Opera 9.50 Beta 1
Opera is a secure web browser that is both fast and rich in features. It has a slick interface that embraces a modern, minimalist look, coupled with stacks of tools to make browsing more enjoyable. These include such tools as Speed Dial, which houses your favorites and Opera Turbo mode, which compresses pages to give you quicker navigation, (even when you have a bad connection).
Opera has everything you need to browse the web via a great interface. From startup it offers a Discover page that brings fresh content to you directly; it displays the news you want by topic, country and language. The Speed dial and bookmarks pages are also available to you at launch, which gives you easy access to the sites you use the most and those you've added to your favorite list.
Key features include:
- Sleek interface.
- Download manager.
- Customizable themes.
- Speed dial.
- Private browsing mode.
- Discover provides fresh news content.
Opera provides an integrated search and navigation function, which is a common sight among its other, well known, adversaries. Opera utilizes a single bar for both search and navigation, instead of having two text fields at the top of the screen. This feature obviously keeps the browser window uncluttered, whilst providing you with top functionality.
Opera also includes a download manager, and a private browsing mode that allows you to navigate without leaving a trace. Opera allows you to install an array of extensions too, so you can customize your browser as you see fit. Although the catalog is significantly smaller than more popular browsers' you'll find versions of Adblock Plus, Feedly, and Pinterest.
Opera is a great browser for the modern web. In terms of numbers of users, it is behind Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer. However, it is bang up to date with cutting edge technology and remains a strong contender in the browser wars.
Overall, Opera has an excellent design coupled with top performance; it is both simple and practical. The keyboard shortcuts are similar to other browsers, the available options are varied and the Speed Dial interface is pleasant to use. You can also customize Opera with themes and make you browsing experience even more personal. So, if you are thinking of trying something different than your usual browser, Opera could be the choice for you.
* This is a beta version of Opera. Use only on properly backed up computers and do not install over previous Opera versions
* This release uses new storage and indexing formats for Opera Mail (including feeds). If you copy your Mail directory from an existing profile, you will be prompted to convert all accounts into the new format and re-index your messages. You will not be able to downgrade to a previous version of Opera after starting the conversion process
* Dragging buttons and links to arbitrary toolbars is now disabled by default (with exceptions). Please see the User Interface section of the changelog for full details
Changes Since Opera 9.24
* Bookmarks, Personal bar, and Speed Dial data can be synchronized with other instances of the browser via the File > Synchronize Opera menu option; the most recent Speed Dial data will always be used when synchronizing
* Redesigned Address bar drop-down displayed when entering text in the Address bar:
o Includes excerpts from previously visited pages
o Improved visual design
o Orders entries by popularity
o Local file auto-completion
* Re-enabled Status bar by default and moved some UI elements from View bar to Status bar; View bar is now disabled by default
* Simplified Download dialog
* Closed windows are now also displayed in the Trash can and the Window > Closed menu
* "Open with" functionality added to web page context menu and Transfer panel/page
* Content blocking improvements:
o Added site-specific toggling of content blocking
o Fixed problem where opening the Details dialog for a page would cause some blocked paths to change
o Double-clicking entries in the Details dialog now edits them
o Only show filters that cause content to be blocked on the current page in the Details dialog
o CSS and JS files matching blocked patterns are now also shown in the Details dialog
* Added ability to save only the active window as a session (File > Sessions > Save This Session > Only save active window)
* Added Undo for Speed Dial
* Disabled dragging links/favicons to arbitrary toolbars (exceptions: Personal bar and opera: buttons); hold Shift or open the Tools > Appearances dialog to enable dragging
* Fixed problem with multi-word bookmark nicknames
* Wand will no longer block form submits, making it possible to see if login was successful before storing your login credentials
* Default to saving as Web archives and remember format selection
* Switch to title casing for menu text
* Associate Opera with .xhtml, .mht, .svg, and .torrent files
* Removed option to associate Opera with URL Shortcuts
* Auto-scroll icon now appears where clicked instead of centered on the page
* Add drop-down shadows on Windows 2000, XP, and Vista if Control Panel > Display > Appearance > Effects > Show shadows under menus is enabled
* Better support for the Default program settings dialog in Windows XP and Vista
* Dropped support for Winsock 1
* Fixed problem where transparent GIFs used as backgrounds would turn black when the page was zoomed