Hi,

Today’s release introduces a new Save Page as PDF feature while addressing the most important issues spotted in the last update. In addition, there are some anticipated fixes as well as deep changes to the bookmarks bar on Windows and Linux. In the end, it will improve the quality of those components. However, this is just the very first stage of these changes, so you may encounter some issues (please report them in the comments).

Save pages as PDF

Storing a page for offline reading, sending it to other devices or just keeping for future reference became easier with today’s developer update. There’s a new, convenient option to save pages in a PDF format.

To save a web page as a PDF file on Windows or Linux, click on O-Menu -> Page -> Save as PDF (File -> Save Page as PDF on macOS). When triggered, it will save the entire web page into a single PDF. You can also assign custom keyboard shortcut for this feature (Settings -> Browser -> Shortcuts | Configure Shortcuts – search for command: “Save page as PDF”).

The resulting file will take advantage of PDF capabilities, which means it will be smaller than a plain screenshot stored in PNG format and you’ll be able to select and copy the text.

There’s also another way to create a PDF and it has been included in Opera for quite some time. You need to open your printing dialog and choose “Save as PDF” as your printer. There are multiple options that control how the PDF will be generated including layout, headers, margins and so on. This is the best option if you later intend to print it.

What are the differences between these two methods?

Our new Save Page as PDF option will store exactly what you see on your screen. It’s great for offline reading, sharing pages or keeping them on your system for future reference. The printing method will ask for the page to layout itself in a printer-friendly way. As a result you may get something different from what you see on screen. You can try both options on this blog post.

The Save Page as PDF option will save what your browser sees. It will not try to load images that are currently invisible, which might be the case for sites that load images only after you have scrolled and made them visible.

This option is screen-friendly, which means it’s optimized to save exactly what you see and to be convenient for offline reading. However, it’s not prepared to be printed. In case you want to print the page, you should use the other method and fine tune the details to your needs.

 

Highlight of changes and fixes that are included in this build:

  • [Win, HiDPI] Sidebar communicator badly displaced after DPI change.
  • [Win, HiDPI] Captured grey area is misplaced.
  • [Win] Misplaced submenus in O-Menu and bookmark bar folders.
  • [Mac High Sierra] High CPU usage of browser process.
  • Snapshot was not working when displaying PDF.

 

Check the changelog for the full report.

Installation links

Maciej Kocemba

Product Manager, Opera for computers. Previously Product Manager in R&D department and Opera Mini for iOS. Joined Opera over 10 years ago. Still passionate about coding, mountain / road biking when not working.

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  • Ralf Brinkmann

    First! All tabs are there again! Thank you.

  • nanana1

    Love the “save page as PDF” feature addition !

    • Glad you like it. Please test it 🙂

  • Eugene B.

    Yay! Speed dial is working again! Thank you! 🙂

  • Matheus Bombonato

    Thanks for the anticipated release!

  • MrEasy

    Thanks for the update.
    Want to mention one strange issue here, since I don’t know how to report it otherwise:
    One specific website: https://volksbank-ettlingen.de/ does not open-up in Opera, this is valid as well for the beta-edition and on different PCs and from different networks. There is the error page, “Website not reachable”, which points more towards network, DNS or server-side usually, but not in this case – works perfectly in other browsers (yes I have other browsers besides you, but you’re my darling oc).
    When using the IP, I get at least a warning about the server-certificate, so there is some connection, but seems loading stops after that immediately.
    Developer tools did not show anything useful.

  • Hans Hansen

    Thanks for the PDF feature, I like it!
    Some minor problems with fit-to-width and overlays, but adblock should help. 🙂
    PDF export: https://abload.de/img/screenshot21w5smw.png
    Original website: https://abload.de/img/screenshot243xs6b.png

    • Overlays (fixed position elements), endless scrolling pages, lazy loading of images they all will impact this functionality. That’s the drawback of “screen” vs “print” approach.

