Tuesday, July 2nd 2013

Chromium-Based Opera 15 Has Arrived

With the travel season just around the corner, the Scandinavian browser-maker Opera Software today released the final version of its all-new Opera for Windows and Mac, debuting with a fresh look and completely new features.

If you were to visit every website in the web for just one second each, you would need over 20 years of non-stop browsing to see them all. It's pretty much the same amount of time you would need to spend a week in every city with more than half a million habitants worldwide. You may never get to visit all of these cool places, but, with the new Opera browser, surfing through an ocean of inspiring web content is now easier than ever.

Here's a step-by-step guide to traveling around the brave new world of content faster and more easily:

Download
Download the completely new Opera for Windows and Mac for free. Go to Opera, click the download button, close your eyes and think about spectacular blue fjords. When Opera finishes installing, you will be ready to explore.

Do your research
Plan ahead for travel. Opera's refreshed Speed Dial gives you a smarter way to organize your favorite websites. Drag one Speed Dial entry on top of another to group them by topics, like hotel options, sightseeing ideas or whatever you wish. With a new search option, Speed Dial gets you to your top sites in a flash.

Compare
If you're not the Grand Master of Memory, keeping track of all your discoveries can be tricky when doing a lot of web research. Now, comparing articles, hotels, sights or flights is way easier with the new Stash feature. Stash allows you to collect snapshots of saved webpages in one place, which can be resized to give you a preview of each page. This gives you and your travel mates a more intuitive way of cherry-picking.

Fire up the new engine
The new Opera for Windows and Mac runs on a Chromium engine, so you can access all your websites in a blink of an eye and have a smoother experience when you get there, thanks to improved site compatibility.

Discover
Discover the world around you, from the comfort of your beach lounger. Lean back and get fed with new, inspiring content brought to you by Opera. The new Discover feature brings you top articles from the location and categories you choose, all in one place. Get inspired by local food recipes or destinations while traveling abroad, or scan the top headlines from your country.

Go off-roading
The Opera browser easily transforms into an off-road vehicle for all those who love to escape from the mainstream tourist routes. Off-Road mode, Opera's unique compression feature, enables loading webpages faster, even while on the most sluggish connection.

"The world of fascinating web content is expanding faster than space, and we've delivered a browser that helps you to truly discover it," says Lars Boilesen, Opera Software, CEO. "Get inspired by new ways of exploring web horizons, and stay tuned for some of our most beloved features, as we continue to develop the next generation of Opera."

Read more about the all-new Opera for Windows and Mac in our Reviewer's Guide.
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38 Comments on Chromium-Based Opera 15 Has Arrived

#1
shiny_red_cobra
What's the point? How is this different from Google Chrome? Does it have the same stupidly-large menus too?
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#2
megamanxtreme
Let's hope this works.

No Windows Screenshots.
Oh well, time to install.
If it renders fast like in Presto, fine, but if not I will use Palemoon happily.
I figure that it might have the same command shortcuts, and no way to adjust them to taste, so that is another repellant.
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#3
Tester007
It's even worse than Chrome atm:
  • No customizations like it was in previous versions
  • No syncronization
  • No bookmarks (sick!)
Let's hope they will add some functionality till version 20.
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#4
birdie
A skinned Google Chrome from Opera has arrived.

FTFY
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#5
RejZoR
I have no clue what the hell are everyone doing with stupid dumb touchscreen GUI designs these days. Opera Mobile is for that, not the Windows version. Geez.

If Opera 12.50 was its peak, Opera 15, while sort of promising, goes 50 steps back. I don't have my favorite extensions, i don't have bookmarks bar anymore, Opera Sync is absolutely useless now (does it even sync anything!?). It's just pointless, clumsy and we'll have to wait another 50 incarnations to see something half useful.

I sometimes just don't get the logic behind stubborn Scandinavians...
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#6
shhnedo
Not cool at all. I really really hope they haven't but I think they removed the good old flexible customization and the add blocking. Staying with v12 for now.
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#7
dicobalt
I wonder if they will add an API for complete and proper NoScript support. Google didn't. Since Opera doesn't have the same conflict of interest as Google maybe there is some hope.
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#8
Nitrogliserin
where is bookmark bar? seriously it's like removing sending email option from a email software.
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#9
SaltyFish
by: shiny_red_cobra
What's the point? How is this different from Google Chrome? Does it have the same stupidly-large menus too?
It's pretty much Opera conceding to the dominance of WebKit. Opera's old Presto engine may be technically superior, but if the majority of websites are designed specifically with WebKit in mind...

In short, Opera pretty much got Betamaxed.
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#10
RejZoR
by: Nitrogliserin
where is bookmark bar? seriously it's like removing sending email option from a email software.
This. I've been close to ignore other issues for the time being, but i just couldn't get past this one. It's so stupid.
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#11
Nitrogliserin
by: SaltyFish
It's pretty much Opera conceding to the dominance of WebKit. Opera's old Presto engine may be technically superior, but if the majority of websites are designed specifically with WebKit in mind...

In short, Opera pretty much got Betamaxed.
I can understand that but why loosing so many great features that opera had in version 12?

-personal bar / bookmark bar
-closed tabs (I use that a lot)
-log in shortcut (the key icon)
-zoom shortcut (left below)

many countless great features.

