Thursday, October 21, 2010

Dev Channel Update

The Chrome Dev channel has been updated to 8.0.552.11 for all platforms. It contains a number of stability and other improvements including:
  • about:labs moved to about:flags
  • New Tab Page cleanup
  • Various Chrome Frame fixes for non-en-US locales
Full details about the changes are available 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.

Jason Kersey
Google Chrome



Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just wondering, why was about:labs changed to about:flags? To me the latter sounds like something other than experimental features.

I can't wait for more labs er...I mean flags to show up in the beta channel. I want Tabbed Settings!

4:56 PM, October 21, 2010  
Blogger ventura said...

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5:04 PM, October 21, 2010  
Blogger Emiya Shirou said...

"about:labs moved to about:flags"

This was the most stupid idea ever... yeah... testing new experimental features surly sounds good with "Flags" it even nicely even associate... Umm... No it isn't =_=

5:07 PM, October 21, 2010  
Blogger slipstream said...

Also this build contains a new annoying bug: Issue 60170: unable to scroll the pdf

5:11 PM, October 21, 2010  
Blogger - said...

The New Tab Page keeps losing the Bookmarks Bar every now and then, and I have to double-CTRL-SHIFT-B to bring it back on. Random; does not happen every time I open a new tab.

5:32 PM, October 21, 2010  
Blogger marcsalvat said...

can't scroll pdf!

other than that looks good

5:47 PM, October 21, 2010  
Blogger slipstream said...


Do you have Instant search enabled in Chrome?
If yes then you are most likely stumbling upon this known bug: Issue 59720: Bookmarks bar disappears from NTP after Instant search

5:49 PM, October 21, 2010  
Blogger Navjot said...

yeah that pdf bug is really annoying. Now I need to find another pdf viewer to use until this is fixed.

5:57 PM, October 21, 2010  
Blogger Avinash Agrawal said...

With new tab page cleaned up and webstore showing up, this seems all set for Chrome web store launch

6:10 PM, October 21, 2010  
Blogger slipstream said...


Or you can install even more frequently updated Canary build, it doesn't have this bug.

(also pdf.dll from current 8.0.560.0 canary build seems works fine with 8.0.552.11 dev)

6:17 PM, October 21, 2010  
Blogger Cougar Abogado said...

@Slipstream. Thanks a lot for your input on the pdf problem. Do your pdfs freeze completely?

I appreciate the canary option, and I am really annoyed to have to go to a different browser just to open a pdf, which I do almost ad naseum (boo-hoo, I guess). Maybe I'll just live in canary as my default, until the bug is fixed.

By the looks of it, there're only like three stars for the bug. So please, people, if you liike the built-in pdf viewer, do us all a favor and star the issue.

Finally, has anyone else noticed that there was a cool little preview page pane that would popup next to the scroll bar upon scrolling that has been taken away? Did it get tossed? (I'm failing to see it in canary or dev, recently.) I hope to see it again soon.

8:12 PM, October 21, 2010  
Blogger Kurtextrem said...

Holy crap! I have to use a password phrase, i haven't enabled it o.ö

11:38 PM, October 21, 2010  
Blogger Kurtextrem said...

P.S: You can use this extension for surfing to about:flags easily :D

I've noticed about:labs had been about:flags in the dev channel update before a few of days

11:40 PM, October 21, 2010  
Blogger Jonas N said...

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12:33 AM, October 22, 2010  
Blogger Jonas N said...

@Emiya: In computer terminology, a flag is a switch. These on/off switches are intended only for geeks who can happily accept that they ruin your Google Chrome install if enabling. I suspect Google did this to make them less "approachable" as "fun features". While they can be fun, they can also be "dangerous".

12:34 AM, October 22, 2010  
Blogger Giaco said...

When I open Chrome with "--enable-default-apps" I don't see any Web Apps (I click on update button and restarting Chrome).

Why "Flags"? This is stupid.