      In many cases adblock will help 🙂

  • Hans Hansen

    When I receive a website notification via the notification center of Windows 10 and click on it, Opera opens up a new window instead of a new tab. Is this something that can be changed by Opera or is it a Microsoft issue?

    • Leonardo Gomes

      Here the notification just goes away.

      • Hans Hansen

        Do you use v1709? It should at least open the website it is referring to. Maybe it is different from notification to notification, I don’t know…

        • Leonardo Gomes

          Yep, Windows just updated to 1709 this Tuesday.

          I agree it should open the page but for some reason it’s not happening here.

  • L33t4opera

    Hi Maciej, thanks for the update, it’s nice to see the 2nd, bug fixing build this week 😉

    Two new flags:
    – opera:flags#lazy-loading-on-crash-loop
    When Opera enters a crash loop on startup, load session lazily instead of clearing session.

    – opera:flags#reset-opera-to-factory
    Restore "factory settings" (clear preferences, but keep history, bookmarks, and saved passowords.

    • Ralf Brinkmann

      Oh, really good, this factory resetting! I think, a lot of people have been waiting for a possibility like that.

      • I’m eager to actually see both flags enabled 🙂 They tackle important topics.

        • Nekomajin43

          Will you reimplement the “classic” lazy loading function, when only the active tab loads on startup?

          • No plans at the moment.

          • Nekomajin43

            No need to hurry. It only has been asked by dozens of users since you changed it. You even have a working code, so it would be a lot of work anyway.

  • Regnas

    The speed dial not working bug is fixed, thx… Also the endless page loading seems also fixed on most sites, but I’m getting an endless loading on https://www.yahoo.com/ , not sure if it’s just me… 🙁

    • Hans Hansen

      It is not just you! 🙂 For me nothing has changed, also NSL on imdb.com
      Temp fix is to disable: opera://flags/#browser-side-navigation

      • Regnas

        Damn… Thanks…
        And by the way, what are the side effects of disabling it?

        • Hans Hansen

          I guess nothing affecting the user experience in a negative way, because it is not enabled by default in O48, the change to enable it by default came in O50 iirc. You can read more about that here: https://groups.google.com/a/chromium.org/d/msg/chromium-dev/FmWJ4d7oBCc/6ippzjoKDwAJ

          • Regnas

            I’m screwed! https://groups.google.com/ doesn’t load on my Opera… 🙁
            Endless loading but nothing..

          • Hans Hansen

            Hmm.. can’t help you here.. loading fine on my setup (stable and dev).

          • Ralf Brinkmann

            I think, these are all the same mistakes. I can open all these pages by using the switch “–disable-http2” when launching Opera.
            W10x64
            Operax64

    • L33t4opera

      Hi Regnas, on the Yahoo’s topic, just in case you haven’t heard yet the latest, quite disturbing news, provided in the notice by the new owner.

      • Regnas

        Yeah, that’s not good… 🙁

  • Nekomajin43

    Guys, I’d like to ask you to fill a survey to somehow quantify the feature requests: https://goo.gl/forms/RtwV9af9Ot3I7waB2

    We have passed 300 answers! Thanks for everyone who participated.

    Already implemented features from the list:
    – bookmarks export
    – expanding the number of recently closed tabs in the tab menu
    – unit converter
    – screen capture tool

    Currently being implemented:
    – the ability to rearrange extension icons

    New requests on the list:
    – capture full page (not just the visible area)
    – inline translator in the search popup
    – paste option in the search popup (in editable fields)

    If you have already submitted your votes, just open the link again, and you can vote for the new additions.

    I know it’s not representative, but it may help to show the trends and the top most wanted features. We’ve got some positive words from the devs, no promises though.

    If you find anything missing from the list, please comment here or in the forum: https://forums.opera.com/discussion/1883544/opera-browser-feature-survey

  • Regnas

    Bug: if you have a folder with bookmarks in the bookmarks bar, if you open it an try to ctrl+click on one of the bookmarks in the popup to open it in a new tab, the tab is created on the left side (aka becomes the first tab) instead of the right side which is the default.
    For see it clearer you need to have some tabs already open of course..

