Tab previews help you find tabs faster in Opera 24

Tabs are so handy and easy to open that we sometimes end up opening too many of them – so many that we don’t know which one is which. If you’ve had this experience and could use a little help with identifying your open tabs, we have awesome news for you.

With Opera 24, we give you our unique tab previews that help you find the tab you want. When you hover a tab, a preview inside the main browsing area gives you a peek into its contents. Lost one of your tabs? Previews help you find it. Locating and switching to the correct tab has never been easier.

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“Peek” into other tabs without losing focus with tab previews. Anything new on Twitter?!

But, even if you are not using many tabs, previews can still come in handy. Do you want to check if something’s new on Facebook quickly, without losing focus on what you are actually doing? The previews are big enough to get a glimpse of your Facebook tab without actually switching over to it.

If you’re on a Windows computer, we think you will also enjoy these improvements:

Crisper look on higher-resolution screens

Opera 24 for Windows makes full use of your higher-resolution, or HiDPI, screens. These screens have more pixels packed into the same area as normal screens, which means that rounded corners and text can look much crisper. Now, our user interface looks crystal clear on such displays. And wait until you can experience your favorite websites in HiDPI. We’re sure you will love it!

Private window color

Private browsing ensures that your internet history and activity are removed as soon as you close all private windows. We’ve made private windows more distinct from normal windows by changing their background color on Windows. Now, you easily can pick out and close all of your private browsing.

Download Opera 24

If you are interested in everything we changed, have a look at the Opera 24 Changelog. See also whats new for web developers.

PDF viewer included in Opera developer 25 update

We released another update to Opera developer 25. We’ve been busy, so this release comes with a bunch of fixes. A complete list of changes can be found in the changelog.

PDF viewer
Opera can now open PDF documents without the need to install and run any third-party plug-ins. Now, clicking links on pages that deviously lead to PDF documents won’t disrupt your workflow, as your focus will remain in the same window. Opera’s PDF solution is based on Chromium’s PDFium.
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If you prefer to stay with your current viewer, that’s no problem at all. Opera’s solution will be used only if there is no other plug-in installed.

New online package installer for Windows

Our previous network installer for Windows had a very limited UI. Actually, there was only a progress bar. Before, Opera only interacted with the user after the whole package was downloaded, just before installation. It was quite disruptive.

We decided to redesign and improve. We made major interaction design changes. The download and installation is now combined into a single seamless process..
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In this release, a dialog appears as soon as the application is launched. If the user decides to install Opera, the rest of process continues automatically and the installation finishes with Opera opening its welcome page. We think the new UI and interaction is very nice.

Known issues

The issues mentioned last time have been fixed. But, development is a continuous process, and we’ve found another bug to be fixed in the future:

  • Switching tabs focuses the address field on both Windows and Linux.

We’ll be fixing this up very soon. In the meantime, let us know what you think either in the comments below or in the browser forums.

Changelog and download links

Full changelog.

…wait, what is this number? What happens if we double it?…

Opera Next 24 updated to 24.0.1558.51

Another round of improvements is coming to our Next channel. This build includes Chromium updated to version 37.0.2062.94 and a couple of bug fixes. Warnings for unresponsive plugins were often mentioned in the comments as a source of annoyance in the previous build, so we changed the timing and now they should appear less frequently. Let us know in the comments if it works better now.

More details available in the full changelog.

Downloads:

Opera Next for Windows
Opera Next for Mac

or download offline installer for Windows here:
Opera Next for Windows (installer)

Opera Next 24 updated to 24.0.1558.43

Greetings from Poland. Today we have a new update of Opera Next. In this new version we have updated to Chromium (37.0.2062.76) and fixed some small issues related to tabs.
Opera will now prefer the PPAPI flash player over the NPAPI flash player, if PPAPI has been installed on the system. If you do not have the PPAPI flash player and you would like to use it; you can download it from the Adobe labs page.

