Today we have a very interesting update to our developer channel, with almost 150 fixes and improvements and an update to Chromium (42.0.2305.3). The three major changes in this build are support for new sidebar extensions, updates to Speed Dial and keyboard shortcut customization.

Our new sidebar

What are sidebar extensions?

As the name suggests, sidebar extensions are extensions which can be installed into our new sidebar. The sidebar can be enabled via the menu or a keyboard shortcut:

Windows

  • Opera menu → Extensions → Sidebar (Ctrl+⇧Shift+s)

Mac

  • View → Show sidebar (⌘⇧s)

On the left hand side of the sidebar, you have an icons list associated with the sidebar extensions. Clicking on an icon will open the extension in a panel on the right hand side.

hackernews sidebar extension

Here are a few sample sidebar extensions for you to try out and to get a feel for what is possible:

For Extension Authors

We’ve purposely based sidebar extensions on the browserAction API, so that it is easy to understand and easy to convert existing extensions which use the browserAction API to a sidebar extension. Sidebar extensions have access to all the different extension APIs that browserAction extensions do. Please go ahead and read the documentation for sidebar extensions for detailed information on the API.

When creating sidebar extensions, please keep in mind that they are better suited to use-cases not tied to one particular website—the extension should work almost like a standalone app (adjusting and responding to the current webpage if required).

example panel
In addition to our official developer relations documentation, Daniel (from the desktop team) has written his own guide to quickly making sidebar extensions. Using it, you can convert your (or others’) webapps to sidebar extensions. The guide links to a nice little template (on GitHub). Tweak one file, add your own icons, zip it and ship it.

Go ahead and create a sidebar extension for a number of interesting cases – let your imagination fly!

Speed Dial improvements

Speed Dial has undergone a lot of work of lately, with some visual changes and integration with bookmarks. Your Speed Dial is now a folder within bookmarks, resulting in various improvements:

  • Your Speed Dial on one device is now accessible from any of your other devices (via bookmark synchronization)
  • Speed Dial thumbnails can be changed via the “Heart menu”
  • Speed Dial entries on any device can be managed via the bookmark manager (drag and drop entries between Speed Dial and your other folders)

speed dial in bookmarks manager

Of course, we understand that Speed Dial is a little different from bookmarks, as it also serves as the new tab page. Depending on your device and location (e.g., home versus work), you may want to display different links on this prime real estate. Hence the default Speed Dial is specific to the device, but you can easily access your other Speed Dials via an entry in the bookmark manager.

other speed dials

Customizable keyboard shortcuts

Last but not least, we have added the ability to customize your keyboard shortcuts. Don’t need Opera help on a daily basis? Don’t waste that F1 key, recycle it as “Reopen last closed tab” or any other action you find yourself doing regularly!

Customize your keyboard shortcuts via:

Windows

  • Opera menu → Settings (Alt+p) → Browser → Shortcuts → Configure Shortcuts

Mac

  • Application menu → Preferences (⌘,) → Browser → Shortcuts → Configure Shortcuts

keyboard shortcut editor

Tips

  • Avoid remapping shortcuts that are commonly used for editing text areas (e.g. Ctrl+z)
  • Avoid assigning single characters (a-z, 0-9) to “basic” keyboard shortcuts

Doing either of the above may have unintended consequences because the context (or focus) is not considered when the shortcut is triggered.

Thoughts and feedback

All of these features are work in progress and subject to change. Please let us know what you think (what works, what doesn’t) and if you find any major bugs.

And finally, enjoy the weekend!

Known issues

  • Speed Dial entries may initially show domain text (reload to work around)
  • Heart menu and bookmarks manager may show blank until you restart once
  • Mac may occasionally crash on exit
  • Keyboard focus is not placed in the sidebar panel when it is opened
  • The previously shown panel is not displayed if you reopen the sidebar
  • The default keyboard shortcuts for enabling the sidebar may change
  • No menu item to enable the sidebar under Unity on Linux

Changelog and download links

Full changelog

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  • nanana1

    Thanks, Ruarí, for this Opera Developer 29 Build 1794 which introduces the new Sidebar with extension

  • http://ruario.ghost.io/ Ruarí Ødegaard

    A notes extension? In a panel!?

    • Veger

      What..? It is not that people have been asking for this non stop…

      • http://ruario.ghost.io/ Ruarí Ødegaard

        Sorry, I should have put a Smilie. 😛

    • Vux777

      sarcasm?!…lovely 🙂
      not exactly notes from Presto…

      • http://ruario.ghost.io/ Ruarí Ødegaard

        No it isn’t exactly and this is just an example. Someone could write an extension now that worked exactly like notes from Presto however.

        • Vux777

          that’s not very easy to achieve…I know from first hand 😛

    • SuperTommy

      You know what would be cool? If you could add the Bookmarks shortcut from O-menu, to the sidepanel. 😉

      • http://ruario.ghost.io/ Ruarí Ødegaard

        Nothing stopping anyone making a sidebar bookmark extension. Then you could re-assigning the bookmarks keyboard shortcut to open the panel.

        • SuperTommy

          I know, Ruari. Just trying to push some ideas into someones talented head. 😉

          • Herr Pietrus

            Actually there is only one talented person – Smart RSS author. Ok, perhaps also Classic Tabs developer… 🙂

      • L33t4opera

        What do you think about the bookmarks tree in the sidebar? 😉
        If you like this idea, then you can follow the below steps:
        1. Install the “Extension source viewer“, go to the “Tidy Bookmarks Tree” webpage, click on the “CRX” icon on the right of the URL, and select “Download as zip” in the pop-up window, and then click the “Save” button, close the Opera,
        2. Unpack the zip archive to e.g. “tidy-bookmarks” folder, and open it, delete the “_metadata” folder, find the “manifest.json” file (make its copy, and in case, that you make a mistake in the syntax, you can revert the changes, overwriting the original file with the copy), open it in your text editor, and make the changes as below:
        – change this:"update_url": "https://clients2.google.com/service/update2/crx",to this:"update_url": "http://localhost/update2/crx",– and replace this: "browser_action": {
        "default_icon": "icon19.png",
        "default_title": "Tidy Bookmarks Tree",
        "default_popup": "bpopup.html"
        with this: "sidebar_action": {
        "default_icon": "icon19.png",
        "default_title": "Tidy Bookmarks Tree",
        "default_panel": "bpopup.html"
        Save the changes, close the file.
        3. Launch the Opera, go to the Extensions page, and press the “Developer Mode” button, and then click the “Load Unpacked Extension” button, select the path to the folder, in which you unpacked the zip archive, and click the “Open” button.

        I’m aware, that this is not perfect, and may needs some additional changes, but it works even now, after these simple changes.

        • SuperTommy

          Will try it out!

  • SQL

    Any info on how on earth you managed to hack the MSE&H264 implementation together? :p

  • Lacedaemon

    This and some previous ones are at last updates with (missing) features that are in the right direction.

    MSE & H264 at last, Steam broadcasting for real! Good.

    I guess the migrating of the SD folders to the new backend will happen sometime in the (near) future? Not usable until then as I’ve got dozens of thumbnails and folders on my SD, so backend stays disabled for now.

  • Sierra

    Experimental start page looks very ugly http://i.imgur.com/2z5absP.png
    compared to disabled experimental start page http://i.imgur.com/MMuM4w1.png

    • Lacedaemon

      At least you got the icons, all my SD entries are gone after this update.

    • Кostadin

      The Dev team announced some builds ago that the experimental start page will be revised to something completely different, so what you are seeing is its abandoned state.

    • Кostadin

      I was wrong 🙂 Just disable the flag to get the old school previews 🙂

      • Sierra

        Yes, but what if they remove the flag and old school previews 🙂

  • cxpfhrvd

    you dont understand ?

    please disable webrtc and canvas. Beacuse it is not secure.

    webrtc leak: http://www.ipleak.net

    canvas fingerprints: http://www.browserleaks.com/canvas

  • taneli

    chrome.tabs.()Zoom()

    Does this enable you to ignore per-origin setting from chromium?
    And instead of zooming all the pages on a domain, just zoom the current page?

    • https://www.aeyoun.com/ Daniel Aleksandersen

      Better suited for the add-ons forum.

  • bwat47

    The speed dial changes look very promising, I LOVE that we will be able to have separate sync’d speed dial per device!

  • Raannddaall

    Love using Opera, syncing perfectly from my work laptop (Windows) & my Ubuntu machine at home. so nice to have an alternative to Firefox/Chrome

  • Gustav Ekner

    I can’t find ‘Show sidebar’ from the ‘View’ menu in Ubuntu Unity. The shortcut works though.

    • http://ruario.ghost.io/ Ruarí Ødegaard

      Yep. Known issue. I forgot to add it. Use the shortcut for now. I’ll update the blog post. Bug number is DNA-35457 (if you want to look out for it in a future changelog).

  • Zik

    Oh my godness.

  • Marc

    Looks like the new sidebar interferes with the tab hover preview: http://i.imgur.com/7JPY8aa.png

    • http://ruario.ghost.io/ Ruarí Ødegaard

      Yeah the sidebar does not a bit of work but we decided to put it out now because it gives a chance for developer to start working on extensions.

      Keep reporting issues.

  • hylik

    Noticed that there’s no check mark on menu when sidebar is active

  • SuperTommy

    The sidebar is not properly aligned with the rest of the interface in window mode. http://i.imgur.com/CaO9Prb.png

    • Andreas Bovens

      Thanks for the report. We’re still tweaking the visuals.

  • Philip

    Wow, I really like the Speed Dial changes! Finally, customizable speed dial icons and customizable shortcuts.

    Also, different speed dial contents for different machines (private/work) was something I wanted since introduction of sync in the old opera 1x :-O

    • http://ruario.ghost.io/ Ruarí Ødegaard

      Also, different speed dial contents for different machines (private/work) was something I wanted since introduction of sync in the old opera

      Yeah, it is probably the right way to do it. Now I won’t have my porn heavy home speed dial showing up at work! 😀

      I’m joking of course. Or am I? Yes, I am!

      • Philip

        Haha 🙂

        But seriously, I like to keep things like twitter and hacker news out of my “work speed dial” to minimize distractions. Similarly, I have things like pivotal tracker in the work speed dial that I really don’t want to visit in my free time 😉

        Looking forward to getting this in the beta!

        • http://ruario.ghost.io/ Ruarí Ødegaard

          But seriously, I like to keep things like twitter and hacker news out of my “work speed dial” to minimize distractions. Similarly, I have things like pivotal tracker in the work speed dial that I really don’t want to visit in my free time 😉

          Yes it was done for these reasons. We never even considered porn! We are a serious, upstanding company after all.

          • Herr Pietrus

            “Why so serious?” would Jocker ask…

      • http://revanmj.pl/ Michał Jakubowski

        But it would be nice, to have an option to have the same speed dial on some computers (I for example would like to have the same synced speed dial on my home PC, laptop and mobile phone).

    • http://ruario.ghost.io/ Ruarí Ødegaard

      Finally, customizable speed dial icons and customizable shortcuts.

      We have actually had customizable shortcuts all along but you had to hand edit your preferences. Which didn’t stop me. Glad it is finally available to everyone!

  • tomasko126

    For some reason, I am not able to type dot/slash in URL bar (omnibox). When I type dot/slash in URL a tab with some URL opened, the “Search on the page” will pop up. When I type dot/slash on Speed Dial page, Search feature on Speed Dial becomes active.

  • Nyxstr

    Can we change the default search engines already and clean our browsing history on exit or it’s still 1998? No? OK, see you in some months.

    • reesmichael1

      Did any browser let you do that in 1998? According to the archived Opera version history, even Opera didn’t have integrated search until 2001, and there wasn’t a built in editor until 2006.

      • Nyxstr

        I like how you try to derail the issue.

        It was a figure of speech, obviously.

        • reesmichael1

          My apologies. I’m told I can be annoyingly pedantic at times 😛 I was worried about some personal affairs when I saw your comment, so I didn’t really think about it. I should probably follow my own rule about thinking before I comment more carefully 😛

  • IllusionMH

    Looks like Pocket extension and new Ctrl+Shift+S shortcut don’t play nicely together. So user should manually change shortcut for one of them

    • Saskatchewan

      I’m wondering why didn’t they just use F4 as a default panel toggle shortcut.

      • Andreas Bovens

        These days, browsers don’t rely on single function keys for toggling parts of the application, but rather on key combinations.

        That said, if you want to map it to F4, go ahead 🙂

        • Saskatchewan

          These days, browsers don’t rely on single function keys for toggling parts of the application

          Is there anything wrong about it?

          That said, if you want to map it to F4, go ahead 🙂

          I did it already. 🙂

          • Andreas Bovens

            We try as much as possible to be in line with other apps 🙂

    • Andreas Bovens

      Oh, why not? Do they clash? I cannot reproduce the issue…

  • Emanuele

    About Sidebar:

    – no Sidebar toggle to easily open/close panels without having to go in main menu (just put your mouse on the left (or right, in a browser that has something called customization 😛 ) edge and click)

    – no panels at all… I don’t ask for Notes anymore (I don’t like to waste my time) but you didn’t added even a stupid panel for bookmarks or history? -_-‘ … let me guess: install extensions

    – no Web panel… You’ve no more MDI… at least add this as a form of side by side view

    Speed Dial:

    – how to customize the size of dials? … did you removed this again?

    • Nekomajin43

      They just implemented the sidebar in the last few weeks. Now they can create a history and bookmark panel.

      Am I right, developers? 🙂

      • Vux777

        I think they screwed/complicated bkm architecture so much that even they can’t figure it out what is what…
        “main” bkm object in chrome have 2 child (bkm bar and others), Opera have 7
        but without any logic in id organization

        • Nekomajin43

          It has nothing to do with another view of the same data.

          • Vux777

            that view must be manipulated (by users) somehow.
            right now in root we have “my folders”, “unsorted bookmarks” and “other bookmarks”. Three different folders that should be one (from the start). Probably leftovers from shopping, travel…whatever they tried to push there.
            It’s like they created their fancy bkm page and organized data by it, patching/adding things just like that
            Dumb rendering of nodes on HTML is not something special, but organizing them in single tree view.

          • bwat47

            What are you talking about with ‘other bookmarks’?.

            There is definitely no ‘other bookmarks’ folder by default, if you are seeing that that would be something that you added… On a clean install of opera 29 I only have My Folders and unsorted bookmarks. here’s a screenshot of a clean install of the latest opera dev:

            http://i.imgur.com/2J8tXZO.png

          • Vux777

            I’m talking about bookmarks object

      • Herr Pietrus

        They can. But extension devs, not Opera devs.

      • L33t4opera

        Hi, if you think, that the bookmarks tree in the sidebar is a nice idea, then please have a look here 😉

    • Lacedaemon

      – how to customize the size of dials? … did you removed this again?

      They are using the Bookmark Manager “backend” for the Speed Dial this time (Speed Dial is treated like a folder in the BKM) so there isn’t something like that anymore… I would assume they would bring it eventually? Until then I’ve returned to the previous state, “backend” and “new startpage” disabled.

  • kalinka

    Is there/will there be “edge toggle” thingie to show/hide the sidebar?
    Pretty please add it at least as an option 🙂

    • Andreas Bovens

      Maybe 🙂 At this point, you can either:
      – click again on the icon of the opened extension to collapse the panel and only show the list with installed extension buttons
      – hide the sidebar via the View menu (Mac) or Extensions > Sidebar (Windows). Or you can use the shortcuts Ruari has posted.

      • Vux777

        some simple things could be implemented without too many hassle
        – mouse wheel over icons ” stripe” to resize sidebars width
        -double click on empty space (under last icon) to close it (without targeting not-existing-yet close button…it’s usually very tiny)

        • Andreas Bovens

          Those are very non-standard behaviors in my opinion.

          • Vux777

            that doesn’t mean they are wrong
            mouse wheel is “free” over icons stripe (doesn’t do anything)
            and resizing SB involves targeting right border and then move left-right. That targeting part is always messy…
            why not simple scroll far left to resize it in…80px steps per wheel delta 🙂

          • Lacedaemon

            Address bar, an icon with a separator before the arrows…

  • Didit A. Pamungkas

    wow sidebar…
    old opera is coming back!!!

    • Emanuele

      nope, it’s not the case at all

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/max1cp?feature=mhum Maxim

    “Speed Dial has undergone a lot of work of lately, with some visual changes and integration with bookmarks. Your Speed Dial is now a folder within bookmarks, resulting in various improvements” – Thank God. Can you guys also add bookmarks as a start page to settings?

    EDIT: I guess I should mention that this should be an option so that I don’t lose my current session on browser restart.

  • sgrandin

    Lots of bells and whistles, but how about some basics: toolbar customization, including icon and toolbar placement, and print preview customization, including scaling.

  • Wando Schneider

    It happened what I feared: they waited until you’re back Ruarí! 😀

  • Lacedaemon

    Too much white, too blocky. Especially when you use the webpage’s preview thumbnail it gets awful. That extra white border as a added frame to it and to the folders instead of being transparent as it beautifully was, and the white bar underneath is killing my eyes. I repeat, Too much white everywhere!
    I’ve said it 2 months ago http://www.opera.com/blogs/desktop/2014/12/opera-developer-updates-28/#comment-1750858727 & others http://www.opera.com/blogs/desktop/2014/12/opera-developer-updates-28/#comment-1750930623

    Also, using the bookmarks backend has the same problematic behavior as I’ve reported many many months ago, the one with the matrix. Here: http://www.opera.com/blogs/desktop/2014/10/sync-bookmarks-mobile/#comment-1663601061
    For the not so technical users, a TL:DR version of the latter: Try moving to a SD folder located as first in the 2nd row a SD item from some other row.

    • Herr Pietrus

      As for me, new experimental SD is better than the old one (ok, mainly because of the ability to use thumbnails), but I agree, that this white stripe should be transparent.
      But the worst thing is ta ugly black toolbar and black transparent panel on the internal sites instead of that beautiful white.transparent menu still present in settings etc.

  • http://pedro.albuquerques.net Pedro Albuquerque Santos

    Nice improvements. You’re slowly adding details that make Opera more than a Chromium reskin. I’m not expecting that you clone Opera 12, like Vivaldi aims to do, but there are few old things that you need to bring back (even if slightly tweaked to be simpler and more modern).

  • Wraith

    I never like the experimental start page, Fortunately it can be reverted to the old Speed dial.

    • Lacedaemon

      But for how long is the question… They should improve it before making it mandatory. My eyes bleed….

      • Wraith

        Exactly, I hope they come out with something cool because the current experimental start page is a little ugly.

      • plague

        Agreed, I really hate the gray/white background on the speed dials.
        Especially on the labels, which were beautiful when they had transparent backgrounds.

    • https://www.aeyoun.com/ Daniel Aleksandersen

      Why?

  • SuperTommy

    If you are in an empty folder in bookmarks and select the background image which says “Nothing here yet”, the Share button gets actived with “Share selection”. http://i.imgur.com/LBFMXqO.gif

    • https://www.aeyoun.com/ Daniel Aleksandersen

      Thanks for reporting this. DNA-35462

  • reesmichael1

    Re sidebar: Woohoo! As always, thanks for all of your work. Testing 😉

  • Habl

    x64 version, please.

  • András Ács

    I’m not sure if the right place for this as this happened in Stable (Linux), but thought I let you know.
    It’s the first time I noticed this, but it is reproducible. Wanted to go to SoundCloud, and typing an “s” produces the following completion (link to screenshot):
    https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B67JYGArfwxmVktsdXVfMF8zd1U/view?usp=sharing

    Looks like it somehow mixes up with the https:// string.

    Tried another one, [p]lus.google.com, with the expected result:
    https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B67JYGArfwxmZEtON1diN2J0TGc/view?usp=sharing

    If it’s already known, never mind!

  • HellBrick

    Home and End keys don’t work properly when renaming a Speed dial item. Instead of moving the cursor to the beginning or the end of the text, they just move the focus away (I’m not sure where to exactly). (upd: this seems to happen only when you rename an item inside a folder, top-level items work fine.)

    I must also say it was VERY annoying to open every single Speed dial item and change the thumbnails back, because they were screwed up by the upgrade.

    • Wando Schneider

      That kind of thing happen when you use the Developer channel 🙂

    • Jmac

      At least you’ve worked out how to change then back to site thumbnails,I’m at a loss still..any leads?.Having a speed dial item that just says “Ebay” for example is not much help…

      • HellBrick

        Open the url you have in SD, click the heart icon and select the thumbnail that you prefer. It may take a few seconds for the thumbnail to get updated in the SD page, and sometimes this procedure doesn’t work at first, but eventually I updated all of them this way.
        There’s a more robust way that I used for a couple of problematic items: open the url, click heart, uncheck Speed dial, check Speed dial back, return to the SD page and drag it to the folder it originally was in.

        • Jmac

          Thanks for that,I would never found that out.Like you said,a pain converting them all back to thumbnails…

  • mb

    woo back to coloured speed dial 😀

    • plague

      Yeah, it’s definitely an improvement, but the “Coast”-like speed dial icons still don’t look as good as the previous version did.

      The main issues being that:

      1. The Coast-like icon pretty much never covers the entire thumbnail area, so now there’s just basic gray background to fill out the thumbnail.

      The previous Coast-like speed dial did not have this issue, the background was correctly colored to match the icon.
      For example:
      OSNews (the logo is available, but it needs the dark gray background or it looks terrible, this was not an issue in the old Coast-like speed dial, but is now).
      IMDB (the logo is a square with black background and yellow/white text. Since it’s square, the gray thumbnail background makes it look “off”, the thumbnail background should have been the same color as the background on the logo itself).
      The Verge (the logo is a square with magenta background. Same story as the IMDB situation, looks really “off” with the thumbnails gray background and should have been magenta instead).
      This is something I really hope they fix.

      2. The “Heart Menu” sometimes still doesn’t find the Coast-like icons for the same websites where the older Coast-like speed dial did.
      For example:
      Rotten Tomatoes (the logo is not found in “Heart Menu”).
      TorrentFreak (the small logo-icon is found in “Heart Menu”, but not the big logo).
      This too, is something I really hope they fix.

