I’ve been test driving the latest Chrome for Mac builds, available for download here. The one area of development I’m happy to say has seen improvements is the bookmarking manager. With the advent of social bookmarking tools, you’d be surprised just how important a browser’s core bookmarking system is – particularly the bookmarks bar.
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Along with a decent bookmarks manager, there are definitely many other noticeable missing elements from the latest Chrome builds. Flash generally works, although in many cases you’ll noticed botched pages of the screen where an incompatible flash piece doesn’t play nicely with Chrome. Chrome themes do work for the Mac version of the browser, and some suit Leopard perfectly well, while others don’t complement the Mac UI at all. There are a couple of noticeable bugs, most notably, you’ll be using a web app like Google Reader when suddenly, for no apparent reason, you’re not actively using that window any more, almost as if another window has layered the one you were using – bizarre.
Overall however, you’d be hard pressed to spot any missing ‘must have’ browser features that are common place on other browsers. Sure, you’ll miss the mass of Firefox extensions out there, but they’ll come for Chrome too – its only a matter of time – for the moment, enjoy the raging speed and surprisingly reliable Chrome release available for download here. (These are nightly builds remember, so ensure you go back every couple of days for an update until Google announces an official release.