Salutations Opera users,

For the last day of July we have the final Opera 48 developer update (48.0.2670.0). In it, we’ve added a new feedback system designed to provide us quick reports on issues while saving you time filing said reports. There are also some tune-ups to our well-received snapshot tool.

Feedback – file a bug report at the click of a button

We can’t speak for the others, but we at Opera desire to make a browser that renders and presents your pages and content smoothly. The Internet is big, so, unfortunately, we can’t catch all issues which can create a rough browsing session. When even the smallest element breaks down – be it with a video, its audio, page content or other – we want to know about it.

Filing a traditional bug report can be tedious and time consuming, especially if done through forums, blogs, bug report wizard or Rate Opera dialog accessible in settings. With this in mind, we’ve created a quick way to report problems you experience on the web.

Today’s build comes with a new feature designed to provide instant feedback from our users about a problem to our programmers. It’s cleverly called “Feedback.” In the combined search and address bar, on the right side, you’ll find a new icon. This is our bug report wizard liaison. Whenever you experience an issue on a page, click the face to open a list of common issue types. Select one or more appropriate issues, along with an optional comment, and hit submit. The submission won’t tell us the exact page address, but it will give us the domain name and the problem(s) attached to it. This is enough information for us to initiate our investigation into the entire issue.

The feedback tool can be hidden from the combined search and address bar by going to Settings (Preferences on macOS) > Browser > User interface and unticking the “Enable reporting problems with sites” box.

Snazzier snapshot

Last Monday, we unveiled the snapshot tool for our browser, giving users a way to capture their favourite parts of the web. We received a lot of great feedback and comments from you – many thanks! – which will help us make your snapshot tool even better.

Since then, we have been fixing some kinks for snapshot. It looks smoothers on retina displays and HiDPI screens, as well as having more stability on Windows. The adjustable selection area was upgraded to include clickable drag points for easier framing. Firing up the tool is quick with the handy, default shortcut of Ctrl + Shift + 5 (⌘ + ⇧ + 5 on macOS). This, like other shortcuts, can be modified in settings.

Other changes included, that are worth mentioning:

  • Converters show input unit together with value in case of precise highlight but ambiguous unit. This is also true for currencies. Try it out $10 vs. 10 USD.
  • Conversion from South African rand is triggered only if ZAR is mentioned, for instance: 10 ZAR, but not when written as R 10.
  • “Resume” button is shown when a download was interrupted by closing the browser.
  • [Windows] Bookmark bar folder menu is displayed too high.
  • Visual fixes for “Content blocked” and “Popup blocked” notifications in address bar.

Known issues:

  • “Capture Full Site” button saves visible area.
  • Snapshot tool is not in menu yet.
  • Feedback dialog layout is not final.

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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  • Leonardo Gomes

    Thanks for the release. Have a nice week.

  • Gordon Freeman

    If i move the mouse down from the Bookmark bar folder the menu is still blinking !

    Hello Leonardo Gomes you are very fast. Thought i was first today.

    • Ewa

      Hi, could you provide more details?

      • Gordon Freeman

        Hello Ewa !
        Let´s say the opened folder is blinking one time if i move the mouse
        down from the Bookmark bar folder to choose a link.

        • Vux777

          happens occasionally on my side too, win 10
          x64 version of Opera

          • Ewa

            Thanks, reported.

  • It would be nice to have this feedback tool also in the beta version.

    • Yes, it will get into Beta as well.

  • L33t4opera

    Hi Maciej, thanks for the new udate, and fixes 😉

    One new flag:
    – opera:flags#persistent-closed-tabs
    Saves the list of recently closed tabs and windows on exit and restores it on startup.

    The flags introduced in the previous build (48.0.2664.0):
    – opera:flags#enable-client-lo-fi
    Enable showing low fidelity images on some pages on slow networks.

    – opera:flags#enable-experimental-fullscreen-exit-ui (Windows, Linux)
    Displays experimental UI to allow mouse and touch input methods to exit fullscreen mode.

    – opera:flags#enable-module-scripts
    Enables ECMAScript 6 modules support in Blink.

    – opera:flags#network-service
    Enables the network service, which makes network requests through a separate service. Note: most features don't work with this yet.

    – opera:flags#shortcut-startup-url-filtering (Windows)
    Enable confirmation dialog before opening startup URLs when they are passed by a Windows shortcut.

    – opera:flags#snap
    Snapshot tool allowing to take pages' screenshots.

    The #omnibox-ui-hide-suggestion-url-path has been renamed to #omnibox-ui-elide-suggestion-url-after-host.

    • Nekomajin43

      opera:flags#persistent-closed-tabs

      Is this related to a session manager?

      • L33t4opera

        Hi, it remembers the list of recently closed tabs and windows, even if you close the Opera, and relaunch it, though it’s disabled by default, so it may not work properly in some cases yet.

        • Nekomajin43

          I guess it’s related to the tabs menu then.

          • L33t4opera

            Yep, it’s about the list in the Tab menu.

          • Nekomajin43

            A proper session manager would be good, though. Autosaving sessions in given intervals, and the ability to restore the full session after a crash or power failure even if the browser is set to open with the start page.