      Also, although the text labels on this speed dial are better than on the old Coast-like speed dial, I really don’t like them compared with the previous builds (in Opera 29) speed dial, where the text labels had transparent background.
      The new labels also don’t follow the design of the activity bar and “Add a site” box. It’s the bright background on the labels that I don’t like.

      Overall, in my opinion, the speed dials themselves are an improvement over the previous build, but not over the Coast-like version.
      The text labels, however, are a regression from the previous build.

      Hopefully, crosses fingers, we’re still on the long long road to perfection, where the complete Coast-like package and decent looking labels are included. 😉

      I still wish I could just choose whatever image I want for my speed dial myself, by being able to edit and provide my own URL to the image.
      I really don’t see what’s so wrong with that idea. It’s pretty basic.

  • Saskatchewan

    My Opera didn’t want to start at all. I guess you’ve received some reports about it from the crash reporter (or not?).

    It did start after resetting AppData/Roaming profile.

    Edit: I’ll quote my comment from three weeks ago. 🙂

    Big things are coming!

    OK, I’m waiting for side panels. 🙂
    • x a

      My installation crashlooped with installation of this build, too [Win8.1/WoW64].

      I got it back to work removing all enabled_labs_experiments from Local State; handpicking and removing the usual suspects (flags) didn’t yield positive results, so I don’t know, which flag caused this.

  • András Ács

    What do you think about the recent Ars feature article on Vivaldi? I thought the author was a bit ill-informed about Opera, for example the article stated that it doesn’t have mouse gestures.

    Anyway, nice to see Opera features come together, eagerly waiting for the upcoming stable releases!

    • https://christoph142.wordpress.com/ Christoph142

      This is the Desktop Team Blog. You can discuss these kinds of topics in the Lounge of Opera’s forums.

  • HellBrick

    I like the idea of separating the Speed dials from the different machines. But you know what’s missing? An easy way to switch between them. Or any way at all for that matter, since the only thing we can do now in order to access the other machine’s SD is to do 3 clicks (Bookmarks > Other speed dials > %machine name%) to reach a bookmark folder that’s far worse than the Speed dial experience.

    I’m not sure how the best UI to handle this would work. Something like left/right arrows by the sides of the SD content would probably do the trick, at least when a user has only 2-3 devices to switch between.

    • Wraith

      You are right, I found this really weird, the idea of sync is precisamente that: “sync” without intervention, maybe if they add an option to choose between the old and new behavior, I prefer the old way.

  • cotko

    I just thought of possible cool feature for most of devs using opera –
    after file download, when clicking on a downloads button which opens the dropdown, there would be md5sum (and possibly others – configurable via settings) strings shown below the files

    • https://www.aeyoun.com/ Daniel Aleksandersen

      That is not a feature that will appeal to the masses. But by all means, add it.

  • loxiw

    Amazing new features =D, if only the navbar was not down there anymore it would be a 11/10 new version

    Oh, and it would be great if some day we would be able to access your ftp with your browser XDDDDD

  • Licaon_Kter

    The “new” SD does not have *any* of my links or my saved pages folders of my “old” SD. Useless. Disabled.

    • Licaon_Kter

      Trying to use the “new” SD (although seeing all my links as “name of site” ad nauseam makes me mad):
      *have a link for this blog on the SD and nothing else ( because my *old* SD links/folders are NOT imported nor can I import them, right? )
      *have 3 pinned tabs
      *have 39 pages open ( or whatever )
      *right click on tabs -> Save as folder on SD (or whatever is that named in your language)

      Result in the order they are seen on the new SD:
      *first pinned tab as a site (!?)
      *the link for this blog
      *the *rest* of the tabs in a folder

      I can repro this at any time, having pinned tabs or not.

      Yep, back to disabled.

      • L33t4opera

        *old* SD links/folders are NOT imported nor can I import them

        Yes, you can, just follow the below steps:
        1. Make sure, that the opera:flags#favorites-bookmark-backend is enabled, and go to the Opera’s menu > About Opera, copy the path to the profile, and close the Opera,
        2. Open Windows Explorer, and paste the path into the address bar, create a copy of the Preferences file (in case, that you make a mistake in the syntax, you can revert the changes, overwriting it with its copy), and open it in your text editor, find the line, which contains "imported_to_bookmarks": true, and replace “true” with “false”, save the changes, close the file, and launch the Opera, close it, and launch it again.

        • Licaon_Kter

          And people wonder why posters here are angry? Corrupting JSON files to be able to use search? Editing files by hand for a changed DEFAULT that does not IMPORT itself?

          Now, what file do I edit so that Opera regenerates the hundreds of thumbnails of SD and Bookmarks links by itself?

          • L33t4opera

            what file do I edit

            If I understand you correctly, that you want to import the items from the old SD, and use the bookmarks backend (when the #favorites-bookmark-backend flag is enabled), so as I have wrote above, you need to edit the “Preferences” file (to make it work, follow all of the above steps).

          • Licaon_Kter

            I already did that, AFTER it populates the *new* SD, how do I make it RE-gen the thumbnails?

          • L33t4opera

            You can do this in the Heart menu: open the webpage, click the heart icon, and select the thumbnail by clicking right-arrow/left-arrow buttons.
            In case, that you want to refresh them all “automagically”, you can disable the opera:flags#experimental-start-page, restart the Opera, and check, if this is better for you (re-enable the flag, and relaunch the Opera, to go back to the experimental start page).

          • Licaon_Kter

            > You can do this in the Heart menu: open the webpage, click the heart icon

            I can’t do that for EACH page, nope.

            > In case, that you want to refresh them all “automagically”, you can disable the opera:flags#experimental-start-page

            So I go to the *old* SD, yes they are visible there but that’s not the point, re-enabling the *new* SD does not make them appear, still text on coloured rectangles, useless.

            Thanks for trying though.

          • bwat47

            You do realize this is a dev build right? The new sd and new sd backend isn’t finished yet, I highly doubt they’d release it to stable or even beta without it being able to cleanly migrate everything to the new backend, no need to be ‘angry’.

            L33t4opera was simply offering you a workaround.

          • Licaon_Kter

            Replying “is a dev build” to feedback on the dev build page is kinda meh.

            And I thanked him, BTW. 🙂

            Also, on the SD, *old* or *new*, on the lower bar, the “Tabs”/”Activity” (name differs?) button crashes Opera. Does it need Sync activated? Mine is off.

          • Lacedaemon

            Yes it needs to be activated for it to work. Disable it here opera://flags/#activity-webui
            Personally I’ve disabled all the flags that have to do with sync as I don’t use/want it, including the above. I would disable the nav bar too if there was a way, it’s useless to me and takes space.

  • http://mustafahasturk.com Mustafa Hastürk

    speed dial syncing is exciting.

  • Zin

    I believe devs should be REALLY worried about the features ppl request the most, i doubt sidebar extensions is one of them.

    Btw, Will you release the source code of Opera Presto to GitHub someday to preserve it for the ppl or will let this nice piece of software die an unglorious and silent death?

    • beBoss

      Try Vivaldi, It’s tech preview 2, but it’s better then Opera which is almost two years on nothing…. https://vivaldi.com

      About Opera, the issue log is bigger then changelog….
      – 10 builds in row(that include beta stable and dev) with non working flash plugin… Reported many times…. Sorry but this isn’t serious?

      • Zin

        i tried vivaldi, way too raw yet, needs more development and i’m curious to see what ppl could do with presto if it was on github.

      • Leonardo Gomes

        Flash works fine here.

        • beBoss

          http://bg-gledai.tv/online-national-geographic, try in fullscreen…. It’s not working, it opensit fullscreen but the fullscreen is filled with black colour and the picture of the tv is the size from non fullscreen. So is not working….

          • Leonardo Gomes

            Hmm, the only flash content io can see on this page is an ad.

            It seems that there is some content that requires a password.

          • beBoss

            So what it is hard to you? To register or to use adblock?

          • Leonardo Gomes

            To understand why you didn’t just posted a link to a flash content that doesn’t require the person to register.

            After all, if you having issues with flash as you said, i guess that it shouldn’t be hard to find free access content where the problem is happening.

          • beBoss

            Well, I didn’t think that is so hard to put an username and password. Anyway, If Opera wants to fix the stupid problem that is from 10 versions since(all streams…), lets register. Its simple, and it’s 21st century…

          • Leonardo Gomes

            It’s not hard, i just don’t want to do that. There is no need for it.

          • beBoss

            Cool. No need be fix it already 10 versions, shame!

          • Leonardo Gomes

            As you should have noticed i don’t work for/at Opera so what i do or don’t do will not make much difference on when or if the issue will be fixed.

            Anyway, if you want to see your bug fixed you need to make things the most easy possible for the testers and developers to reproduce.

    • Leonardo Gomes

      I don’t think they will even think about releasing Presto code in a near future.
      There are still Presto based apps running around there.

    • Leonardo Gomes

      So Opera should try to bring new and/or different stuff like they always did, surprising the users or should Opera just try to bring back half a dozen people’s pet features.

      And what exactly are the millions of Opera users asking? I really don’t know.

  • RX-3200

    how do I delete only one (not all) bookmark from this folder ?
    http://i62.tinypic.com/149p91e.jpg

    when will you fix this? :
    http://habrahabr.ru/company/opera/blog/252355/#comment_8317555
    DNA-25162

    Opera still open about:blank page if click on opera://* link (if anything at all opens)
    DNA-32755

    and what is about DNA-17250 ?

    why “Pig Toolbox” extension stop working in this build & ect extensions randomly unloaded ?

    one sidebar extension = one new opera.exe process,
    so let us make extensions with few sidebar urls/buttons in one
    or/and let us add urls to sidebar from bookmarks like in Opera Presto

    why there are still no switches to deploy sub-folders on the second and subsequent levels of nesting in bookmarks ?

    • L33t4opera

      how do I delete only one (not all) bookmark from this folder ?

      Hi, go to Opera’s menu > Bookmarks > Trash, right click on the item, which you want to delete, and select “Remove” from the context menu.

      • RX-3200

        thank you, but I would like to be able to do it exactly where it is shown in the screenshot, namely bookmark manager

        so is it manager or not ? – why there is a menu may more than a bookmark manager specifically designed to manage bookmarks ?

        • L33t4opera

          Of course it is, but please be aware, that this is the developer version, and work on the BM are still ongoing. Nevertheless, it seems quite likely, that such functionality will be implemented also for the “Trash” folder in the BM.

  • Piotr Karol Żółtowski

    Wow, finally something more than tons of bug fixes or changes, which are not seen on the first time or something doesn’t returned by your users request. But still I will use Vivaldi instead of your browser, because you are (don’t be mad) still too ignorrant.

    • al_ghul

      well, nowadays I’m using slimjet which is real fast, and tried vivaldi – still to slower for my pc…but move that vivaldi team have done is good, maybe the future will show more advantage:) F4 out of the box rules;)

  • Cyrris

    What I like most about the new side panel is Ruari’s earlier mention of the possibility of it loading Bookmarks (or I imagine, other internal pages like Discover). That’d be a good alternative for people like me who really don’t want to have to move our cursor all the way to the bottom of the window to hit the Bookmarks & Discover buttons.

    It brings one niggle though: when I am normally browsing, I would want the side panel hidden. However, I would want it there immediately when opening a new tab. My current suggestion is to add a setting to show the side panel only when on an internal page (such as the speed dial, bookmarks etc…). A bit like what Chrome already allows for its bookmarks bar.

