Hi,

Opera 50 enters the beta stage with an offering of Chromecast support, the ability to save web pages as PDF, a more functional tab context menu, four cryptocurrencies for the currency converter, an improved unit converter and session protection against crashes. Read on:

Chromecast support

Chromecast is gaining popularity with Google revealing that it has sold 55 million units since releasing the device in July 2013. Today, Opera 50 beta supports Chromecast playback.

To start casting, first go to Settings (Preferences on macOS) > Browser > User interface and tick “Enable Chromecast support.” Opera 50 can support casting for videos, tabs and your full desktop display. To start casting a YouTube video, for example, click the cast icon found in the video’s player controls, as shown below.

Opening the page’s context menu or opening the O-Menu (View on macOS) are alternatives to begin casting.

At the moment, Opera’s support for Chromecast is available only in certain markets while we continue to implement this feature on a larger scale.

Save pages as PDF

Storing a page for offline reading, sending it to other devices or safe keeping for future reference can now be done with the Save Page as PDF function.

To save a page as a PDF file, go to the O-Menu (or File on macOS) and select “Save Page as PDF”. When triggered, it will save the entire web page into a single PDF. A shortcut can be created for this function under Settings (Preferences on macOS) > Browser > Shortcuts > Configure Shortcuts.

The resulting created 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.

A traditional way to create a PDF has been previously available in Opera. First, select to print the current page. In your printing dialog, 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.

Opera’s 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 printing method and fine tune the details to your needs.

Tab’s context menu is more functional

Items in a tab’s context menu were cleaned up and grouped into related sections while receiving new actions. Reopening closed tabs and windows became easier with “Reopen Last Closed Tab” moved to the bottom. The option can change to “Reopen Last Closed Window” (for Windows and Linux platforms) if a full window was the last thing to be closed. “Reload” and “Reload All Tabs” are two new functions to quickly refresh your current browsing session. The latter will ask for your confirmation if you have more than 10 tabs opened.

Currency converter extended with cryptocurrencies

The list of currencies recognized by our currency converter is extended with four popular cryptocurrencies:

  1. Bitcoin (BTC), 1.00 BTC
  2. Ethereum (ETH), 1.00 ETH
  3. Bitcoin Cash (BTH), 1.00 BCH
  4. Litecoin (LTC), 1.00 LTC

Improved unit converter

Today, our unit converter is becoming even better as we’ve added support for millimeters [mm] to be converted into inches [in]. In addition, there’s also support for dimensions. This means you’ll be able to convert the dimensions of a 10 x 10″ picture frame or a 10 x 50 x 25 mm collectible toy car.

Protect your session against crashes

Upon a crash loop detection, Opera will not remove your current browsing session. Instead, all pages will be marked for manual reload upon re-activation, except for the current tab which will detail the encountered problem. This will fix the annoying issue of losing all opened tabs due to an unrelated problem such as with syncing, for instance.

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

  • Snapshot was not working when displaying PDF.
  • [Win] rusradio.ua, hitfm.ua players didn’t play music.
  • [Win] Misplaced submenus in O-Menu and bookmark bar folders.
  • [Win, HiDPI] Black frame around drown down list.
  • [Win, HiDPI] Search-Copy pop-up badly rendered.
  • [Win, HiDPI] Title bar didn’t look good in dark mode.
  • [Win, HiDPI] Sidebar communicator badly displaced after DPI change.
  • [Win, HiDPI] Captured grey area is misplaced.
  • [Linux] Opera didn’t start on Debian if package chromium-widevine was installed.
  • [Linux] Black border on sidebar communicator striked back on Intel graphic GPU.
  • [Mac] Cmd + Shift + M didn’t hide communicator window.
  • [Mac] Pinch to zoom was not working.
  • [Mac] Private mode updated.
  • [Mac, High Sierra] High CPU usage of browser process.
  • [Mac, High Sierra] Fix for Netflix’s error message “Whoops, something went wrong…” .
  • [Mac touchbar] Mask-icons didn’t work.

Known issues

Casting tabs doesn’t work.

Other

Chromium version – 63.0.3239.9.

The changelog is available here.

Installation links:

Maciej Kocemba

Product Manager, Opera for computers. Previously Product Manager in R&D department and Opera Mini for iOS. Joined Opera over 11 years ago. Still passionate about coding, mountain / road biking when not working.

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  • xirit64

    Woot !!!

  • Ralf Brinkmann

    Am I really the first? Ok: “First!”

    • xirit64

      Too late pal 😉

      • Ralf Brinkmann

        While typing!

        • xirit64

          hu hu !