    • MadEddy

      Man, I was worried.

      • L33t4opera

        Hi, thank you for your concern. I’m still pretty alive, though sometimes I feel exactly as you thought. You know, our planet heats up, it gets hotter and hotter, the climate is changing, glaciers melt down 🙂

        Eventaully, near all of us will ascend to a higher plane of existence – some will descent to the lower levels, but this is already a matter of whether you are a believer or not. Don’t worry, be happy, you will live better, and longer 😉

  • Nekomajin43

    The capture tool is much better with the selection border. But the selected area can be moved outside of the page on the bottom and right side. It’s fine on the top and left side.

    Can you make the selection permanent on tab switching? It is a valid use case when the user selects and area, but want to check something on an other tab before hitting the Capture button. And it would be much better to group every button together.

    In the Settings, the switch of the report tool is between the switch of the search popup and the currency output. You should rearrange it.

    • 1. Yes, still some things to handle. Thanks for noting.
      2. It’s really easy to trigger snapshot, especially with shortcut. I’m not convinced about supporting such a usecase. But I will add it out feedback list.
      3. Makes sense.

      • Nekomajin43

        2. Yes, it’s easy, but it doesn’t restore the previous selection, which can be a problem if you fine tune the area.

  • Tratsing

    1) I can’t drag and drop a bookmark from a bookmark bar to the drop-down list of bookmark bar (when there is so much bookmarks that all of them can’t be shown on bar).
    2) I also saw that after Opera has automatically restarted because of whatever reason, then all extensions are automatically disabled. Before, they didn’t got disabled.
    3) ,,DNA-62727 Misleading wording in VPN settings (SurfEasy is not an Opera company anymore)” – to which company SurfEasy belongs now? In Opera’s add-on market and in SurfEasy homepage, SurfEasy is still related with Opera. Does it affect the built-in VPN function of Opera? Is Chinese suspicious company related to this?

    • Leonardo Gomes

      2) This behavior has been there since a while. When Opera detects multiple crashes, it disable the extensions.

      3) SurfEasy belongs (or used to belong) to Opera ASA, the ‘other’ Opera, the part that was not acquired by the Chinese consortium.

  • Leonardo Gomes

    Feedback dialog layout looks a way better in this build.

    • Indeed it was much improved in the recent days.

      • Nekomajin43

        Can you change the input to a multiline textarea? It’s bad, when you can not see the whole text.

        • Totally agree with you on this one. However as bizarre as it sounds, the control that was used (not a system one nor HTML based) doesn’t support multiline! However we would still appreciate feedback from you guys regarding pages. Based on value of that input we can decide to spend time to fix this issue.

          • Nekomajin43

            What kind of language/framework does not have multiline inputs?

          • Ariane Lu

            Looks like Chromium built-in control

          • True.

          • Nekomajin43

            Why did you messed up the native designs then?

          • Controls from Chromium allow us to code the dialog only once and have it available on all 3 platforms. So far the feedback we have received consists of short sentences only, so apart obvious visual shortcoming, it works just fine.

          • Nekomajin43

            Does it make it possible to use different stylesheets on different systems? Native look is still very important, and Opera does not look native on any OS. Even the Win10 integrations misses features like system color.

  • x a

    What about Chromecast support?

    “Cast…” did work versions ago, but does not work in this build and a plenitude of the previous builds. Using Windows 10/64bit; casting Tabs/Desktop and media remoting works quite well in Vivaldi, btw.

    • _artem_

      same here cast not working. white popup shows up, without content. clicking on icon and it finds no device. right click on icon and manage cast devices finds no chromecast

      http://i.imgur.com/MwfbrpR.png

      oh.. and after clicking cast… i can’t type into this text area….. have to restart browser so i can write here comments

      • As Przemek said, stay tuned 🙂

    • Have been waiting for this to work for at least a year now.

    • Przemek Kudła

      Work in progress 😉

  • Rudric

    Looking real nice. Can’t wait for stable.

    • It needs to go through beta first, but it will finally land in stable.

  • Ralf Brinkmann

    Ok, now we have a shortcut for the snap tool that works. Now we need another shortcut for “capture full site” and that full site is really full site and not only the visible part. That would be nice.

    • “Capture full site” issue is known issue we’re working on.
      As for the shortcut, we’ll consider it. Thanks.

      • Ralf Brinkmann

        And a shortcut for the normal capture, please. I have tried RETURN (because this button is blue and seems to be focused), but that doesn’t work. The same with TAB RETURN. Maybe you find a solution.

        • You’re right RETURN key does nothing, while you would expect it to work. ESC key does what is expected. In the meanwhile you can use TAB to change focus and space to “press” selected button.

  • Leo Lozes

    The snap tool doesn’t capture the area I’m selecting. The screenshot is capturing a smaller area than the one I selected. I have two screens (3200×1800 with 200% scaling and 1920×1080 with 100% scaling). This happens on the HiDPI screen. On the external screen, the capture area opens directly outside of the browser window.

    • Ewa

      Hi, this is already reported.

  • NoName

    Opening a new private window does no longer set focus in the address bar.

