Opera, 11.0 And Loving It!

In what must be the quickest turnaround in the history of browsers, Opera has gone through 3 Release Candidates in about 30 hours and now we have Opera 11.00 Gold.

With a host of new features, with all of them working to perfection, Opera can lay claim to not only being the fastest browser (even if only by a small margin – the Chrome guys are making it a real race!) but the most advanced one as well, with extension support, widgets, a built-in torrent client, a mailer, and all the features already there, such as Unite and mouse gestures.

With the ability to control almost everything about the way the browser looks, works, and feels, this should be the one that turns the tide, with many people wondering what took them so long to adopt it.

The release is for all the operating systems supported and so it’s early Christmas for the faithful, and time to play for those looking to make a new friend.

Release notes

Release date: December 16, 2010

Opera 11.00 is a recommended upgrade offering new and improved features, plus security and stability enhancements. For your reference, please see the previous Opera 11.00 beta for Windows changelog on the Opera changelogs website.

New features and improvements


Address field

An improved address field makes it easier to stay safe on the Web, and it now hides the complexity of long web addresses. It also provides more security information to help you stay safe when browsing; just click the badge for the website to see security information about the site you are visiting.
    All webpages get a badge to the left of the address field. The badge replaces protocols like HTTP, HTTPS, and opera:, which are shown only when focusing on the address field.
    Clicking the badge provides an easy overview of the potentially more complex security state of the current web page.
    Parameters at the end of web addresses are visually hidden until the address field is focused. If you still want to see the whole address all the time, you can right-click the badge to disable this functionality.
    There is now a badge indicating that you are browsing with Opera Turbo on. Clicking this badge gives information about estimated data savings for the Opera Turbo session.

Auto-update

An improvement to auto-update now makes sure you have the latest extensions and Opera Unite applications.

 

There really are too many things to mention here, but I’ll continue with just the headers, so you can get an idea of the changes and additions -

Bookmarks bar

Extensions

Mail panel

Plug-in loading

You can now set plug-ins to load only when you click on them, to significantly speed up browsing.

Take that Mozilla!

WebSockets support

Search predictions

Search predictions from Google integrate into Opera’s search field, and predict queries as you type, making searching quicker and easier. When using the search field or searching from the address field with the ‘g’ search keyword, Google search predictions will appear.

Speed improvements

Numerous advancements to various engines have been made to improve Opera’s speed and benchmark test performance.

- and the one everyone is talking about – a non-issue for me, but it seems to rally the troops!

Tabs
Tab stacking

Opera invented tab browsing in the 1990s, and Tab stacking enhances tab organization in the user interface. Dragging one tab over another allows you to create groups of tabs. Now you can keep dozens of webpages open, organized, and under control. See our Tab stacking demonstration video.
Pinned tabs

The "Locked Tab" feature is improved and renamed to Pin Tab. Pinned tabs take up minimal space and are automatically moved to the left of other tabs to make them easy to find.
Right-click a tab and select "Pin Tab" from the menu. This pins it and prevents it from being closed by accident.
Unpin a tab by right-clicking it, and then uncheck "Pin Tab" in the menu.

User JavaScript

Visual mouse gestures

Mouse gestures is another genuine Opera innovation that was first introduced in Opera 5.10 in April 2001. Visual Mouse gestures help you learn how to control Opera with mouse movements. A new interface guides you through the available gestures, making it easier to learn and use them.
To see the new mouse gesture interface, hold (long press) the right mouse button down in any webpage.
Then, move the pointer in any direction and the interface changes to reflect the actions that can be performed with subsequent movements.
When you complete an action, a notification briefly shows what action you performed.
Once you learn your favorite mouse gestures and perform them quickly, the interface will not display.

Opera, always great, usually the first with improvements, with an ever watchful eye on safety.

Changelogs for Windows, Mac, and Linux [and FreeBSD] available.

Click here to change your web experience.

To 11 and beyond! Because the only thing left for 12 is GPU acceleration

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