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Google’s Chrome browser is fast, small, and “nearly” perfect. Using the same Webkit rendering engine as Safari, and its own custom V8 javascript engine, Chrome has been blowing away the competition on Windows for over a year. Google is finally nearing a release for the Mac, […]

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Google’s Chrome browser is fast, small, and “nearly” perfect. Using the same Webkit rendering engine as Safari, and its own custom V8 javascript engine, Chrome has been blowing away the competition on Windows for over a year. Google is finally nearing a release for the Mac, but since the browser is open source, you can get almost everything from Chrome in the Chromium Nightlies. These builds are separate from the official Google Chrome developers preview, they are in-development versions of Chrome, and are updated almost every night.

I’ve been using the Chromium builds off and on for months, and have recently switched back to it as my primary browser. Chromium reminds me of when Firefox first spun off of Mozilla. It was then, as Chromium is now, small, bare-bones, devoid of feature bloat, and fast.

Unfortunately. the Nightlies are not the easiest thing in the world to find, and Chromium doesn’t update itself when a new build is available. So, I used a little Automator and shell script action to build this tiny app that will download the latest version of Chromium to your Downloads folder. If you’ve got Growl installed it will also send Growl an alert that it is finished, but that’s it. That’s all it does, very simple, nothing fancy.

You can download the “ChromeUp” Automator application here (45kb, ZIP).

  1. Fast…. AND secure ? Or just something to make a mess of your drive with ?

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  2. Would love to try it early, but I’ll wait till Google certifies it. I can’t imagine what Chrome has that I don’t get already with Firefox and Safari 4.

    Also, if Google is collecting personal information from my Google searches, I don’t have a good feeling about their browser collecting even more, open source code or not.

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  3. i read at techcrunch you might as well NOT use the dev version (chromium?) as opposed to just chrome. whats yours take?

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  4. Google probably is not your biggest concern if you are into privacy.

    http://arstechnica.com/telecom/news/2009/12/sprint-fed-customer-gps-data-to-leos-over-8-million-times.ars

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  5. Agreed. Chrome, even in pre-release for Mac, is damn good and fast. Once they have a large number of developer extensions I think FF is under threat. My FF 3.5 was so buggy I went back to 3.0 and I am having problems with that too.

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  6. one small annoyance………u can’t import ur chrome bookmarks into chromium, only ff or safari.

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  7. I’ve been happily using Chromatic for a few weeks now to do automatic updates of Chromium nightlies.

    http://mrgeckosmedia.com/applications/info/chromatic

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  8. Could you release the Automator file (not App) for ChromeUp? I have an idea or two that would definitely improve it (at least for me).

    For instance, automatically moving Chromium to the Applications folder, and moving the ZIP and empty folder to the trash.

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  9. @Lou, I think you can run Automator and open ChromeUp from there, if not let me know and I’ll post the Automator file later.

    As for moving Chromium to the Applications folder, what if you are running Chromium at the time? I agree that it could use some cleaning up though, maybe in the way of moving the zip and folder to the trash, but leaving Chromium in the downloads folder?

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  10. Please, don’t use “nightly” builds (which are completely untested and don’t update), or advise others to. We update our Dev Channel weekly. It is a much better choice for anyone looking to experience Google Chrome on a Mac.

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    1. Still, fun to see what new (albeit untested) features are coming.

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