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Google Chrome 6 Weeks Later

by Chrome Blog on October 14, 2008

Firstly sorry for the lack of updates this past week, but work has been keeping from doing anything fun. It’s been 6 weeks since Chrome was released, so i thought I’d do a quick recap of things since we kicked off Chrome Plugins.

In no particular order:

We published an article explaining how to switch your Chrome installation over to the Dev Build if your interested in obtaining various bug fixes or new features before it’s released to the masses. You can read how to do this in
Update Chrome to Dev Build

A feature i used in FireFox a lot was the ability to highlight text on a page, then search that text on sites like Google, Yahoo, MSN, Wikipedia, Trends, Amazon, Dictionary.com etc from the context menu. No problems, one click bookmarklets to
Search Selected Text with Google Chrome

Want to split a single Chrome Tab down the middle to view two sites simultaneously so you can do things like read text in one, and write about it in the other? Try
Google Chrome Dual View

One thing many people wanted was a Google Toolbar for Chrome, (almost 10,000 StumbleUpon visitors one afternoon definitely did) and with Google developing both the Browser and the Toolbar many assumed it would of been included in Chrome or at least compatible as an addon. Not so unfortunately, so we came with with basically all the Google Toolbar features as well as the SEOQuake features for webmasters as one click bookmarklet options. So you can have a substitute
Google Toolbar For Chrome

With the common Web Browser becoming more customizable, more personal and remembering more of our behavior it’s nice to have separate profiles so your “nefarious” browsing habits don’t pop up for other users on a shared computer. Miha released the
Chrome Backup and Profile Tool

We also outlined how to create Custom Search Engines in Chrome which allows you to search in any site directly from the Omnibox (Not just Search Engines) provided the site has a search feature. This saves opening another tab, loading the site, navigating to the search box or page to conduct the search.
Custom Search Engines in Chrome

Miss the look of FireFox? Switch Chrome to a FireFox 3 theme.
Firefox 3

Do you jump between FireFox and Chrome for your daily browsing? There’s an
Open in Chrome Firefox Extension

For people who make extensive use of keyboard shortcuts when browsing, we have put together a list of
Google Chrome Shortcuts

Many people were plagued by scroll problems,
PaulusDev released the
Chrome Scroll Fix

The authors of the popular CCleaner announced in the forum from v2.12.651 there is
Support for Chrome in CCleaner

Also, we built a page that provides information about your Chrome Version, Webkit Version, Flash Info, Java Details, Screen Resolution, IP and ISP details. You can check this out at
Chrome Browser Details

Anyhow that’s a brief look at Google Chrome and Chrome Plugins over the past 6 weeks, there’s many more topics in the Chrome Forum and on the main site.

As mentioned before, work is mounting up but i will do my best to continue with regular updates and new things for Chrome but posting may be sporadic at times. If anyone has an interest in Chrome, and the ChromePlugins.org website feel free to contact me.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

1 chromanon 10.15.08 at 7:26 pm

Is there a bookmarklet* that will do the reverse of the Open in Chrome extension for Firefox? Say a particular flash-heavy site always crashes Chrome after a few seconds but works fine in Firefox, I’d love to just click a button and have it open in Firefox.

*I assume it’d have to be a bookmarklet, but it’d be even better if I could right-click a link (or a bookmark) in Chrome and choose to load it in Firefox, so it doesn’t get a chance to crash Chrome (if that’s the reason for loading it in Firefox).

2 movie fan 11.21.08 at 8:05 pm

I hesitate to use even upgraded versions of Chrome, since my last experience using it (first version) left my computer compromised; have they fixed the security issues beyond all doubt?

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