Opera 11 beta released

Earlier today, Opera software announced on their community blog MyOpera that the new anticipated version of their desktop browser, Opera 11 would be released in beta after having undergone several alpha releases.

A Neowin user pointed out that the beta had been uploaded to Opera’s FTP servers, which currently remains the only source to download. Opera have been known in the past for uploading builds to their FTP before official release, which could explain the quick find.

Opera 11 sports an increase in performance on top of numerous new additions including a feature many have asked for, and has finally been added; extensions.  Unlike Firefox, Opera extensions can be installed and uninstalled without the need to restart the browser – a nifty little addition. Additionally the browser is capable of auto-updates of extensions which means there is no need to keep checking for updates of your extensions, you’ll be up to date at all times. Currently the extension gallery sits at 137 available extensions with the most popular being a version of Adblock called NoAds. Extensions in many browsers cannot be used in modes such as private browsing. Opera goes against this idea and support extensions in private browsing and secure connections.

With previous versions of Opera, the installer was very much a usual web browser installation process with no support of portable installation. A new installer has been implemented which as well as looking much better and being a simpler installation process, it supports portable installation options.

Google search suggestions have also been implemented making search faster and more convenient for all of its users although unfortunately, Google continue to ignore Opera by not allowing support for their most recent features such as Google Instant and Google Instant Previews.

As reported by Neowin last week, Opera was named the most secure web browser, with only six vulnerabilities being found over a period of a year. The company seems to want to keep that title by arming Opera 11 with safer address fields. The new feature gives a badge to each web page which replaces HTTP, HTTPS and opera; protocols which are only shown when focusing on the address field. By clicking on the badge it provides an overview of the security of the web page you’re visiting (e.g. If you’re on the Opera official website it will be a verified website. If you’re on a web page you’ve visited for the first time it won’t have the same verification.)

Furthermore, there is plugin on demand support which is rather like Google Chrome’s “Click to Play” extension although this feature is disabled by default. When enabled, flash content will not be loaded and needs to be clicked before it begins to load.

Last month, we were asked to guess the next Opera 11 beta feature in which flocks of people said “Hardware acceleration”. Unfortunately, that doesn’t seem to be the case but the new feature most definitely isn't a let down.

In the end, the ability to stack tabs and a new way to pin tabs was the outcome – which are both welcomed additions. Tab stacking works by dragging a tab on top of another tab, which results in putting them into a group. From there, you can control the group by open and closing the stack with a toggle given to the last viewed web page in that group. Opera seem to be the first web browser that has implemented the ability to stack tabs which leads to the possibility that it could be a feature we soon see in Google Chrome and even Safari 6 (if we're lucky).

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I've actually read some very positive reviews about the beta version of Opera 11. It's definitely a plus that Opera extensions can be installed and uninstalled without restarting the browser and being able to stack tabs seems like a really cool feature. I also like that it has been named the most secure web browser. I've been debating trying out something new so I think I'll give this one a chance.

The Opera installer does have support for a portable installation. You just rename the .exe to .zip and extract it to your flash drive.

myownfriend said,
The Opera installer does have support for a portable installation. You just rename the .exe to .zip and extract it to your flash drive.

Why extract? You can just use the USB option in the installer. It does the same thing (only extract, does not touch the system), except it's easier for newbies.

Of course we are going to have some funky behavior when masking one browser as another, cache and JavaScripts most likely get fuzzed up. Hover, the instant search it self does work. As do the preview, but with strange behavior as well. Google Docs worked years before Google stopped sniffing Opera, either by you masking it as another browser, or (later) by clicking past the warning message.

In my personal opinion, one of the largest consumer based companies in the world should be able to write code that is web browser optimized. Especially since all other coders have scratched their/our head and found workarounds of browser code interpretation since the introduction of Netscape. Neowin is quite popular on the web and Opera has absolutely no issues at all with this code, how come a company zillion times larger (that is web based) cannot write cross browser code? Again, are they afraid of Opera? I've asked the question on a official google blog, but only got some user input.

