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Chrome 8 is the first browser to feature a Web Store. Google plans to activate the feature before the end of the year, according to past reports.
Chrome 8 looks like a sweet package

The browsing field is looking increasingly competitive these days.  Firefox 4 will soon be released and comes packing a fresh new look, new features, and a speed bump.  Likewise Opera 11 is shaping up to be an impressive package as well, adding extensions for the first time, and continuing to lead Firefox in speed.  And Internet Explorer 9 from Microsoft could soon mean that Windows users can finally stick with the default browser and get acceptable speed and standards compliance (something not so true for past IE versions).

But Chrome 8 looks to offer a well thought out package that may be the cream of the crop for this loaded generation of browser wars. Chrome has always vied with Opera for the title of fastest browser.  Now both browsers have extensions, as well.

While Opera 11 has some new perks -- tab stacking, improved mouse gestures, etc -- Chrome 8 adds something that's arguably an even bigger deal -- the world's first in-browser web app store, dubbed "Web Store".

Among the cool upcoming apps to be featured in the store are Plants. vs. Zombies and Lego Star Wars.  For the non-gamers there's also a Sports Illustrated app, a $4.99 image editing app dubbed "Dark Room" (think online Photoshop Elements).

The concept is very ambitious.  While it remains to be seen how successful these apps really are in action, it arguably is reason enough to give Chrome 8 a try.  The store itself will launch before the year's end, according to Google and now is supported on the software side.

Also new in Chrome 8 are over 800 bug fixes and a built-in PDF reader.  

The current version of Chrome 8 is Version 8.0.552.215.  You can download it from here.

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built-in PDF reader!!!
By Pirks on 12/3/2010 12:58:24 PM , Rating: 2
DIE DIE DIE molasses slow Adobe PDF reader!!! woohoo!!!
I use foxit but for dumbos out there this builtin pdf thing WILL ROCKKK *thumbs up*

and then lego star wars in html5? I thought it was a 3d game, how come it's in html5 now? someone care to explain plz? I understand simple 2d game slike plants zombies, but 3d?? whaaa?

RE: built-in PDF reader!!!
By quiksilvr on 12/3/2010 1:08:30 PM , Rating: 5
Okay I think Pirks had too much Percocet, but I'll try my best to translate:

"Built in PDF viewer will be great for the consumers out there that are unaware of other alternatives such as Foxit Reader, which is much faster and takes less space than Adobe Reader. All in all, a great move!

I was unaware that HTML5 also had 3D capabilities. Could someone shed some light on that for me please?"

Why yes I can, Mr. Pirks! HTML5 is indeed capable of advance 3D as well.

RE: built-in PDF reader!!!
By Flunk on 12/3/2010 1:39:38 PM , Rating: 4
We should do this every time he posts from now on :).

RE: built-in PDF reader!!!
By Pirks on 12/3/10, Rating: -1
RE: built-in PDF reader!!!
By baadcatj on 12/3/2010 2:27:41 PM , Rating: 2
Pirks keeps it interesting around here.

The translator is definitely useful and greatly appreciated - I needed a good LOL!

RE: built-in PDF reader!!!
By B3an on 12/4/2010 5:20:13 AM , Rating: 5
HTML5 is indeed capable of advance 3D as well.

HTML5 itself ins't capable of 3D at all, not even the most simple 2D animations. It's a simple page mark up language. X3D, WebGL, and Canvas can do 3D, which can all work along with HTML5, but when i say "work along with it"... you'd only use HTML to basically embed them into the page. That's it. It just annoys me when people call this stuff HTML5 when the thing in question would actually be using JavaScript, Canvas, WebGL, or a ton of other languages. It just makes it seem like HTML5 is this one language that can do so much when HTML is an extremely dated language based on a coding language thats about four decades old, it cant really do anything but simple page layout.

If you want to do anything remotely interactive and exciting with HTML (4 or 5) then you will also have to use JavaScript, PHP, Canvas, WebGL, X3D and so on.... this is why HTML5 will never really take off for advanced interactivity or games, and is a bad choice for small or single developers. Learning all these different languages and software is hard enough, but it's even harder getting it all to work together.
On the other hand Flash can already do 3D (check out Quake in Flash for instance) but Flash will soon be getting much better 3D support, and it can all be made in a single piece of software and all use the same coding language (Action Script 3.0). It can also be compiled to SWF (for web) or AIR for a single executable file (for desktop and phone OS's like Android) so it can easily be turned into an App/Software that will work on multiple OS's and devices with literally about 4 clicks of a mouse button.

RE: built-in PDF reader!!!
By Alexvrb on 12/5/2010 5:51:15 PM , Rating: 2
First I'd like to point out the fact that if Apple buys Adobe, Pirks will make a complete 180 and demand that "Apple Reader" and "Apple Flash" be mandatory on every device.

Regarding Foxit, that particular PDF reader doesn't play nice with our work boxes. We have it installed on all our thin clients at work and it is a constant source of problems. I'd install the new Chrome or even Adobe reader, if I could. But I can't - and even if I got around that and forced it on there, it would just get wiped the next time the machine boots up.

Also, I don't find Adobe Reader all that slow. If your machine can't handle it... it's probably a museum piece. I'm much more annoyed with the speed of Flash, although they've really been working to address that over the past year or so.

RE: built-in PDF reader!!!
By Exodite on 12/3/2010 1:31:51 PM , Rating: 2
Hmm, I don't know about that.

I've tried Foxit, as well as Chrome's built-in PDF reader, but on my rig I must say I prefer Adobe's browser plugin over both.

It's snappier, more full-featured and intuitive. I'll gladly admit that the latter may just be me being more used to Adobe's offering over the competition though.

I would line up stand to slag flash, which I usually run disabled in Chrome, any day of the week but I actually like Adobe's PDF reader and browser plugin.

That said I haven't been able to get one-page scrolling in Reader X working so far, I'm sure it's cleverly hidden somewhere.

Anyways, Chrome 8 actually feels noticeably faster than 7 which is no mean feat.

RE: built-in PDF reader!!!
By Flunk on 12/3/2010 1:43:51 PM , Rating: 3
Adobe's plugin is not faster, it's much slower. It doesn't really matter on a newer computer but when you use older hardware or terminal services the adobe plugin is brutal.

There is something to be said about better interface being worth the slowdown, however. Although not having to install the reader at all is pretty neat.

RE: built-in PDF reader!!!
By Exodite on 12/3/2010 2:15:38 PM , Rating: 2
Fair enough, I were mostly talking about the comparison between Adobe Reader and Foxit - in which case my personal experience is that the former is quite a bit faster.

I can imagine Adobe's plugin being slower on older hardware but it's certainly not something I've experienced myself, despite my desktop being far from top of the line. I might have to try some larger documents for a more accurate impression perhaps.

Google's built-in plugin certainly isn't bad, from what little I've tried it so far anyway, but I'm probably going to stick to Adobe's for now.

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