about memory usage i think it is true, but is the price to pay for the speed and sandbox. I think is not such a big deal.

r721 said...

Please put an option to completely disable translation feature. (x2)

-Steve Eason- said...

I've had Chrome crashing a whole lot after this latest update. I'm running on a 64-bit Windows 7 install.

Fabio_Rulez said...

A question to google guys:

what will happen when users in the future decides to choose chrome browser from the ballot screen with no IE installed on the machine? if chrome takes proxy settings from IE and IE is not installed... ?? I know u sure have a solution... just wondering about that...

J said...

Great improvements in content controls. Nice to see that they work also in incognito mode. Thanks. However, it would be nice if you could allow javascript for current session only. Now you can only choose to allow it permanently or not at all.

ms15nycSport said...

NEED on/off option for Translation feature,options givings are never this Lang or never on this site how about complete turn OFF option to this irritating feature PLEASE PUT an option to complete disable/Enable translation feature
THANKS

Fabio_Rulez said...

the option to shut up the translator is already on the trunk and will land on new dev version. ;)

Chris L. Carnakis, Esq. said...

That's good news, Fabio.

Also, I really hope they bring back the "Clear browsing data" option on the Tools menu. I think that many Google Chrome users want this option back in the wrench. :)

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Justin said...

anyone else feel the options set up, looks "unprofessional"? Maybe switch personal stuff, just to personal and under the hood to advanced? just my opinion.

krtulmay said...

@Fabio_Rulez regarding proxy for Chrome, the statement "Chrome takes proxy settings from IE" is incorrect.

Chrome takes proxy settings from Windows Internet/Proxy settings, which is also where IE takes its proxy settings if installed.

Windows Internet/Proxy settings will still exist on all Windows computers regardless if IE is installed or not.

Fabio_Rulez said...

@krtulmay: thanks a lot for the explanation! ;)

quincytse said...

Like Steve, Chrome keeps crashing on me as well - seems to be caused by Google Calendar. It crashes the entire application, not just the tab.

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