Opera 11.10 "Barracuda" released

In a sea of a heated browser battle, the ray-finned fish with sharp teeth makes its arrival. It's Opera 11.10, code-named "Barracuda," and it's now available for download at opera.com - complete with a rather quirky marketing video to boot. The release follows Opera's typical accelerated release cycle, this time consisting of four release candidates and a single public beta.

So what has changed since the last stable version, Opera 11.01? The most visible change is the new Speed Dial 2.0. The dials sport a new visual design, with a more opaque background that fits in very well with any wallpaper, light or dark. The dials are no longer constrained to a set number of rows and columns. You can have as many dials as you like; the page will scroll as needed. You can specify a set number of columns if you wish, and also the size of the dials. The thumbnail resizing mechanism for the Speed Dials has been improved - you can zoom in up to 200% and see almost the entire page with crisp text. For some sites, they will default to an iOS-style icon - Neowin is an example. There is an easy workaround, which is demonstrated in our video review below. In addition, sites can specify how their sites look like in Speed Dial.

The user interface has received a few tweaks. Popup windows created by extensions, the tab cycler, and Speed Dial's configure dialog sport a new look. There are slight 'hints' in the UI to point out three of Opera's features - a bar appears at the bottom reminding you of the "fast-forward" shortcut of SPACEBAR, text appears in the address bar reminding you that you can easily search for a query as you would in say Chrome's omnibar, and the Trash bin lights up when a tab is closed.

Smaller changes make their debut. The browser now searches for missing plugins and offers to install them for you. Opera now uses less power while on battery by not changing the system timer resolution - as you may recall, we noted two weeks ago that Opera used the most power amongst its competitors. Opera now also supports Google's WebP and several emerging web standards, including CSS3 gradients and the W3C Web Open Font Format. And finally, some miscellaneous tweaks include better Gmail IMAP support in the built-in Mail client, and a new search suggestion page that appears for misspelled URLs.

Our fellow News Reporter, Tom, takes a look at some of Opera 11.10's new features in this video review:

You may download the browser from here, or have a more in-depth look at the changelog here.

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Don't overlook WOFF in this one! This is a major step forward for web typography across the world. With IE 9 recently also introducing WOFF support, the entire market of major web browsers (except Safari - but it'll get it too in the next major release) have now united behind a single format for web fonts.

It'll finally start getting easy to avoid limiting yourself to a user's set of installed fonts (or falling back to using PNG images or kludges like Flash for logos or headings -- ugh!), and still not risk making them fail for lots of users!

i'd prob switch if i could enforce black backgrounds.. tried opera long ago 2004 ish and never really bothered again.. although opera is my prefered cell phone browser.

Notthing ****es me off more than opening a tab and staring at a pure white screen blinding me
until the damn page loads.. and Chrome didn't do that until a recent update and now firefox did
the same damn thing (after v4 was released)
..why the hell is the whole damn web pure white ? WTF is up with that ?

im gonna make my own godamn browser called BLACK!
it will over ride every web page on the net with black backgrounds.
sort of like how Firefox "tries" to do in the options menu settings..

I f i go blind im suing Mozzila Microsoft Opera etc..
BLACK ! i want b l a c k m o fo 's !!!!!

I am Not PCyr said,
i'd prob switch if i could enforce black backgrounds.. tried opera long ago 2004 ish and never really bothered again.. although opera is my prefered cell phone browser.

Notthing ****es me off more than opening a tab and staring at a pure white screen blinding me
until the damn page loads.. and Chrome didn't do that until a recent update and now firefox did
the same damn thing (after v4 was released)
..why the hell is the whole damn web pure white ? WTF is up with that ?

im gonna make my own godamn browser called BLACK!
it will over ride every web page on the net with black backgrounds.
sort of like how Firefox "tries" to do in the options menu settings..

I f i go blind im suing Mozzila Microsoft Opera etc..
BLACK ! i want b l a c k m o fo 's !!!!!

Here ya go. You want black so bad: http://www.blackbirdhome.com/

I am Not PCyr said,
Notthing ****es me off more than opening a tab and staring at a pure white screen blinding me until the damn page loads..

