Thursday, September 22, 2011

Chrome Beta Release


The Chrome team is happy to announce the arrival of Chrome 15.0.874.24 to the Beta channel for Windows, Mac, and Chrome Frame and 15.0.874.21 for Linux.

Chrome 15 contains some really great improvements including:
  • A brand new New Tab Page
  • Javascript Fullscreen API is now enabled by default 
  • Chrome Web Store items can now be installed inline by their verified site (more information for developers can be found here.)
  • Omnibox History is now an additional sync data type
More on what's new at the Official Chrome Blog.

You can find full details about the changes that are in Chrome 15 in the SVN revision log. If you find new issues, please let us know by filing a bug. Want to change to another Chrome release channel? Find out how.

Karen Grunberg
Google Chrome

45 comments:

jasonvaritekfan said...

Chrome's bookmarks management hasn't been something to wax poetic about and it just got worst.

I know I'm on the beta channel and things are bound to change (one can only hope) but the new Bookmarks pane in the New Tab Page makes me want to print out a copy of it and vomit on it.

Sorry but it's horrible. How do I go back? I clicked on a folder but when wanted to go back to the top level, I coulnd't find a way.

If I click on Bookmarks, nothing happens.

Thank God for extensions like Neat Bookmarks (it can teach the default bookmarks a lesson or two) and Context Bookmarks 'cause Chrome's bookmarks management is a crime.

And, BTW, why is that when I type "chrome blog" in the Omnibox, Chrome doesn't show me the bookmark?

http://img716.imageshack.us/img716/2576/09192011130159.png

Christopher said...

I am also now stuck on a folder from my Bookmarks bar.

This new tab page would be a lot nicer if you could mousewheel between the 3 sections. I don't have enough apps to overflow the app page (I'm assuming it will scroll if you do).

I did notice that it forgot my chrome sync settings, but signing back in looked like it used oauth, which was much nicer when on 2-factor authentication! Thanks for that.

Steve said...

Please consider making one tweak - On the New Tab Page, allow the bottom ribbon to mimic the color of the installed Chrome theme.

I use the Google made Late Night and Glow themes as the black background is easier on my eyes. This new blue=ish grey ribbon at the bottom of the NTP looks an eyesore with the black themes.

If not possible for branding reasons, please note two things - *If branding disallows color changes, why even offer Chrome Themes? *And the Chrome Logo on a black background looks quite fetching and impressive.

jasonvaritekfan said...

@Christopher: I found it! You'll have to hunt it down, but click just below, or the middle between the title and the line below, the Bookmarks title to go back.

Oh, and the New Tab Page Bookmarks isn't showing all my bookmarks, I have to click and click and click just to get to all my bookmarks.

Seriously...

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/nnancliccjabjjmipbpjkfbijifaainpn

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/amkcifdimicnaigofdfmpdiippchcegp

Chris said...

The bookmarks page is unusable. The titles are truncated making it difficult to visually find a bookmark. Also, the bookmarks are spread out over the whole page making navigating more difficult. There isn't a single quality about this that makes it better than the bookmarks bar. Not a single one.
Right now i am using the flag --new-tab-page to keep the old NTP. I don't know what I'm going to do when google deactivates the switch.

Dragontatt said...

What happened to pinning a thumbnail? Also, what happened to hiding the Most Visited page?

Plus, when renaming the Most Visited label, it reverts back to Most Visited label when clicking a thumbnail.

P-A said...

Nice update for me !

theazureshadow said...

My use case for the new tab page was mostly to use the bookmarks bar. I would create a new tab, and click on the bookmark I wanted to use. This saved me from having to display the bookmarks bar all the time and lose vertical space, but let me use it optionally as a condensed set of frequently used pages.

This new version is neither condensed nor linear, which makes it significantly more difficult to find an item in the list. Can we bring back the floating bookmarks bar on the new tab page? It really doesn't take up that much space.

That said, it may be there's a better way to use this new tab page that is just as effective as my old method. I will be looking for it.

yrrnn said...

Bring back the floating bookmarks bar!

Christopher said...

@jasonvaritekfan

I just hopped back on here to tell you that I found the same, but I see you already did too. Thanks. :)

Diogene di Sinope said...