    • Hans Hansen

      confirmed on Win10x64 v1709

  • Andrey Movchan

    It’s very necessary to synchronize extensions, as in Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Yandex Browser, Mahxton Browser..

    • Agreed. One of the features that I have been waiting on for a long time.

  • Юлия

    I disabled VR in Settings but I still get this annoying VR notification/popup on top of videos:
    https://i.imgur.com/7mWRpnf.jpg
    I don’t want it, I have no interest in VR at all.

    • Leonardo Gomes

      And I’ve never seen it. Do you have an example link where you see it?

      • Юлия

        Any video on YouTube.

        • Leonardo Gomes

          Strange, I don’t see it here. Did you have a VR device at any point?

          • Hans Hansen

            Disable VR in settings and you will see it.

          • Юлия

            No, I don’t have a VR device, nor there was any connected to my PC.

    • ͕͗F͕͕͗͗i͕͕͗͗n͕͕͗͗d͕͕͗͗u͕͕͗͗s͕͗

      Same problem here. I have disabled it and it shows me everytime on the top of a youtube video. Very disturbing.

    • Hans Hansen

      Bug confirmed on Win10x64 v1709: https://abload.de/img/vrbugvtklb.png
      But it only appears if you disable VR in settings.

    • L33t4opera

      Hi, it seems to work not as it should (the other way around): if you enable it in settings it’s disabled, and when you disable it the popup is displayed 😉 You can try to disable it completely in opera:flags#media-vr, and see if this helps in your case.

      • Юлия

        Funny (: Thanks for info. I’ll try that flag.

    • Ewa

      Bug confirmed and reported. Thank you for your comment 🙂

    • Regnas

      VR is a wasting of development time… 🙁

  • Hans Hansen

    I want to provide some more information about the bug regarding the cropped pop-out button on YT. I’m referring to this post I made some time ago: http://disq.us/p/1mcb06u
    My laptop has a 21:9 screen @ 14.4″, so the layout looks much better on YouTube when I use a zoom level at 110 %. I noticed when I switch the zoom level to 100%, the pop-out button looks as it should: https://abload.de/img/croppedbuttonmxpwe.png
    I’m on Windows 10 Fall Creators Update x64 (v1709 Build 16299.15)

  • Cosmin Gurău

    “To save a web page as a PDF file on Windows or Linux, click on O-Menu -> File -> Save as PDF”
    There is NO “File” Option in the O-Menu, dude. WTF.

    • xirit64

      Dude stop being a jerk and go to Page, Save as, or right-click somewhere in the webpage and choose the same. Except you aren’t even capable of thinking those, WTF

  • Alexs

    With 50.0.2743.0 i cannot drag bookmarks to bookmark bar.

    OS: siduction/Xfce (based on Debian sid)

  • Alexs

    Better integrate the “Save as PDF” option into save/file dialog, not in Opera menu.

    https://imgur.com/a/Fps9q

    • xirit64

      You can right-click in the webpage and select “save to pdf”

  • Kirie

    Reader mode, please. 😀

  • Marko Koivuniemi

    Thanks for Save as PDF. Very useful in Windows environment – here in macOS not so necessary but still useful.

    • PDF is much more “native” on macOS. However if you want to store a page (print into PDF) you may still end-up with different layout. If you want to store exactly what you see on screen, then this option becomes really handy.

  • Cosmin Gurău

    I’m stating this again. I have version 48.0.2685.39 (PGO). Opera claims it is up to date. But I cannot find the damn option for the life of me.

    • Tina

      Hi! The actual version for Opera Stable is 48.0.2685.39.

  • alexSuper

    Middle click on bookmark site in folder of bookmark bar closes the folder. I want middle click to open multiple sites in the same folder.

