Bookmarks arrive in Opera beta 25

Good news, everyone!

The future of Opera bookmarks arrives to our freshly renamed Opera beta channel (formerly known as Opera Next). With Opera beta 25 we introduce a new way to experience bookmarks. Instead of just marking the page you can choose an image to go with it. With Opera bookmarks you are collecting “things” not just “links”.

Bookmarks

Here is how it works: Find something awesome on the internet. Like a recipe for Blackberry Frozen Yogurt Cake, Yum! Click the Heart to open a dialog and choose which image you want for this bookmark and where you want to put it:

Creating a Bookmark in Opera beta 25Open the bookmarks manager and see your bookmarks in a beautiful, graphical collection:

Our new Bookmark Manager

We hope you will be as excited as we are about graphical bookmarks!

A better startpage

Did you try Opera Coast yet? Remember the first time you saw these cool icons for your favorite webpages? Well, we did and wanted them in Desktop, too! With Opera beta 25 we try out a new startpage that features Speed Dial with Coast-style tiles instead of screenshots. Try them and tell us what you think!

Integrated PDF viewer

Tired of losing focus when you are reading a PDF on a website? With Opera beta 25 we integrate a fast PDF Viewer directly into the browser so you can keep reading without changing applications.

Web notifications

Notifications are a convenient way for webpages to inform their users about events, such as the delivery of email or a comment posted on a blog. With Opera beta 25 we make them as native to your system as possible: You will receive them as normal Windows or Mac notifications.

Support for H.264 and MP3

H.264 video and MP3 Audio is widely used on the internet. With Opera beta 25 you will have native access to such media content. This feature has higher system requirements than the rest of Opera: Windows Vista or newer, OS X 10.9 or newer, and on Linux you need ffmpeg version 2.3.x or newer.

Linux now in the beta-Channel

When we announced Opera Desktop for Linux we told you that we will put it into beta when we felt it reaches the quality that we expect from our products. Well, we are there! Linux will be available in the beta channel for the first time in Opera beta 25.

Known issues

  • Some less popular plug-ins may fail to run

Download Opera 25

Full changelog

Opera developer 25: Gameium update

Today we released an update to Opera developer 25. It contains a set of fixes, but the most important one is an update to Chromium 38.0.2125.8. You will find more details in the changelog.

Discover games!

Just in time for the autumn avalanche of new game releases, Opera’s Discover feature has added a Gaming category. With so many new games coming out at once, there is a fairly good chance you’ll discover a gem you might otherwise have overlooked. The new category is not yet available in all regions, but you can test it out in the U.S., Global, and 18 other regions.

You can select just the categories you want from the Discover feature by clicking the gear button, then Categories and hiding the ones that are not relevant to you.

Pew!-pew!

Changelog and download links

Full changelog

Mac goes to 64-bits, with Opera developer 25 update

Today’s release of Opera developer 25 includes some interesting changes for Mac. We’ve made the move to 64-bit and have also enabled H.264 video support. We would also like to ask for more feedback on our new Speed Dial, something many of you picked up on in our previous developer release.

As always, a complete list of changes can be found in the changelog.

Start page changes

We have recently begun experimenting with a fresh, new look for Speed Dial. Please try it out and let us know what you think.

The right time to switch Mac to 64-bit

We held off on switching Mac to 64-bit until the benefits outweighed the downsides. Today, we think we have reached that milestone. Some of the changes that allowed us to make the switch include:

  • New 64-bit only API possibilities, with the upcoming release of Yosemite
  • Speed and security improvements – find out more on the Chromium blog
  • H.264 video now enabled on Mac, to support the transition from plug-ins
  • No new bugs (we hope!) :)

Notes

  • H.264 video support is only available for Opera users on Mac OS X 10.9 (Mavericks) and above (WebM video continues to work for all users)
  • Like Apple themselves, we no longer support Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard)

If you do run an older version of Mac OS, remember that OS X 10.9 is a free upgrade for users currently on 10.6, 10.7 and 10.8.

Update: Sharing

If you have been waiting to try our new experimental bookmark sharing, now is your chance to do so. We have just made our sharing server live. If you want to try out bookmark sharing, enable the opera://flags/#bookmarks-sharing flag. Feel free to give us feedback below but remember this is still at very early stage. We will give you more information, in a later blog post.

Changelog and download links

Full changelog.

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.

Find your tabs faster with Opera

“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.

Opera developer

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