Come and play with Opera extensions
By Espen André ØverdahlEspenAO. Thursday, October 21, 2010 9:00:00 AM
Hooray! Today we released the first alpha of Opera 11 with Opera extensions. Extensions allow you to add new functionality to Opera. Some of these extensions might include new UI elements (such as buttons), while other can add sweet new functionality to web pages, such as a useful button for easy sharing on Twitter or Facebook, or the more "subtle" YouTube extension which adds a useful download button on the web page. Some extensions can even run discreetly in the background - blocking off pesky ads.
Right now we have about 15 Opera extensions available for testing from the Opera Extensions archive. What we need help with is to get more extensions, so please call your local developer and get him involved today!
In addition to extensions, we've done a severe cool upgrade to the mail panel. You can drag items wherever you want them. You can also create folders for better organizing your mail and feeds.
A new bookmarks bar can be enabled (that has replaced the personal bar). This conveniently located toolbar allows quick access to your favorite bookmarks.
An option has been added to have plug-ins such as Flash content load only when clicked on. This is especially helpful for speeding up browsing on computers that have difficulty handling lots of plug-in content. Simply check the “Enable plug-ins only on demand” box in Preferences → Advanced.
I can also recommend Aleksander's technical blog post on extensions.
Now, download the alpha from our Next page and help test it to the max so we can crank the volume up to 11 when final goes live. Get yeah!