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Tab Stacking is a pretty genious new feature in Opera 11. It's very intuitive.  (Source: Opera)

Mouse Gestures have also received a graphical makeover.  (Source: Opera)
Watch out Firefox, there's a new extendable browser in town

We recently interviewed Opera about the addition of extensions to the latest version of their browser, Opera 11.

The beta went live yesterday and features numerous improvements. 

Up first is "Tab Extensions".  This new feature is somewhat akin to the tab grouping features found in the Firefox 4.0 betas.  However, arguably, it's a lot easier to use.  Rather than special windows or panes to manage tab grouping, you simply drag tabs on top of each other to create stacks.  Mousing over or clicking a tab stack opens a secondary group of tabs below, which you can pick from.  You can also click and hold on a tab inside the appearing group to drag it out of the stack.

A video of the feature is available here, courtesy of Opera.

Another major addition to Opera 11 is a new graphical makeover for Mouse Gestures.  Many Opera users don't even know what Mouse Gestures are, but those who do can tell you that it's a key to much faster browsing.  Basically, with mouse gestures, you click a mouse button (typically the right one) and move your mouse in a specific pattern to execute an action like navigating back, opening a link in a new tab, etc.

With Opera 11 Mouse Gestures gets overhauled with a snazzy new interface, which should help new users learn.  When the feature is enabled and you activate it via mouse button press, a special window pops up commenting on your gesture.

A list of gestures can be found here from Opera.

Last, but not least the browser finally has extensions.  Currently there are 130 extensions, including AdBlock and NoScript extensions, two of the most popular ones on Firefox.  While many of these features were previously available, they were buried deep in Opera's internals and thus were tricky to learn how to use.  Suffice it to say that the addition of extensions is a very big deal for Opera as it takes some of the burden off the browser maker and gives the user more responsibility in learning and optimizing their browser -- an approach that has proven very rewarding for Mozilla.

Overall the browser is much faster than its predecessor -- 15 to 20 percent by Opera's estimates.  Linux performance was a key focus of improvement.  While performance and features received bumps, the installer size has dropped 30 percent from the previous edition.

It's worth mentioning that Opera's download page features a rather humorous homage to the much-beloved Spinal Tap.  So is Opera truly taking "to 11" as it claims?  Well it certainly seems like it.  Definitely seems like this release is worth a test drive, even for Opera skeptics.

You can download the English version of Opera 11 beta (1) here.

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By acer905 on 11/24/2010 1:06:53 PM , Rating: 2
I've tried mouse gestures. Personally, i don't see the advantage over a good mouse. Even a basic mouse these days can have dedicated forward/back buttons. A good mouse with well placed extra buttons makes navigating fast enough already.

RE: Gestures...
By Marlonsm on 11/24/2010 2:59:45 PM , Rating: 2
My main computer is a laptop, so it's not practical for me to carry a big mouse along(when I do have a mouse).
My mouse right now is a very small one, all it has are the 3 usual buttons. Mouse gestures are very handy for me, been using them since I found the Firegestures addon for Firefox (soon to try them on Opera 11).

It's much easier to just hold to right button and move to move slightly to the right to go to the next tab then to reach the tab bar and click it, for example.

I guess it's a matter of personal taste/needs, but when I'm using a browser without mouse gestures I end up taking much longer to do simple tasks.

RE: Gestures...
By WTFzilla on 11/24/2010 3:28:10 PM , Rating: 2
Gestures are a lot more than back and forward...

RE: Gestures...
By acer905 on 11/24/2010 8:40:35 PM , Rating: 2
Yup. On their list of gestures, there is
Scroll up and down - use the scroll wheel
Zoom in and out - Hold control and use the scroll wheel
Pan - Click scroll wheel, and move mouse
(all of which are not at all Opera specific)
Open a link in a new window in the background - Complex gesture (in chrome, click the link with the middle button to open in a new tab in the background)
Open a link in a new window in the foreground - Another complex gesture (shift-click a link in Chrome)

That pretty much leaves go back, go forward, minimize, and maximize.

Again, gestures really aren't all that interesting

RE: Gestures...
By WTFzilla on 11/25/2010 1:09:11 PM , Rating: 2
You are clearly trolling, so I'm not wasting any more time on you.

But for the benefits of others who may read your trolling and lies, I will point out that you are leaving out things like the gesture to close tabs, and so on.

Keep trollin'.

RE: Gestures...
By acer905 on 11/26/2010 10:15:05 AM , Rating: 2
What exactly did i lie about?

RE: Gestures...
By WTFzilla on 11/26/2010 10:35:55 AM , Rating: 2
You dismissively mentioned a few other gestures, which isn't even a complete list. You tried to ridicule gesture users by lying about the capabilities of gestures.

Pathetic. Truly pathetic.

RE: Gestures...
By acer905 on 11/26/2010 1:40:25 PM , Rating: 2
Actually, it was a constructive argument about the usefulness, or lack of usefulness, that gestures offer me. If you feel that insecure about your gestures, offer reasons why it's useful to you. As i stated in my initial post, Gestures are useless to me. Everything i said is true

RE: Gestures...
By WTFzilla on 12/4/2010 9:04:23 AM , Rating: 2
There was nothing constructive about your FUD.

You drew a caricature of mouse gestures, and based your false conclusion on that.

