Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Fast, customized searches in Chrome

From the adress bar in Chrome, also called "Omnibar" you can search engines other than your default search engine (i.e. Google). For example, you can search Cnn.com for Chrome, as shown here:
Then you press enter and obtain the search results:

This means you can instantly search any engine you want direct from your adress bar! 

How to do it

1- You just go to the search engine you are interested in, like Youtube, Metacafe, etc and do a normal search with whatever keywords you want. Here we show the search engine of CNN and search for "JustSomeText". 

2- Once you are in the results page, look at the address bar. You will the text string you searched for. In our case we look for "JustSomeText". Select this text. 

3- Replace the selected text with the following characters: %s .  

4- Select the whole address bar and copy it in the clipboard (Ctrl+C). 

5-Right click on the address bar and select "Edit search engines". On the windows that shows click "Add".

6- Fill in the information. 
  • Name: The name you want to give to the search. 
  • Keyword: The string you will later type in the address bar to perform your personalized search. Something short you will remember. For Youtube you could use "y" or "you". Here we use "cnn". 
  • Url: Here you paste the information in the clipboard (Ctrol+V).

Click OK and you are all set! To use your personalized write in the address bar Keyword Search terms. In the example in the beggining we typed "cnn Chrome". 

I hope you enjoy it!

Google Chrome is online!

You can download it now here!

Best of the introduction comic

The comic introduction to Chrome is actually funny at some points. These are some snaps from the best parts :)

Subscribe to Chrome Buster!

Now you can access all the updates to Chrome Buster, news, tricks and hacks for Google Chrome in a easy, fast way through RSS. Click The image in this post or on the bar on the right to subscribe for free.

Stay up to date with the latest news, with what is the biggest internet event of the year.

Google Chrome main features

The main features of Google's new browser include:

  • Google Chrome is a open source browser project.
  • Google Chrome will use a new, much more efficient, memory management. Allowing for faster loading times, a more optimal use of the resources, and controlled memory leaks.
  • Tabs move to the op of the window. Tabs are no longer elements in the browser windows bar, but have an individual window for itself.
  • An improved address bar. One feature is showing only the addresses you previously typed, not all urls.
  • Chrome has a privacy mode. Google says you can create an incognito window so that and "nothing that occurs in that window is ever logged on your computer."
  • Web apps can be launched in their own browser window without address bar and toolbar.
  • Chrome is constantly downloading lists of harmful sites to better fight malware and phishing attempts.
  • The browser will include a JavaScript Virtual Machine called V8.
All amazing stuff. And there is much more to come.

The Google Chrome introduction comic

Google included a nice comic introducing the features of their new browser, Chrome. Witty, fresh, funny and well explained. You just gotta love it!

Google Chrome anounced!

Google finally announced their new browser in their blog. It will be released in the next couple of hours. Read the complete blog entry:

A fresh take on the browser
9/01/2008 02:10:00 PM
At Google, we have a saying: “launch early and iterate.” While this approach is usually limited to our engineers, it apparently applies to our mailroom as well! As you may have read in the blogosphere, we hit "send" a bit early on a comic book introducing our new open source browser, Google Chrome. As we believe in access to information for everyone, we've now made the comic publicly available -- you can find it here. We will be launching the beta version of Google Chrome tomorrow in more than 100 countries.

So why are we launching Google Chrome? Because we believe we can add value for users and, at the same time, help drive innovation on the web.

All of us at Google spend much of our time working inside a browser. We search, chat, email and collaborate in a browser. And in our spare time, we shop, bank, read news and keep in touch with friends -- all using a browser. Because we spend so much time online, we began seriously thinking about what kind of browser could exist if we started from scratch and built on the best elements out there. We realized that the web had evolved from mainly simple text pages to rich, interactive applications and that we needed to completely rethink the browser. What we really needed was not just a browser, but also a modern platform for web pages and applications, and that's what we set out to build.

On the surface, we designed a browser window that is streamlined and simple. To most people, it isn't the browser that matters. It's only a tool to run the important stuff -- the pages, sites and applications that make up the web. Like the classic Google homepage, Google Chrome is clean and fast. It gets out of your way and gets you where you want to go.

Under the hood, we were able to build the foundation of a browser that runs today's complex web applications much better. By keeping each tab in an isolated "sandbox", we were able to prevent one tab from crashing another and provide improved protection from rogue sites. We improved speed and responsiveness across the board. We also built a more powerful JavaScript engine, V8, to power the next generation of web applications that aren't even possible in today's browsers.

This is just the beginning -- Google Chrome is far from done. We're releasing this beta for Windows to start the broader discussion and hear from you as quickly as possible. We're hard at work building versions for Mac and Linux too, and will continue to make it even faster and more robust.

We owe a great debt to many open source projects, and we're committed to continuing on their path. We've used components from Apple's WebKit and Mozilla's Firefox, among others -- and in that spirit, we are making all of our code open source as well. We hope to collaborate with the entire community to help drive the web forward.

The web gets better with more options and innovation. Google Chrome is another option, and we hope it contributes to making the web even better.

So check in again tomorrow to try Google Chrome for yourself. We'll post an update here as soon as it's ready.