Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Dev Channel Update:

Google Chrome's Dev channel has been updated to  Most of the focus this week has been on usability and stability fixes.  However, there are some new features available from command line switches.


  • New FTP implementation: use --new-ftp
  • Experimental Bookmark Menu: use --bookmark-menu
  • Web Workers: use --enable-web-workers
  • Implement SSL renegotiation. (Issue: 6893)
  • Pressing the Del key while a item is selected in the form suggestion popup deletes that suggestion from the DB.
  • WebKit version 530.4
  • V8 version

  • Add command line switch "--new-ftp" for new portable FTP (Issue: 4965)
  • Add the directory listing code for the new portable FTP (Issue: 4965)
  • SSL improvements. (Issue: 8706)
  • Fix excessive CPU when scrolling Flash. (Issue: 8653)
  • Fix crash on showing info bubble. (Issue: 8854)
  • Aligning text to the right, especially RTL languages. (Issue: 1845)
  • Fix dragging a Chrome window which has a single tab by the tab itself. (Issues: 2827, 8287)
  • Do correct hit testing for context menu items. (Issue: 8100)
  • Add support for progressive JPEGs with MIME type image/pjpeg. (Issue: 2104)
Known Issues:

  • Issue 8892: Browser crash with closing about:network window.
  • Issue 8732: Provide a scroll bar for about:network dialog
  • Issue 8767: Can create multiple Downloads tabs from Download shelf
  • Issue 8220: No more status spinning in Downloads page
  • Issue 8637: Unable to drag window when one browser window open with single tab
  • Issue 8827: Import browsring history shows today's history only in the history page.
  • Issue 8822: Tab crashes with debugger !
  • Issue 8821: Inspector is broken, shows empty elements
  • Issue 8372: Background paint issues with Task manager/B'Manager in maximized mode
  • Issue 8587: Regression: Encoding auto-detect doesn't work any more
  • Issue 8517: tabbing should work on a SSL interstitial page
The detailed list of all revisions is also available.

Find about the Dev channel and how to subscribe at

Please report bugs at
Jonathan Conradt
Engineering Program Manager



Blogger andre said...

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2:49 PM, March 25, 2009  
Blogger andre said...

I have more problems with the new version: I cannot right click on selected text. Also, I cannot login on my Clicking the submit button just doesn't do anything.

3:32 PM, March 25, 2009  
Blogger pinoyz said...

I can't right click the text anymore too..

there is no more copy, paste, cut options..

Please fix, thanks

3:58 PM, March 25, 2009  
Blogger Stef said...

Problems using search engines from the new tab page.

4:57 PM, March 25, 2009  
Blogger Semyer said...

Windows 7 7057
Update Server Not Available (error:3)

4:59 PM, March 25, 2009  
Blogger The MAZZTer said...

Update Server Not Available (error:3) is an old bug for me, it's been happening for a number of releases now.

Of more concern to me though is the broken downloads and history pages. No CSS formatting and most of the JavaScript is broken or missing (not sure which). Also no right click menu so you can't remove downloads or history. Not that this is a new bug, it's been in the last several releases.

Then there's the new bugs, the annoying little things, such as the progress wheel has disappeared when first navigating away from the new tab page. Then the undocked bookmarks bar glitches when you navigate similarly. Also FTP support is 100% broken (not sure how you can ship a "new" FTP engine when neither can be used...?). Not sure if the FTP issue is new though.

All in all a rather poor quality release. Maybe I'm expecting too much from a dev branch but they started out good enough.

6:05 PM, March 25, 2009  
Blogger Guest said...

Can't show context menu of selection.

6:09 PM, March 25, 2009  
Blogger pinoyz said...

Possibility to have the printing option of SELECTION?
I always have to use a different browser to print my SELECTIONS if I don't want to print the whole page..

6:11 PM, March 25, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


My Kaspersky Internet Security detected today (25/03/09) a vulnerability
in Chrome (´s GOOGLE GEARS...

Detection´s link (viruslist):


6:39 PM, March 25, 2009  
Blogger Y.Wang said...

AS to right click, i have a solution that when you select the text just hold the left key and press the right key, then it works. good luck!

6:53 PM, March 25, 2009  
Blogger Mark Larson (Google) said...

All: The right-click bug is issue 8883 (

@Marcelo: I don't know why Kaspersky is detecting any problem with Gears in Google Chrome. The link you point to is a vulnerability that we fixed in December ( Google Chrome 171 uses Gears 0.5.16, so it should not be an issue.