I'm using opera since they found the tab browsing. year 2005 perhaps?
anyway if this is the new feature for opera well I won't be with them anymore.
I already installed chrome safari ie and firefox on my computer but I use opera as default. Why would I duplicate chrome.exe for nothing?
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#12
HD64G
by: Nitrogliserin
I can understand that but why loosing so many great features that opera had in version 12?

-personal bar / bookmark bar
-closed tabs (I use that a lot)
-log in shortcut (the key icon)
-zoom shortcut (left below)

many countless great features.

I'm using opera since they found the tab browsing. year 2005 perhaps?
anyway if this is the new feature for opera well I won't be with them anymore.
I already installed chrome safari ie and firefox on my computer but I use opera as default. Why would I duplicate chrome.exe for nothing?
Exactly my thoughts! And nobody understands the reason for doing such a tranformation... :confused: :shadedshu
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#13
shovenose
It's fine, but I need to add a home button to the toolbar and disable speedial, then I'm happy :) It even runs the same extensions as Chrome!!
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#14
altechi
Bookmarks and Sync seem to be coming next version

Looking at their site, bookmarks and sync will be coming next version. I do miss Presto though
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#15
naoan
Compared to the old Opera this is pure unadultered garbage.
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#16
de.das.dude
Pro Indian Modder
hmm. i have been on an opera only diet. i have had been having a lot of problems with facebook and other heavy flash based sites, but now on this one, its smoottthhh.
i like it. but i miss the little fiddly bits that the real opera had. and i hate the sticky scrolling.
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#17
bencrutz
by: Nitrogliserin
I can understand that but why loosing so many great features that opera had in version 12?

-personal bar / bookmark bar
-closed tabs (I use that a lot)
-log in shortcut (the key icon)
-zoom shortcut (left below)

many countless great features.

I'm using opera since they found the tab browsing. year 2005 perhaps?
anyway if this is the new feature for opera well I won't be with them anymore.
I already installed chrome safari ie and firefox on my computer but I use opera as default. Why would I duplicate chrome.exe for nothing?
- bookmark replaced by stash (heart icon)
- closed tabs can be reopen with ctrl + shift + T, no list though

it's faster than the old presto engine, imho, very noticeable if you have a slow connection.
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#18
aayman_farzand
Is it just me or CTRL+ENTER for .com shortcut is not working anymore?
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#19
de.das.dude
Pro Indian Modder
by: aayman_farzand
Is it just me or CTRL+ENTER for .com shortcut is not working anymore?
keyboard shortcuts are off by default.
try enabling advanced shortcuts in the settings.
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#20
aayman_farzand
by: de.das.dude
keyboard shortcuts are off by default.
try enabling advanced shortcuts in the settings.
That's the first thing that I tried, still not working. Is it working for you?

Edit: And now I see issues with Facebook, images/videos won't open after I click on them.

Edit2: All problems fixed after Opera restart.
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#21
de.das.dude
Pro Indian Modder
by: aayman_farzand
That's the first thing that I tried, still not working. Is it working for you?

Edit: And now I see issues with Facebook, images/videos won't open after I click on them.
no issues with facebook photos or videos, infact, those were there in the prev 12.xx version.

i dont use ctrl + enter. the full address comes anyways.
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#22
TheLostSwede
A bit harsh criticism of what is pretty much a re-boot of Opera. Question is, isn't this a bit too late, considering Google is moving away from Chromium...
That said, Opera finally feels like a modern browser and it's really quite fast, but I miss being able to pull tabs out into a new window like I can with Chrome.
Been a while since I seriously tried using Opera properly though...
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#23
naoan
by: TheLostSwede
A bit harsh criticism of what is pretty much a re-boot of Opera. Question is, isn't this a bit too late, considering Google is moving away from Chromium...
That said, Opera finally feels like a modern browser and it's really quite fast, but I miss being able to pull tabs out into a new window like I can with Chrome.
Been a while since I seriously tried using Opera properly though...
This thing doesn't even have bookmark, I mean come on.

And what do you mean by "Google is moving away from Chromium"?
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#24
de.das.dude
Pro Indian Modder
there are sooo many lame critics these days who are looking to thrash anything..


it has bookmarks (named as stash, the heart shaped thing) which you can access on the start page.
plus you can add any page by clicking the heart in the address bar. same thing while adding to speed dial.

there is a list of closed tabs.(click opera at top right, select recently closed tabs)
its all there, but in different places.

one thing i dont like is the java pop ups, like while adding images here, are appearing top center aligned. the centre centre alignment is better.
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#25
naoan
by: de.das.dude
there are sooo many lame critics these days who are looking to thrash anything..


it has bookmarks (named as stash, the heart shaped thing) which you can access on the start page.
plus you can add any page by clicking the heart in the address bar. same thing while adding to speed dial.

there is a list of closed tabs.(click opera at top right, select recently closed tabs)
its all there, but in different places.

one thing i dont like is the java pop ups, like while adding images here, are appearing top center aligned. the centre centre alignment is better.
Yes, they can't possibly have any valid argument because they used to use the missing features do they?

It's good if stash match your browsing habit, which I guess to be very limited, but try having hundreds of bookmarks and use stash as efficiently as the old opera bookmark manager. Good luck.

Wow there are a list of recently of closed tabs, buried inside some extraneous menu, guess it'll be a snap to add it as icon to the main UI since it's Opera... oh wait.

I really hate people who think other's arguments are invalid just because they have different need and situation than other. It's the same situation with Windows 8, though I don't wanna open that can of worm here.
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