Opera browser goes up to 11
The latest beta release of the Opera browser introduces tab stacking, a new way to organise your open tabs, as well as extensions, mouse gestures and a new developer mode.
Traditionally, tabs are opened side-by-side, but now people using Opera can stack their tabs, grouping them by site or by theme. The developers claim tab stacking reduces clutter and makes it easier to identify and work with sets of open tabs.
This brief video showcases tab stacking in action.
“Tabs are the most popular feature in browsers today,” said Jan Standal, VP of Desktop Products, Opera. “Because so many of us wrestle with tens or even hundreds of open tabs, we needed a way to simplify tab management. Just like stacking papers for future reference, stacking your tabs is an intuitive way to organize and collect your open Web pages.”
Opera 11 also introduces extensions, browser add-ons that enhance the capabilities of Opera. In the three weeks since extensions debuted in the alpha release of Opera 11, more than 500,000 extensions have been downloaded. Fueling the growth in available extensions, developers submit between 10 and 20 new extensions each day.Thanks to a new developer mode in Opera 11 beta, extensions are also easier to make. Developers can use the developer mode to launch, test and package extensions quickly. View the full extension catalogue.
Mouse gestures provide a simple and effective way to control Opera with a few simple mouse movements. Since their introduction in Opera 5, mouse gestures have proven to be one of the most loved Opera features. In Opera 11, a new visual interface highlights mouse paths and helps guide the discovery, use and mastery of these powerful shortcuts. View the full list of mouse gestures.
Other enhancements include a new bookmarks bar that replaces Opera’s personal bar and an address field that hides unnecessary information and puts the security status of each page front and centre. Badges explain the security state of the site, giving consumers clear information about the sites they visit. Plug-ins can be set to load on-demand, which can give as much as 30 percent performance improvement, while Extensions and Opera Unite applications are updated automatically through Opera’s update mechanism.
Work has been done to boost browsing speed, particularly for Linux. Opera 11 for Linux is 15 to 20 percent faster on common benchmarks than Opera 10.63. Opera 11 is also 30 percent smaller than Opera 10.63, despite including new features.
Download Opera 11 beta (English only). It is recommended that you back up your current Opera installation before installing this version.