Thursday, July 30, 2009

Dev Channel Update: More progress on Mac and Linux

Update (7/31/09 - laforge): has been release which contains only a single change that reverts the tab focus experiment. has been released to the dev channel with the following changes:

  • Crash fixes

  • Cursor no longer flickers over the omnibox and other editable controls.
  • Disconnecting a monitor and restarting Google Chrome no longer leaves windows off in space and impossible to access.

  • Google Chrome now respects the system font hinting/antialiasing setting.
  • Added a password manager dialog (Options -> Personal -> Show Saved Passwords).
  • Fixed an issue where scrolling a long page by dragging the scrollbar would lag significantly.
  • Dragging a tab off and dropping it puts the dropped window where you dropped it.

  • Trackpad scrolling on maps works again.
  • First stab at history menu.
  • Download shelf now has real download items.
  • Lots of polish bugs.


  • Introduce moles! These are a new extra area that can pop up above toolstrips.
  • Themes now work with --load-extension.
  • You can now reload extensions from a button on chrome://extensions.
  • Fix bug where bookmarks.getTree() doesn't return any bookmarks.
  • Minimum auto-update frequency from command line is now 30 seconds.
  • (Re-)enable content scripts executing in isolated worlds.

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:

If you find new issues, please let us know by filing a bug at

The Google Chrome Team


Blogger Manish said...

Seems like Bug id's are no more provided, rather we have a link to "log of all revisions". Is this going to be the way info about future Chrome updates will be provided on the blog?

I think the previous method where the bug id was provided inline was more useful.

7:03 PM, July 30, 2009  
Blogger Sangee said...

Dev channel for linux still provides

7:14 PM, July 30, 2009  
Blogger gsctt said...

My God! Releases for three consecutive days!
I'm lovin' it, hehe.

7:29 PM, July 30, 2009  
Blogger Wesley said...

I would love even more if these obscure "themes" were made available, just for test, like the extensions.

When you search google you get a lot of websites but the themes works by changing default.dll, which I'm pretty sure isn't the way.

7:37 PM, July 30, 2009  
Blogger Rick said...

What're the Moles? I can't seem to find anymore info... I must be looking in the right places.

7:39 PM, July 30, 2009  
Blogger Caleb Eggensperger said...


I think the moles are for extension developers -- an area of UI (like Gmail's chat "moles") that can pop up when you push a button on a toolstrip.

7:43 PM, July 30, 2009  
Blogger sak said...

oh my, the horrible monster of "open in new tab" in foreground has come back...
please, revert again !!!!

8:32 PM, July 30, 2009  
Blogger JJ Mac said...

Ditto to what @sak said, revert again please.

8:47 PM, July 30, 2009  
Blogger joe said...

yeah that really bad experiment is being conducted again....

there should be a way to switch back. i wonder why they are experimenting again? i thought that most people hated it?

10:09 PM, July 30, 2009  
Blogger Anthony said...

Agreed, I just reverted the change on trunk so it will not appear in subsequent releases.

10:36 PM, July 30, 2009  
Blogger Wesley said...

I agree about the open in a new tab issue, although clicking with the middle button still opens in a background tab.

By the way, this is one of the reasons I hate firefox.

10:38 PM, July 30, 2009  
Blogger Aleš said...

--load-extension does not work for me.

11:18 PM, July 30, 2009  
Blogger mukizu said...

I still can't understand "open it new tab" thing. It always opened new tab without focusing on it, but from some builds ago new tabs started to open with focus on them. Previous built had this done right - without a focus. And now - once again we are getting new tab with focus on it. Is there any way to change it back to how it must be?

12:35 AM, July 31, 2009  
Blogger mukizu said...

"open in new tab" of course

12:36 AM, July 31, 2009  
Blogger Alex said...

yea, themes still not working. don't understand the fuzz about new tabs... no focus on new tab, when opening one on my chorme.

1:25 AM, July 31, 2009  
Blogger Alex said...

oh yea. if you just click a link without hitting CTRL, focus on new tab instead of opening in the same window. dont like that either, as I usually have already 20 tabs open on chrome! one should be able to choose to open in new tab (maybe individually "under the hood"?)

1:28 AM, July 31, 2009  
Blogger Giaco said...

