Hardly a week old, Apple's latest operating system OS X Lion, today received a gift in the form of a new Chrome web browser that along with it brings two key features. Google was working on a version specifically tailored for Lion, today's release Chrome 14, which is a dev channel version, has the following updates:
"First, it removes window scrollbars by default. This mimics the look and feel of other OS X Lion apps, include Apple's own Safari web browser. These bars now only show up when you're actually scrolling a page.
The second change is "two-finger gesture" support for Lion, which respects the system preference.
Other, changes includes: Multi-profile UI improvements, and Native Client has been disabled for official releases of OS X 10.6.7 and earlier using a 64-bit kernel," informs Google Chrome Releases blog.
"Many Chrome users this past week noticed, Lion broke the ability to flip back and forth between web pages with your fingers. That's because this was previously done on Chrome in OS X Snow Leopard with three-fingers. But now three-finger swipes default to moving between desktops/apps in Lion.
In Safari, this backward/forward navigation is now done with two-finger left/right gestures. But that wasn't an option in the current version of Chrome out there. Now, in Chrome 14, it's the new default way to go backwards and forwards.
But there's one big problem. "Google implemented it the same way it has always been, just switching three-finger input to two-finger. But as everyone is learning, Lion also reverses directions of gestures. In other words, swiping right in Safari with two fingers now navigates to the previous page (with a nifty page slide out). But in Chrome, you need to swipe left to do the same thing (without the nifty effect)."
If you use both browsers, this is extremely annoying," noted MG Siegler.
The way to fix this for now is to use software like BetterTouchTool to customize Chrome's touch gestures.
[Source: Google Chrome Releases]