  • xirit64

    Allright, thanks for the build, I see lots of translations are still missing (not very common for your beta), and I’m not sure I like that sort of showing an… Aero button for the links in the bookmarks bar for a start 🙂

    Also possible bug, when accessing the folders in the Bookmarks they are being rendered twice somehow.

    Also fix the changelog link 😛

    • Not all translations are ready for initial version of beta. They will follow in the updates.

      There might be still some issues in the bookmarks bar code – please remember they’ve been freshly refactored. Fixes will appear in the updates as well.

      Fixed, thx 🙂

  • LoverOfLife

    I see on boolmarks bar, the “+” sign has disappeard. Why ?

    • You can use “heart” icon to add pages to bookmarks bar.

      • LoverOfLife

        I know that, but plus sign was more easy to use..

        • Kornelia

          Ones you choose Bookmarks bar as a destination to save, it would be default and it would be one heart click away from saving page there.

          • LoverOfLife

            Ok. Another issue that i see is, when i save a page to bookmarks bar with heart icon, it doesn’t save favicon

          • Hans Hansen

            You have to click on the bookmark one time then, so that the favicon can be loaded.

        • xirit64

          Right click on bookmarks bar, there are “Add Folder” and “Add site…”, which adds the current page instantly.

  • Nekomajin43

    If you want protection from loosing sessions, why don’t you implement a proper session manager with manual and automatic saving, and a confirm exit option for accidental window close?

    • Change that’s included in the build protects session’s content upon crash-loop scenario. It’s a very rare situation and if happens it can be spotted mostly in the developer channel. However, we’re keeping an eye on session related requests.

      • Nekomajin43

        I have told you multiple use cases why those features are a must. I can’t see why these are not top priority.

        • There are numerous things considered by various users as top priority. We can’t implement everything at once.

          • Nekomajin43

            You had 4 years to reimplement this. This “everything at once” argument is no longer valid.

          • Leonardo Gomes

            I guess the real point here is not about time but about choices. They simply can’t add everything that everyone ask, no product maker can, so they need to choose what will be implemented and what will not be, what will show up soon, what may come in the future and what may never come.

            What is top priority for someone may be totally unimportant for hundreds, thousands, millions of others and also the opposite, so products makers need to (try to) balance all the sides and choose what to do. And the choice will always make some group unsatisfied.

        • ratamies

          Well, that is because not many users need the session manager. I tried to use it in Opera 12 and actually didn’t find a good use case for me. It is more convenient to leave tabs open or use bookmarks.

          • Nekomajin43

            It is very convenient to select and load the last saved session after a crash, power failure, or just an accidental window close. Bookmarks can not do this.

            Of course, it will not restore and in-game or in-app state, that’s why a warning on exit function would be handy.

          • ratamies

            That was not the problem with Opera 12 – it restored all tabs automatically after the crash. And current Opera 49 restores tabs too. So I personally really doesn’t see a use case when I would need to save more than one session.

          • Nekomajin43

            If you use “continue where I left”. But I don’t like use the start page option.

            Saving sessions can be handy, when I want to save my morning session before work. I use the same notebook at home and for work.

          • ratamies

            Thanks for clarification. I agree that for your use case managing sessions would be handy. But I still believe that just a small percent of Opera users need it. Many people even don’t use bookmarks.

          • Nekomajin43

            Most of the users don’t use a single feature in browsers. They only need a huge Google box in the middle of the new page.

            Developers must consider what people need, not what other people don’t need.

  • At glance, Save as PDF works very well, good quality of fonts for reading with decent compression which results in relatively small doc size. One suggestion from my side: this function is a bit too deep in menu: O -> Page -> Save as PDF. Can you make a special icon for it on the sidebar, like it has been recently added for screen capture (Snapshot)?

    • I’m happy to hear that you enjoy save as pdf. However it’s way to specialised functionality to promote it up to the top level.

      • Citizen Unique

        I have to agree. I’m probably what you’d call your ‘average user’ and I don’t see myself saving any webpages at all – why do people do it anyway? Adding ‘save as’ AND ‘save as pdf’ to the right click menu is an overkill in my opinion and just makes it a bit too clattered. Don’t think ‘move bookmark to trash’ should be in the right click menu either, it’s easily done by clicking the red heart in the address bar, isn’t it?

      • It’s useful, for example, for online payment, banking and booking, because not every seller sends the document with full details to e-mail. I should agree that with existence of right-click menu adding it also to the sidebar would be excessive. Sorry, I haven’t found this way earlier. On other side, right-click also shouldn’t be made over-functional (with new functionality which may come in the future).

