Opera 9.50 Beta 2
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.
Changes Since Opera 9.50 Beta 1
* Full text history search is now part of the address field, with better results and better performance.
* Introduced a new security notification scheme in the address field; see Security.
* Added alternative tab-closing behaviors. The preferences now include the following options when closing a tab:
o Activate the last active tab (default)
o Activate the next tab
o Activate first tab opened from current tab
* New spatial navigation highlighting, similar to the one used in Opera Mini 4 and the Wii browser.
* Ctrl+Left and Ctrl+Right for Back and Forward are no longer specific to Mac, but also apply to Windows/Unix.
* "Save Draft" shortcut Ctrl+S removed due to the new autosaving of drafts (change is not new but was not listed in previous documentation).
* Shortcut for "Add attachment" in the compose window is now Ctrl+O instead of Ctrl+S.
* Shortcut Ctrl+Enter now sends a message, in addition to Ctrl+Shift+S.
* Changed the handling of "Delete" in mail filter views, with Shift+Del for "Move to Trash" and Del for "Remove from Filter View", in place of Ctrl+X.
* Shortcut for "Duplicate Tab" has been removed.
* Shortcut for "Reopen Closed Tab" has been changed from Ctrl+Alt+Shift+Z to Ctrl+Shift+T
Changes in Keyboard Shortcuts between Opera 9.27 and 9.50 Beta 2
Mail, Chat, and Feeds
* Improved IMAP performance and reliability.
* Faster startup times on systems with NTFS and ReiserFS file systems.
* Improved search results in Opera Mail when using Quick Find.
* Opera can now be set as the default mail application from the control panel.
* Improved feed download speed when there are many existing feed messages.
* Reduced CPU usage when downloading torrents.
* Numerous bug fixes and optimizations.
Display and Scripting
* Added MathML support. See the article on Dev.Opera.
* Opera now cloaks document.all. See the discussion on Hallvord's blog.
* Improved performance of Web pages with XMLHttpRequest (AJAX).
* Added support for getClientRects and getBoundingClientRect.
* Added support for the CSS color and background-color properties for the ::selection pseudo-element.
* Zero bytes in encodeURIComponent and encodeURI are now handled correctly.
* Unicode escapes can no longer be used to put non-identifier characters into identifiers.
* getSVGDocument is now supported in an iframe.
* createDocumentType now throws an exception for malformed qualified name.
* Fixed NodeFilter returning true => 1.
* Fixed HTMLTableRowElement.rowIndex and .sectionRowIndex returning undefined for table rows created via DOM.
* HTMLButtonElement.type now defaults to "submit".
* Fixed form control collection not indexed by name when outside the main document tree.
* Fixed Range.surroundContents().
* Fixed insertNode to not collapse range.
* Fixed removeNamedItem() and removeNamedItemNS() to throw a not-found error.
* Fixed NodeIterator to function well also under dynamic changes.
* Fixed Date.UTC() to do proper 1900 year offsetting.
* All mail and history searching now occurs in a separate processor thread.
* Opera Link now synchronizes notes, in addition to bookmarks and Speed Dial entries.
* New search.ini includes Google Images and Wikipedia.
* Improved compatibility with Gmail 2.
* Improved back-end for Fraud Protection, now enabled by default.
* Added support for Extended Validation (EV) certificates.
* Added automatic updates of root certificates.
* Introduced a new security notification scheme in the address field:
o gold lock on green field for secure sites with Extended Validation
o silver lock on yellow field for regular secure sites
o question mark on gray field for HTTPS sites with problems
o no notification for normal sites
o fraud warning on red field for blacklisted sites
* Opera now distinguishes between local servers on localhost, intranet servers, and remote servers on the Internet. Local servers can use remote resources, but not vice versa.
* Improved performance of painting on Web pages demanding graphics-intensive operations.
* Windowless mode for Silverlight 1.1 now works.