To show Bookmarks Bar i have to press CTRL+SHIFT+B but CTRL+SHIFT in windows changing my language, this is very inconvenient.

2:20 AM, October 22, 2010  
Blogger Kristian said...

Having the same issue as Giaco with Web Apps. Does anyone have them working?

2:57 AM, October 22, 2010  
Blogger molumen said...

Just installed this version, and after a system restart I lost all the extensions. :(

4:55 AM, October 22, 2010  
Blogger Curt Troutwine said...

noticed that I can disable syncing... when I hit "Stop syncing this account" it prompts me to confirm... I confirm.. thats it... nothing, still showing as synced and still allowing me to customize my sync options...

oh, and about:labs to about:flags .. could someone explain this logic? (I know the relation of "flags" to these on/off options... But "labs" still seams more appropriate in relation to google beta features"

5:27 AM, October 22, 2010  
Blogger Jester said...

This does not work at all on my 32-bit WinXP SP3. It just crashes on startup and askes if I want to restart. Restarting just ends up in another crash?

6:11 AM, October 22, 2010  
Blogger Mixa said...

crash crash crash!

6:21 AM, October 22, 2010  
Blogger Cakalaky said...

Everytime I open Chrome, it crashes. Win 7 Pro 64Bit. 8.0.552.11

6:26 AM, October 22, 2010  
Blogger Alexei said...

Can't do anything in this version - it crashes about 10 seconds after fresh (no tabs open) start.

6:29 AM, October 22, 2010  
Blogger Jope said...

Worked ok for a little while, and it's now crashing at every restart... :(

6:34 AM, October 22, 2010  
Blogger Matt Andreko said...

Yup, sadly I'm crashing on every restart now too :(

6:38 AM, October 22, 2010  
Blogger Jason said...

I agree with the crashing folks here, on Ubuntu in my case. Crashes seconds after startup no matter what I do. Reverted to beta channel, is working (with a warning popup about newer version of configuration)

6:39 AM, October 22, 2010  
Blogger Aaron said...

I'm getting some serious crashes with this release on OS X 10.6.4. It's basically unusable.

6:44 AM, October 22, 2010  
Blogger Jope said...

Just to clarify, my crashes are happening on Windows XP.

6:47 AM, October 22, 2010  
Blogger Handycam said...

How can you disable internal pdf viewing on a Mac? I'd rather have my PDFs download than read them in a browser.

6:47 AM, October 22, 2010  
Blogger Handycam said...

Oh, and this (and virtually every other dev build since 6.0) doesn't crash on Snow Leopard. I never enable any flag items either.

6:48 AM, October 22, 2010  
Blogger Mr said...

Windows 7 x64 - Crashes on every boot.

6:51 AM, October 22, 2010  
Blogger tRizzO said...

For those who has issue with crashing after update: search for how to create a new user profile:

It helped me to resolve this.

6:56 AM, October 22, 2010  
Blogger Cakalaky said...

@tRizzo Thanks for the tip on the fix. This fixed my issue. Win 7 Pro 64 bit.

7:04 AM, October 22, 2010  
Blogger Mr said...

Looks like an issue with syncing

Add --disable-sync as a parameter on start up.

7:07 AM, October 22, 2010  
Blogger Lukes said...

@Mr: Thanks for tip.

7:23 AM, October 22, 2010  
Blogger Dave said...

Another confirmation that --disable-sync fixes my constant crash problem.

7:36 AM, October 22, 2010  
Blogger Jope said...

Same here on Win XP, I had time to disable sync through the Tools menu and crashes are gone.

7:49 AM, October 22, 2010  
Blogger Scorchio said...

Same here on WinXP, --disable-sync fixed it. (I had no time to get inside the menu :D )

8:09 AM, October 22, 2010  
Blogger Cougar Abogado said...

@Curt Troutwine. Take a look at what it says in about:flags. I'm pretty confident form that language, and news bits I've read elsewhere, the devs want to avoid average users installing experimental items only to have them crash everything - they're really aimed at people who are willing to put up with serious buginess. Also, I understand that flags in dev jargon mean command-switches (e.g., --enable-apps). Make sense?

@Handycam. You may be able to disable the chrome pdf viewer (if that's what you mean) on a Mac version by going to about:plugins and disabling it there. Is that what you meant?

8:15 AM, October 22, 2010  
Blogger Luc VN said...

On my WinXP too, --disable-sync fixed it.

8:29 AM, October 22, 2010  
Blogger . said...

Is there a way to add in the -disable-sync parameter on a mac?

8:32 AM, October 22, 2010  
Blogger . said...

Disabling sync also solved my issue.

8:41 AM, October 22, 2010  
Blogger cs said...

Disabling sync fixed the crashes.
Pdf scroll still not working.

8:44 AM, October 22, 2010  
Blogger guerom00 said...

The about:plugins gives me a blank page… How do I disable the PDF viewer (because of the scroll bug) ?!

12:14 PM, October 22, 2010  
Blogger ak said...

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1:54 PM, October 22, 2010  
Blogger Maloix said...

And about the problem with IDM and Chrome?

1:55 PM, October 22, 2010  
Blogger sam said...

"Why flags," you ask? Probably because they are planning to ALSO have labs, later on. The present flags aren't all exactly labs, but rather key features that they are currently working on integrating.

3:01 PM, October 22, 2010  
Blogger sam said...

What is the "x" in the upper-left corner of instant? It doesn't do anything for me.

3:02 PM, October 22, 2010  
Blogger Handycam said...

@Cougar Yes, that's what I was looking for, thanks.

6:51 PM, October 22, 2010  
Blogger Cougar Abogado said...


Glad I could help, mate.

7:00 PM, October 22, 2010  
Blogger Destroyzer said...

when this version is changed to beta?

12:33 AM, October 23, 2010  
Blogger Giaco said...

Add "Delate" to download file menu at down bar

12:13 PM, October 23, 2010  
Blogger bt said...

Please make it to where the download bar DOES NOT pop up when you start downloading something. Give us an option there.

I find it cumbersome to have to move the cursor down and click on the x to hide the download bar every time I start a download.

12:26 PM, October 23, 2010  
Blogger slipstream said...

@ Giaco
Already requested and rejected: Issue 34848: Can't easily remove completed/cancelled downloads from the download shelf

@ bt
Already requested and rejected: Issue 36901: Give option to hide the download bar forever

4:42 PM, October 23, 2010  
Blogger bt said...

Why is it rejected? a

5:19 PM, October 23, 2010  
Blogger Blaz Pristy said...

I got sync problems after playing with 9.0.563, i have enable 2D GPU than browser crashes after seconds, but when i clean all and try again with that enabled it works but now it only crashes when i try to enable sync to be active. Maybe is just this new encryption don't work properly just yet.

12:50 AM, October 24, 2010  
Blogger Tomasz said...

New tab more options pls. 6 tabs for 9 tabs.

4:26 AM, October 24, 2010  
Blogger slipstream said...

@ Tomasz

Already requested and rejected: Issue 27704: Increase the number of thumbnails in the New tab page

Despite the title, that issue was actually about adding a customization option.

10:25 AM, October 24, 2010  
Blogger molumen said...

The comments (disqus) don't load since the first 8.x builds.

7:48 AM, October 25, 2010  
Blogger bt said...


Have a keyboard shortcut to PIn Tabs! Pretty please?

11:01 AM, October 25, 2010  
Blogger UlrikSkyt said...

Chrome 8.0.552.11 dev (on Win7 64bit) crashes instantly for me. Removing the profile does not help. Adding --disable-sync does not help either.

6:56 AM, October 26, 2010  
Blogger LeandroSF said...

versão mais recente 8.0.559.0 Dev

11:36 AM, October 26, 2010  

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