Printed from http://www.electronista.com

Google Chrome 18 beta accelerates 2D Canvas, older PCs

updated 11:00 am EST, Fri February 10, 2012

Chrome 18 widens GPU usage

Google in the same breath as the Chrome 17 final release has also posted a beta release of Chrome 18. The new version swings attention to graphics and now hardware accelerates 2D elements using HTML5's Canvas spec, a common part of more advanced websites. Animations and action-sensitive websites should see the most benefit.

Those with older systems that can't support the WebGL standard are getting a partial help through the addition of a software renderer, SwiftShader. Although not as fast as native support, the TransGaming-built converter is potentially faster than the regular renderer for those using older graphics hardware or operating systems.

The release is available immediately for Linux, the Mac, and Windows. In keeping with Google's fast-track releases, the finished version of Chrome 18 is likely to be available within the next few weeks.



By Electronista Staff
Post tools:

TAGS :

toggle

Comments

  1. bibleguy

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Oct 2011

    -1

    Are they...

    Trying to get high score with all of these "versions"?

Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.

toggle

Network Headlines

toggle

Most Popular

Sponsor

Recent Reviews

Crucial MX100 256GB SATA-3 SSD

While the price-per-gigabyte ratio for magnetic platter-based hard drives can't be beat, the speed that a SSD brings to the table for ...

Narrative Clip

With the advent of social media technology, people have been searching for new ways to share the events of their daily lives -- be it ...

Blue's Mikey Digital

Blue Microphones, a company that makes some of the most popular digital USB microphones among podcasters and musicians, has for some t ...

Sponsor

toggle

Most Commented

 
toggle

Popular News