    • Hans Hansen

      1. Press “Ctrl” and left-click to open several sites in the folder without being forced to open the folder again (the folder will not close in contrast to normal left-click)
      2. Right-click on the folder–>”Open all” could also help, but it will open all sites and you cannot select specific sites of course..

    • Cjcr

      We want this behavior like before.

    • Regnas

      Yes, we need a fix for this asap…

  • ricksper

    Getting a lot of NSL sites with this build. Huffpost, Facebook, Google search. & more.

    • Hans Hansen

      Known issue, temporary fix is to disable: opera://flags/#browser-side-navigation

      • ricksper

        That did it. Thanx

  • beBoss

    Some pages are loading forever or something, tab’s circle is always there (loading).
    Example Google Plus page, Google translate page, and many others

    • Hans Hansen

      It’s a known issue, temporary fix is to disable: opera://flags/#browser-side-navigation

  • Regnas

    Bug: The circle dot that indicates the download complete always come back. When I finish a download it appears, then I open the panel and it goes away, fine.. But if I close the browser and reopen it, boom, the circle dot is there again…

    • Ewa

      Couldn’t reproduce – what version of Opera and what OS?

      • Regnas

        Opera Developer 50.0.2743.0, Windows 10 64Bits

  • Cjcr

    “Rewrite bookmarks bar on Windows – implementation”

    There’s a bug related to this new implementation: In the version before this one, if you do a middle click in a bookmark on a folder, the folder itself keeps open, so you can middle click more than one bookmark link at same time without the need to open the folder again.

    Please fix this!

    • Leonardo Gomes

      I guess it’s still work in progress.

  • Joe438

    I notice that the snapshot is not located in Keyboard Shortcuts

    • Ewa

      Thanks, soon it be will updated 🙂

  • alexSuper

    Fast dial is no response. How to reproduce:
    1. Open the bookmark fast dial tab
    2. start a file download
    3. close opera, click “don’t close” when unfinished download dialog shows up
    4. back to bookmark fast dial tab

    • Ewa

      Sorry, we couldn’t reproduce it. What OS do you have?

    • alexSuper

      windows 10 pro 64 bit 15063.674
      I tried the start page speed dial tab with Google search, it is functional. Just the bookmark speed dial tab is not functional.

  • qwerzaq

    The function to show thumbnails of tabs when hovering is very slow and blinks twice

    • Ewa

      Which version of Opera and what OS?

  • tr3w

    I have a bug for ages, but maybe I’m the only one since there is no fix for this…
    1. From Speed Dial, open a page, wait until it loads fully
    2. Go back to Speed Dial _with_ the _rocker_guesture_
    3. Do again from 1. until you can (usually 3x-4x is enough)

    You will know you succeeded if:
    – speed dial is not working anymore
    – all the pages on the other already opened tabs starts behaving strangely when you click somewhere

    (Windows 10, all the devel versions of Opera since ages…)

    • Nekomajin43

      I can confirm this on Win7.

      • x a

        Can confirm on Linux, either.

  • xirit64

    Request 1: Could you please show the url address of the bookmark (in the bookmark manager when it’s a tile) when it is hovered with the mouse?

    Request 2: You need to add some extra typing buffer time in the bookmarks search field before starting to search, because if you misstype and try to delete some characters to correct it the search has already begun and all hell breaks loose…

    Request 3: If I am at tab number “x” and want to drag out a random tab to a new window so that I can work on both windows side by side, I would like to stay at that tab “x” in the first window, not being traveled to the first tab please.

  • Rudric

    Sidebar? Sidebar? Onebar?

  • Rudric

    Sug: Speed dial/Startpage – i) allow to select ia) thumb sizes (different sizes at the same time?) ib) show thumbs/folders as circles (mix?) ic) thumb updating/selection made easy straight from the Starpage.

  • xirit64

    Request 4 for users that use mainly the mouse: Holding the right mouse button and using the scroll wheel up and down to quickly zoom (in/out) the page.

