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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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Admuncher
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"...now 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.


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