One thing that makes me disgusted is the block(s) by Google. Try masking/identifying Opera as Firefox and you'll see that almost all features from Google is working. What this means is that the block has nothing to do with Opera functionality, but with Google being an ass. Don't get it. Are they afraid of the Norwegians, or what?
Opera is the best browser ever and every release blows my mind.

serious said,
One thing that makes me disgusted is the block(s) by Google. Try masking/identifying Opera as Firefox and you'll see that almost all features from Google is working. What this means is that the block has nothing to do with Opera functionality, but with Google being an ass. Don't get it. Are they afraid of the Norwegians, or what?
Opera is the best browser ever and every release blows my mind.

Actually things don't work quite right. In Google search, if you mask as Firefox and use Instant Search, try clicking on a link then navigate back. You can't backtrack to the search page for some odd reason.

rm20010 said,
Actually things don't work quite right. In Google search, if you mask as Firefox and use Instant Search, try clicking on a link then navigate back. You can't backtrack to the search page for some odd reason.

I believe that's because it sends some Firefox-specific code due to masking as Firefox

Opera has always been the king of browsers, it's now driven off even further into the distance with this release. The sad part is, so many Americans will just use the POPULAR products (which is almost always what the big corporations like Apple, Microsoft and Google push), rather than using the BEST products.

mgillespie said,
Opera has always been the king of browsers, it's now driven off even further into the distance with this release. The sad part is, so many Americans will just use the POPULAR products (which is almost always what the big corporations like Apple, Microsoft and Google push), rather than using the BEST products.

agreed!

"Plus they must be mad as heck seeing as this looks quite the same as the Firefox 4 Beta." HAHAHAHAHA!!! Do you know that Firefox COMPLETELY COPIED UI from Opera? No? OK, now you know. Opera should be mad, not ****ty Firefox.

123454321 said,
"Plus they must be mad as heck seeing as this looks quite the same as the Firefox 4 Beta." HAHAHAHAHA!!! Do you know that Firefox COMPLETELY COPIED UI from Opera? No? OK, now you know. Opera should be mad, not ****ty Firefox.

Wow. Is that how you react to something as simple as an internet browser? You must get out a lot

LiquidSolstice said,

Wow. Is that how you react to something as simple as an internet browser? You must get out a lot

oh you haha

from the article,
With previous versions of Opera, the installer was very much a usual web browser installation process with no support of portable installation.

Did you ever hear about Opera@USB?

Jorgesarcos said,

Did you ever hear about Opera@USB?

Yes, but that wasn't included in the default installers or official supported (though it did have Opera's blessing). Now the default installer allows you to install Opera as a portable installation if you wish.

I feel bad for Firefox. They're being run over bad. Plus they must be mad as heck seeing as this looks quite the same as the Firefox 4 Beta.

Artillery said,
I feel bad for Firefox. They're being run over bad. Plus they must be mad as heck seeing as this looks quite the same as the Firefox 4 Beta.

In all fairness, Opera has had their tabs on top / aero / menu button design thing going on before Firefox did, so nothing for them to get mad about. But there have been some questionable decisions in the making of FF4, and I think the thing that's effected it most is them adding Direct2D support - there's a noticeable difference in UI responsiveness and startup times with it on and with it off.

Artillery said,
I feel bad for Firefox. They're being run over bad. Plus they must be mad as heck seeing as this looks quite the same as the Firefox 4 Beta.

It's a little sad to see how few people realise that Opera often lead the way - the UI that FF4 is now using is almost identical to Opera 10.5x which has been out (and released) for bloody ages. It was also the first alternative browser to offer proper Windows 7 integration features. And many, many other things besides. The reason why you don't know is because Opera never make much of others nicking their ideas. Whichever browser you chose you must doff thy cap to Opera for coming up with some of the best features in browsers today.

dangel said,

It's a little sad to see how few people realise that Opera often lead the way - the UI that FF4 is now using is almost identical to Opera 10.5x which has been out (and released) for bloody ages. It was also the first alternative browser to offer proper Windows 7 integration features. And many, many other things besides. The reason why you don't know is because Opera never make much of others nicking their ideas. Whichever browser you chose you must doff thy cap to Opera for coming up with some of the best features in browsers today.

For the record, Firefox had that design floating around for a while; they didn't suddenly pick up design cues from Opera at the last minute.

rm20010 said,

For the record, Firefox had that design floating around for a while; they didn't suddenly pick up design cues from Opera at the last minute.

