Opera 9.0 Beta 1 (B 8367)
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.
* Fixed Proxy On/Off toggle in Quick Preferences.
* Script dialogs now have the option to stop the current script running, in order to prevent further dialogs from appearing.
* Added support for saving and opening Web archives.
* opera:config now uses file choosers for file paths.
* Quick find in opera:config now searches section names as well as preference names.
* Sections can now be expanded in opera:config even while searching.
* The [Adv User Prefs] section of opera6.ini and opera:config has been renamed to [Network].
* Changed feed notification icon.
* Removing buttons on one toolbar now removes from all open tabs not just active one.
* Added ability to save to disk from source viewer.
* Default mode for "Cycle without showing list" is now visible tab order.
* "Cycle without showing list" now includes also minimized pages.
Changes to preferences dialog
* Site and Web page content preferences moved into Preferences > Advanced > Content.
* Tabbed browsing preferences have been moved to Preferences > Advanced > Tabs.
* Reorganized Network and Browsing preferences.
* Re-added Preferences > Advanced > Cookies, for managing cookie preferences.
* Re-added gender setting to voice preferences.
* A dragable widget tab is shown at the top of the screen, providing quick access to widgets. This can be removed using the settings button when viewing widgets, or using Preferences > General > Show widgets tab.
* Widgets are now displayed on a faded background - click on the background to exit widget viewing mode.
* Pinned widgets will now appear in the operating system's window lists, and can be activated with Alt+Tab as with normal application windows.
* Pinned widgets can be kept on top using the right-click menu.
* Links from widgets now respect the "Open windows instead of tabs" setting.
* Dragging a scrollbar in a widget no longer drags the widget.
* Added widget error reporting to the error console.
* In content blocking mode, clicking an image or plug-in shows all other content that matches the filter.
* Content blocker shows previously blocked content when entering content blocking mode.
* Content blocker filters are no longer case sensitive.
* Shift+click on images and plug-ins while in content blocking mode blocks the exact path instead of using a wild card.
* Leaving content blocking mode removes all content that matches the new filters, including pages in inline frames.
* Improved blocking of plug-in content when an object tag is used without an embed tag.
* Improved display of content blocker toolbar.
Messaging and Newsfeeds
* Fixed timestamp bug in Mail.
* New welcome mail to replace dialog when first creating a mail account.
* Up/down arrows no longer select next/previous messages in e-mail and news views when the message view has focus.
* Corrected encoding when redirecting e-mails.
* DCC file transfers now displayed as a link in a private chat window.
* DCC file transfer now respects the nosave and nodownload switches in kiosk mode.
* Added disk caching for BitTorrent to improve speed.
* Fixed so upload in BitTorrent doesn't send corrupt data.
* Improved handing of image changes through CSS :hover effects.
* Fixed float and inline box stacking order, as required by the Acid 2 test. This completes Opera's support for Acid 2.
* Removed support for SGML comments in HTML. Comment parsing is now based on the Web Applications 1.0 draft.
* Several fixes for the position style.
* Fixed :required :optional :read-only :read-write and :default pseudo-class selectors.