Opera 11 was released just a few hours earlier today, and it comes with several notable features, a new interface, and many other improvements. Written using the Qt toolkit and taking advantage of its own Presto engine, the Opera browser has been around for years, and it comes with unique features, which make it a popular browser even among the free software users on the Linux platform, with a respectable third position after Firefox and Google Chrome.
Opera 11 first start
First, let’s see what this new release has to offer, so here’s the news in Opera 11:
- improved address field – the address field now hides long links focusing instead of the main domain name, so you can spot fake websites which try to impersonate a different address; all web pages got a badge to the left to replace protocols like HTTP or HTTPS, also, there is a badge showing if Opera Turbo is turned on or off
- improved Opera auto-update system; checks for updated extensions and Opera Unite applications
- the bookmarks bar is located below the address bar now (this can be changed back in the Appearance dialog)
- the mail panel received several notable improvements
- plug-ins can be loaded on demand
- the Presto rendering engine has been improved too with several changes at handling HTML5 and CSS3
- Google search predictions can now be integrated into Opera’s search field
- tab improvements: tabs can be grouped separately now; improved locked tab feature, now renamed to “pin tab”
- visual mouse gestures, can be activated by holding down the right mouse button and moving the mouse cursor; Opera will show what gestures are available
As you can see, the list is quite big.
The address bar
Google search predictions
Pin tabs stay locked, taking up little space and preventing accidental closing
Tab grouping, group tabs by dragging one over another
Visual mouse gestures
Opera’s extensions offer additional functionality
In addition to these, Opera comes with already consecrated features, like the email client, the BitTorrent client, IRC client, download manager, extensions support, widgets support, configurable keyboard shortcuts, configurable interface, importing/exporting feed lists or bookmarks, sidebar panel for fast access to places like history, downloads or mail, powerful speed dial page, powerful tab management, fullscreen mode. And these are just a taste of what Opera has to offer. Opera incorporates so many services it makes it easy to use it on everything web based, from a BitTorrent client to an IRC client or even a small games platform via widgets. One approach I always liked about Opera is how it handles everything in a tab, making the interface easy to use and easing the navigation.
Opera BitTorrent client
Integrated IRC client
Private tab browsing
Opera Widgets with the Analog Clock and Biolab Disaster game activated
To conclude, this release really meets up expectations, introducing several useful features and continuing to polish this awesome web browser.
Installation packages are available for all the popular distributions out there, and Opera always provided good Linux installing support.