By Espen André ØverdahlEspenAO. Tuesday, April 24, 2012 3:03:33 PM
Today we are announcing the beginning of the end for two of our current Add-on platforms. Starting with the upcoming Opera 12 release, Opera Unite, Widgets and Voice will be turned off by default for new users. The two Add-on platforms will be completely removed in a later release expected before the end of this year. Read more on the Add-ons blog about this change of focus.
Over the last six years we have learned a lot from our work on Opera Widgets and Opera Unite, and when we later built the extension platform for Opera 11 we benefited significantly from this experience. Our extension technology has been a great success, with millions of monthly downloads, and so far completely dwarfing the other platforms. Recently, we also shipped an Opera Labs version with extension support in Opera Mobile, investigating a fully cross-platform extension environment.
Moving forward we want to focus on one high quality add-on platform across our products, rather than spending resources on maintaining legacy systems. The know-how and and technologies from Unite and Widgets are already being reused in other Opera products. An example is the recently announced UPnP support in Opera Dragonfly.
We would love to hear your feedback on use cases for Opera Unite or Opera Widgets you think should be transferred to Opera extensions or other technology. Please visit our forum for further discussions.
By Espen André ØverdahlEspenAO. Thursday, May 6, 2010 7:18:52 AM
There are many tasks in web development that are tedious and time consuming but absolutely essential to ensure that the product comes across as professional and looks finished. Icon creation is one of them. An application with a badly-designed icon will look amateurish to its potential users, no matter how fantastic the underlying functionality is.
The Icon Creator has been created to ease the pain of creating widget icons, saving you a lot of time whether you are a graphic designer or a developer. Even better, the Icon Creator is itself a widget, meaning it's easy to install and use. Check out the tutorial to get started today!
By Espen André ØverdahlEspenAO. Thursday, October 15, 2009 12:46:38 PM
Before, you had to have Opera open to download and run Widgets (even if the applications did not require live access to the Internet), but now we have something different (and experimental) in store for you: Opera Widgets for desktop!
With the launch of Opera Widgets for desktop, Opera must be installed to power the applications, but it no longer must be running to download or use them. The applications now have the ability to be standalone programs with their own installers, shortcuts, and file system access. They even run as their own processes — separate from the browser itself. In other words, Opera Widgets are now much more like regular applications that users are familiar with.
Opera Widgets for desktop promises to gives developers the options they need to create the optimal experience for the users of their applications, combined with the aforementioned benefits of Web applications that are based on open standards.
This initial release of Opera Widgets for desktop is a technology preview and will likely include some bugs and incomplete features. Your feedback will help us improve the quality of the final version and is much appreciated!
For more information on Opera Widgets, please visit widgets.opera.com.
If you are a developer and want to know more about using Opera Widgets for desktop to power your Web applications, please visit dev.opera.com.
If you just want to try it out, you can download the latest Labs build here: