Monday, March 19, 2012

Beta Channel Update

The Beta channel has been updated to 18.0.1025.113 for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Chrome Frame.  

This release changes to turns off print preview and fixes a few known crashes and memory issues. Please note that print preview will possibly be turned back on in a future release. Full details about what changes are in this build are available in the SVN revision log.  Interested in switching to the Beta channel?  Find out how.  If you find a new issue, please let us know by filing a bug.

Karen Grunberg
Google Chrome



Blogger HeinzDo said...

New tab...first letter of a url or search in omnibox does freeze the complete browser… not always, but again and again

12:58 PM, March 19, 2012  
Blogger Del said...

I Need Print Preview - PLEASE!

3:30 PM, March 19, 2012  
Blogger MADW said...

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4:36 PM, March 19, 2012  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Please note that print preview will possibly be turned back on in a future release."

I love how that line reads like a thread and not a promise.

What's the point of disabling Print Preview?

I guess I'll switch to IE9 until Print Preview returns to Chrome. There's no point in having to switch to a browser just for one feature. Might as well just use that IE full time.

IE9 is actually a great browser. I just prefer Chrome.

4:38 PM, March 19, 2012  
Blogger Steve said...

Google Chrome Team.

You do realize that what you have done is make Google Cloud Print / Save to Google Docs entirely non-functional?

Please solve whatever problems you are having in an expeditious manner so that Cloud Print and Print preview can be re-enabled.

This is a major blunder folks.
I don't want to switch back to Microsoft or Mozilla, but this disabled feature in Chrome leaves me no choice.

4:57 PM, March 19, 2012  
Blogger Brad said...

"Please note that print preview will possibly be turned back on in a future release."

Really ? Would you care to explain the reasoning behind this ?
Print preview is an excellent feature, much better than system print box. If print preview is off how do we use the Google PDF printer or send to Cloud Print easily. A big error Google.

4:57 PM, March 19, 2012  
Blogger Johnathon said...

"possibly" - clarification?

This was a very good feature. I'm going to assume this is a stability test. Is it? Alternatively, maybe Chrome team wants to reduce the binary size?

9:59 AM, March 20, 2012  
Blogger Michael Hart said...

To the guys who're commenting in what appears rage about Print Preview: I'm sure that they'll add it back. It is possible that it was removed as they prepared to move the beta branch to the stable branch.

I agree that the wording of "possibly" is concerning, but I don't think the comments here are the appropriate place to voice those concerns.

10:06 AM, March 20, 2012  
Blogger Steve said...


Yes, Karen's use of the word "possibly" is concerning and likely not accurate. Your use of the word "rage" is concerning and not accurate. And while on the topic of word choices, the blog would read more clearly if Karen noticed the word "off" is spelled with two f's not one.

The concern and disappointment with disabling print preview is based on the fact it is rare over the past year for the Chrome team to disable core functionality features in the Beta Channel. The last instance I recall was temporarily disabling Flags.

Certainly stability A-B testing and undisclosed security patch testing is better done in Beta than Stable Channel. And better communication on the part of Google blog writers would be helpful.

But the core issue here is Google has typically resolved major bugs in the Dev Channel such that core functionality features usually do not need to be disabled in the Beta Channel. Shaders, 3D acceleration, and UI are understandable. Flags and print preview / cloud print are another matter.

And when needed core features are not present, by default Chrome customers must use a competitor's browser to keep work flow - flowing. That isn't done out of protest but out of simple necessity.

1:48 PM, March 20, 2012  

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