Bring back the floating bookmarks bar!

I totally agree with thisa comment. What do you think? That we all use chrome just to play? I work with this browser and the new bookmarks system ij just horrible and unusable.

If it will remain this way I'm going to change browser.

ruffneckc said...

Bring back the floating bookmarks bar! The new bookmarks tab is terrible for quickly finding the book mark you need in a folder!

FREEWILLY said...

I too miss the bookmark bar. It almost seems like Google doesn't want us using bookmarks and only typing in their Omnibox, or using google search for everything.

How in the heck does this browser not have a bookmark drop down button (like all the others)?

That being said, I can deal with this by using the extension neat bookmarks. And it seems like the new tab page can be improved to better fit users needs.

Other than that seems like a great update. I didn't even have to manual update chrome this time by going to About Chrome. Turned on the PC and it's version 15. Never used to happen, I guess that's how it's supposed to be lol. Thanks Chrome team.

JK said...

Conflict with Yahoo mail. When trying to open a Yahoo email, tab locks up. Sometimes crashes browser. This began as of today's update.

Toff said...

Thank you for fixing the -webkit-transform: rotate() issue.
Now could you, please, fix another antialiasing issue that v14 introduced, the one that makes the score text at http://html5test.com all edgy.
Thank you in advance.

Steve said...
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Steve said...

For those complaining about the layout of bookmarks on the NTP, consider the following:

One thing lacking on Android is a full Chrome based browser. Look at everything from Android, to the Chrome 15 NTP, to the Google New Look for GMail Docs Calendar. It seems clear Google is evolving all areas to be "touch friendly."

Small bookmark bars, drop down trees and lists work well in a mouse and keyboard world. But they are very unfriendly to finger presses.

So it seems Chrome is evolving toward a unified Google theme of larger "button" style selections that are ideal for touch screen devices.

(Side note: Touch screen Windows 8 devices are on the horizon. Google's new look and Amazon's new look will bring more traffic to Google and Amazon if their domains are touch screen friendly.) /$0.02

JK said...

This fixed my Yahoo Mail issue:

1. Went to chrome://flags
2. Disabled "GPU compositing on all pages".

Roger said...

The new tab page is an improvement. I wonder why a sidebar slider hasn't been incorporated into Chrome, though. As with iGoogle and FF. I just don't use the new tab page much, preferring to keep the bookmark bar open

Joseph White said...

+1 on the New Tab page (minus some performance / bookmark hiccups)

Internet said...

At least the icons of the bookmarked page should have the previous pages. At least. And a favorite bar floating on the page itself would be great favorites.

Andurill said...

All the touch screen interface is fine but it makes it harder to use it with a mouse. At least they can give an option to use more mouse friendly one for those of us who are not so lucky.

And please put back the floating bookmarks bar.

Netta said...

Congratulations on a job badly-done, Google. You have set back your UI and made it uncomfortable, uninviting, and for me and others, practically unusable.

1) I use the bookmarks bar a great deal. I have folders and subfolders, and I need -- and use -- them all. Now there's only one page where I can access my bookmarks from, and that's the New Tab page, unless I choose to always have the bookmarks bar at all time, which reduces the material that the browser shows. Fix it. Bring back the bar to the New Tab page, and fix the issue with the parent bookmarks folder.

2) The New Tab page is a step-down for every single computer that does not have touch screen. The entire point of Chrome was that it was comfortable and convenient. But now, all of a sudden, the New Tab 'page' consists *three* pages. If a user doesn't have a touch screen, the window of their choice is several clicks away, which is several clicks too many. There isn't even the option to change 'pages' with the keyboard!

I'm aware it was probably designed for touch screens. I use a smart phone, but it's not where I do most of my surfing. I do my surfing in front of a proper computer with a keyboard and a mouse, and I like to have my bookmarks and most visited pages (and apps, I suppose, which I don't ever use -- which I could previously close but now I'm forced to click through it or have to move my mouse quite a lot to avoid it altogether. Have I mentioned the crappy UI of the New Tab page yet?) on the same page. Clicking away from one 'page' to another is very inconvenient, which I suspect that the programmers were originally aware of, and that's why everything was on the same page.

