Opera 48 has arrived with new and improved features. Leading the list is the search pop up tool with currency converter, now enriched with unit and time zone converters, making it simple and easy to translate unfamiliar measurements on the spot. Moreover, with the new snapshot tool, Opera lets you capture favorite parts of the web.
Plus, we’ve added the option to remove unwanted autocomplete suggestions in the search and address bar, cleaned up menus, allowed importing bookmarks from Edge and Yandex and sharpened the interface for HiDPI screens
Opera’s search pop up tool is a super convenient feature that allows you to search or copy (or share if you’re on a Mac) the text you highlight on a web page. With just one click, your highlighted text opens a new tab and is queried in your default search engine. (To change your default search engine, both in the search pop up and your address bar, go to Settings (Preferences on Mac) > Browser > Search and select your engine).
Convert measurements, time zones and currencies
Planning to make a seasoned craft beer for the winter, but don’t know how much 4 oz of yeast is in grams? Or, unsure if your 20 cm x 30 cm poster from Paris fits a 10″ x 16″ frame from California? How much is that flight in Swiss francs if it’s $899 AUD? Travelling and don’t know how far 258 mi is? Need to check what time locally your hometown football club is playing at a 20:00 GMT kickoff?
A simple highlight of these strange values in Opera will convert them into a familiar and practical form.
We enhanced the search pop up tool when we introduced the currency converter and now, starting today we are adding units of measurement and time zone converters.Today’s Opera 48 release adds 16 units of measurements and 14 time zones along with the 32 already available currencies ready to be converted. Just like the search pop up tool, all you need to do is highlight the value and its converted number will be seen in the pop up. This number can be copied to your clipboard for easy pasting later on.
Below are all the convertible units, time zones and currencies in Opera 48. If you wish to learn more or test out the converters, visit our beta release blog.
- lb ⇄ kg
- °F ⇄ °C
- oz ⇄ g
- mph ⇄ km/h
- mpg ⇄ l/100km
- gal ⇄ l
- qt ⇄ l
- fl ⇄ ml
- mi ⇄ km
- yd ⇄ m
- ft ⇄ m
- in ⇄ cm
- kW ⇄ hp
- lb ft ⇄ Nm
Times zones are converted to your system’s time settings.
- PST / PDT: Pacific Standard / Daylight Time
- MST / MDT: Mountain Standard / Daylight Time
- CST / CDT: Central Standard / Daylight Time
- EST / EDT: Eastern Standard / Daylight Time
- AST / ADT: Atlantic Standard Time / Daylight Time
- NST / NDT: Newfoundland Standard Time / Daylight Time
- GMT: Greenwich Mean Time
- BST: British Summer Time
- MET: Middle Europe Time
- CET / CEST: Central Europe Time / Daylight (Summer) Time
- EET / EEST: Eastern Europe Time / Daylight (Summer) Time
- WET / WEST: Western Europe Time / Daylight (Summer) Time
- JST: Japan Standard Time
- KST: Korean Standard Time
- IST: Indian Standard Time
- MSK: Moscow Standard Time
Currencies: To select your preferred currency – which all foreign currencies will be converted into – go to Settings (Preferences on Mac) > Browser > User Interface and select one of the below currencies under the “On text selection convert currency to” drop down menu.
- AUD – Australian Dollar
- BGN – Bulgarian Lev
- BRL – Brazilian Reals
- CAD – Canadian Dollar
- CHF – Switzerland Francs
- CNY – Chinese Yuan
- CZK – Czech Koruna
- DKK – Danish Krone
- EUR – Euros
- GBP – British Pounds
- HKD – Hong Kong Dollar
- HRK – Croatian Kuna
- HUF – Hungarian Forint
- IDR – Indonesian Rupiah
- ILS – Israeli New Shekel
- INR – Indian Rupee
- JPY – Japanese Yen
- KRW – South Korean Won
- MXN – Mexican Peso
- MYR – Malaysian Ringgit
- NOK – Norwegian Krone
- NZD – New Zealand Dollar
- PHP – Philippine Peso
- PLN – Polish Zloty
- RON – Romanian Leu
- RUB – Russian Ruble
- SEK – Swedish Krona
- SGD – Singapore Dollar
- THB – Thai Baht
- TRY – Turkish Lira
- USD – United States Dollar
- ZAR – South African Rand
Snapshot – capture your favorite parts of the web
The snapshot tool makes its way into Opera 48 after being incubated in our Opera Neon concept browser, released earlier this year. The tool can be fired up from menu, the sidebar by clicking on the camera icon or by hitting the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + Shift + 5 (macOS: ⌘ + ⇧ + 5).
After initiating snapshot, an adjustable frame will pop onto your screen, allowing you to frame exactly what you want to capture. This frame can even scroll down the page if you wish to capture more than the currently visible area. You can also quickly create a new selection by clicking and dragging the area outside the current selection, making for easy reframing. There’s also a handy ‘Capture Full Screen’ shortcut button which snaps all that you see on your monitor, useful when you want to quickly share what you see.
All the images you capture from the browser can be saved locally onto your system as a .png image or temporarily copied to your clipboard.
We have more in store for this feature, so stay tuned.
Clean up unwanted suggestions
The autocomplete feature can be helpful when we regularly visit (or can’t quite remember the complete address of) a particular site, but there can be some entries or suggestions which we want to get rid of. For Windows and Linux platforms, Opera 48 allows you to delete URL history suggestions for web pages or search entries from being completed in the combined search and address bar. Whether that’s a mistyped search or a page you want to forget about, you can now get rid of it with just one click.
Deletable search or page URLs will have an ‘X’ on the far-right end of the entry in the search and address bar dropdown menu. No longer will you have to dig through your history log to delete these entries.
O-Menu cleaned up
Throughout the development of Opera 48, we reorganized and cleaned up items in the O-Menu in a more logical order. For instance, all bookmark-related actions, such as importing and exporting, can be found in the bookmarks submenu.
Under History, we added your Recently Closed Tabs for additional ease to return to your closed pages. All extensions and developer options are put in their respective sections in the menu.
Import bookmarks from Edge and Yandex
Speaking of bookmarks, you are now able to import them from Edge and Yandex and into your Opera browser. The two browsers have been added to our list of supported browsers and their bookmarks and other content. Here is the complete list of where you can import your data from:
- Google Chrome
- Mozilla Firefox
- Microsoft Edge
- Microsoft Internet Explorer
- Bookmarks from an HTML file
Sharpening the view and preparing for the High Sierra update
As more and more HiDPI displays become prevalent and affordable, it’s important for browser interfaces to stay sharp and presentable. Throughout the development of Opera 48, a number of fixes and improvements were made for the interface, buttons and icons in Opera. Several animation clean ups were made to give this browser the sharpest look yet, perfect also for the arrival of the updated High Sierra OS for Macs.
- Opera Stable for Windows
- Opera Stable for macOS
- Opera Stable for Linux – deb packages
- Opera Stable for Linux – RPM packages
Currency conversion is based on the reference rates reported by the European Central Bank (“ECB”) using EURO as its base currency. According to the ECB, its reference rates are updated on working days, excluding TARGET closing days (generally Saturday, Sunday and certain holidays). The ECB’s reference rates are based on a regular daily concertation procedure between central banks across Europe. Rates are not verified by Opera and you should confirm current rates with your financial institution before engaging in any transaction. You can learn more about the ECB’s policy and exchange rates here.
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