Tuesday, December 6, 2011 10:16:40 AM
Just got the news! Opera just got updated to the latest version 11.60.!
With this update, I will take a break from the usual "Discover Opera" posts and dive into the new shiny world of Opera 11.60! In this post, new features added to your favorite browser will be dealt with. Opera 11.60 comes with Revamped Address Field, Improved Engine and the best part is a new design for Opera Browser's built-in mail service!
Revamped Address Field
The Address field has been revamped with new search suggestion and you can also find your favorite websites faster in the results. There is also the presence of that shiny star in there to help you add bookmarks to your bookmark folders and also to help you instantly add a website to your speed dial.!
New Browser Engine
Opera 11.60 offers significant improvements to the browser engine, providing a faster and more stable Internet experience. Enjoy improved website compatibility, faster page loading, and a higher level of overall stability when browsing.
New mail design
The Opera browser's built-in mail client allows you to manage your messages automatically. In Opera 11.60, we've introduced a number of improvements, including a cleaner layout, message grouping, a more intuitive view in your inbox and easier navigation.
To experience all these great features in the new Opera Desktop, go to Opera.com. And Opera Browser is always free. Also don't forget the listen to the Christmas Carol below by Bruce Lawson (@brucel)<iframe width="420" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/4TlPU0QWv6g" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
Sunday, December 4, 2011 4:57:59 AM
The feel of Opera's Desktop version of their browser really welcomes a user to use it. Basically, Opera Browser comes out with the best of user friendly interface. Opera has a wide area for your Webpages to load, friendly buttons to control your web surfing activity. So with this post, I am going to show you the basic interface of Opera.Head on to Opera's homepage to download the latest version of Opera.
Lets talk about the following:
- Address Bar
and other goodies like
- Opera Turbo
- Opera Link
- Opera Unite
and a bit of cool features like
- Mouse Gestures
- Voice Commands
These will be discuss through a three part post.
The Speed Dial
From Opera 9.20, Opera introduced the Speed dial feature. The blank page the opens when you opened a new tab is replaced by dials of your favorite websites. You can edit the dials to suit your preferred website. This will give you one click access to nine of your favorite website.
|First Speed dial in Opera 9.20|
Later version of Opera (version 10 onwards) gives users the opportunity to more than nine websites. Also, the speed dial got a new twist, you can edit background of your speed dial with your picture, even go ahead to add extension to extend the ability of the speed dial. With my Opera, I have been able to add the Weather extension.
|Opera Speed dial in version 11.52 with extension|
To access a webpage, all you have to do is type the name of the website inside the address bar field. Opera's address bar is located at the top as default. Opera's address field can also be used as a search field. Typing a search item in the address will search for the item using Google. You can do online searching using key words. example of keywords include;
- g for Google
- b for Bing
- z for Amazon
- e for eBay
- a for Ask.com
- y for Yahoo
- w for Wikipedia
For instance, to search for Ghana using Google, just type g Ghana. To search for Ghana on Wikipedia, type w Ghana in the address field and so on. Located on the address is the search bar.
Opera, the most innovative browser is the first to introduced Tab since Opera 4. This version also introduced in built email client (but I won't be going over there). Introduced in the late 90s, Tabbed browsing have become one of the useful feature in most browser. Tabs work by opening multiple pages in just one window. Opera Tab's feature is a bit different, with Opera tab, you get the chance to see a thumbnail version of webpages, control the size of the thumbnail.
|Opera Speed dial with backgrounds, located at the top is a thumbnail version of Tabs|
Another great feature about Tabs in Opera is the ability to stack them up!. Yes! Click and drag any Tab on top of the other to "Stack em up"!. This means more space is given to the users for more Tab! Watch the YouTube Video below for more insight into Tabs.