When exactly? Because as I said, it's been in a released version of Opera for a long time now. If you're going to make such claims please back them up

dangel said,

When exactly? Because as I said, it's been in a released version of Opera for a long time now. If you're going to make such claims please back them up

Can't really back up his claims for him with links to evidence, but I can add a second voice. I remember quite a bit of dated concept art for the look back before Opera released theirs, but then again, nobody knows when Opera's concept first hit the drawing board, so who knows? Just as many people have claimed that BOTH browsers took cues from Office or something.

Joshie said,
Can't really back up his claims for him with links to evidence, but I can add a second voice. I remember quite a bit of dated concept art for the look back before Opera released theirs

No, that's not true. The 10.5 pre-alpha was leaked two days before the concept art from Mozilla was published. That doesn't mean anyone ripped off anyone else, of course.

kev_gordon said,
Doesn't seem to install on Windows 7 64bit? I get an error. Shame, as I wanted to try it!
Must be something wrong on your end.

I was excited about this release at first, but then I saw it's still looking like the least integrated browser on OS X when comparing to Firefox, Safari, and Google Chrome (Opera aren't even using native OS X widgets, but emulating them, and it shines through *sigh*), along with the browser with the most common rendering issues, such as misaligned links on Facebook.

It's really frustrating, when this browser is among the best on paper.

I have been using the translate plugin on the alpha and its a treat. Needs some fine tuning though. And Opera 11 is Kick-A** Way to go.

Chrome supports, and has supported for a while, extensions and automatic updates of them. Opera is a little late to the train here... Chrome even has GPU accelerated 2D (about:flags). Sheesh!

L1ke 20 N1njas said,
Chrome supports, and has supported for a while, extensions and automatic updates of them. Opera is a little late to the train here... Chrome even has GPU accelerated 2D (about:flags). Sheesh!

Chrome doesn't even have smooth scrolling. Besides hardware acceleration opera pretty much beats chrome in every way when it comes to out of the box features.

I wonder if they'll get around to fully customizable shortcuts, so we can manually reset Ctrl-Click to the near-universal standard (and far more intuitive) open-tab-in-background. Heck, or even allow keyboard/mouse 'profiles', where users can set the entire program to control like IE/Fx/Chrome/whatever you're most used to. There's really no need, today, to force people to learn entirely different control schemes that don't improve the browsing experience at all.

ArKeYa said,
Do you know about the edit keyboard setup/keyboard.ini?

Doesn't work for keyboard+mouse combos. The Ctrl-Click definition has never been adjustable. It used to do the same thing as other browsers, was 'updated' to save pictures instead of something actually useful, and anyone who's ever griped about it in the Opera forums is harrassed by fanboys.

Don't worry, my opinion was informed.

Me like it so much, I just added the youtube video downloader extension which was the only thing I can think of Opera would require to get, Finally they Killed the huge dead space that appeared when you used to activate the Personal bar, which now is called Tab Bar. Opera back to #1 Chrome #2 at least for me.

Jose_49 you made my day dude, that is soo cool.

Shift tabs into the titlebar and I might give it a go. Any unused space is wasted space.

OK, you could go too far with that, like those hideous minimal firefox themes, but I think this could be done tastefully...

_DP said,
Shift tabs into the titlebar and I might give it a go. Any unused space is wasted space.

OK, you could go too far with that, like those hideous minimal firefox themes, but I think this could be done tastefully...

Wut, they are when the browser is maximised.

_DP said,
Shift tabs into the titlebar and I might give it a go. Any unused space is wasted space.

They are there when Opera is maximized. If you don't run it maximized, set this to 0:

opera:config#UserPrefs|ChromeIntegrationDragArea

PreKe said,

They are there when Opera is maximized. If you don't run it maximized, set this to 0:

opera:config#UserPrefs|ChromeIntegrationDragArea

Looks better (and you can still drag the window around) if you choose a value around 10.

Hey, press the left button for three seconds and watch. I really like that new feature. XD. This shows you the mouse gestures. Finally I can see how the hell I reloaded the site using only the mouse.

Just watch it if you've got a mouse with back and forward buttons. I've got two mice and they haven't worked since 10.6. Ever since 10.7 all the beta's only way is using the web browser and the mouse gestures. or going to the top of the screen. Otherwise the buttons don't work. Same thing in Opera 11. So get used to mouse gestures.