7:56 PM, March 25, 2009  
Blogger Debsuvra said...

Update Server not available (Error 3) is a old and common bug for Vista and Windows 7 users. I don't know what Chrome devs are doing about it, but it seems that they are largely ignoring it for now.

Latest update is a lot faster for me, a real lot from But there are some rendering glitch and screen flashing issues when opening the browser.

7:57 PM, March 25, 2009  
Blogger The MAZZTer said...

Marcelo: The version of Gears used in this release (, see about:plugins) is clearly newer than the recommended version ( Is it too much to ask to check version numbers before sounding alarms?

8:53 PM, March 25, 2009  
Blogger Revanth said...

User scripts are broken again...

10:04 PM, March 25, 2009  
Blogger Espectro said...

I can confirm context menu and cut/copy/paste options are not working. Only workaround I know is selecting the text and using keyboard shortcuts. Ctrl+C for copy, Ctrl+X for cut, and Ctrl+V for paste.

10:54 PM, March 25, 2009  
Blogger Lajos said...

Yup, can confirm the above myself.

1:06 AM, March 26, 2009  
Blogger Benjamin said...

The new Bookmark Menu is really good!

6:44 AM, March 26, 2009  
Blogger Mehdy said...

there is a problem with new tab title. when on the new tab you click on any links or enter an URL, the title won't show it is loading page until the connection has been made.

9:51 AM, March 26, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"The MAZZTer" and "Mark Larson (Google)":

You are right. I'm so sorry!

I'm just a Google Chrome´s fan. I don't know about it a lot!

I took a scare for nothing!

I will be careful!


10:18 AM, March 26, 2009  
Blogger Tistou said...

why Google Toolbar and RSS are not supported by Google Chrome ? :-(

> you have to copy/pas the rss into google reader...:-(
> no sync between Google Bookmark and the Bookmark in Google Chrom..:-(
> no notification from new emails on Gmail with Google Chrome


10:44 AM, March 26, 2009  
Blogger hitesh said...

i too like the new bookmark menu, fullscreen should be improved and instead of just FullScreen link it should show the address bar and the new bookmark menu.
Thanks to Chrome Developers.

10:55 AM, March 26, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"The MAZZTer" and "Mark Larson (Google)":

I'm sorry, but my Kaspersky continues detecting the
vulnerability (
in "gears.dll" archive.

Local: C:\Users\Myname\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\Application\\gears.dll

It can be a false positive or "gears.dll" archive is a old archive from a old
Chrome version that still stays on my pc!

My Chrome version is (with Google Gears



11:25 AM, March 26, 2009  
Blogger kalahari said...

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2:12 PM, March 26, 2009  
Blogger vhanla said...

To copy a selected text with right click, you need to hold the right button, move the cursor a little bit, release and that's all.

5:05 PM, March 26, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

how to use the new ftp feature?

6:55 PM, March 26, 2009  
Blogger Locke said...

I enabled the webworkers and don't have a problem with selecting text, kind of weird but that fixes it also.

1:18 AM, March 27, 2009  
Blogger Nippotam said...

what is "web workers" feature ?

2:35 AM, March 27, 2009  
Blogger Wes said...

The user scripts I was using in the 170 release do not work in 171.

9:08 AM, March 27, 2009  
Blogger kalahari said...

I've enabled the new bookmark menu but I can't see what people, who've posted above, like about it. It doesn't seem to offer much more than the existing Chrome bookmark functionality.

I was hoping that the new bookmark menu would be something that would remain open (like IE or Firefox) -- that would be good!

10:29 AM, March 27, 2009  
Blogger Locke said...

turns out enabling that feature didn't fix the problem with copy/pasting text. It was just the way the dice rolled after I enabled it.

(translation: it's still bugged, but barely an annoyance )

11:33 AM, March 27, 2009  
Blogger kalahari said...

Printing pages is only printing partial pages -- mainly just the top left corner.

12:51 PM, March 27, 2009  
Blogger The MAZZTer said...


But Kaspersky's article contradicts its own detection, as I clearly stated! It can't be anything but a false positive!

1:36 PM, March 27, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The MAZZTer:

You are right!

Thanks for help!

3:53 PM, March 27, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i cannot see gmail calendar entries with gmail on chrome. but i can do it with IE.. :S

6:05 AM, March 28, 2009  
Blogger DChiuch said...

My main problem with this build is outlined at Very annoying!

9:36 PM, March 28, 2009  
Blogger Gerfert said...