RE: Gestures...
By BruceLeet on 11/24/2010 7:08:23 PM , Rating: 2
I used Opera for a period, and I really liked it's mouse gestures it was a useful feature. The only reason I dropped Opera was because I had found Adblock Plus for Firefox 3 but now that I see Opera will get it's own adblocking extension I'll be happy to go back and test its new features...

I personally like the idea of opening Opera and using speed dial to immediately start stacking tabs for websites I want to view. I'd be stacking dailytech into my tech/sci news related tab.

RE: Gestures...
By LRonaldHubbs on 11/25/2010 2:18:22 PM , Rating: 2
The best Opera 'gesture', IMO, is the double button click for forward/backward. To go back, click right, then left, in quick succession; for forward, it's left then right. Extremely useful with a compact mouse or with a laptop integrated mouse.

RE: Gestures...
By MCKENZIE1130 on 11/29/2010 8:44:31 PM , Rating: 2
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typically the left button?
By sweatshopking on 11/24/2010 11:19:39 AM , Rating: 3
Opera defaults the mouse gesture button to the right mouse button.

RE: typically the left button?
By theplaidfad on 11/24/10, Rating: -1
RE: typically the left button?
By WTFzilla on 11/24/2010 3:30:06 PM , Rating: 2
Oh no! He corrected a mistake! How terrible!

RE: typically the left button?
By piroroadkill on 11/25/2010 8:31:58 AM , Rating: 1
There's nothing wrong with being right. Defending being wrong, however... there is something wrong with that.

RE: typically the left button?
By mostyle on 11/29/2010 9:10:43 AM , Rating: 2
More to the point.. I think he was pointing out the ever-present desire of net users to point out the flaws of another when the thing that was incorrect could arguably be called insubstantial.


Forget the AdBlock
By HypocriteWatch on 11/24/2010 3:29:39 PM , Rating: 2
Sadly, the adBlock app in this beta doesn't work well at all. Most users (like me) are reporting multiple problems across many websites. This AdBlock IS NOT the same as the one in FF.
So if you've been waiting to move over to Opera and want an easy AdBlock interface. You'll have to wait a little longer - don't bother to D/L the beta!

RE: Forget the AdBlock
By WTFzilla on 11/24/2010 5:16:15 PM , Rating: 2
If you are that obsessed with nuking every single ad... well, good luck in your life!

RE: Forget the AdBlock
By HypocriteWatch on 11/24/2010 5:24:29 PM , Rating: 2
Yes I am. And, thank you.

RE: Forget the AdBlock
By BruceLeet on 11/24/2010 6:56:37 PM , Rating: 1
Do you know the definition of a beta and the spirit of its purpose?

Telling people not to download the beta because it or its extensions doesn't work well is not only bad advice but just plain stupid and contradictory to the purpose of a beta, and you're expecting a beta to work as well as a release candidate?

Feel free to back out of the beta program as you're clueless as to what a beta program actually is.

By nodamnspam on 11/24/2010 9:52:47 PM , Rating: 2
I use Opera exclusively. Have done so for so long I don't remember the last time I used any other browser. That said, one of the common complains I hear relates to Ads and the like. Myself, I purchased Admuncher and it works great with Opera (among other browsers)

RE: Admuncher
By Fritzr on 11/26/2010 7:13:51 PM , Rating: 2
Another option is to select Settings->Preferences on the Opera Menu.

In the left column, select "Content" click the "Blocked Content" button.

Enter the list of sites you wish to block. Content from those Domains will no longer be loaded. You can use the * wildcard for any part of the URL to block variations on an address.

Prefer to have someone else compile a list of sites to block? You can download lists from several websites and import the list. If the list included a site you didn't want blocked, you can delete addresses from the list as well.

Opera has had the Ad-Block add-on as a built-in feature for many years now.

I switched to Opera from Netscape 3...I have never felt a need to return to the Netscape browser (Now called FireFox)

RE: Admuncher
By 2uantuM on 11/29/2010 2:28:54 PM , Rating: 2
Firefox is not netscape.

Still Beta
By jithvk on 11/24/2010 7:28:17 PM , Rating: 2
I have tried this just now and i think the performance is not that good. Loading sites through a proxy is very slow. Also most of the plug-ins wont work. I tried No ads and Google translate. Hope they correct them in the final release.

RE: Still Beta
By WTFzilla on 12/4/2010 9:05:07 AM , Rating: 2
Plug-ins? You mean extensions? They work fine here.2

By lolmuly on 11/25/2010 3:07:18 AM , Rating: 2
for when you need to turn it up past 10...

RE: lol
By lolmuly on 11/25/2010 3:28:30 PM , Rating: 2
in case anybody cares:

Nigel Tufnel: The numbers all go to eleven. Look, right across the board, eleven, eleven, eleven and...
Marty DiBergi: Oh, I see. And most amps go up to ten?
Nigel Tufnel: Exactly.
Marty DiBergi: Does that mean it's louder? Is it any louder?
Nigel Tufnel: Well, it's one louder, isn't it? It's not ten. You see, most blokes, you know, will be playing at ten. You're on ten here, all the way up, all the way up, all the way up, you're on ten on your guitar. Where can you go from there? Where?
Marty DiBergi: I don't know.
Nigel Tufnel: Nowhere. Exactly. What we do is, if we need that extra push over the cliff, you know what we do?
Marty DiBergi: Put it up to eleven.
Nigel Tufnel: Eleven. Exactly. One louder.
Marty DiBergi: Why don't you just make ten louder and make ten be the top number and make that a little louder?
Nigel Tufnel: [pause] These go to eleven.

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