As usual, all the changes are available in changelog

Downloads:

Opera Next for Windows
Opera Next for Mac

or download offline installer for Windows here:
Opera Next for Windows (installer)

Opera developer 25 update: From Developer to developer

Today, we released a new update to Opera developer 25. This update comes with a few fixes for things like bookmarks, MP3, H.264 and more. A complete list of changes can be found in the changelog.

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We decided to change the name of the Opera Developer stream to Opera developer. The change is small, but make more sense together with another change we will make in the near future.

Known issues

We found some problems related to Web Notifications. Here’s some known issues that we’re working to fix:

  • There is no way to toggle notifications on or off in the Settings page
  • There is no way to deny a site’s request to serve notifications
  • The Settings page i crashing on OS X 10.7 and 10.8

Downloads:

Full changelog

Opera Developer 25 update: A first glance at bookmarks

Today, we released an update to Opera Developer 25, and we have a little present. For many of you, it is not actually a big surprise that we are working on a bookmark manager. But, in this release, the bookmark flag is enabled by default.

Furthermore, this update comes with many fixes for things like MP3, H.264, HiDPI and more. As always, a complete list of changes can be found in the changelog.

Bookmarks

First, take a look at the main Opera menu. You’ll find a new item there – Bookmarks.

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Play around with that menu and see what happens. Now you can quickly enable or disable the bookmarks bar by selecting Show bookmark bar.

If you want to bookmark a page, click the heart icon, found on the right side of the combined address and search bar. We think it’s cool that Opera now suggests a thumbnail for your new bookmarks. There are a few suggestions and you can change the image if you think another works better for you.

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The bookmarks page (found by clicking Show all bookmarks in the main menu), contains a list of folders on the left. Use these to manage your bookmarks. You can organize your folders and personalize how you want your bookmarks to be kept.

Please keep in mind that development is ongoing. The look, feel and functionality of bookmarks could change in future releases. That said, try it out. Let us know what you think.

 

Downloads:

Full changelog

Opera Next 24 updated to 24.0.1558.34

It can be considered a productive day at Opera as we have 2 updated versions for today! Opera Next is moved to version 24.0.1558.34. It includes new version of Chromium (37.0.2062.68) and some fixes related to tab preview. More details can be found as always in the changelog.

Downloads:
Opera Next for Windows
Opera Next for Mac

or download offline installer for Windows here:
Opera Next for Windows (installer)

Full changelog

Opera Developer 25 supports web notifications

Today, we took another step forward and released Opera Developer 25. Under the hood, Opera now supports web notifications. This is something you spotted in our changelogs before. We’ve also improved our Mac installation by moving to the network installer that Windows users have enjoyed for the past few releases.

Web notifications

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From now on, Opera officially supports web notifications. These are a special kind of pop-up triggered by a site. Notifications alert the user outside of the context of the browser. Usually, the operating system UI is used to display the alert. This is very convenient way for web page and web app makers to inform their users about events, such as the delivery of email or a comment posted on a blog.

You can check it out if you use the Gmail web client. Enable Desktop Notifications in your Gmail settings and have fun!

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New Mac installer

This release also includes a brand new network installer for Mac. The smaller-sized downloader fetches the latest version of Opera when you’re connected to the web. It installs and runs our browser automatically. The new installer is less prone to errors and should manage to download a package when you’re on poor-quality networks.
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Network installation for Windows has been available for some time and now we’ve brought it to Mac. New users can download the network installer once and, from then on, it will always install the latest Opera from our servers. Of course, the regular auto update still works.

There can be situations where you may need the full, offline package installer. We haven’t gotten rid of previous solution, just added the smaller option. For anyone who’s worried, you will still be able to download the full size installer.

The new, improved changelog

You asked for more detail information about bugfixing and we’ve improved the changelog to help out. But, bear in mind that the log is created automatically, issues are filed by people and mistakes can happen. Now, every bug is marked with a *.

Known Issue

  • Page crash on Gmail with Mac OS X 10.6 – To fix this please disable Proprietary audio codecs on opera://flags

Downloads:

Full changelog