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CoolNovo

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ChromePlus from Maple Studio is exactly what it sounds like: Google Chrome, plus a bunch of useful extras. Like Chrome, ChromePlus is free, and everything Chrome does, it does. The "plus" part adds Mouse Gestures, Super Drag, a Download Manager, enhanced bookmarks, an IE tab, and more.

The ChromePlus installer automatically checked for the latest version of the program; it also advised us to close Firefox so it could import bookmarks and other settings from Mozilla, just like when installing Chrome. ChromePlus happily coexists with Chrome on the same desktop; we had both open at the same time as we installed our extensions, all of which functioned perfectly in ChromePlus. The most noticeable difference from Chrome was the presence of all the links from our Firefox Bookmarks Toolbar in the ChromePlus Bookmarks Bar, a welcome sight since Chrome didn't install them automatically, though it did import them to the Other Bookmarks folder. An integrated search bar was the only other visible difference, but when we clicked on the tool icon to access the program's options, we saw what made ChromePlus different. Starting with the New IE tab, which opens a new browser tab in IE for pages optimized for Internet Explorer, ChromePlus adds an enhanced bookmarks section; a control to clear your browsing history; the ChromePlus Download Manager; and Enhanced Options, which let us configure settings for tabs, bookmarks, privacy data, and how the browser functions as well as access the settings for Mouse Gestures, IE Tabs, Adblocking, Accelerators (keystroke shortcuts), and start-up options. The tabbed Chrome Options dialog is there, too, and there's links to the ChromePlus Web site and forum as well. Of course, what matters is how well ChromePlus performs. It loaded and browsed every bit as quickly as a stripped-down Chrome installation, but its extras really made a difference. For instance, the Super Drag feature let us grab and drag a link into a new tab automatically, which may be the quickest method yet. Mouse Gestures are useful but require some practice. The IE Tab functioned perfectly, and switching modes was easy. Of course, it supports Chrome's incognito mode, too.

Google Chrome is getting better all the time, and it's become a serious contender for browser supremacy. ChromePlus adds features and options that take Chrome another step toward that goal. If you use Chrome, try ChromePlus.

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    3.8 stars

    out of 45 votes

    • 5 star: 20
    • 4 star: 11
    • 3 star: 5
    • 2 star: 4
    • 1 star: 5
  • Current version:

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Very Good Browser"

    April 19, 2014  |   By Sherif Ayad

    Version: CoolNovo 2.0.9.11

    Pros

    Works very well than Google Chrome

    Cons

    Cannot install extensions in offline mode even in developer mode I mean online installation is offered now way to fix this unlike all other chrome and chromium based browsers

    Summary

    just discovered this browser and after a few days of testing i can say this is my new default browser. It's faster & more stable than Chrome. You're personal extensions & bookmarks from Chrome are compatible with CoolNovo and you can change so much things to customize the browser like;
    Double click tabs to close
    Auto hide bookmarks bar
    Mouse gestures
    Will auto add custom search engine
    Switch engine from Chrome to Internet Explorer
    ... and more.. just test it out

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  • 5.0 stars

    "The underdog"

    December 10, 2013  |   By dwensch

    Version: CoolNovo 2.0.9.11

    Pros

    Ultra fast
    Stable
    Compatible with Chrome extensions
    Double click tabs to close
    Auto hide bookmarksbar
    Mouse gestures
    Will auto add custom search engine
    Switch engine from Chrome to Internet Explorer

    Cons

    Not known with the public

    Summary

    I just discovered this browser and after a few days of testing i can say this is my new default browser. It's faster & more stable than Chrome. You're personal extensions & bookmarks from Chrome are compatible with CoolNovo and you can change so much things to customize the browser like;
    Double click tabs to close
    Auto hide bookmarksbar
    Mouse gestures
    Will auto add custom search engine
    Switch engine from Chrome to Internet Explorer
    ... and more.. just test it out

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  • 5.0 stars

    "V 2.0.9.11 : best and most compatible one with WIN 8 !"

    July 26, 2013  |   By mauron76

    Version: CoolNovo 2.0.9.11

    Pros

    Everything. Especially the fact that you can decide that all your browser history will be deleted each time you quit CoolNovo (an unexisting great feature on Chrome...). Besides, it seems that CoolNovo much better blocks ads with Adblock Plus. And it is faster and more secure than Chrome I think.

    Cons

    Nothing regarding the browser itself. But I find CoolNovo's official website pretty poor! It clearly has a lack of information regarding updates and reports. Besides, their forum seems never updated! Two weeks ago I posted a question on CoolNovo's forum I got a reply saying that a moderator will read my message before publishing it and... nothing! So, it seems that there is not enough staff at CoolNovo to maintain their forum and website unfortunately!

    Summary

    I used to use Chrome and then Comodo Dragon (also based on Chrome). But the latter has too many bugs especially with updates... So I turned back to Chrome. Then I had problems with Chrome under Windows 8 I was unable to resolve. So, I turned back to CoolNovo (former Chrome Plus) which improved a lot during this time... And I never had any problem of any kind with CoolNovo under Windows 8! So, I set it as my default browser and uninstalled Chrome for avoiding compatibility problems.

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