I agree with you, LCDs are inherently brighter and further fatigue and strain our eyes. For regular web pages I recently discovered this... Type it in the Opera address bar:

opera:config#colors

I believe playing with the 'Background' option will help. I'm looking for something similar for the Opera IRC chat window, haven't found it yet.

very fast, and nice some site like the new yahoo mail neo wont load but then its not opera issue, default option for tabs belows should be there too bad its not and we have to resort to use the main bar. other than that its my second browser after firefox 4

eilegz said,
very fast, and nice some site like the new yahoo mail neo wont load but then its not opera issue, default option for tabs belows should be there too bad its not and we have to resort to use the main bar. other than that its my second browser after firefox 4

Tabs below? No need, just put them to the left and make use of your wide screen. =)

Right click the tab bar, anywhere on it, --> choose Tab Bar Placement --> Left

New version is a nice improvement. I haven't noticed any screwed up sites yet. Still as fast as ever, too. I just wish there were decent themes.

Artillery said,
Opera is fast, but its a helluva bloated piece of browser. Too much useless crap on it. Chrome all the way.

Bloated? i doubt that. that's such a overrated term. the stuff you don't use like unite or any extras don't affect the browser performance unless you activate them. opera has the necessary stuff built in, chrome is too much of a bare bone browser.

Artillery said,
Opera is fast, but its a helluva bloated piece of browser. Too much useless crap on it. Chrome all the way.

Bloated? Now, I do not get you. AFAIK Opera is the smallest and fastest around.

Artillery said,
Opera is fast, but its a helluva bloated piece of browser. Too much useless crap on it. Chrome all the way.

Qualify that - based on it has lots of features others don't or hard evidence that it requires stacks of resources that others don't? You do realise you can dynamically load features at runtime right?

Artillery said,
Opera is fast, but its a helluva bloated piece of browser. Too much useless crap on it. Chrome all the way.

Some facts, here are installation sizes on disk with Windows XP, on my computer.

Opera 11.10 - 19.4 MB (20,361,216 bytes)
Google Chrome 12.0.725 - 172 MB (181,129,216 bytes)
Chromium 12.0.734 - 164 MB (172,523,520 bytes)

So the less featured Chrome is significantly bloated. Opera 11 installer size is 7.29 MB (7,650,216 bytes). Size growth of Chrome over the past couple years:

1.0 - 154.65 - May 7, 2009 - 9.0 MB
2.0 - 172.43 - Aug 26, 2009 - 9.18 MB
3.0 - 195.38 - Oct 16, 2009 - 11.2 MB
4.0 - 249.89 - Feb 10, 2010 - 12.5 MB
5.0 - 375.127 - May 24, 2010 - 17.3 MB
6.0 - 472.63 - Sep 23, 2010 - 20.3 MB
7.0 - 517.44 - Nov 4, 2010 - 22.5 MB
8.0 - 552.237 - Jan 12, 2011 - 24.2 MB
9.0 - 597.98 - Feb 11, 2011 - 25.7 MB
10.0 - 648.127 - Mar 03, 2011 - 26.2 MB

Search for "Google working to reverse Chrome bloat" and "Binary Size Reduction Task Force".

RADicaLMMS said,
Some facts, here are installation sizes on disk with Windows XP, on my computer.

...

Opera installer sizes are amazingly compact.

just because it has a hell lot of feature does not mean its bloated. Now if it would have been slow and hard to use because of that, then you could call that. Also it does not load unused features into memory. And its snappy as hell and I am not saying FF4 and chrome is not.

I used Opera awhile back and really liked it, but it's not much user friendly or ease of use when it comes to menu's, too many and too cluttered. Otherwise, def great. FF def copied Opera big time.

No, its the other way around, FF previews a early build and opera went and stole the idea quickly by releasing a version quickly

k33nz said,
No, its the other way around, FF previews a early build and opera went and stole the idea quickly by releasing a version quickly

Source please, cuz we all know its the other way round.

Yakuzing said,

Source for your postulate?

