I haven't had much to report on the Progress of Opera 12 for the Last few months. As you know Norway had been dealing with some traumatic issues this summer.These events occurred in Oslo Norway the Home of Opera's Corporate headquarters.
This tragic event is One that we hope will never repeat itself ever again in Norway. One of the staff members of Opera ,our own harrvard was supplying one of the few live feeds of News of the events as they unfolded that horrific day.
As you would expect the events were quite disruptive to all businesses in Norway. The Opera community the world over shared their grief and sorrow.
With the Famous Nordic courage, The Opera staff returned to there jobs determined to show the world that they could not be defeated. Work has resumed on Opera 12 at a blinding pace. Opera wahoo 12 is preparing to leave it's per-alpha mode and move into Beta.
Many of the improvements that the user will notice but not see will be Implement full support for new ECMAScript 5 features For us technologicly challenged types it means more speed
on the top end the first thing that you will notice is a little star in you address field.
This is the New and much faster way to add or remove sites from your speed dial or bookmarks. It has a simple dropdown menu to select from this will change adding a speed dial button or book mark into a one click operation .The new feature will remind you that you have previously place a site in speed dial or bookmarks and the menu will change to a remove mode . the star will be yellow if there is a existing marker.as you can see in the image below. I really think that you will grow rather fond of this new improvement to Opera.The star is just part of the many subtle but powerful changes and improvements coming to Opera 12. you will now be able to add a bookmark or Speed Dial Button at the click of a mouse
You will soon discover a few more improvements as you explore Opera 12. One is in the mail system. The way you delete messages has changed just a bit. This will make it a great deal more convenient and simpler managing messages. When you delete a e-mail that you have received it is no longer removed from the view. A trash can favorcon will replaced the open envelope. You message in now marked for deletion . if you change you mind a wish to UN-delete the e-mail you can do that from the same area.A message will only be completely removed from view and the folder by emptying the trash bin.
There has been a great deal of fixes and core changes in opera that you have been waiting for and will love. In fact even though Opera 12 is still "Pre-Alpha" ,you will be hard put to find the few bugs that are still being worked out. Opera Developers are putting a great deal of heart and hard work into Opera 12.
OperaUnite is now in perfect operating order. there is no longer the nagging 404 page not found for the Unite Home Admin page. however you will have to reinstall your unite applications after you first Install opera 12.
Voice is working as ever in 12. I discovered that if I opened a page in a background tab voice will work the first time in most cases. If I Open the page on top I will have to reload the page to get speak to work.
Another new feature that has been added is using the keyboard space bar to scroll down the page which is very convenient when reviewing long pages
Just a little hint about what it might feel like it hop into the driver seat of Opera 12. some Lab test have shown that a certain Browser named after south African tours at a whopping 100 times slower that opera. And a certain Shiny browser 30 times slower and Opera don't even have Hardware Acceleration yet
that is all that I have to report to you right now . Now that the production pace has picked up you should be seeing quite a few more entries between Now And the Christmas Holidays. We All know that Opera loves to play Santa and leave big gifts under the tree