    (Cycling through the tabs could be also an option as it was in Presto, but since this is being done through the tab menu the other one is more important)

    Request 5: A tile from inside a Speed Dial folder shouldn’t lose its original position (not be put somewhere in the SD) if draged to the Bookmarks bar.

  • Ghirahim

    Pages aren’t reloaded after restart. I have to reload them manually. Why?

    • Tina

      Hello! Have you selected “Delay loading of background tabs” in Settings-> On startup?

      • Ghirahim

        It was selected indeed but I didn’t do it. But the problem is that it doesn’t work no matter what I choose.

  • Ralf Brinkmann

    Maybe an old problem: Sometimes, when I enlarge an image in Facebook by clicking on it and then press ESC to leave it, the page reloads instead of staying at the same position.
    W10x64
    Operax64

    • Tina

      Hi! Can’t reproduce it. Does anyone else have the same problem?

      • Hans Hansen

        Cannot reproduce it either, same OS as @ralfbrinkmann:disqus

  • Ariane Lu

    Opera’s desktop notification using Windows 10 native notification service and dialog, but message will clear from notification center after dialog disappear.

    It’s a bug or feature? sometime i need check the message i missed in notification center, but all notification made by Opera just disappear without any history, even i don’t know some website pushed message to me. Because they don’t have a inbox or notification system on their website.

    If it’s a feature, i hope it’s behavior could change by user, or become useless.

    @xenon16k:disqus @ewamiezejewska:disqus

    • Hans Hansen

      It is rather a Windows 10 issue and not Opera’s fault, because when I receive an Outlook 2016 notification (new mail), I can see the same behaviour. The notifcation just disappears in the notification center. I don’t know if it’s intended, but I’m afraid yes. I’m on Win10x64 v1709 (Build 16299.19)
      As I’ve mentioned before, I have other problems regarding the notifications on Windows 10, I think they are all MS problems and not Opera ones: http://disq.us/p/1myr3xz

    • Leonardo Gomes

      Go to Windows’s settings, open the system one and then the ‘notifications and actions’. Under ‘Get notifications from these senders’ , find Opera and click on it. Turn on ‘show notifications on action center’.

      Note: My Windows i snot in English so the terms above may be a little different.

      • Hans Hansen

        The problem is not about receiving the notifications, but about notifications disappearing without showing up in the notifications center.
        Opera is turned on in the settings: https://abload.de/img/screenshot51s5kxg.png
        It is either a bug or intended (I guess the latter)

        • Leonardo Gomes

          Here they started appearing in notifications center after I have enabled that option.

          • Hans Hansen

            I recorded a video, can you see the same behaviour on your machine? I used Gmail to receive the website notification: https://goo.gl/1VLLAs

          • Leonardo Gomes

            Do you have ‘show notification on action center’ enabled?

          • Hans Hansen

            Where can I enable it?
            Edit: Found it. Thank you very much. That did the trick!
            Didn’t know that I can click on every app in the settings to show more options. Problem solved. 😀

  • nu4a

    I really want to see Opera with Fluent Design on Windows Fall Creators Update! Any plans to do that anytime soon? 🙂

  • RomTibo

    Reader mode, please. 😀

  • Xavi N M

    Bug confirmed and reported. Thank you for your comment 🙂

  • xirit64

    It would be nice if we could reposition the Bookmarks Bar to the left so that it wouldn’t take so much vertical space on laptops.

  • JohnBoy

    VR is a wasting of development time… 🙁

  • Ralf Brinkmann

    Again. I select https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CfSZARFUvnM and I have 10 seconds a black Youtube window without any action.
    W10x64
    Operax64

    • Hans Hansen

      In my point of view it must be a YT server problem, because it is not reproducable (at least for me) and does not always happen.

    • SiMcarD

      Not confirmed here.

  • erhan kultur

    suggestion;
    1-The size of the downloadable file can be previewed as information
    2-Page tab ; Enable/Disable always on top
    3-Video downloader
    4- Download Torrent