The Opera Development team have returned back to work after a well deserved spring break after Releasing Opera 11.10 just a few weeks ago.The first thing that they did upon returning was to launch a entirely new testing version of Opera called Opera Next.In a entirely new testing strategy opera Opened up it's shapshots to both web developers and designer for testing along with the usual routy crew of beta testers.
To Achieve this OperaNext is designed to run in parallel with your working copy of Opera. Upon install Opera next will create it's Own Directory in program files called Opera Next.It will place a OperaNext directory in your user Application Data and local setting areas and add it's own registry entry. All this will happen unless you change the Options to portable install at the time of install. Opera next will not install as your default browser unless you specify so In the options.
The reason the Developers chose this route was to begin auto updating in the testing version of OperaNext without disturbing your stable working copy of Opera. This will assist them in accelerating the Developmental process. OperaNext comes complete with it's Own Silver Opera "O" icon for quick visual recondition of the testing copy and the working copy on the same system.
Opera next also has a blue and silver main menu icon.
If you are planing to try OperaNext, I would suggest that you read ALL the Information on settings on the desktop team blog before proceeding. There has been some important changes to Opera config setting just for OperaNext that will assist tester and web developers in choosing which updates will be downloaded. They have a really detailed chart that I am sure that they worked really hard on right HERE
That explains it all
With The Posting of Opera 11.50 , now code named Swordfish, Opera is preparing to take the entire browser bundle to a entirely new lever. Opera 11.50 -12 releases promise to be one of the most innovative and exciting Editions of Opera that has come out in years. New technology is being enabled and tested as it becomes available.
One of those exciting new features that is being taken to the next level as you read this is Speed Dial.
11.50 will be introducing a entirely new feature "Speed Dial Extensions " which I have dubbed Active Speed Dial.
As we all know the old Speed Dial buttons were nothing more that a Photographic link to your favorite web sites. Active Speed Dial promises to be a bit more stimulating. With Speed Dial Extensions you will be able to review incoming data at a glance such as news feed ,the weather conditions for your area, possibly stock quotes from the markets.who knows what other uses that the developers will dream up before the final release.
there Is now a speed dial extension developer contest with a grand prize of $1000 usd ) If your not a geek there is also a contest for the best Speed Dial Extension Idea !!! with prizes Get Speed Dial Extension contest info here
Hardware Acceleration is not included in the OperaNext version of 11.50 because it is not ready yet.(one must wait on all good things)However it was stated that it will be included in later updates of operanext.
Opera link has seen some improvements with password synchronization. You can enable it when you set up link for the first time or in the Synchronization Options dialog.
There are quite a few addions to the HTML5 supported list with swordfish such as a color picker api , calendar I think and a few other things that I will blog about later.
you might want to note that they have begun repairing a few Apps in OperaUnite. The web cam app is now fixed and can be used.
well that is all that I have for now folks cheers!!