Thursday, December 18, 2008

Chrome wasn't built in a day

I’ve been test driving Google’s web browser, Chrome, since it was released a few months ago. I like it, but there are a few things keeping me from making it my full-time browser…

The problems with the mouse wheel are really annoying. You can use the wheel to scroll down on a page, but it’s kind of jumpy. You cannot scroll back up. And you can’t click the wheel and then scroll by moving the mouse – that’s a feature I like a lot that’s available in just about any other product made for Windows.  (UPDATE: I just installed the latest version of Chrome on my computer at work and scrolling by rolling the mouse wheel now works fine.  I'll have to upgrade at home.  But you still can't click the wheel.)

Perhaps my biggest issue is the fact that there are certain sites I use for work that only work in IE. I use Firefox at home and have an add-on called IE Tab that will allow me to run those sites in IE from within the Firefox browser (thanks for turning me on to that one, Mike). However, I have not been able to find any such add-on for Chrome. This is a must-have for me.

Lastly, this one is a nitpick, but my favicon on this blog doesn’t show up in Chrome. It works in IE, Firefox and Safari. But in Chrome I just get the orange Blogger “B.” I see other sites’favicons fine, just not my own. What gives?

Does anyone else who has played with Chrome have any suggestions for getting around these issues?


Mike said...

That's weird about the favicon not working. I see you've got the redirect code so I guess that's just a fault in Chrome for not recognizing it.

I have Chrome and I use it now and then but I'm not ready to switch over yet. I do love the fact that one tab crashing doesn't crash the whole browser. They say it's faster but I don't see it. But I've customized Firefox so much that I just can't operate without my favorite addons (like IE Tab, FoxMarks, TabMix Plus, Greasemonkey, Split Browser, and AdBlock). Plus I still find it a little buggy sometimes. But if one day I can get those functions in Chrome I would consider it if it were indeed faster.

PLANET3RRY said...

I use Chrome sometimes, usually to have a gmail other than planet3rry open at the same time. It's a browser... and I'll use it when I need it.

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