3) The worst part is that Chrome auto-updated to a beta release without my knowledge or agreement. I can't find the place to disable such future auto-updates. If I can't trust a program not to download things against my will, or at least supply me an easily-found option to tell it not to download things against my will, I can't use it.

I think it's time for me to switch a browser to one that better suits my needs for decent UI.


(It would also be nice if you allowed anonymous comments, by the way, rather than force people who'd like to comment to sign up to a service.)

Mark said...

Much better than the old New Tab page imo, at least when it comes sorting Apps. Great work!

Would be good if the pages and app order was synced too.

Nolan said...

Wow. I'm find with the Apps and Most Visited sections being split up, but the new Bookmarks layout HAS TO GO. It's completely awful in every regard. There is not one thing good about it. Just terrible from a usability standpoint.

thr don said...

The white ribbon at the bottom of the home page,spoils dark themes!how do I get rid of it?

- said...

Thank you, Google, for ruining the New Tab Page functionality completely. Why do you have to put things that were in a simple one page setup into three different places? Most Visited, Bookmarks bar and Recently Closed..

Seriously. The change is absolutely horrible. You're starting to remind me of Facebook making changes just for the sake of changes, and not knowing what would work and what just wouldn't. This definitely does not work.

tech noob said...

Bring back the floating bookmarks bar!

Fabio_Rulez said...

for who complains about the missing of the floating bookmark bar in NTP4 please star this issue:

http://code.google.com/p/chromium/issues/detail?id=92609

Tom said...

I generally agree that the new bookmarks page could use some work, but I really love the New Tab page overall. It's slick and easy.

However, I'll +1 Mark's comment: "Would be good if the pages and app order was synced too." I've always wanted app order synced, and now it's even more important with the various pages available. Add that and I'll do a dance!

MakHooi said...

The scrollbar on the right will become blue randomly. Does anyone notice it?

Chinmaya said...

I wish to see 3 finger gesture to swipe on these new tab pages like on nytimes chrome app,

Fernando said...

You took one mini pop-up download? Return it!

Johnathon said...

Good: +New tab
Bad: -no option for bookmarks bar on new tab
-"Reopen the pages that were opened last" not working
-interface abandoning mouse for touch

edwardr74 said...

I want to be able to pin a tab or move a tab to a different location. Please restore this.

Jeremy Holton said...

For me the current beta is crashing 2 or 3 times per hour. It recovers but its nearly unusable.

David said...

how do I update my Google Chrome to its latest version on my ipad? Is there any other way other than the 'updates' category.?


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Nick at The Tracing Paper said...

Bring back the floating bookmarks bar! Bring back the floating bookmarks bar!

CRISTIAN.A said...

@Favio_Rulez: Thank you for the date "--new-tab-page "

Espero que después de tantas quejas de la nueva versión de la nueva página con marcadores vuelvan a la versión anterior que es sencillamente perfecta.

Por lo demás muy bueno los avances.

Espero una respuesta, ya sea un NO, SI o veremos que podemos hacer.

Saludos.

Guide Webmaster said...

Hi Google, I opened a folder containing bookmarks in the bookmarks new tab page, but now I don't know how to come back to first level, I am stuck in the sub-folder and cannot show other bookmarks. How can I navigate into the Bookmarks new tab page. Thanks

Tom said...

@Guide Webmaster: See jasonvaritekfan's response above. It's non-intuitive, but it works!

Guide Webmaster said...

Thank you Tom ! I found it.
That's pretty cryptic isn't it ?!!

MigrationKing said...

Chrome still doesn't work at all on Citrix XenApp for publishing of applications. When you publish IE or Firefox it works fine. Please fix this!

DBateman said...

I love Chrome, especially the fast launch time, and the cool New Tab page. I believe the new "new tab" page may be even better when it comes out on Chrome 15 Stable (when released) but Google need to improve some things, as shown here, Firefox has got the slight edge...
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/firefox-7-web-browser,3037.html

Dave Ward said...

Agreed about the bookmarks bar. Everyone I've ever seen use Chrome, including myself, uses the bookmark bar on the new tab page, but doesn't use "always show". Removing it from the new tab page basically means I'm hitting Ctrl-Shift-B constantly (which is the *opposite* of being touch-friendly!) all day.