Vice I hope you are being sarcastic. How is opera annoying for complain about programs ONLY opening links in IE instead of the USER SET default browser. No program should behave that way.

It hasn't been released yet, actually. It's not really released until they announce it. They could pull it from the FTP server at any time.

Also, the new installer isn't just more functional, but they reduced it by several MB compared to Opera 10.

PreKe said,
Also, the new installer isn't just more functional, but they reduced it by several MB compared to Opera 10.

I especially like the added functionality of now forcing you to run Opera immediately after installation.

PreKe said,
It hasn't been released yet, actually. It's not really released until they announce it. They could pull it from the FTP server at any time.

Also, the new installer isn't just more functional, but they reduced it by several MB compared to Opera 10.

It's because they removed "unite" from installer, now it will be downloaded when you will run "unite" for the first time"

From now on, Unite Application will no longer be delivered with the browser installer. Instead, they will be downloaded when launched for the first time. This noticeably reduces the installer size.

new setting > opera:config#UserPrefs|ShowGestureUI > when on, push the right clic for few seconds (mouse gesture must be on to)

bzhdens said,

It's because they removed "unite" from installer, now it will be downloaded when you will run "unite" for the first time"
new setting > opera:config#UserPrefs|ShowGestureUI > when on, push the right clic for few seconds (mouse gesture must be on to)

Unite is in the installer - Unite Applications are not. But that's not really where the major savings are coming from - they come from the fact that they are now using their own custom written installer, which also happens to use 7Zip compression, probably one of the best file compression systems you can find.

I did spot this yesterday myself haven't downloaded yet... Yeah and I bet that links within Windows Live Mail and Outlook 2010 still open links in IE even when Opera was set as your default browser. Opera went nuts with Microsft about this matter.

then maybe opera should make their own mail program.....oh wait, they do already, in opera itself. Jeeze, if its true opera is god damn annoying...bring that boycott opera button back please.

vice le von said,
then maybe opera should make their own mail program.....oh wait, they do already, in opera itself. Jeeze, if its true opera is god damn annoying...bring that boycott opera button back please.

Why would you boycott Opera because Microsoft opens links in IE? You are not making sense.

vice le von said,
then maybe opera should make their own mail program.....oh wait, they do already, in opera itself. Jeeze, if its true opera is god damn annoying...bring that boycott opera button back please.

It's safe to conclude you are not using Opera. How can it then bother you if you're not using it?

Jonessie said,
I did spot this yesterday myself haven't downloaded yet... Yeah and I bet that links within Windows Live Mail and Outlook 2010 still open links in IE even when Opera was set as your default browser. Opera went nuts with Microsft about this matter.

Not sure about Outlook but WLMail should respect your default browser settings. It does on this end.

vice le von said,
then maybe opera should make their own mail program.....oh wait, they do already, in opera itself. Jeeze, if its true opera is god damn annoying...bring that boycott opera button back please.

The hell are you on about? It does give you the option to select what client you want to use on your first mailto: click.

I am sure hardware accel will come soon in opera 11.x. They have had internal hardware accelerated builds since at least 2008 (have a video of one somewhere but I am at work so don't have the bookmark)

ViperAFK said,
I am sure hardware accel will come soon in opera 11.x. They have had internal hardware accelerated builds since at least 2008 (have a video of one somewhere but I am at work so don't have the bookmark)

@opvard is claiming that Opera 11 is feature complete. So, I am not too hopeful about seeing H/W Acceleration in this version.

Pallab said,

@opvard is claiming that Opera 11 is feature complete. So, I am not too hopeful about seeing H/W Acceleration in this version.

I said opera 11.x as in a version after opera 11.0, like opera 11.5. Opera 10.5 got a major UI overhaul for example. I don't think it will be too long before we see it.

Pallab said,

@opvard is claiming that Opera 11 is feature complete. So, I am not too hopeful about seeing H/W Acceleration in this version.

I took 'feature complete' as meaning actual things users can see and play with, such as extensions and stacks. Hardware acceleration will be invisible to the user, so you could get away with calling HA a non feature (just like speed enhancements to the JS engine are not advertised as features).