    • L33t4opera

      What I like most about the new side panel is Ruari’s earlier mention of the possibility of it loading Bookmarks (or I imagine, other internal pages like Discover).

      Hi, do you mean something like this? 😉

      • rufu2

        That’s nice, but only half way there.
        I’d like the icons for Speeddial, Bookmarks, Discover, History, Tabs etc in the leftmost column (what is it called? switcher-bar?) The sidebar can then show a folder tree for bookmarks, the whole news for Discover, or the submenus for pages like Themes or Flags.

        • L33t4opera

          Regarding “folder tree for bookmarks”, with a little effort, you can have this 😉

          • rufu2

            Thank you. I might try that some time, but for now I’m still on O12 and haven’t completely switched. I still want to see how the side panel and a few other things are developing…

          • rufu2

            Actually, you made me curious… I installed that extension and it looks pretty good. It does not use the whole heigth of the bar at the moment, but the rest seems to be really good.

  • Kamen Minkov

    “Avoid remapping shortcuts that are commonly used for editing text areas (e.g.Ctrl+z)” – Opera 12 handled that perfectly, can’t it be done with Blink?

    • Nekomajin43

      Modern visual editors use keyboard event listeners too. If the editor has the focus, you won’t be able to tell what will happen when you use a shortcut what is used by the editor. It depends on the code of the editor.

  • Strathos

    Great! I’ve always liked the ease of access to features panels bring. Also +1 for a panel toggle at the (left) edge of the screen.

    Regarding the Speed Dial: is there a reason why middle click doesn’t open all the elements of a folder? I thought it might be because it’s used for scrolling, but that’s not the case.

    Thanks for adding back easy shortcuts customization. I eagerly await for the mouse gestures counterpart 😀

  • https://twitter.com/brianrusso80 Brian A. Russo

    Excellent! I can’t wait to see Opera 29 as the new Stable Version! Great job! 😀

    • Saskatchewan

      Be only aware that not all functions from the developer version have to be present in the final.

  • plague

    Bug:
    Video still lags/stutters on this build.
    Sound is fine, but video will stutter every few seconds, no matter which web player is used (flash or html5, vimeo, youtube, theverge, etc).

    Questions:
    Why can’t we resize the speed dials anymore?
    I want to make them smaller.

    Why can’t we set the max number of speed dials per row anymore?
    I want them on a 5×4 grid (5 per row, 4 rows).

    Requests:
    Please remove the gray/white background from the speed dial labels and make the label text white again. My eyes hurt.

    Please remove the gray/white background from the speed dial thumbnails as well, and either make them transparent or make the background color match the content in the speed dial (Coast-like).

    • SuperTommy

      “Why can’t we set the max number of speed dials per row anymore?”

      That setting is still there.

      • plague

        Ah, sorry didn’t see it, do’h, nevermind then.. 😉

      • Kamen Minkov

        But you can’t set a fixed number. You can set the maximum, but the columns will decrease if you shrink the window.

        • SuperTommy

          They do that in the old startpage as well, so I assume that wasn’t a concern for him.

          • plague

            Nah, I’m good with that.
            I was just blind on that particular issue.. 😉

          • Kamen Minkov

            But it’s a concern of mine.

    • Azamat

      Yeah, video problem is there for ages. I have been complaining about this site: https://laracasts.com/series/laravel-5-fundamentals/episodes/1 but nobody there cares. I have to open Vivaldi, just to watch videos on that site.

  • Herr Pietrus

    cool. now remove that ugly bottom toolbar on the internal pages and it will be nice browser…

    • plague

      I personally don’t mind the bottom toolbar,
      I like dark transparent background with white text and white wireframe icons.
      It’s subtle.

    • Azamat

      What is wrong with it? where should they put it then?

      • Herr Pietrus

        On top, as it was before.

      • rufu2

        A logical place for those buttons would be at the left, in the side panel bar.

  • gregorweber

    It would be great if the sidebar could optionally be moved to the right side.

  • http://www.uopera.net/ Opera Fans

    an amazing update!

  • ricksper

    Cannot Open any PDF’s Message reads: File does not begin with “%PDF-”
    I have several pdf plugins installed. None are selectable and the error always comes from Adobe Reader. Opera 29 this and previous build

    • Ralf Brinkmann

      Confirmed. Again.

    • taneli

      The build-in PDF reader is also phucked up, doesn’t show text on many occasions.
      Can’t even highlight the text, and i’m travelling a lot, and many of the travelling schedules are in PDF format, can’t see any of ’em on Opera.

      • Wando Schneider

        Confirmed.

      • Springer

        +1

    • Leonardo Gomes

      What happens if you set Out-of-process PDF in opera:flags to disabled?

      • ricksper

        It works after restart. TY

  • DataZByteS

    Can we have an option to default new speed dial to use thumbnails instead of site logos?
    I really don’t want to go through 100+ SD entries and “rebookmark” them to have thumbnails.

  • Fra

    Creating a new folder when adding bookmark still doesn not work

    • Leonardo Gomes

      Happening here too.

  • Roger Sheppard

    Speed dials
    Can only get 5 columns, plus 3 copies of my speed dials, with around 4 rows dropped, I see there is a option for 11 Columns but nothing to make the icons smaller.
    The Only Opera that seems to work is 28.0.1750.36 but only gives me 6 columns and drops off 2 rows from the list in Opera 12.

    • Guest

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    • nicks

      Agreed, maybe add an option to change size of the icons on speed dial? That will be great!

      • Anonymous

        There is. It is in Power user settings. Access the url opera://settings/powerSettingsOverlay then click I understand, proceed. You will see these settings: http://imagebin.org/index.php?mode=image&id=330791. I use it to hide the search box in Speed Dial. 🙂 Power user settings is originally enabled by pressing the following key combination in the setiings page: Up Up Down Down Left Right Left Right b a.

        • Lacedaemon

          Surely but you haven’t tested it with the new startpage & backend, it doesn’t do anything to it. This is only valid for the old Speed Dial items.

          added: oh L33t4opera explained it already all right.

    • L33t4opera

      Hi, the settings, mentioned by Anonymous, are for the old start page, and not for the new start page (which is enabled by default). However, you can change the size by editing the “experimental_thumbnail_height“, and “experimental_thumbnail_width” values in the “Preferences” file, under the “speeddial” section – you can read about this, here.

      Additionally, if you want, you can fit even more items in one row, this can be done in two ways, mentioned below:
      – add the “--alt-high-dpi-setting=80” command line switch at the end of the shortcut to the “launcher.exe” file on Windows, or to the “opera-developer” file on Linux – adjust the value, accordingly to your needs (please be aware, that this reduces the size of the entire UI),
      – zoom out the speed dial page, by pressing Ctrl+Minus (or just “-“, if you have the advanced keyboard shortcuts enabled). You can reset it to default, by pressing Ctrl+0 , or “*” on the numeric keypad (or just “6”, when the advanced keyboard shortcuts are enabled).

      • nicks

        “- zoom out the speed dial page, by pressing Ctrl+Minus, or “*” on the numeric keypad (you can reset it to default, by pressing Ctrl+0).” – working and exactly I was looking for something like this, thanks 🙂

  • ayespy

    Ooh, dang. Real progress.

    • Springer

      Where? Do please tell…

      • bwat47

        read the blog post

        ???

        profit!

        • taneli

          Misuse of a meme, “???” is step 3 and “Profit” is step 4.
          Also, yeah, progress is still tied to what Google does with Chrome pretty much, no real innovation here.

          People cried for the sidepanel on Chrome/Chromium forum/bugtracker for years, and Google now gave it to them, so Opera gets it too.

          • bwat47

            I don’t much care about the side panel, I’m more interested in the sd changes and keyboard shortcuts 😉 Customizable keyboard shortcuts is something still missing from chrome and speed dial kicks the crap out of the new tab pages in chrome and firefox.

          • taneli

            True that, Opera’s SpeedDial is quite nice compared to others, but AFAIK you can customize Chrome’s shortcuts too (via file editing anyways), Vivaldi browser does have nice SpeedDial images too, and will likely be more configurable in the future.

  • Dustin Falgout

    Although most Linux users are perfectly capable of finding things on their own, excluding Linux from the click paths examples in the way you did on this article is off putting (to say the least) ..Sorry :-/

  • oic

    Close yet so far. I almost got excited. You moved speed dial to bookmarks like vivaldi, created keyboard shortcuts like vivaldi, but your side panel is poorly implemented and there still no side panel bookmark. You’re basically relying on extension dev to create a side panel bookmarks

  • Azamat

    Excited about native keyboard shortcut customization! I’m currently using Vimium to map keys like Vim, but it doesn’t always work as expected. It also can’t function on special browser pages (like settings page, bookmarks page).
    Some keys missing tho: Scroll down, Scroll up (Vimium can do it, plus it scrolls smoothly, like old opera, so if you could make smooth scroll as well, it would be great!).
    Currently Vivaldi and Opera are almost at the same level, in terms of keyboard shortcut settings. We will see who will add more settings to it first, Vivaldi or Opera 🙂

  • Hylian Ticipated

    Seriously this Speed Dial change AGAIN. Get use to this, get use to that, get use to this again, no wait, we’re changing it back. Oh here’s something you don’t need. Forget about Zoom Sliders from Opera 12, too. Keyboard Shortcuts are great, but take these colored Windows 8 style speed dials with it. Oh, and we’re probably gonna keep that bar on the bottom of your speed dials, too. Until we move it again in the next build.

    I like my page captures, man.

    • https://christoph142.wordpress.com/ Christoph142

      Again, you are using a developer version and obviously you enabled flags therein, which are “highly experimental and may change or be discontinued at any time”. So stop complaining about too many changes, please. If you don’t like changes, use a stable version!

      Edit: sentence above amended for the sake of calming down some of the overly sensitive people in here. Meanwhile I understand why Opera’s developers rarely respond to anything but clear bug reports. I really intended to help you guys out by making the Desktop Team Blog a bit more streamlined by getting rid of flaming and off-topic comments and creating a more open place for dialogs, telling you about status updates and directions (within the limits of my NDA), but I got now that a minority of people makes this impossible. So sorry for the rest of you people who deserve to get some more feedback and are open to sane replies to their comments (even if it is criticism), but I’m now following Opera’s lead and won’t react to these kinds of comments at all anymore.
      IMHO it’s not harsh or unjustified to tell people who don’t like changes to use a stable version. I wrote this in @hookah1388’s best interest as he clearly isn’t the kind of person who should be using dev versions, but others may perceive this differently. So be it.

      • Hylian Ticipated

        Oh, I’ll be complaining. Opera 15-29, can’t choose a start page. There’s better things to focus on. I’m happy for all of the changes since then. It’s much better than before, but telling the userbase to not complain when developers are playing see-saw is funny.

        And stable versions are not as good as developer versions.

        • bwat47

          By all means its good to try dev and leave feedback, but you need to realize that Dev versions change a lot more than stable versions, that’s just the nature of a dev channel.

          if you look at opera *stable* the speed dial has changed VERY little since opera 15, basically the only thing thats changed on the sd page between opera 15 and opera 27 is the nav bar moving to the bottom. The only ‘see-saw’ that’s been going on has been in dev builds and experimental flags, and the dev channel is exactly where that belongs.