    • xirit64

      Right click on any page, select Save as pdf. 🙂

      • andrew84

        then it will be good also to have snapshot tool in right click menu

        • Ralf Brinkmann

          I like that idea!

      • Yes, I noticed this way too, but not at the time of writing the first comment. This option hasn’t been mentioned in the article, need some time to find all additions, whether they were announced or not.

  • andrew84

    Mby I’m alone with a such strange request but sometimes I’m missing arrow button(=Enter) in address bar like in FireFox or IE.

    Also some common requests:
    1. warning popup when closing browser with more than 1 tab opened(with disabling option).
    2. option to disable autoupdate and button to manually check/install for updates.
    3. if dark mode is enabled and I open folder with bookmarks from bookmarks bar, this bookmarks list still has a light background, i think dark background will be better

    • Nekomajin43

      The warning popup must work with a single tab too.

  • FabioGnecco

    hi ! i wonder if you guys can make an option for the video pop-out, like having always a “maintain aspect ratio” thing… that would be awesome ! thx dev-team <3

  • Ray Coburn

    Dumb question I’m sure, but if the Chromecast checkbox isn’t there that’s just because i’m in the wrong market? No way to bypass that?

  • Citizen Unique

    Why did all my bookmark bar icons got a lot smaller after this update? Is it a glitch or an intentional change? Don’t think I like it, tbh

    • 0madre

      I hope that’s a glitch.. very annoying, IMHO.

  • verter

    Will DNA-53282 be fixed in 50 stable?

    • Leonardo Gomes

      This one seems kinda old. What is that about?

    • Hetai-Na

      What most users want is bug fixes and small improvements, but Opera Team do not seems so interested in this.

  • sgrandin

    Not sure why, but since installing this version all Yahoo pages I’ve visited, starting with the home page, load but the circle up top shows them running on and on either for a long time or indefinitely. Not the case with IE11 or FF.

    • sgrandin

      As a follow up, I opened Yahoo home page and MyYahoo about four hours ago and both loaded, but still show the circle looping like they didn’t complete. Same btw with this page after a few minutes. All others do not have this: NY Times, PayPal and several other pages per the screenshot: https://1drv.ms/i/s!AqsCKHVTj0ydlRCM1TPDQNJ7I2Q7

  • Gloriam

    Where did the [+] go on the bookmark bar?

    If it’s off by default now, where can I turn it on?

    • Leonardo Gomes

      It seems to have been removed. You can use the heart button/icon to add pages to the bookmarks bar.

      • Gloriam

        Sadly it adds the site in front of all the previous bookmarks, instead of at the end, if it’s gone for good I’ll use right-click > add site instead.

  • Hetai-Na

    Suggestion: Add an option in the context menu of the bookmarks bar with “Update bookmarks favicons”.

    • Hans Hansen

      For what reason? Favicons are automatically updated when you click on the bookmark.

      • Hetai-Na

        So youI don’t have to click 30+ bookmarks one by one.

        • Hans Hansen

          Frankly speaking, I don’t think that favicons are being updated that often.
          I haven’t tested it, but you could try to click on the heart on the sidebar, then right-click on “Bookmarks bar” –>”Open all in new tabs”. Don’t know if it is forcing a refresh of the favicons on the bookmarks bar, though.

  • Corzo

    Hi, I have the bookmark bar disable and none saved there, the issue is when add a new one the bar shows automatically, even add some bookmarks to the bar to see if the behavior changes but remain the same.

  • Alexander Stiven

    We need more speed.

    • Leonardo Gomes

      On what? Page loading? Opera startup? Where do you think there’s a need for more speed?

  • Ralf Brinkmann

    Something has changed from the last developer 50.0.2759.0 to this beta version. I can not log in at my newspaper (https://www.vrm-epaper.de/issue.act). The page doesn’t recognize me and tells me, that I don’t have a valid subscription. With Firefox, Google Chrome and Vivaldi I can log in (same configuration). It doesn’t matter if I turn all extensions off or on.
    W10x64 1709
    Operax64

    • Hans Hansen

      Try to delete the cookies.

      • Ralf Brinkmann

        Ok, that worked. It is really difficult, because there are so many cookies and some of them really old, although my rules should avoid this. I used the function “Clear browser data” before, but that seems not to be enough. Most cookies stay where they are. My rules are “Delete local data when exiting the browser” and “Block third party cookies and site data”. Then I have defined some exceptions. But I have the feeling, that every page, that informs you about the use of cookies and you agree, can store whatever on your computer for all eternity.

