Just a quick note. I use Chrome as my main browser on both Mac and Windows. I love it: it’s super-fast, and having a single bar for URLs and searches is very convenient.
I am using the Dev channel, and set it up to auto-update. Well, today I got Build 12.0.742.0 dev, which finally fixes one of the two main issues I had with Chrome on the Mac. I have a bunch of folders in the Bookmark bar, containing categorized links to the sites I visit most often. Up until yesterday, clicking on a folder right after starting Chrome produced a drop-down menu that did not display favicons (the cute little icons that also appear in the URL bar on most sites)—just the site names and, for each site, the default “globe” icon. On the other hand, the second and subsequent times I opened a given menu, all favicons were correctly displayed. Note that this was a problem only on the Mac; the Windows version worked just fine.
I had gotten in the habit of opening all bookmark-bar menus one by one upon first launching Chrome, just so I would get the favicons to show up when I actually needed them. I do find favicons a convenient navigational tools, so I was willing to put up with the inconvenience, but obviously this was something that just had to be fixed.
Well, Build 12.0.742.0 dev finally does fix this bug. I now get glorious favicons right from the start! Yay! Furthermore, as you scroll or move your pointer down a menu, each favicon is highlighted in a subtle but useful (and elegant) way. Nice!
This leaves one last, but major gripe: PDF documents are displayed in-browser, but font rendering is horrible. I have already blogged about this, so I won’t repeat myself. Please, Google, use the platform PDF renderer where available, and a decent plugin elsewhere (i.e. on Windows). Thanks!