          If you don’t want things to change often, use stable, otherwise you are just giving yourself a self-fulfilling prophecy by using dev and expecting things to not change often.

      • Lacedaemon

        So stop complaining. If you don’t like changes, use a stable version!

        This is again a harsh and unjustified reaction.
        I don’t see any problem with what he says, on the contrary If he doesn’t say his (valid) concerns now, when these will come to stable it will be too late. At least now he has a chance that someone hears him and others, notices problems that maybe were over-looked or not perfectly addressed and change them for the better. This is a stream for feedback afterall, not for scolding people that they should stop complain and go to the stable version.

        • bwat47

          I don’t think Christoph’s response was un-justified or harsh at all, he was simply pointing out that almost all of the SD ‘changing back and forth’ Hylian is complaining about have in fact been confined to dev builds and experimental flags.

          Its the nature of dev builds and experimental flags to change often, making his complaint about SD changing constantly rather hyperbolic.

          If you look at the *stable* opera channel with no flags enabled there’s been very little changes to SD since opera 15. Here’s a screenshot of opera 15’s speed dial, it looks nearly identical to the current speed dial in opera 27:

          http://www.geek.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/opera-15.jpg

          Eventually some of these finalized changes will reach stable, sure, but to say that stable’s speed dial has been constantly changing would definitely be inaccurate.

          By all means its good for people to try dev and leave feedback, but if you are going to be upset about things ‘changing too often’, then don’t use dev, don’t enable experimental flags and use the stable channel instead.

          • Hylian Ticipated

            You see, sir… it’s not about the flags which I can enable/disable at any given time. It’s about it taking 15 whole builds since almost 2 years ago and Opera Devs still not being happy with a start page that keeps looking partially the same. The switch from 12 to 15 was a difficult one, and users want those features we know and love. Almost 2 years worth of work and still there’s messy start pages. I’m not going to complain about incompetent work, etc. They’ve heard that all before. Long time Opera user and still using it.

          • bwat47

            I don’t see what’s been ‘messy’ about the start page, at least in stable builds (as I mentioned before its remained mostly unchanged since opera 15 in the stable channel and IMO has been pretty clean).

            Personally I really like the direction they have been moving the start page in with the past few dev builds. Easy access to bkm, speed dial, history, and sync’d tabs all from one page, I think its all beginning to come together really nicely and is hands down my favorite start page compared to any other browser.

          • Lacedaemon

            Messy is the white frame on the SD folders and items as well as the white bar underneath, while the previous SD aesthetic is perfectly fine, as many agree. There’s no need to change that and I’m glad that I’m in a position to highlight this issue here in the developer stream so that they have time to re-think it before moving it to the Stable when it’s going to be too late.

    • Guest

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  • Pavel Stepanov

    There is a bug with international drop-down listboxes from three updates ago till now. See http://i.imgur.com/RtvC8a9.png – encoding is strange.

    • Dmitry Kirin

      Confirmed.

  • Sunny Guha

    ANNOYING BUG!!! I reported this last time as well. After disabling the pdf viewer plugin. SIngle clicking a pdf doesnt autostart the download. please fix it!!

    • Helge Andre Gjølme

      Working on it! 🙂

  • vp

    make everything syncable: bookmarks, speed dials, passwords, settings.

    also, please add additional options for keyboard shortcuts…i still miss opera 12, where i could use ctrl+shift+enter to complete web addresses with “www….co.uk” or “www….com.mk”

  • loxiw

    By the way, will it be possible to take the navbar icons to this new Sidebar? Imo we will have more than enough space for everything there (don’t tell me: “yes, as a extension” please xd)

  • Alex

    Really happy about the customisable Speed Dial items, the sidebar and the keyboard shortcuts.

    I do agree with some of the comments saying that it’s a bit too much white on the Speed Dial page. When the folders and labels were transparent/darker it looked more professional. I don’t see the point of the “add a site” item in the SD page, since we can add one through right click menu.
    The toolbar at the bottom should stay there, at least from my point of view.

    Still waiting for separators in bookmarks, although I can see from previous versions that the Bookmarks page is on the right track.

    Having access to the heart menu (or something similar) through the edit option, without opening a site, would be nice.

    My problem is that now some Youtube videos seem to be broken, failing to load.

  • http://iron2000.blogspot.com/ iron2000

    Hmm, I have an idea…
    Have to get down to code to see if its plausible.

  • Dmitry Kirin

    Peacekeeper gives 2456 points, seems to be recognising this build as running on a mobile platform: http://peacekeeper.futuremark.com/results?key=Abwc&resultId=5873160

  • Jademarisa

    I’d still prefer a top horizontal classic menu bar

  • Milad Ebadi

    sidebar very good idea and lovely . i love opera 12 and this feater for opera 12…. opera new version need this idea

  • proxxy

    Come on, make it possible to hide the add button from speed dial, add mouse gestures for scroll to top/bottom (or better the ability to customize gestures), add homepage button to toolbar and extension sync. If all are done then i`ll make Opera my default browser.

  • Fhury

    Please put the version number in the blog.
    Just wasted another 5 min of my life, AGAIN…

    • http://ruario.ghost.io/ Ruarí Ødegaard

      The change log link will always tell you. Not sure why you need to know though. The about page let’s you know if you are up to date.

      • ahoj1234

        Once it was voted by us. Accepted by you (Opera employees in general) so why change it now? 🙂 No offence at all but there is no need for another reason since this I suppose.

        • http://ruario.ghost.io/ Ruarí Ødegaard

          I’m not sure what you are saying.

          • ahoj1234

            well, sorry. If I got Fhury’s complain it’s about adding the whole version number to the blogpost title.

            A few months ago when it was requested here it was Daniel I hope who told us that it’s not a big deal and the version number will be always added here.

          • Mat M

            Well, you just have to hover the full changelog link. Since you will read the post whatever the version, because an Opera Desktop post is always nice to read :), then you will get to this link anyway.

            Did I convince you ?

          • Fhury

            It is not a big deal, just a kind request 🙂
            Here is how it goes:
            1. I see a new blog post with an update (WOW new features)
            2. I look for the new features, which I cannot find
            3. I check the about page, I am up to date

            check and repeat

            26. I get this funny feeling… 🙂

          • Ralf Brinkmann

            I think he means what you see in the address bar. Two versions back it was http://www.opera.com/blogs/desktop/2015/02/mouse-gestures-opera-developer-29-0-1785-0/#disqus_thread, this time it’s only http://www.opera.com/blogs/desktop/2015/03/sidebar-extensions-speed-dial-syncing-customizable-shortcuts-opera-developer-29/#disqus_thread without the version number in the link. So if you have 120 Opera tabs open at the same time (tabs with a red “O”) it’s difficult to find the right one.

            For me it’s simple: I only have 4 of them and I shuffle them strategically under the other.

      • Fhury

        The about page does not always shows if you are up to date. That is why I ask for it. I and others have asked before. Opera has asked for an upvote to include the version number with every update blog post (which was accomplished), but it seems you have forgotten already.

        • http://ruario.ghost.io/ Ruarí Ødegaard

          The about page does not always shows if you are up to date.

          If it doesn’t then that would mean that we have a problem with autoupdate, which will be fixed. I’m not aware of any such problem recently however.

          In any case the changelog link always tells you. You can just hover it. You don’t even need to click it.

          P.S. I am still curious why you want/need this information.

    • Springer

      I guess they want someone to write an extension for it to be shown.. that’s their approach to everything else.

  • Footman

    Reset to original zoom does not work on mac anymore.

    • rrzepecki

      cmd + 0 right?

      • Footman

        right. does not work.

        • rrzepecki

          strange, works for me here. What OS are you on? Do you have any extensions enabled? If so can you try to disable them?

        • https://www.aeyoun.com/ Daniel Aleksandersen

          Have you customized any other shortcuts?

          • Footman

            I did not customize any shortcuts (there are defaults configurations). That started with previous dev build. I did not install any new extensions or changed anything. I have Mac 10.10.2.

  • Robert

    After last update Opera blog changed font.

    On stable and beta everything is ok.

    Screen:
    https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/37856803/Screenshot%202015-03-07%2015.18.28.png

    • Dmitry Kirin

      No, not here on Win7x32.

    • Utkarsh

      Strange but Everything is OK here. Did you try changing the Font in Settings?

    • Ralf Brinkmann

      For me it looks, as if any system font (on your system) is missing and Opera takes another one instead. Here on my system (W7x64) the new font is very good readable.

      • Robert

        Didn’t change anything. On beta and stable everything is working ok, so it’s not that font is missing. It might be something in the developer stream. I am going to compare settings from beta.

        EDIT: All settings are same as on the beta. I don’t get it. Only Opera Blog is not showing properly. Header and footer is showing correct font, but main content is not showing correctly. Let me try with new installation.

        • Ralf Brinkmann

          Ah, right. I forgot, that it runs in beta and stable on your system. Maybe it’s easier to close Opera, rename the profile folder just for testing and restart Opera, now with a fresh and virgin profile. If it looks better than, you might have changed something in the flags or anywhere else.

          • Robert

            Hmmm. That’s really strange. Now I renamed profile and it’s ok for now. But I didn’t change anything after update. It was ok and after browser restart (update), blog font was broken. Never mind, what is good now is that speed dials are now synced. I have Login Data backup and setting up the browser will be fast this time.

          • Ralf Brinkmann

            Nice!

  • Nashuim

    I’ve been meaning to ask but are you planning to implement Fast-Forward? Opera was pretty much the only browser with that functionality.

  • YM

    Hello All

    help needed.

    I have a mac snow leopard 10.6.8 (32 bit)

    I have been trying to get the last 32bit compatible Opera Next/Beta or Developer but have not been able to find it.

    I am currently using Opera Stable 25.0.1614.71 but i would like to have Opera Next/developer as a second browser.

    where can i find the last 32bit compative op next/beta or developer?????

    thanks in advance for any help
    YM

  • alf5000

    wow, thank god jon is back in the browser game again!

  • Ghirahim

    I absolutely love those colorful speed dial thumbnails.

    • Utkarsh

      Same here. 🙂

    • oic

      I hate it, now im back to searching speed dials by its name instead of by the thumbnail which used to show a mini version of the webpage

      • SuperTommy

        You can customize the thumbnails from colorful textboxes to images of the websites via the heart icon.

        • Licaon_Kter

          Only the new ones… for the old ones, you need to open & re-heart them one at a time.

          • SuperTommy

            I know, but that is a solution to his problem. Time consuming or not.

  • Rade Martinović

    Excellent promises in new Opera. You should not waste any moment propagating these into stable channel.

    • Utkarsh

      You are right. Whenever I use Dev or Beta version the stable version doesn’t give the feeling of “Modern”. 🙂

      • loxiw

        That’s why I’ll never ever try an unstable version xD

        • Utkarsh

          But can’t resist to test Dev or Beta versions. For now there is much to see in this update of Dev(29). 🙂

    • https://www.aeyoun.com/ Daniel Aleksandersen

      They’ll follow the normal process and show up in beta and stable when they’re ready.

      • Rade Martinović

        I just feel like that in “stable” Opera there are not a lot of features that differentiate it from other browsers. I mean, synchronization was a looooong wait from dev to stable.