        • xirit64

          Yes, something with the cookie manager is not working right for some versions now, with the same settings as yours I couldn’t get the radio of wdr3.de working, although on paper it should. Only after I allowed all cookies (and blocked 3rd-party) it started working. Now I’m forced to use this setting, as I suppose “Delete local data when exiting the browser” does not its intended job right.

  • Toni Vertanen

    On iMac (late 2015) and macOS 10.13.1 High Sierra Opera is very slow. Opening a preferences tab takes 43 seconds. When loading a webbage, it takes over 40 seconds before the loading starts. Chrome loaded the same webpage instantly. Syncing is not working. Clicking the icon does nothing but makes the icon disappear. I have tested with Opera 49 and Opera Beta 50 and did a clean install. Both versions are very slow an sluggish.

    • Toni Vertanen

      It seems the problem is in High Sierra itself.

  • Joel Spadin

    This build crashes frequently when using Ctrl+Tab.

    • Ralf Brinkmann

      Not here. You should call us your operating system.

      • Joel Spadin

        Sorry. I’m using the 64-bit version on Windows 10.

        It may also be specific to certain sites, as I’m not having frequent crashes now. I don’t remember the specific sites I was using, but I was getting a bunch of redirect ads (where the site opens itself in a new tab, and the existing tab redirects to an ad) at the time, so it could be related to those.

  • andrew84

    Is it possible to add volume control on video pop up? Now only on/off sound

  • xirit64

    Regression bug? Going fullscreen in a video (youtube, twitch) and then returning, the tab bar does not stay at the top. W7x64,Ox64

  • Mike Ershov

    what happened with my bookmarks bar? it is so ugly now! please let me choose old appearance. i do not love new bookmarks bar!

    • andrew84

      Yes, I don’t see “+ Add page…” option for example when clicking on folder in bookmarks bar.

  • Johny Walk

    flash doesnt work. I had same problem in 49

    • Ralf Brinkmann

      Here (http://www.lustigestories.de/fun/videos/) it works on my computer. Can you give us an example and your configuration?
      W10x64 1709
      Operax64

    • Hans Hansen

      Add the domain of the website that doesn’t work to the Flash exceptions:
      opera://settings/contentExceptions?search=flash#plugins

      • Johny Walk

        now it works, thx

  • EggsAreCute

    After upgrade I can’t open local dev site.
    https://i.imgur.com/2HGnV9S.png

    Before upgrade it works fine.
    Chrome allows to click “proceed to … (unsafe)” button.

    Is it possible to ignore this warning?

  • JJ53

    A mainly blank page for Add Tracking at PayPal.

  • sgrandin

    I’m finding this build has some website rendering problems. I’ve mentioned the loading circle going on and on at Yahoo, this site and I think one other. In addition, I’ve been coming across websites that simply don’t show as they should, but show as text spread down the left side of the page. I thought it was the sites, so didn’t keep a list, but here’s an example just now that shows fine in IE11 but is text spread down the page in this beta: https://www.easeus.com/landing/newsletter-pctrans-1.html – *press Buy Now. Screenshot: https://1drv.ms/i/s!AqsCKHVTj0ydlRLDG0fM4q5Ks8jt

    In addition, from Yahoo home page, if I go to Sports and then an article, if I use the Back button to return to Sports instead of the X in the upper right, the Back arrow disappears. Not a problem with IE11.

    • Hans Hansen

      Can’t access the OneDrive file…

      • sgrandin
        • Hans Hansen

          This is indeed not normal. But no problem with this website on my setup (Win10). You should try a clean profile.

          • sgrandin

            How? Opera>About says my profile is located at C:Users….AppDataRoamingOpera SoftwareOpera Next, but I don’t see anything labeled “profile” or similar there. In any case, I don’t want to have to recreate my SD with well over 100 thumbnails.

          • Leonardo Gomes

            ‘ Opera Next’ is your profile folder.

          • sgrandin

            A new profile does clean up the EaseUs buy site. Is there a way to bring back my SD and passwords w/o having to work from scratch? I saved the folder.

          • Leonardo Gomes

            Try copying ‘Bookmarks’ and ‘Login Data’ files from the old profile.

          • sgrandin

            Question I asked above: Is Bookmarks now the same as SD? I don’t use Bookmarks as such, but a utility called Bookmark Buddy.

          • Hans Hansen

            Yes, SD belongs to the bookmarks. You can see it when you click on the heart on the side bar.

          • sgrandin

            I used Export Bookmarks and saved the HTML file with its date elsewhere. Then I opened the new install version and used Import bookmarks & settings > From Bookmarks HTML file, but it didn’t bring in anything I can see in SD or anywhere else. What am I missing?

