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François Beaufort

Happiness Evangelist
April 27, 2015 12 comments 3 shares 99 plus ones
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We can finally use <Alt>+<Tab> to focus docked windows in the latest Dev Update in Chrome OS.

Whereas it was allowed only for regular windows, we can now simply dock a window by pressing twice <Alt> + [ if we want to dock it to the left for instance and press <Alt>+<Tab> to browse through all windows we have opened (docked included).

Source: https://codereview.chromium.org/1059903002

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April 25, 2015 28 comments 31 shares 250 plus ones
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A brand new Chrome OS Login experience is now enabled by default with the latest Dev Channel update.

As seen before¹, this materialized design flow takes advantage of the powerful <webview>². Stay tuned for more info about some new features offered by this change in a near future.
 
¹ https://plus.google.com/+FrancoisBeaufort/posts/4tKNUbs1QUq
² https://developer.chrome.com/apps/tags/webview

Source: https://codereview.chromium.org/1079083002

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April 23, 2015 5 comments 6 shares 70 plus ones
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Latest chromium build has improved Omnibox behaviour by allowing entering keyword mode with <space> even when there's inline autocompletion from a prediction service.

Let's say I've added a custom search engine that points to http://man.cx when I enter "man" keyword. From now on, inline autocompletion such as "man grep" for instance won't prevent me to search Manpages when I type "man" + <space>.

¹ https://download-chromium.appspot.com/

Source: https://codereview.chromium.org/1054803004

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April 17, 2015 14 comments 7 shares 71 plus ones
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Chrome Apps can now receive broadcast UDP traffic in the latest chromium build¹ thanks to a brand new method added to the Chrome Sockets² UDP API.

As you can read below, it has never been easier to toggle broadcast packets on a specific UDP socket with chrome.sockets.udp.setBroadcast

¹ https://download-chromium.appspot.com/
² https://developer.chrome.com/apps/sockets_udp

Source: https://codereview.chromium.org/1071813002

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April 17, 2015 7 comments 38 shares 169 plus ones
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Being an avid Cloud Platform¹ user, I wrote a tiny Chrome App that uses the powerful File System Provider² API so that we can mount and browse Cloud Storage Buckets directly in the Chrome OS File Manager.

As a matter of fact, it was easy and fast to implement this file system thanks to the handy Cloud Storage API. Have a look at the public GitHub repository³, logic is only <200 JavaScript lines of code ;)

¹ https://cloud.google.com
² https://developer.chrome.com/apps/fileSystemProvider ³ https://github.com/beaufortfrancois/cloud-storage-chrome-app

Cloud Storage Chrome OS App is available now at https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/ibfbhbegfkamboeglpnianlggahglbfi

Cloud Storage

Access Cloud Storage Buckets in the Files App

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April 15, 2015 4 comments 11 shares 88 plus ones
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With the Captive Portal¹ API now available² in Chrome OS Dev Channel, I've built a tiny extension that will make my life easier by storing all my WiFi Hotspots credentials so that it can automatically connect to those when requested — no input needed³.

Since I'm based in France, I've started with some French WiFi Hotspots but I would be so happy to see more. Please help me to grow this list by submitting your favorite ones to the public GitHub repository².

My Hotspots is available now for Chrome OS Dev Channel users at https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/kngmdnkaeiaodchlfljkkinpphgfmkfg

¹ https://developer.chrome.com/extensions/networking_config ² https://plus.google.com/+FrancoisBeaufort/posts/QeHQBxVNHH3 ³ https://plus.google.com/+FrancoisBeaufort/posts/L59aL1AopKd
https://github.com/beaufortfrancois/my-hotspots-chrome-extension

My Hotspots

Connect easily to your favorite hotspots.

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April 09, 2015 21 comments 28 shares 218 plus ones
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Experimental MTP write support has just landed in the Files App in the last Dev Channel Update. This means we can start to cut/copy/paste/create folders/files on our phones directly from Chrome OS.

All you need to play with this is to enable the experimental flag named "MTP write support" at chrome://flags#enable-mtp-write-support, restart your session and plug your phone.

Since this is still WIP, editing an image is not supported yet. And as usual, if you stumble upon an issue, please report it to the chromium team by pressing <Alt>+<Shift>+i.

Source: https://codereview.chromium.org/1049833004
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April 09, 2015 12 comments 25 shares 138 plus ones
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Chrome Extensions/Apps using the File System Provider¹ API can now be easily installed thanks to a brand new "Add new services" button in the Files App in Chrome OS Dev Channel.

Once you click on it, you'll be presented available services directly from the Chrome Web Store you can install in a matter of seconds. Since this API is relatively new, I'm sure you know some² of³ them for now. Expect more in the future!

¹ https://developer.chrome.com/apps/fileSystemProvider
² https://plus.google.com/+FrancoisBeaufort/posts/GqoShwe4Fyi
³ https://plus.google.com/+FrancoisBeaufort/posts/KGBpTWBgvtV

Source: https://codereview.chromium.org/1052383002

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April 09, 2015 26 comments 27 shares 195 plus ones
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Photographers will be happy to learn that the Files App is slowly getting Camera RAW¹ files support in the last Dev Update.

According to the source code², ARW, CR2, DNG, NEF, NRW, ORF, RAF and RW2 files are the first ones to be editable directly from the Gallery App. For info, it actually converts back to JPG compressed format when you edit the RAW image.

Note that the PNaCl³ module responsible for decoding RAW files is called PiexLoader and is only enabled for Google Chrome OS, not chromium build.

¹ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raw_image_format ² https://chromium.googlesource.com/chromium/src/+/master/ui/file_manager/file_manager/common/js/file_type.js
³https://developer.chrome.com/native-client/nacl-and-pnacl#portable-native-client-pnacl

Source: https://codereview.chromium.org/1053653003
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April 09, 2015 8 comments 6 shares 87 plus ones
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Starting in the Dev Channel, the Files App will now show you a nice illustration in content pane for empty directories as you can see below.

Source: https://codereview.chromium.org/1061483002
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