        • Lacedaemon

          They’ve added 3 mouse gestures, yet we have to wait 2 months to get them in Stable, this is ridiculous.

  • Bohrquadrat

    Can anything be done about LastPass-Extension crashing Opera Dev on MacOs?
    Last version corrupted the extensions, it could be repaired in extensions menu, current version crashes after a click on LastPass-Extension-Icon.

    • bwat47

      disable the opera://flags/#extension-content-verification flag

  • Sunny Guha

    please fix – DNA-35481
    After disabling pdf viewer unable to download pdf files just by clicking them

    • Helge Andre Gjølme

      Working on it! Thanks for reporting!

  • gregorweber

    Please add task manager to shortcuts. Chrome uses Shift+Esc by default.

    • https://www.aeyoun.com/ Daniel Aleksandersen

      Why do you need to use the task manager so often?

      • Lacedaemon

        Why is it so difficult to have that shortcut that almost every Chromium- based browser has it by default?

        • http://www.tbochenek.de thorbenb

          “almost every Chromium- based browser”? How many have you checked? 😉

          • Lacedaemon

            Google Chrome, Vivaldi, SRWare Iron, Comodo Dragon, Maxthon has one click info for everything in the status bar, are they enough?

  • taneli

    Again, have been using Flash 15-17 PPAPI beta and stable, and they seem to leak memory as much as they can, doesn’t happen with other browsers, but when a tab reaches 4GB of memory consumed (which they do, pretty fast), the tabs just crash.
    Then all tabs that have any flash content, crash.

    Not a fun race to see which tab makes you restart your browser again first, i’m restarting this thing about 10 times a day.

    Tried several different versions of PPAPI flash from v15 to 17, stable and beta releases, it’s all the same.

    Win8.1×64

  • http://vinczej.blogspot.hu vinczej

    Great job for SpeedDial! 🙂

  • Thomas Sawyer

    Folders are no longer showing up on a bookmarks search (seems to affect bm extensions too). Is this normal?

    • Jakub Sokol

      Thanks for catching this one 🙂
      Reported as DNA-35495, keep eye on this number in incoming changelogs.

      • Thomas Sawyer

        Thanks!

  • Utkarsh

    A beautiful work done in case of Speed Dial thumbnails 🙂
    And they have brought back what was lost AFTER Opera 12.
    The only thing I am waiting for is Master Password! Please Opera!

  • Azkyroth

    Do I understand correctly from this article that Opera is, as of an upcoming version under development,
    F
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    A
    L
    L
    Y
    bringing back the basic browser functionality of being able to customize keyboard shortcuts that was removed for no apparent, or conceivable good, reason after ~Opera 12?

    I might actually use the new version. I’ve been fiddling with 27 for an hour and just about lost patience with it.

    • Utkarsh

      Featured Comment!

  • ouzowtf

    Thanks for shortcut customization, I hope mouse gestures will be customizable in the future too 🙂

  • Alexander

    For anyone else experiencing silent crash on startup with this version:

    There seems to be a regression/bug in this version if the flag
    #activation-order-tab-cycling is enabled, preventing Opera from starting (crashes silently).

    Reported as DNA-35489

    • Ralf Brinkmann

      Is enabled here, but no crash. W7x64.

      • Alexander

        Strange, have tried –disable-extensions & clearing session with no success, but disabling this flag (or –no-experiments) was successful.

        (Also running W7x64)

        Edit: also tried enabling/disabling delayed loading of background tabs, with no success.

        • Ralf Brinkmann

          Yes, it’s possible that there is an interaction with another flag. Or in the settings. For example, have you enabled “Cycle tabs in most recently used order” in “Browser – User Interface”? I have disabled it.
          The best thing you can do is to close Opera, rename the profile folder just for testing, restart Opera and change only this one little flag. Then see what happens.

          • Alexander

            I already tried resetting all other flags to default, no change.
            “Cycle tabs in..” is only visible with the offending flag enabled 😉

            But yes, there is a conflict with something in my Preferences file, though setting pretty much everything to default on opera://settings does not help.

    • Laga Mahesa

      Confirmed, W8.1 x64. I originally saw a post further down about killing all flags from local_state, but instead decided to delete them one by one until it worked. This was the culprit.

  • rufu2

    Thank you @Opera Team, these are a lot of good news at once!

  • Sidney Moraes

    Thanks for the improvements!

  • RX-3200
  • Guest

    My extension is ready, coming in the next few days 😉

    • Ralf Brinkmann

      What is it? The long awaited Giuseppe extension?

      • Ghirahim

        Ahahaha, I’m dying here.

      • Guest

        When Opera accept it you will see xD

        • Ralf Brinkmann

          Why are you a “Guest” now? Before you were Giuseppe. A Problem with this blog?

          • Leonardo Gomes

            Maybe the comment has been deleted? It usually happens when the user deletes its own comments.

  • NimeshT

    Any option to add direct links (e.g. mobile websites) for sidebars like in Opera 12?

    • https://www.aeyoun.com/ Daniel Aleksandersen

      Not at this point. You’ll have to make an extension out of it.

  • Robert

    IMDb site fullscreen video problem

    http://i.imgur.com/1JqMb84.png

    • Sidney Moraes

      What is the problem?

      • Robert

        the sidebar won’t disappear

        • Leonardo Gomes

          Happens with Youtube videos too.

    • http://www.opera.com/ Grzegorz Miazga

      Thanks for the report it will be tracked as DNA-35532 in our BTS.

  • Sidney Moraes

    Just wondering: is it possible to add smooth animations between speed dial and other items on start page?

    • http://www.tbochenek.de thorbenb

      It’s possible, but not as easy as you probably think. It’s on the list, but not with high priority. There is more important stuff to do (did anybody say trees?!).

      • Vux777

        while on trees…
        bkm tree is not updated wit actual data
        -first, when I create new folder (on the right side), it’s not showing on left (in tree)
        -when I enter that folder, tree displays it as new folder
        only after couple of back and forth, things are synced (left-right)

      • Sidney Moraes

        Thanks for the answer! I can wait for that 🙂

  • Sidney Moraes

    I used Firefox few days ago and I notice the fullscreen mode on it: Tabs appear when hover over it with mouse cursor. I would like to see that in Opera.

  • Quasar6

    Is Opera ever going to have a 64-bit version?

    • https://www.aeyoun.com/ Daniel Aleksandersen

      Mac and Linux have 64-bit versions already.

      • Lacedaemon

        Welcome 6% and 1%…. what about the rest 93%?

      • SuperTommy

        Then there’s only one platform missing. 😉

      • Quasar6

        I don’t usually ask for new features even if I am a fan of the old Opera UI and functionality but understand that building the same thing on a different engine is not that easy so I tend to shut the hell up. Chrome 64-bit is out for some time and was just wondering why would it be a challenge since they both use Chromium or if Opera just doesn’t want to release a 64-bit version for whatever reasons.

      • Hecc-MA

        Hello Master of Divertion.

      • Ghirahim

        What about Windows?

        • http://ruario.ghost.io/ Ruarí Ødegaard

          Yes I am sure we will put out a 64-Bit version for Windows at some point. We have builds internally and have shared with a selected group of trusted volunteers. They are not made available more publicly because the advantages do not outweigh the disadvantages.

          When this starts to change those following this blog will be given access to 64-Bit builds.

          P.S. There is not a big difference in performance. Additionally they support fewer plugins.

  • Mat M

    About Speed Dial thumbnail.:
    On the site http://www.geoportail.gouv.fr/accueil, It does not suggest the title image (http://www.geoportail.gouv.fr/themes/geoportail/img/data/fr/logo-geoportail.png) which I really would like to get as a thbn.
    Same applies to http://www.programme.tv/# and http://www.pagesjaunes.fr

    Customizing shortcuts: Thanks for that ! My F2 is back for the new tab, yay!! Productivity gain, FTW !

    This build is awesome 🙂

    Last request: could sidebar extensions be flagged like SD ones, or shall we hunt them ?

    • L33t4opera

      Hi, you can find them here 😉

      • Mat M

        Got a 404 here today

        • L33t4opera

          Hi Mat, which version of the Opera do you use, to open it?

          • Mat M

            Yeah, I saw on the other post that it is stream-filtered 🙂
            TY for the follow-up

          • L33t4opera

            No problem at all 😉

  • andy

    Looks really nice… but 2 REALLY important things are still missing:

    1. Password sync
    2. Addons sync

    They are really important, because most people are using more than one device!!!

    • http://ruario.ghost.io/ Ruarí Ødegaard

      One thing at a time.

      • andy

        Thanks for your reply… I can understand this… But in my opinion those features are basic today… Every good Browser has those features… They are more important… than a sharing bookmarks.

        • http://ruario.ghost.io/ Ruarí Ødegaard

          Passwords is harder to do right (for fairly obvious reasons).

          For you addons sync is more important than bookmarks. However if we had done that first I’m sure others would have claimed that, “Bookmarks sync is more important than addons sync”.

          We started with bookmarks, we are ironing out all the sync bugs, more syncing will come in the future.

          • andy

            Yeah thats right password is way more important… Bookmark syncing is really important and it is awesome that it is there… With Bookmark sharing i meant not bookmark sync… I meant this feature to share my bookmarks via hyperlink with friends… And it was just an example. Anyway… I really like opera and i think you are on a good way. Even if it still takes time until all basics are back

  • hafasd

    The internal pdf viewer does not work when there is also google-chrome plugin installed in the system but disabled in opera://plugins.

    • Ralf Brinkmann

      Interesting hint. We already found out, that PDF pages are not opened or downloaded. There appears an error message, that the page or the file does not contain “%pdf-” or something like that.

      Now you say, that the internal viewer does not work, if the Google Chrome plugin is installed. Isn’t that the Opera standard? I did not install any Google Chrome PDF viewer, but it’s already there. I have checked it.

      I think, it’s just the opposite of what you said. I have found 3 PDF plugins: the Chrome PDF viewer, PDF-Xchange viewer (that I have installed) and Adobe Reader (that I have installed too). Now, if I disable the Chrome viewer and leave one or two of the other viewers enabled, I receive the error message. If I leave only the Chrome viewer enabled and switch all the other off, I can open or download any PDF file.

      • nom4d3

        Sometimes Bold and Italic texts just stop working.
        Example: http://www.tcpdf.org/examples/example_002.pdf

        Works perfectly everywhere else.

      • L33t4opera

        It’s time for delicacies 😉

        • Ralf Brinkmann

          You are faster than I can copy and paste. 🙂

  • SuperTommy

    Now that we can choose thumbnails for speed dials, any chance getting the beautiful coast-like flag back introduced in O24? I understand it had some limitation back then with some not looking as good as others, but now we can choose. Just look how good they are: http://i.imgur.com/rplCm07.png

    • Tobias Klika

      How can we enable thumbnails for speed dial? I don’t get it, I don’t see that option …

      • SuperTommy

        What do you mean, choose the images as thumbnails? It can be done via the heart icon.

        • Tobias Klika

          That’s my problem, I don’t see a heart icon?! Where is it located?

