Chrome is Finally Here for the Mac OS, and for Linux
Chrome is Finally Here for the Mac OS, and for Linux. Even if in Beta
Google’s Chrome has delivered what has been promised for months – versions that will run on the Linux and Mac OS. From the looks of it, the Beta Chrome on the Mac is going to be a serious hit, even if it is a few features short. One of the reasons Chrome comes a little lighter than usual is that Google really wanted to not have Mac users enter the new year still waiting, and preparing all the features for Snow Leopard would have taken longer. To begin with one of the most anticipated features on Chrome – the inbuilt App Mode, will be unavailable. Fluid, for example, a program that works on WebKit browsers, will be able to work on Chrome with no modifications; but this will only happen, once the App Mode is enabled.
Google Gears and the bookmark synchronizing feature Sync for Mac, are all features that will have to wait a while too. And Oh!, extensions are not fully supported yet either. But let’s look as the cup half-full now. The Bookmark Manager, a feature that everyone missed when Chrome first came to the Mac last month, has just been enabled – on version 4.0.295.0.Google calls it “rudimentary” at this stage, but it seems quite okay. Recognition of input from multi-touch screens and the Mighty Mouse, that was missing a month ago, is back with a bang. Hold down Command, and swipe on the trackpad with three fingers, and you have a new tab. Do the same and swipe left, and you should have a copy of your last tab, and so on.
The entire Chrome experience is so sharp, fast and fuss-free that they can’t stop pointing it out. But Chrome’s speed is impressive only when you compare it with Firefox; compared to Safari, Chrome can seem just a touch slower. Installing updates is pain-free and invisible too. The address bar on Chrome Google calls an Omnibox (perhaps a play on Omnibus). It is an address bar and a Google search box all in one. If you want to change your default search engine, there is no need to go to preferences either. Users begin to type in the name of the alternate search engine and press the tab button, and auto-complete will do the rest for you. Perhaps Chrome doesn’t have Safari’s glossy and colorful user interface; but it could do some things better for you. If you would give it a chance.