Opera 10.50 Beta 2 (B 3273)
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.
# User interface :
> Vista, Windows 7 style title bar integration on WinXP, when tabs are on top
- Applies only when the WinXP default desktop/start menu is employed, and not to the Classic desktop/start menu
> Opera "O" menu: changed "Page Tools" menu item to "Page"
> opera:webstorage and opera:webdatabases to the Address bar history dropdown list
> Opera Widgets
- Widget Manger panel in the Opera user interface
- Support for window style (floating/below etc)
- Support for an error console
> Stabilized, polished, and increased protection against spoofing of overlay dialogs
> Opera Unite:
- Numerous tweaks and improvements to bundled Opera Unite applications
> Opera Widgets
- Widget generic icon
- Widget installation process
- Widget documentation
- Widget localization:
+ Various widget translation strings
- Strings for private browsing
- Strings for download-acceleration software compatibility
> Image context menu items being greyed out
> Title bar flickering when resizing on WinXP
> Several issues regarding bookmark manipulation
> An issue that occurred while Opera Turbo is running
> An issue when duplicating tabs using mouse gestures
> Current images mode not being inherited when opening links in a new tab
> New tab gesture opening a blank page without focus in the address bar instead of in Speed Dial
> Pasted bookmarks being stored in the wrong location
> Page zoom menu not being keyboard accessible
> Web fonts with a specified format not working
> Full name of dictionaries not being shown
> An issue when deleting many bookmarks freezes Opera
> Import/Export only supporting the old .adr bookmark format and not the new .ini format
> Trash name not being displayed if the name is absent in the bookmarks file
> After importing bookmarks from Internet Explorer, the dialog cannot be opened again
> Opera creating both a bookmarks.adr and a bookmarks.ini file on first start
> The order of personal bar items not being remembered between sessions
> Opening a new window opens a ghost window
> Auto-hiding of the Windows taskbar is obscured by the Opera window
> Bottom arrow in a vertical / horizontal scrollbar points up when hovering the scrollbar
> Creating a "New (Private) Tab" from the task bar or systray does not maximize the Opera window
> A random font being set when changing fonts in Preferences and then restarting Opera
> An issue with "Open file" from the completed download notifications open sessions dialog
> Replaced "Developer Tools" with "Opera Dragonfly" in the Tools > Advanced traditional Opera menu bar
> Longdesc link going to the wrong URI
> Longdesc image description showing up in the image context menu
> Context menu not working in the Speed Dial search box
> Firewall alert when starting Opera on Windows 7
> Ctrl+T keyboard shortcut missing from the File menu
> Opera Unite:
- Context menu missing for images and links in widgets
- An issue with translations
- Right-click menu missing from the path field in the Opera Unite properties dialog
> Opera Widgets:
- An issue with the widget Edit field context menu after Spellcheck has been enabled
- An issue with password manager
- An issue while downloading from an untrusted repository
- Scrollbars appearing when the Yandex Traffic widget is docked
- Zooming widgets displays scrollbars
- Scrollbars not appearing for widgets in application mode
- Downloading a widget fails if it is already in the transfers list
# Display and scripting
> New backend for webstorage with improved performance
> Tab hover thumbnails
> Tab cycler by adding transparency
> Property caching in combination with special properties
> An issue with Google Buzz
> Instruction via the command line not being evaluated in local scope with Opera Dragonfly
> Optimization of the <canvas> putImageData operation
> Plug-in size and position not being updated when a plug-in is in synchronous state (Youtube)
> SVG background-images being misplaced and clipped
> An issue with third-party native skin icons
> Not being able to escape <input>
> An issue when using fullscreen mode
# Mail, news, chat
- String for "Reply to list"
- String for "Reply to sender"
- Strings for "Mail progress"
> RSS/newsfeed preview being stuck at the "loading" stage
> Ghost feed items appearing after restart
> Smileys not showing their images in mail and chat
> An issue when trying to send a file in Opera chat/IRC
> No mail messages being selected on startup
> "Mark messages as read" option in filters being broken
> Slow loading of mail
> Loading mail without showing a progress indicator
> Mails being lost on IMAP when deleting a draft reply
> Sent mail appearing in the received index
> Cut and paste not working in the mail compose context menu
> Not being able to attach files by dragging and dropping them to the compose window
> The "Reply to list" button not showing for mailing list mails
> Context menu for the compose window
> Problem while holding the backspace key when typing a message in M2
> Opera Unite:
- Cross network request being issued when accessing an Opera Unite application
> Cache support and stability