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

Opera Next advances to 24!

In between stocking up on Vitamin D, thanks to the glorious summer weather in Europe, we’ve been busy stabilizing Opera 24 in the Developer channel; today, it moves into the Next stream, with some cool, new features.

Tab preview

Now, you can get a sneak peek of the content in tabs that aren’t currently active. Just hover one of the tabs to reveal a nice preview on your screen. If the website is refreshing itself in the background or has some sort of dynamically changing content, the preview will display the most recent snapshot of it.

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We’ve decided to disable this feature for HiDPI screens on Windows and Retina displays on Mac OS X. We weren’t happy with the performance and smoothness of animations that accompany the tab preview. However, if you want to turn this on you can toggle the flag #enable-tab-preview-in-hidpi-mode on our opera://flags/ page.

HiDPI on Windows

Given the increasing number of Windows devices with very dense displays, we’ve provided you with a sharp-looking UI for this platform, looking as good and crisp as Opera on Mac OS X, which has supported Retina displays from the beginning. Opera now reacts to the DPI settings in your Windows OS, to serve you gorgeous graphics instead of just scaling them up.

Darker chrome color for private mode

We wanted to make private windows easier to distinguish from normal ones, so we came up with a small but handy improvement, making the entire private window just a little bit darker than the normal one.

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Where is Linux?

Our Opera for Linux build is undergoing a stabilization period, just as with each new feature/improvement/bigger change. When it’s ready to advance to stable status, it will be available alongside the Windows and Mac builds. Development of Opera for Linux continues on the Developer stream.

Please be sure to leave us a comment saying what you think about these latest changes. :)

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 24 updated to 24.0.1558.21

Today, we released an update for Opera Developer 24, bringing the stream up to version 24.0.1558.21. We’re still developing our new way of previewing tabs. In this version, we decided to disable previews in HiDPI mode. There are some rough edges which must be perfected before it is ready to go. Check out our changelog to see what we’ve been up to.
Downloads:

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A heart-y cheer for Opera 23 for Windows and Mac

As the temperatures in Norway and Poland start to soar to double digits, we’re pleased to release the finalized version of Opera 23 for Windows and Mac.

The most visible change in Opera 23 is the heart icon in the combined search and address bar. Previously, Opera’s heart icon meant “add to Stash”. But, when we talked to users, they told us they were confused about the icons in address bar and didn’t know how to turn on the bookmarks bar.

Now, click the heart and you can decide whether to add the page to Stash, the bookmarks bar or Speed Dial. If you add something to the bookmarks bar for the first time, the bar will be enabled automatically.
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Remember that you can right-click on the bookmarks bar to create a folder.
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We know that using the heart icon adds an extra click. We’re continuing to refine the heart menu and will add more bookmarking and bookmark management functionality in future releases.

From our discussions, we know that many of you have your browser open all day for email, writing documents, watching movies and playing games. Therefore, it’s vital Opera doesn’t crash just before you kill that alien, dry your eyes at the lovely movie finale (sob) or send that brilliant idea to your boss. So, under the hood, we’ve improved the browser’s stability to prevent crashes if a plug-in freezes or crashes.

Thank you for using our fast, beautiful browser. If you’re anxious to see what’s coming next, by all means download Opera Next or Opera Developer. Opera Next includes all the newest feature that will make it into the stable stream, but may be a bit buggy. With Opera Developer, you get to see and test out all of our experiments as we create them. These builds live side by side with your main browser and won’t overwrite your stable install. Linux users can check out our early Developer version of Opera for Linux.

Full changelog is available here.

Opera Next 23.0.1522.58 update

Today we have an update of Opera Next for you. The most important thing in this build is updated Chromium, which is now version 36.0.1985.125. Other changes include cosmetical changes among Speed Dial and some opera://flags polishing. As always, changes are available in the changelog.

Download:
Opera Next for Windows
Opera Next for Mac

Or go here for offline installation:
Opera Next offline package for windows

Full changelog