ChromePlus Review: A fantastic alternative to Chrome

By on August 14, 2010
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A great number of built-in features set it apart from its mother browser.

Problems & Issues:

While ChromePlus is a great alternative, there are some problems and quirks to it:

Slow Development: Being a rather small team of assumingly two individuals, development between stable builds is sometimes painfully slow. For example: the previous stable build v1.4.0.0 was released back on the 21st of June. June. That’s a long time in the browser world. However, to compensate the devs do release alpha/beta builds in between before a final release, and is very stable and good-to-use too.

No Dev Channel Support: Some of us do like to use the latest and the greatest despite of the fact that it may crash repeatedly for no apparent reason. Or that is is has a bug that Google has no intensions of fixing any time soon. That’s our geeky side. Unfortunately, ChromePlus does nothing to fuel it. Since the last few months, the development studio has decided to drop the use of Dev builds as the base code for their final release due to their volatile nature. However, forum banter leads to believe that they may branch out with builds using the dev channel very soon.

Trust Issues: We have hard time trusting even Google with our information, then who is Maple Studio? Ironically, ChromePlus is a closed-source project, so the source code is not readily available. Who is to stop them from installing ‘callers’ into their software that relays all your information back to them? Too bold a claim, I know but hey, you never know right?

Bugs/Incompatibility: In software development, “shit happens”. Sometimes for no apparent reason. Sometimes to just piss you off. But so it does and there maybe times where you find a bug or an incompatibility with your extension. Such occasions have been far and off but the devs have always been prompt in fixing them.

ChromePlus is a damn good browser. That aforementioned feature list is just the cream of the crop, and there are a plethora of misc. features tucked away in the options menu. Minor issues aside, if you can show a bit of faith, ChromePlus will prove to be a far, far superior browser than Google Chrome.

Users wanting to give ChromePlus a go can do so here.

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