Opera 11 beta 1 Video
Opera 11 beta 1 Video Transcript
Hi, I'm Seth Rosenblatt for CNET and in this first look, I'll be showing you some of the new features that have just landed in the first Opera 11 beta. Extensions are the big story in Opera 11, finally introducing an add-on API to Opera. If you're familiar with the extension networks in the WebKit-based Chrome and Safari, you'll be very comfortable with how Opera handles its add-ons. Another innovation in Opera 11 is Tab Stacking. It's a tab grouping mechanism similar in concept to Firefox' Panorama but completely based in the tab bar. To use it, drag one tab on top of another. The bottom tab will disappear and an arrow will appear to the right of the tab. Click it to reveal the stack. Drag a tab off the stack to separate it. I like Panorama's global viewpoint so you can easily see all of the groups of tabs but Opera's tab stacking feels much smoother and much more intuitive. A third big change is the introduction of a plug-in on demand toggle. For users who wisely don't trust third-party plug-ins like Flash and QuickTime because of unpatched security exploits, this allows you to run them at will and with a single click. Go to Preferences > Advanced > then Content to switch the feature. Opera says that the Opera 11 Beta 1 is 15% to 20% faster than Opera 10.63 on Linux and that the browser size on disc has been reduced by almost one-third. Opera has changed the security badge system in place for marking sites as "Verified Safe." Click on the gray web globe icon to the left of the URL bar to check a site's status. Getting information returned was quick with some sites and slow to stalled with others in the beta. Other color-coded badges include yellow for secure and green for trusted. Opera's take on the feature is interesting because it provides quick links for reporting a site as fraud or malware. When browsing with Opera Turbo, the badge will also display estimated data savings. There have been some smaller tweaks to the browser, too. Pinning a tab will now jump it to the left of the tab bar as is done in other browsers. The Personal Bar has been replaced by a Bookmarks Bar, both pulling the browser into parity with the competition and making bookmarks accessible with one click. The new beta is available from download.com and from this early look, it appears to be keeping time with the strong competition from the top few browsers. The first look at Opera 11 Beta 1, I'm Seth Rosenblatt.
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