          • http://ruario.ghost.io/ Ruarí Ødegaard

            In the address field

          • Tobias Klika

            Ah, awesome, thanks! 🙂

    • http://www.tbochenek.de thorbenb

      It’s very likely we will bring back the coast-like tiles as an option in the heart menu. I also believe they are superior in some situations.

      • SuperTommy

        Thanks. 🙂

      • Wando Schneider

        This is a really good news thorbenb 🙂

  • Izer0

    1. loading my >5000 bookmarks is like horror (still)
    2. (stupid) bottom bar on speed dial (start page) persist? Still need moving hand from top to bottom and then back to top (search bar on top, list/icons buttons on top, folders on top-left)? Who use it like this?? Doctors waiting for us 8-|

    • http://www.tbochenek.de thorbenb

      I my experience a folder with up to 250 Bookmarks should be no problem to load on a current machine. How are your bookmarks organised? We are working towards improving the performance, O29 already improved the the loading speed 20 – 60%, but performance is not very high on our list right now — partly because we think it’s unlikely that people have folders with more than 500 bookmarks.

      • Izer0

        Not organized, because:

        1. old bookmarks (about 4000) were imported from old opera without folders, I don’t want spend my life with organising this again

        2. more than 1500 “imported” slash bookmarks, from time when Opera does not know about folders

        As I wrote before, using JS to develop all things for desktop is wrong way – slow performance and high memory consumption because of renderer. Second problem … there is no chance to disable loading thumbnails. Why do you load thumbnails if I use list style view in bookmarks? Who was thinking by this anti-performance way? You need guys thinking more performance way.

        • Vux777

          additionally, memory consumed by internal extension: bookmarks is never released. It just eats it with browsing bkm folders

        • http://www.tbochenek.de thorbenb

          Well, a single folder with 5000 bookmarks is a performance problem now, no doubt about it. There is something more to be done then just load everything, which is more or less what we do now.

          It’s very simple: Making something you don’t need is a bad idea. It will take more time and be more expensive. You get a bit of data and make guesses and then you build something that meets certain performance criteria.

          A folder with 5000 bookmarks was not what we designed the application for, but we have ideas on the backlog that will make this possible. But it’s not high priority right now.

          All of this has basically nothing to do with using JS or not.

          • Izer0

            Yeh, I am developer, I understand it’s not primary about JS, it’s about using browser technology as core for UI (which you using for simplifying cross-platform development), but browsers core is not optimized for long lists of any elements, need a much more footprint in background (memory, performance, dom binding, events binding etc.). And you make it worse by loading thumbnails in situation when it is disabled by list view.

            The first and relatively easy step how to improve bookmarks is to disable thumbnails loading in list view mode or disable it completely by an setting in flags. It could improve performance rapidly. A second step would be to using disk cached images/thumbnails instead of memory based data image. Both steps is about one hour to implement it (some if/else and save decoded images to disk cache).

          • http://www.tbochenek.de thorbenb

            With all due respect: You have no idea what you are talking about.

            1) By far (!) the biggest step in displaying an image is the decoding. If an image is not visible Opera will simply not do that. In fact, if the image is not visible and requested by styling Opera will not even attempt to request the image. Check the Network tab in the Developer Tools. For very large folders we already fall back to List-View exactly because that saves us loading the thumbnails.
            2) Loading from main memory is orders of magnitude faster than loading What is your point? All the thumbnails are initially saved on disk it’s up to the rendering engine to decide when to load and where to cache. And rendering engines are really, really good at that.
            3) Nothing just takes an hour. Doing this properly includes at least benchmarking twice to find out if you actually improved anything significantly. If you get a 3% performance gain, there is no point in crippling the user experience and maintaining that code. Designing, implementing and testing a benchmark that will give you that answer alone takes about an hour.

            It’s good to test ideas when optimising performance and required to benchmark to find out your ideas actually work. Software systems are very complex, it’s easy to think something has a certain impact and be wrong. Excellent engineers are wrong about how to optimise all the time. That said, statistically speaking the slowest part of a web application (apart from the network, which the bookmark manager doesn’t really care about) is the styling. And that just gets more complex with many DOM-Elements. Making the bookmark manager super fast would probably mean keeping the DOM small and simple by not loading much more than you see.

          • Vux777

            my bookmark manager is getting worst with every new build. It’s not just in thumbnail mode.
            Even when the list mode is active, scrolling and hovering nodes is jerky.

            tree is also slow (hovering, opening lists, letters get on top of each other when opening…wrong animation technique)
            when I close bookmarks tab, memory stays (probably because of preview’s for next visit, and I don’t need them in first place….)
            overall experience is bad

          • Izer0

            Yes, sure … without no more empty words – look here:

            https://addons.opera.com/sk/extensions/details/bookmarks-by-the-side/?display=en

            This sidebar extension loads 5000 bookmarks in 2 seconds (1600% gain), your excellent engineer manager is loading 32 second on i5 with 12 GB RAM and SSD disk. Scroll through this is absolutely worst. With all respect, you make it wrong.

            Loading from memory is faster only if you does not exceed available process memory, then system uses pagefile, moving some part of memory to file and load another part from file, lot of background system processes and slow context switching. This is not only about memory, but about how system works.

          • Izer0

            Another performance tips – you are using json file for bookmarks, but json is very slow on long lists, slower than xml, parsing is not streamed etc. It is better to use xml with streaming parser or use SQLite db which is also streamed in reading data.

            Third tip – it’s better to use one floating div with buttons instead to render and parse buttons in all divs (items). And it’s better to use table instead lots of divs, there is no requirement to use divs because your bookmarks manager is not responsive.

      • SuperTommy

        Thorben, have you experienced in O29 that moving bookmarks around is more sluggish than in O28? It’s something weird going on, it seems to lag behind the mouse cursor.

  • smartunite

    How about finally bringing back some cromium UI customization basics, like an option to rearrange the Extension buttons?

    • Leonardo Gomes

      Opera uses its own UI so they can’t bring back anything from other browser’s UI.

      • smartunite

        I know that. They wrote their own UI layer “to allow more cusomization”. However after almost 2 years of development of Opera 15+, it is still impossible to do basic customization to the UI as button rearrangement (extensions, home button, etc.)

        “Bring back” is inaccurate phrasing, I agree, but even the stock chromium UI can do what Opera’s UI, made “to allow more cusomization”, can’t.

        • http://ruario.ghost.io/ Ruarí Ødegaard

          it is still impossible to do basic customization to the UI as button rearrangement (extensions, home button, etc.)

          Actually it is just difficult, not impossible to rearrange the extensions buttons. I have 22 extentions installed in the build I am using now. You can bet I organised them! 😉

          • Izer0

            I think it is only about to move nodes in Preferences file and showing note about to restart browser. Isn’t it?

          • smartunite

            Thank for the reply!
            I’m glad to hear that you value organizing your (browsing) workspace 🙂 And so are the users (or at least some of them).
            I hope you’ll manage to modify the UI code the right way to make it “easy” (I mean, “possible”, but not just for Opera developers…)

            …and maybe… tab… stacking… someday… also…..

  • rufu2

    I’m really happy that side panels are now a possibility. Keep improving them, take some inspiration from ancient Opera versions 🙂
    Apart from that, I’d really like configurable default searches, please 🙂

    …and the possibility to activate the previous tab by clicking on the currently active tab. And something like the old dog ears on tabs to show that a tab has not been read yet. But that’s all I can think of for now 🙂

    • http://ruario.ghost.io/ Ruarí Ødegaard

      …and the possibility to activate the previous tab by clicking on the currently active tab.

      That is potentially quite confusing to many users. As an alternative you might want to map one of the F keys (e.g. F1) to “Select previously active tab”. Then you can just tap it to flip back to previously active tab.

      • escruting

        And double-click to close a tab? I think it would be great if it was implemented. And it wouldnt confuse the people unknown of this ways of closing a tab.

      • rufu2

        The problem is, that I have this clicking-on-the-current-tab deep in my motor memory 🙂 I will probably continue clicking like that for a long time, even when it does nothing… Crazy what a long time exposure to Opera can do to your surfing behaviours.

      • dcomplex

        NOT TRUE. This was standard operating procedure for Opera in Opera 7-9. There was the option “click to minimize tab”, which was used in conjunction with “allow window with no tabs”. I was in contact with the “classictabs” extension author last year, and he said that the only problem in implementing an extension emulating this is that there is nothing in the API to listen for clicking an already-open tab.

        If you take a look at Opera 12, go to tools>preferences>advanced>tabs>additional tab options and see the options “allow window with no tabs” and “click on tab to minimize”.
        I had even come up with a cute way to mimic classic opera’s Z-ordering (for each tab, add a variable determining the tab immediately behind it, etc), but the inability to listen for tab-clicks made it impossible to implement.

        You don’t need to add this as an option in Opera, just add tab-click-listening to the API and we can do the rest with extensions.

        The point was that in old-opera, if you clicked your current tab, it would minimize, and then the new-current tab would also minimize when clicked, so you’d have an ordering on tabs just like windows in windows.

        Please please please give us the tools!

        • http://ruario.ghost.io/ Ruarí Ødegaard

          I don’t think you read what I said. I said that this behaviour was potentially confusing. I didn’t say it was impossible to implement nor did I say that nobody would want it.

          P.S. Thanks for telling me how the old Opera worked. As a QA who has worked at Opera for over 6 years and a fan long before that (I paid for 5 licenses), I appreciated your unique insight! 😛

          • dcomplex

            I paid for it once right when Opera 7 came out =p. I still align my tabs on the bottom, another option obliterated in New Opera.

            I still use old Opera for lots of things because New Opera still can’t do tbem… I still don’t understand why there is a whole new browser that is little different from chrome rather than just rebuilding old Opera but with Blink as its rendering engine, which is what we were promised…

          • http://ruario.ghost.io/ Ruarí Ødegaard

            I don’t recall us ever promising that. That is what some users expected or hoped for but I do not believe we ever promised it. If I am wrong, please link to this promise.

          • dcomplex

            I am sorry that Opera also removed the old my.opera.com/desktopteam, but since it did, I have no easy way of linking to dev posts and dev comments…

            I have no problem with New Opera and its team except that New Opera’s team won’t open up Opera 12 and copy as much of it as possible. New Opera is going to lose users to Vivaldi because the New Opera dev team is stubborn about trying to Be Different from the reasons why people used Opera in the first place…

            An Opera based on Chrome’s renderer without Opera-like features is just Chrome imo…

          • http://ruario.ghost.io/ Ruarí Ødegaard

            Right click on the date in the comment to copy a link to it.

            New Opera’s team as you refer to us, includes many people from what you refer to as old Opera. The person running desktop engineering has been here for a decade.

            Chrome does not have the same feature set as Opera. The sidebar would be a nice, recent example of that.

          • dcomplex

            Guy, the desktop team website is now GONE OFF THE FACE OF THE EARTH ever since they shut down My Opera.

            Here’s a good question for you: Why don’t you make a Transfers panel where you can right-click a file > advanced… > open with >.. on a file you’ve downloaded like in Old Opera (or in Really Old (Opera 8) Opera, right click > open with > …).

