Chrome 59 Released for Mac, Windows, and Linux – Packs Material Settings, Native macOS Notifications

Posted by at 8:49 am on June 6, 2017

Chrome 59 is rolling out now to Mac, Windows, and Linux with a number of developer-focused features and security fixes. The biggest addition is support for native macOS notifications and full support of the animated PNG format.

Under development for quite a while, the Material revamp of Settings is finally available with various controls now appearing and grouped together as cards.

A new blue action bar houses search, with a navigation drawer providing quicker access to various categories of settings like People, Appearance, and more. A dropdown for Advanced will reveal options for Languages, Printing, etc. The About Chrome page has also been redesigned in a similar style.

For developers, there is a migration guide for sending alerts via the Notifications API and chrome.notifications. .

This version also adds native support for animated PNGs. APNGs are similar to GIFs, but with support for both 24-bit images and 8-bit transparency. Long supported by Firefox, the format is gaining traction after Apple adopted it on iOS 10 for iMessage apps.

Version 59 also has a new feature that allows developers to run the browser from a command line. The Headless Chromium tool is specifically aimed at running automated testing and for server environments where a visible UI isn’t needed. Support is available on Mac and Linux, with a Windows implementation coming soon.

Chrome 59 for desktop is now available, with updates for Android and Chrome OS coming soon.

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