Why you have returned with this stupid options "open in new tab and go there". Please, give me a choice how I want to use Chrome! This is very problematic option!

1:50 AM, July 31, 2009  
Blogger Arun said...

i add my +1 to the open new tab in foreground debate, its not necessary

2:40 AM, July 31, 2009  
Blogger madnutter56 said...

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4:39 AM, July 31, 2009  
Blogger madnutter56 said...

+1 to changing back the new tab focusing "feature".

4:40 AM, July 31, 2009  
Blogger Rbali said...

I´m not using chrome for some months because it does not have its own proxy configuration. Have you implemented this feature already?

5:12 AM, July 31, 2009  
Blogger Charles said...

You can set the proxy with --proxy-server= for the moment...

6:04 AM, July 31, 2009  
Blogger Shippuuden said...

AGAIN!!! when i open a link in a new tab, switch to it immediately. WHY?! it's so annoying, FIX IT please, the system of 2.x version is better.

STILL has a 404 error when trying to access the additional themes through the options.

AND when I drag a tab to make a new window or into to another window. I can not see the thumbnail of window when I'm dragging... in previous versions of Google Chrome I can see the thumbnail of tabs. Not a big problem, but can be fixed.

Google Chrome is already faster, but if I had the AdBlock Plus extension that blocks those advertisements from pages, my browsing and loading of page would be even more FASTER!.

Place an alternative for users who always want to browse in private mode. Start the Google Chrome already in private mode, Perhaps may put this option in the same way that is used to always show bookmarks bar. To avoid that all time when finished the navigation, click in clear browsing data. I do not know is just an idea.


6:45 AM, July 31, 2009  
Blogger Shippuuden said...

Create a warning message asking if it is really desired close the browser when multiple tabs are open in the same window. Idk... just an idea


6:55 AM, July 31, 2009  
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8:00 AM, July 31, 2009  
Blogger Truelove said...

Thanks to back tab revert in!!!

12:41 PM, July 31, 2009  
Blogger Giaco said...

There is some problem with new tab. There is no miniature when I go to some page ( for example) + You change "Recent activities", this older was better.

12:49 PM, July 31, 2009  
Blogger Giaco said...

Ps. THX 4 change tab focus!

12:51 PM, July 31, 2009  
Blogger mukizu said...

Thanks for the defocusing fix :)

1:23 PM, July 31, 2009  
Blogger JJ Mac said...

Thanks for the focus fix!

1:23 PM, July 31, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

sry, here on win7 nothing changed, if i klick on a link it will open in a new tab and have focus ..

3:55 PM, July 31, 2009  
Blogger xx BuNcH xx said...

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7:37 PM, July 31, 2009  
Blogger gsctt said...

@xx BuNch xx:
For now, two themes are available:



Click on these links and to download.
It is not necessary to restart the browser.


7:44 PM, July 31, 2009  
Blogger xx BuNcH xx said...

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7:53 PM, July 31, 2009  
Blogger pinoyz said...

My tabs still focus with the new tab it something wrong with mine?

7:55 PM, July 31, 2009  
Blogger vhanla said...

These themes reminds me the way IE used to be customized like this


1:14 AM, August 01, 2009  
Blogger Pras said...

gsctt given themes works man greattttttttt. and second theme looks good to me. do anybody have link of themes like this(official .crx)

3:41 AM, August 01, 2009  
Blogger Ryan said...

Thank GOODNESS the new tab "experiment" was fixed. It was driving me nuts having the focus shift to a new tab immediately.

7:13 AM, August 01, 2009  
Blogger Sunnyboymark said...

Still don't understand how to implent extensions such as adblock, etc?? All Chrome needs is an integrated Adblocker and it'd be Perfect!....At least for me.

9:32 AM, August 01, 2009  
Blogger Aviramof said...

I Have Two Problem With Google Chrome:
1.i'm currently using windows 7 and the update service does't work and maybe don't even exist

i get error 3 update service in unavailble and i don't know how to fix it.

2.i can't get the favorits to look normal what i mean is that i want all folder to be orginize by name and all the rest

should be orgenize by name underneth the folders like in IE in chrome for some reason there is no seperation folder

are mixed with regular shortcuts and i don't like it very much.