            How about giving a sop to some of us who like our tabs on the bottom or side of the screen? These things are not hard to program. There are also a lot of missing features like “Edit site preferences…”

            I have continued to use New Opera after Opera 12 mainly out of loyalty and out of hope that maybe you guys would finally start adding back all of these important features, but your argument that some of these features ‘might be confusing’ to users is an insult to our intelligence. It’s the same argument made by the GNOME3 team for removing the transparency and picture-background on GNOME-Terminal, mainly that it’s a feature you don’t personally use or care about.

            Well, now we have an option, and even in the tech previews, Vivaldi already has substantially more Old-Opera features than Opera itself does. I currently use Opera 12 and Opera Developer, and I’m sick of running two separate browsers. If New Opera wants to be stubborn and keep all these features removed, that’s fine, but New Opera will lose me as a user.

            My problem is that New Opera’s team doesn’t even feel like it’s made a good-faith effort to bring back features.

          • al_ghul

            well, there are better and worse chromium/blink/webkit-based browsers, search wider on some slamm projects – imo there are better ones – slimjet, maxthon, maybe vivaldi will be that too.

      • dg2014

        I too have been waiting for this feature to return, and don’t want to sit hunched over the keyboard punching in keys.

        I am still using Opera 12.17 as it is much more usable.

  • PaulW

    I was disappointed that these new sidebar extensions were not the same as in Opera 12 where you would see a bookmark list etc..

    • bwat47

      I’m not 100% sure what’s possible with opera’s extension api, but theoretically someone could create a bookmarks sidebar extension now

      • Nekomajin43

        It is possible.

      • http://ruario.ghost.io/ Ruarí Ødegaard

        You can definitely do it

        • Oliver

          I did it 🙂 It’s uploaded but waiting for moderation. You might want to keep an eye open for “Simple Bookmark Sidebar” which will hopefully be published today or tomorrow.

          • http://ruario.ghost.io/ Ruarí Ødegaard

            I’ll highlight it in the next developer blog post. That’s a promise! 😀

          • Oliver

            Thanks Ruari 🙂

          • Oliver

            Simple Bookmark Sidebar is updated to version 0.2 which now features a search for bookmarks. Maybe you could ping some instance to look into the upload and make it available?

          • Oliver

            So I finally got the extension to what I wanted it to be – including search and preferences to customize which folders to show. Version 0.3 is uploaded and waiting for moderation… (ping?)

      • http://iron2000.blogspot.com/ iron2000

        Yup a bookmarks sidebar is the first thing that came to mind.

        I too have published a bookmarks sidebar 🙂
        https://addons.opera.com/en/extensions/details/bookmarks-by-the-side/?display=en

  • NimeshT

    Opera Menu next please…
    1] “Get Extensions” can be moved inside Extensions sub menu
    2] No need of separate bookmarks item (Speed Dial, Discover, Bookmarks) as it’s already present under Bookmarks sub menu
    3] Why is Full Screen under Page menu, the whole window goes full screen and not just the page!!!
    4] Isn’t recent tabs part of history.. it can be clubbed together (maybe the home screen “tabs” can also be added under history, as done for “Speed Dials” and “Other Speed Dials”)
    5] Shift options from “more tools” to Settings sub menu, as in Opera 12.

    • Dmitry Kirin

      I think SD, Discover, and Bookmarks would better stay in the main menu for better discoverability. Extensions would better revert to being a regular menu item, not a submenu. As it is now, it requires another click to open the extensions page. The new subitem, Sidebar, IMHO, should instead be a checkbox in settings, like the Bookmark Bar is shown/hidden by a checkbox.

      What I would get rid of in the main menu is Themes, making it a section on the Settings page. Developer tools could be merged with Other tools.

      • NimeshT

        “As it is now, it requires another click to open the extensions page.”, not actually, sub menu comes upon hover too so same amount of click in both options… 🙂

        • Dmitry Kirin

          Hm, indeed. 🙂 Click, move down, move right, click (Extensions manager). Could save the move right.

  • DenisConqueror

    Can you add images from “old style start page” to heart menu?
    I wont to use “experimental start page”, but can’t choose my old thumbnails from heart menu. I realy don’t like new colorized thumbnails for my old bookmarks (speed dial items). For new one – good idea, but let me choose my old syle for current speed dial items.

  • Wraith

    There is something I can do to make the SD sync in all my devices with the old behavior? , I mean I do not need separate dial folders for each device, maybe an option will be good in which you can choose between old and new behavior.

    • Simone Previti

      yes, i agree, i’d rather have the opportunity to choose to keep one SD synchronized among all my computers and OSs. Good job with these new improvements anyway! 🙂

  • Павел Шут

    Wow, great news about the sidebar! Will there be the toggle sidebar line as it was in old Opera? It really should be there!

  • Denyer

    What happened to speedDial ? All my thumbnails are gone and I can’t find anything 🙁 If I set a site’s screnshot as a thumbnail, will it update with the site’s latest frontpage if I hit f5? That’s an essential feature for me and I’m worries it’s been thrown out 🙁

  • Denyer

    I also can’t help but notice that my tabs are still trapped at the top, and cannot be positioned to the side.

    I believe this is a bug, I’m just not sure where to report it… 😛

  • Ralf Brinkmann
    • Ralf Brinkmann

      No word about the “%pdf-” error in the changelog. So it’s still there.

    • SuperTommy

      They usually do a couple of stabilization builds before beta.

    • Lacedaemon

      They won’t move it to Beta with that pdf error, it’s unacceptable even for a beta.

  • rek

    I would like the sidebar to be in the same colour as the bar at the bottom of speed dial or have an option to customize stuff like that. Otherwise, one of the best updates so far! Probably using Opera as default browser again as soon as opera 29 goes stable..

  • Cy D. Fect

    Shouldn’t there be an option, after right clicking (e.g., on a speed dial entry), to open the page in a background tab? This can be done of course by holding Ctrl while clicking, but again, it seems reasonable to add it as a menu option.

  • Jademarisa

    I’d rather have a proper menu bar

  • Anonimo

    Yeeeeeeeesssssss sidepanel!!! You made me happy!

  • Joaquin

    It took Vivaldi browser to show up with all these features (some of them frankly better implemented, like side panel) to open your eyes to see your users wishes. These are simple changes that makes a huge difference. Lets try to keep up this direction without waiting for someone else to do them first…

  • Robert

    Opera was once the only browser worth using.
    Then they became a Chrome clone and dropped all of the innovative features.
    They were the first browser to have wide spread spell check built in
    Speed Dial
    Java Console
    Built in Email Client
    Syncing across multiple computers
    Password Syncing(even if you don’t like it, it was innovative)
    Firefly engine w/ inspect page feature to see more than just the source

    Now they cant develop any new Ideas and half or more of the best features have been done away with to conform to the chrome engine.
    Opera has sold out creativity for extra earnings and market share this is not the first time this has happened to a company or even a web browser “Firefox” but I can say without a doubt it is one of the saddest.

    RIP Opera
    Sent from Vivaldi TP2

    • Izer0

      Yeah, Vivaldi could be the end of Opera desktop, Vivaldi guys seems like developers, Opera guys seems like “designers” … they spend lot of time on things like if buttons bar on speeddial be on top, bottom or left instead of create usable bookmark manager for two years. They spend lot of time on bricks on speed dial – flat, rounded, fill by solid color or not?… Actually, I like Opera against Chrome because of squared tabs (better handling if you have to much tabs) and excellent delay loading tabs (absolutely excellent thing). But this is only advantages against Chrome (probably the only difference against Chrome). I hope Opera guys wakeup quickly and focus more on some requested functionality (usable bookmark manager, probably one from old Opera or Chrome and better download manager, right now resume download working strange, sometimes started from start on sites which support resume or can’t resume if connection problem occurred). Fingers crossed guys 8-).

      One suggestion – let the community to create their own start pages (by an extension), community will create everything for you and you will have more time to do something new and usable (and get some new fans). You does not need to create start pages, there is nothing competitive.

    • al_ghul

      thx for a suggestion about vivaldi. last days I had to postpone using opera dev for much lighter browsers like e.g. simjet, cause my notebook was to slow for new O. i didn’t know about vivaldi – time to check it too:)

      edit: oooh! and F4 works as in good’ol’days… sounds good:)
      edit: well, still to slow than slimjet, IMO it will take them some time…

  • Gregory Vaillancourt

    Please add option to synchronize speed dial page. I don’t need different speed dials for different computers. For those that do, make it an option in settings. Syncing the speed dials in a folder is an improvement, but I would still then need to add them to the new tabs page and arrange them.

  • http://avpinoci.wordpress.com/ Alexander von Pinoci

    I liked old Opera and am rather disappointed in the new Opera … but even so, it still is the best out there!

  • John

    I dont like the new speed dial..it so small,it would be nice to have an option to switch the old back like the last time

    • darek4488

      +1

  • darek4488

    I am still waiting for the return of the stash (Opera 18) and one-click link storing. Besides that new speeddial sux, this white bar is such a waste of space. Previous speedial wasn’t as good as the one in Opera 12, but it is way better.

  • LvM

    I switched from Firefox to Opera over a year ago and absolutely love it and would never go back, but I hate the style of the new Speed Dial icons. Can we please have the option to keep the old style icons when adding sites and extensions to the Speed Dial?

  • John

    RE: If anyone wants the old speed dial back here’s how:

    Open opera://flags/#experimental-start-page ,deactivate/disable it and restart Opera.

  • Mickhants

    I’ve come back to Opera after a long spell with Firefox. The lack of a conventional bookmarks sidebar was a real disappointment. I did the next best thing by creating a new folder in Bookmarks then copied all my imported Firefox bookmarks into it.
    I then dragged the new folder on to the bookmarks bar. Now all I need to do is click on the new folder and all my bookmarks drop down, which strikes me as being a lot simpler than the long winded route Opera expect me to take.

  • http://sonaten.se/ Jonas N

    Sidebar extensions sounds like a simple, yet good idea! http://www.messenger.com immediately comes to mind. Since it’s a messenger used worldwide and now a standalone web site, it sounds like a perfect match for this.

    • Vux777

      I don’t think that’s possible
      Someone correct me if I’m wrong, but…

      All major services (Facebook, Google..etc) protected their content by setting X-frame to DENY or SAMEORIGIN (extension is not on same origin as those pages ofc)

      Meaning, you can’t just load FB chat in iFrame, and that’s the currently only way for some page to be shown in sidebar (in iFrame).

      So, either Opera should make some sort of web panel for those pages to run in non-iFrame environment (I have successfully run fb in on chrome, maybe O-devs(!!!) could implement something like that), or pages/services shouldn’t have x-frame headers (where restriction is set). I tried messenger, and I got …. :P… DENY

      ps. there were some sort of hacks, to strip header, but that’s not working anymore (if ever..)

      pps. I meant general page loading in sidebar (probably mobile versions) not dedicated apps through APIs

  • Auth User

    How to replace sidebar on the right?

    • Farrukh

      yup, I’m also wondering for this.

    • vijer

      Replace as in HIDE, would be my preference.

  • vijer

    I don’t see the point in having the Speed Dial Name below each icon, the icon already displays the link name. Allow us to hide the names for all icons and recover the space used by the name.

    It would would be great if we could edit the name displayed ON the icon and even the color of the icon or add a custom icon image.

    Why don’t you combine the Sidebar on the left with the Settings icon on the right? And let us choose to display it left, right, top, or bottom along with auto hiding the Sidebar.

  • saly Loren