Thursday, 9 September 2010

Improvements in Chromium Metallurgy

It's been a week or so now since Google released version 6 of Chrome and so I thought it would be a good time to take note of the improvements they've made to the UI.

I actually find it tantamount to genius that they have been able to yet further minimise the already minimal interface further - they have removed the "go" button (which was always pointless - for any browser, as they all seemed to have them at one point or another - once finished typing an address, people press enter, they don't switch to the mouse to press a gui button).
That leaves the stop button, which they have moved to the left of the address bar and integrated with the reload button. This comes as a welcome change to me, as all other browsers that I've known have had the stop button on the left and for some reason I've not been able to adjust to Chome's original placement of the control.

They've also combined the two different drop down menus that used to be to the right of the address bar into a single menu. I always found the separation of the options to be rather arbitrary and always ended searching the wrong menu anyway for the option I wanted, so again, points to the developers for recognising that.

The the bookmark star has moved to the other side of the address bar which I didn't understand at first until I remembered that due to it's previous proximity to the home button I was constantly creating bookmarks to pages I didn't want. I guess they suffered from the same problem.

The other changes are just subtle tweaks to the look and feel that they claim "make it easier on the eyes", but seeing as I don't think it was ever particularly hard on the eyes in the first place, it's a strange way of mentioning that you've updated the look slightly to make it feel fresh and new again (any product or company that has had a life span of longer than a few months is guilty of this - just take a look at this to see what  mean).

So this all goes to show that there is always room for improvement if you know where to look.

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