Opera looks this way since version 10.5, development on which was started back in 2009 and was finalized in early 2010, ff4 started dev in feb 2010.

MaSx said,
I used Opera awhile back and really liked it, but it's not much user friendly or ease of use when it comes to menu's, too many and too cluttered. Otherwise, def great. FF def copied Opera big time.

Does it really freaking matter? People borrow other application's ideas all the time.

ZekeComa said,

Does it really freaking matter? People borrow other application's ideas all the time.

Nope, but FF users can't stand the idea that FF might get ideas from somewhere else..

blahism said,

nah..

I've tried opera for years but keep uninstalling it. It crashes wayyyy to much and always when i'm trying to do something important.

I've never had Opera crash. Ever. [2]

Lion and Lamb Ministry said,
This is by FAR the best browser out there!

nah..

I've tried opera for years but keep uninstalling it. It crashes wayyyy to much and always when i'm trying to do something important.

blahism said,

nah..

I've tried opera for years but keep uninstalling it. It crashes wayyyy to much and always when i'm trying to do something important.


I've never had Opera crash. Ever.

blahism said,

nah..

I've tried opera for years but keep uninstalling it. It crashes wayyyy to much and always when i'm trying to do something important.

You're doing it wrong.

Ji@nBing said,

I've never had Opera crash. Ever.

Seconded - yet more FUD - i've been using it for years on multiple systems..

meccs said,
Ok, quick question: WHY?!
"Barracuda" was released because of "Opera's typical accelerated release cycle".

Ok, quick question: Did you read the article, or are you just too quick?

I just downloaded Opera 11.01 yesterday and now an update is released. I sure did waste some precious bandwidth

stablemist said,
I just downloaded Opera 11.01 yesterday and now an update is released. I sure did waste some precious bandwidth

Assuming you are not downloading it through your mobile phone's data plan, then it's only a tiny fraction O_o (My ISP gives me 200 GB per month for $49.99/month)

stablemist said,
I just downloaded Opera 11.01 yesterday and now an update is released. I sure did waste some precious bandwidth

Buhu, 7.29 MB are gone. . .

HoochieMamma said,
Where is the ability to disable the speed dial once you have opened it? All I see is the configure button?

I wonder why they removed the hide speed dial button...
However, type "opera:config#UserPrefs|SpeedDialState" without quotes in the address bar and change the "Speed Dial State" option to 0. Save and speed dial is gone.

As a web-developer, I see Opera still has problems with loading multiple CSS and Speed Dial sometimes shows pages incorrectly.

IE, Firefox, and Chrome are still better...

jrolson said,
As a web-developer, I see Opera still has problems with loading multiple CSS and Speed Dial sometimes shows pages incorrectly.

IE, Firefox, and Chrome are still better...

I have to agree with you, I see Opera as a slow browser, too much loaded with useless stuff (IMO!). The perfect browser for me is Chrome, lighweight, easy to use, fast render, good css support, fast javascript render, handy plugins, ergonomic, what can you request more? =)

SubZenit said,

I have to agree with you, I see Opera as a slow browser, too much loaded with useless stuff (IMO!). The perfect browser for me is Chrome, lighweight, easy to use, fast render, good css support, fast javascript render, handy plugins, ergonomic, what can you request more? =)


Opera is fast but often I have to clear the cache in order to have website rendered correctly.

SubZenit said,

I have to agree with you, I see Opera as a slow browser, too much loaded with useless stuff (IMO!). The perfect browser for me is Chrome, lighweight, easy to use, fast render, good css support, fast javascript render, handy plugins, ergonomic, what can you request more? =)

Slow!!! Well its a lot of things but slow it ain't, no matter how you put it. And the extra stuff is not loaded into memory if you do not use it. But yeah compatibility can sometimes be an issue.

psreloaded said,

Slow!!! Well its a lot of things but slow it ain't, no matter how you put it. And the extra stuff is not loaded into memory if you do not use it. But yeah compatibility can sometimes be an issue.

Why is it users can't understand you can have features in software that are loaded dynamically as and when required? I see these assertions about Opera all the time and yet it remains one of the fastest, most featured and smallest browsers available.