    • Leonardo Gomes

      Known issue. It works if you disable the splash screen.

      • NoName

        Oh nice, thanks.

  • NoName

    The snapshot feature could use some shortcuts.
    Enter for snapping the current selection.
    The snapshot result window should be closed with either Esc and/or Ctrl+W

    • Kornelia

      Thanks for the feedback, we will discuss it.

  • Alexander Chernig0v

    Where is this item ??
    https://hkar.ru/Qe34

    • Leonardo Gomes

      What is this item? Maximum number of columns in Speed Dial?

      If so then it’s in the same place in settings Enabled advanced settings to see it.

      • Alexander Chernig0v

        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 more than 220 answers! Thanks for everyone who participated.

    Some features (bookmarks export, expanding the number of recently closed tabs in the tab menu, unit converter, screen capture tool) are already being developed. (They will be removed from the list once they reach the stable branch.)

    The classic lazy loading is new on the list. 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

  • M Arafat

    where did the vpn button of the address bar go?
    i loved that feature very much. it’s inconvenient to access it by going deep into the settings.
    there should also be a button for turbo mode possibly in the address bar or in the menu.

    • Leonardo Gomes

      Is VPN enabled on settings?

  • PakSae
  • Tratsing

    Unit converter converts only the last part of it: ,,3.56 x 2.56 x 1.56 in”
    This happens for example on many web-shops where there are dimensions of products.

    • Nekomajin43

      It should be improved.

  • Ghirahim

    I like my sidebar unpinned. Why can’t I get the snapshot icon on my address bar?

    • Snapshot is going to be available in menu, and you can use the shortcut to active it Ctrl + Shift + 5 (⌘ + ⇧ + 5 on macOS). We’re still thinking about the icon placement…

      • Nekomajin43

        I think the toolbar has to be used for page actions (snapshot is a page action) and notifications (email, new content on sites, zoom, etc), and the sidebar for global tools like battery saver, downloads, bookmarks tree, history, and for web panels.

        But you know the ultimate solution? Make it possible to move buttons between the toolbar and the sidebar. Everyone will be happy, you will see.

  • Cool update

  • Alberto

    Great, cool news at Opera Dev, waiting for Opera 47 moves to stable channel to enjoy the updates.
    Greetings.

  • James Thompson

    I wanted to mention – I have been following this blog since the very start of it in the My Opera days (getting all the feels now) & I think it’s great that you guys are interacting more with the people on here – for a while (especially for about 12 months before and a year or so after the Presto – Chromium / Blink transition this blog was somewhat like a wall of silence as far as the comments from Opera went!

    I think the new browser has matured and ‘grown-up’ from v15 and I’m glad to see it! Keep up the good work 🙂

    PS.. Sorry to be a whinge, but is there ANY chance of tab-stacking making an appearance again? It was genuinely one of the most useful things ever! :):):):)

  • DerGerd

    What kind of language/framework does not have multiline inputs?

  • RomTibo

    I think the toolbar has to be used for page actions (snapshot is a page action) and notifications (email, new content on sites, zoom, etc), and the sidebar for global tools like battery saver, downloads, bookmarks tree, history, and for web panels.But you know the ultimate solution? Make it possible to move buttons between the toolbar and the sidebar. Everyone will be happy, you will see.

  • Doc Emmet Brown

    while i’m glad that antialiasing on some fonts are back (was screwed in v46), all your past improvements for speed loading, etc etc goes thru the toilet if you don’t bring back old lazy session loading or whatever it was called. This is what i get after loading Opera:

    http://i.imgur.com/geQCoKh.png

    This is just plain stupid! Period. To whoever dev that decided to turn it off – leave this job, please.
    Out of all those TWENTY ONE (21) tabs i only need ONE (1) !!! There is absolutely no intelligent opening. More than half of those tabs weren’t opened for weeks! Just plain stupid loading of tabs.

  • Tratsing

    I wondered, which one is lying?
    https://www.upload.ee/image/7322826/5.jpg

    • Hans Hansen

      Paypal conversion fee is up to 5 %. You should read the user agreement:
      “When a currency conversion is required, it will be completed at a foreign exchange rate determined by a licensed financial institution, which is adjusted regularly based on market conditions. The exchange rate is adjusted regularly and may be applied immediately and without notice to you. The exchange rate includes a processing Fee expressed as a percentage above the wholesale exchange rate at which PayPal obtains foreign currency, and the processing fee is retained by PayPal.”

      • Tratsing

        I see, thank you!
        It is good that Opera has no conversion fee to use this feature 😀

    • Leonardo Gomes

      Probably none of them, just different exchange rates being used.

  • Ralf Brinkmann

    New developer (and new folder structure 🙂 )

    • Vux777

      folder structure?

      • Ralf Brinkmann

        Yes, the new developer is not direct in the folder “opera-developer/” under https://get.opera.com/ftp/pub/, there is again a subfolder “opera-developer/” beside all the other versions.

        • Vux777

          oh that!!!
          I thought something inside Opera like bookmarks folders or so…

          I think they made a mistake when uploading and accidentally created another parent folder