Click on right mouse button while holdind the left one when you select text. Then you'll see context menu with 'copy', 'paste' and 'cut'.

8:15 AM, March 29, 2009  
Blogger Semyer said...

The Browser Crash When I Search In The Shearches Box In The New Tab.

2:12 PM, March 29, 2009  
Blogger Béla said...

What is web workers!?

1:05 PM, March 30, 2009  
Blogger A.Holland said...

I too am experiencing the non-existent copy/paste menu. Also, like Wes, my user scripts do not work in this release.

6:47 AM, March 31, 2009  
Blogger ghcharters said...

@kalahari ... I am having a similar printing problem. I'm losing about 1 1/2" down the right side and off the bottom.

1:24 PM, April 01, 2009  
Blogger Cyrus said...

I get so impatient waiting for a new release, like one that will actually work with my bank site USAA. I am addicted to chrome, come on update!

7:59 AM, April 02, 2009  
Blogger Lajos said...


Be patient. Think the new features get switched on by default, and some bug fixes (ie. the currently bugged context menu.) are on their way. ^^

10:16 AM, April 02, 2009  
Blogger Revanth said...

Suggestion for full screen mode: show tabs! It is kind of hard to navigate the tabs using the Ctrl + # shortcut unless you memorize which tab is which.

10:22 AM, April 02, 2009  
Blogger Chris L. Carnakis, Esq. said...

I'm with you, Cyrus.

Virtually every time I open Chrome, I physically check for an new update! I've had to temporarily switch back to Firefox due to the current issues w/ the dev channel version.

I love Chrome! But, I still want a download manager that's just like Firefox.

10:36 AM, April 02, 2009  
Blogger Diego said...

I'm with Cyrus too haha
But pls! the download manager and the bookmarks are bad! need something different there.

11:54 AM, April 02, 2009  
Blogger Umarfaruk M said...

Wish U Happy Birthday Gmail :-)

3:41 AM, April 03, 2009  
Blogger Blewby said...

Hoping next release will have Print Selection option and fixed copy / paste.

4:51 AM, April 03, 2009  
Blogger Gianni said...

Copy/paste is fixed, but as I read in the Chromium dev group, I wouldn't expect Print Selection to be added anywhere this year.

5:34 PM, April 03, 2009  
Blogger FSeanBickford said...

@Blewby I completely agree!! Chrome is my favorite browser EXCEPT for trying to print selected text. It is so frustrating to have to copy my link address and open IE or FF and re-select my text and then print the selected paragraphs.

8:10 AM, April 06, 2009  
Blogger Nelson Cruz said...

Ever since I installed this latest beta, Google Chrome has been very slow in my system. Even switching between open tabs results in lots of disk activity and therefore takes a long time to respond. I tried dev versions until, and the problem remained. I suspect it's because every page really is in a different process now, and some other changes to reduce memory use.

I have gone back to latest stable version, and Chrome is fast again.

11:12 AM, April 08, 2009  
Blogger Jack O'Sullivan said...

Chrome is rocking like turbo speed on my system! I have never had any problems with it! I love it!!!

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10:06 PM, April 08, 2009  
Blogger Jian said...

Resolving Issue: 1845 actually causes its own problems. Frequently users need to highlight text using ctrl+shift+arrow. This can unexpectedly trigger right-alignment, which is a huge pain. Neither ff nor ie acts this way.

8:05 PM, April 15, 2009  
Blogger HappyPete said...

@cyrus @lajos : Ditto the request to look into what made USAA's web-site break after upgrading to Chrome 2, and also to look into how to get Chrome to play nicely with USAA Deposit @Home.

I would love to see a compatibility plug-in that would let you masquerade as IE, FF, or Safari for specific URL prefixes.

7:58 PM, May 27, 2009  
Blogger Aaron said...

If you want to have Chrome work with USAA for banking, go to the 'Dev' channel and download that version. It works just fine, and I am on version It's actually quite fast now! Please see this article:

8:52 PM, May 28, 2009  
Blogger Aaron said...

The above link describes how to make Chrome work with USAA. I was having the same problem and was frustrated. The above article recommends using the 'DEV' channel version of Chrome, which I can say works just fine with USAA. I am on version The article stated that the beta build ending in .28 was working too, but that link now loads you with .30, and the USAA issue is broken again (I tested that one out as well).

8:59 PM, May 28, 2009  
Blogger Pedro Brown said...

Nice work on the bookmark menu! That's just what I've been waiting for.

Now, please give us some sync option!

3:50 AM, May 30, 2009  

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