10x in advance.:)

9:54 PM, August 01, 2009  
Blogger houtxone said...

My window scrolling seems to freeze from time to time with this release. Anyone else notice this?

6:12 AM, August 02, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did any one notice if Chrome is the default browser and there is a pop-up from some antivirus; to renew your subscription, it opens in a 'new window' and its like as if its a different browser profile(remember there were profiles introduced and were taken away?).
Its like, none of the bookmarks of the default profile's there, no history and all - you get the picture.
Whats weird is, in my default profile Reader is not working, it says loading on top and nothing..literally nothing happens BUT its working in this profile.
I know the explanation is crap..
Anyone else facing the same issue?

5:32 AM, August 03, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey!!!!! What did you do to my Searches in new tab page! That was the best thing on Chrome! There is a table that says: "Even more: What will we put here?" Of course you'll put searches!

11:28 AM, August 03, 2009  
Blogger Ger said...

For anyone wanting AdBlock
Try AdSweep from
It is a 'real chrome extension' and does a good job here. No configuration options just yet but at least it blocks most ads here.

1:48 PM, August 03, 2009  
Blogger gsctt said...

@Luís Yasuoka, your suggestion has been requested at the Chromium code site, but was denied.
The Chrome Team answered: "Our usage analysis showed these were under-used, hence their removal. Should be
possible to add back with an extension."

More details at:

Falow! Abraços! (escrevi em português, pq vi que vc eh brasileiro como eu, =P).

5:56 PM, August 03, 2009  
Blogger wizeman said...

I also subscribe to Luís Yasuoka's suggestion, I think those search boxes were very useful.. And I was very pleasantly surprised when they automagically appeared for the first time :)

Also, is it just me or is the Linux debian package still in, which doesn't contain the auto-focus fix?
This version seems to be rather stable, so it'd be nice to have

Also, are there any plans to have a beta channel for Linux (with more stable versions)?

6:41 PM, August 03, 2009  
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3:03 AM, August 04, 2009  
Blogger Ron said...

Running on Linux and loving that I can finally set the font size in the "Options".

On my box, however, the toolbar icons to the left of the omnibox, however, are invisible until I hover over them (and they disappear on each page load until I hove again). Am I the only one seeing this?


6:39 AM, August 04, 2009  
Blogger Łukasz "GoRo" Kurdziej said...

Page with themes is working :D

2:46 PM, August 04, 2009  
Blogger Ron said...

RE my previous comment about the toolbar buttons and having to hover over them on my Linux boxes: this seems to only be the case if I have Chrome use my GTK+ theme in the options panel, but it is consistent across several boxes. I just can't handle that default blue; it's a pretty nasty clash with the rest of my GNOME-based desktop.

4:27 PM, August 04, 2009  
Blogger Caleb Eggensperger said...

@Ron: The fix will go out with the next dev release (probably tomorrow):

4:31 PM, August 04, 2009  
Blogger alexandrojv said...

Be careful when loading themes, check out this Issue: and the
following ones are sort of related to the themes extensions

7:46 PM, August 04, 2009  
Blogger roei said...

please put the feature history search on dev channel.

12:58 AM, August 05, 2009  
Blogger Rob said...

Any ideas as why when I try to sign in GMAIL now, it says, user name cannot be blank, password cannot be blank.

It is filled in though however. It was not doing this on the prev. version of Chrome.

9:43 AM, August 05, 2009  
Blogger Anders Mårtensson said...

Although I think that link alexandrojv posted was about this problem (or a similar one) but still:
After installing the themes Chrome crashes and can't start. I deleted the contents of the extensions folder and it worked again.

Some nice themes there though, but my favourite is still classic (maybe I'm just used to it). The candy one was pretty nice though, I'd like a light-greyish version of it. Like the OS X Chrome, it's really hawt.

10:59 AM, August 05, 2009  
Blogger Archie said...

The link "get more themes" now works :D

11:05 AM, August 05, 2009  
Blogger Lumo said...

Chrome was crashing immediately when I was launching it. Reinstalling 196.2 didn't help.

Oh, really, Anders is right: I deleted all the (files and) subdirectories in

C:\Users\Luboš\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions

and Chrome starts again. ;-)

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