          • Hans Hansen

            Click on the heart on the side bar, you should see a folder called “Speed Dials” on the left side, you can move the bookmarks in this folder to the actual Speed dial folder.

          • sgrandin

            Hans, thanks. I see a heart on the right side of the address bar. Clicking that shows Speed Dial as the first of the drop-downs and View in Bookmarks underneath that (the latter opens a Bookmark page full of SD thumbnails). If that’s what I should work with, then please be a little more step by step in the instructions.

            Andrey: There is no Bookmark Manager entry under Bookmarks, so I’m not sure what you’re referring to.

          • Hans Hansen

            No, the heart on the right side of the address bar is to ADD the current website to the bookmarks (speed dial, bookmarks bar or whatever).
            To open the bookmarks manager you have to click on the heart on the side bar on the left side: https://abload.de/img/heartbdrk6.png
            Another way to open the bookmarks manager is to press “Ctrl+Shift+B”.
            Then you will see the imported bookmarks on the left side (open “Imported” –>”Speed Dial”–> “Your computer name”), you can drag them to the actual speed dial: https://abload.de/img/managere5o16.png

          • Andrey

            Go to Bookmarks / Bookmark manager -> Other Speed Dials

          • Leonardo Gomes

            Speed Dials have been part of Bookmarks since a long time.

          • Hans Hansen

            There’s is a function to export bookmarks in Opera. Or as Leonardo said, try to copy the specific files to your new profile.

        • Andrey
    • Ralf Brinkmann

      I don’t have this problem, but please can you upload the screenshot to a free upload server without the need of a login? And could you please write something about your OS?

    • xirit64

      I’d say flush your DNS cache?

      • sgrandin

        no effect

    • Leonardo Gomes

      Loading circle is a known issue.

    • Leonardo Gomes

      No problems here with that easeus.com page. You may want to check with extensions and ad-blocker disabled.

  • Izer0

    Seems like Opera has definitely left “old”, loyal advanced users and it’s targeting only the mainstream. Sad. Still don’t understand, why is so hard to do tabs better visible for us, advanced users, by one switch/setting (more visible tabs separator line, one line, one color and size change, few lines in code). It does not make sense.

    • Hetai-Na

      I agree that the tabs are not so visible, specially for someone who wear eyeglasses. All grey tones are too light, and yo make things worse in private mode favicons are replaced for a repeated private browsing icon.

  • rodknee

    While typing!

  • sgrandin

    Why does this (developers’) site keep logging me out, so I have to log in again each time, even a couple of minutes after posting or editing? I log in with Disqus, which logs me in right off without my entering anything.

    • Hans Hansen

      Did that happen after “cleaning” your profile and copying files back (previous post)? Try a clean reinstallation then. You can export your bookmarks in the bookmarks manager before doing that.

      • sgrandin

        No, it started before, although I’m not sure exactly when.

        Is the SD considered bookmarks now? I don’t have any bookmarks as such, as I use a separate utility.

        • Hans Hansen

          Maybe you should try to delete the “disqus” cookies then.
          Yes, SD belongs to the bookmarks. You can see it when you click on the heart on the side bar.

  • xirit64

    Big problem: Using a dark theme of Windows 7 the tab menu of Opera does not adjust to the theme. https://s33.postimg.org/5pjdqex0f/darktheme.png

    • Ewa

      Hi, what build number?

      • xirit64

        Hi Ewa, I meant on Windows 7 (Pro x64) with a custom dark theme that looks like this: https://s33.postimg.org/b1gntnhmn/Win7-darktheme.png

        • Hans Hansen

          So what should the devs do about it, if you’re using a non-default theme in Windows? 😀

          • xirit64

            Oh there are many ways to do it right:

            • either they could make the tab menu behave exactly like the Opera Menu which is independent of settings,

            • or make the affected part of the tab menu behave exactly like the rest of it, i.e. current tabs do have a black font color,

            • or respect the native OS, so as all programs do, when you change the fonts from black to white on a dark background, the tab menu should also follow that.

      • xirit64

        And an additional info, it shows the current tabs correctly, the rest not.

  • MilanDelija1989

    I agree that the tabs are not so visible, specially for someone who wear eyeglasses. All grey tones are too light, and yo make things worse in private mode favicons are replaced for a repeated private browsing icon.

    • Vajaskifli

      especially the light mode…the dark is much better.

  • xirit64

    New build 50.0.2762.9 🙂

  • pedo

    [mobile] the only thing that stops me to fully use opera in android is that there is no password manager with sync. solve that please
    [windows] i love the news!!! a better opera. but please, give me my bookmarks on top page, just make it disapear if user wants

    thank you
    greetings from portugal