Just the other day I blogged about how happy I was to be able to use Greasemonkey scripts on the OS X version of Google Chrome. This evening I had noticed that there was an update, so I restarted Chrome to pick it up. The problem is, this version (188.8.131.52) disabled extensions in preparation for releasing the official beta for the OS X version. Had I realized that, I wouldn’t have restarted. I’m hoping they turn it back on, and soon. I had to start Firefox today to use the Google Maps -> Garmin GPS integration and it bummed me out. FireFox is unbelievably slow after using Chrome for a week.
One of the big bummers for me of using Google Chrome on OS X was the lack of Greasemonkey script support. There were some various hackish ways to make it work for Windows versions but I couldn’t find a reasonable way on OS X. Tonight I realized part of why that is. The support is there, but there just is no interface around it. However, if you click on a Greasemonkey script it installs and is visible right there on the chrome://extensions page.
The main script I want to run is the “Enhance ComicBookDB” script, which adds some links and changes some defaults to that site. I clicked it and Chrome asked me if I wanted to install it. I did, reloaded Comic Book DB and voila, it was working. Wow! This is working for me in the 184.108.40.206 build. This makes me freakishly happy.
Over a week ago I downloaded the pre-release alpha of the OS X version of Google Chrome. I accepted the possibility that it might crash, have problems or generally behave like software that isn’t finished and/or fully tested. Wow. I used it for about two hours before I switched it to my default browser. Every so often, I’ll need to start Firefox up to get a stored password that I never put in my vault. When I do, Firefox reminds me why I don’t use it. Everything about it, even clicking on the menus, seems so slow compared to Chrome that it bums me out.
If this is what it is like in the alpha version, I cannot wait for OS X chrome to come out in full release. I expect to be delirious with joy for I am easy to please. Just don’t crash and don’t use up all the memory on my machine after running for a day.