When Opera Software presented a new look and feel to its browser earlier this year, the company made a large part of the upcoming changes. "We are posting web content at the center stage," the opera team said on its blog. And early previews of the design seemed to be quite paired, allowing users to browse "unimpeded by unnecessary disturbances" that the opera team put it.
Well Opera recently released what the company refers to as Reborn 3, the latest version of its flagship desktop browser, and it is tempting to reject the name so little more than the hype marketing. However, given the relentless and completely unspecified updates released by the Chromium project every six weeks, it can also be difficult to denote actual major releases of browsers based on the Chromium "Reborn" moniker. However, after spending some time with Reborn 3, the name seems accurate. For Opera, this is a significant update that goes far beyond what came with the move to Chromium 60.
Opera Reborn 3 or Opera 60 if you want to stick with version numbers features that recently debuted in Opera's mobile browsers to the desktop. The three major in this release are support for blockchain-secured transactions, a mobile version crypto wallet, and a new overall look with light and dark themes available. So, if you haven't checked out Opera lately, it's worth revising, especially for the older Opera fans who are still struggling with the switch from the Opera & # 39; s Presto thread engine to Google's Blink Rendering Engine.
Once upon a time, Opera sent a complaint to the EU saying Internet Explorer held back online "by not following approved web standards." The Opera's founders (who have since moved to other things) probably never thought their browser would one day share a rendering engine with Internet Explorer, but it does now. And it is true, this is not the Opera in the old ̵
Having said that, the user base (like the other browser) pales next to Google Chrome. But Opera was the originator of many things we all take for granted that have become part of the browser these days. Tabbed surfing, mouse movements and "quick selection" on the page thumbnails on new tabs are just some of the things that started life in Opera. The company's innovation track is impressive, and it draws attention to what Opera does.
Firefox, Chrome and the rest have long copied all the features mentioned above, but for a long time if you wanted to know what the future of the browser looked like you checked in with what Opera did. So while Opera may have chosen aspects of the current one vogue playbook by taking a web-centric approach to Reborn 3, what makes this latest release interesting is that gives quite a few new things that still feel Far away from what the rest of the market does.
The first thing that pops out about Opera 60 is that they Most of the new features first came in the mobile version first and came to the desktop afterwards.This makes sense that much of Opera's user base today is on mobile. In fact, mobile is an area where Opera still conducts the browser field with significant innovation.
Opera Touch For example, it has been able to do something that no other mobile browser has yet pulled off, making it easy to flip one hand even on larger devices. n built-in cookie dialog blocks that are actually quite effective at hiding the annoying legal compliance laws.
I've also long been a fan of Opera Mini, which is a perfect mobile browser for bandwidth limited situations. Opera Mini beeps all traffic through Opera's servers to first compress pages, after which they are sent to the phone in much smaller form. This saves significant bandwidth. I wouldn't use it for mobile banking, but it's great for casual web surfing on sketchy 2G / 3G connections.
Obviously, Opera's desktop offering with Reborn 3 is significantly less innovative compared to the two. But this latest release still offers many features you won't find in Chrome or Firefox, including the new blocking support and the crypto wallet. What will be most obvious to Opera users in this update, however, is the new look.
Any visual redesign is likely to undo at least some existing users, and Opera 60 is no exception, judged by Opera forums. That said, in my eye, the new look is very nice. It is clean, thoughtful in terms of functionalization, and does a good job of staying out of the actual website.
The new look follows the general trend that is enchanting browsers for many years, and reduces the user interface in the name better to display the website. Opera does not carry this trend as far as any competitors, however. For example, the browser retains its very useful sidebar.
You can hide the sidebar if you don't use it, but personally I don't worry about the browser using horizontal screen real estate. Even my small 12-inch, 1080p display is wider than most websites. What I don't dislike is losing vertical real estate to the user interface, and Opera has gone completely minimalist and takes up fewer vertical pixels than even my other favorite browser in this regard, Vivaldi.
In fact, the Opera 60-redesign carries more than a passing resemblance to Vivaldi, a browser that was once known as the spiritual successor to the ancient old Opera. Reborn 3 has a similar appearance sidebar, square tabs and generally minimalist feel. Perhaps Opera has still been aware of the recent efforts of its co-founder, Jon von Tetzchner, who now serves as CEO of Vivaldi.
While I like Opera's new look, it's not without any flaws. Like Firefox, if you open more tabs than what fits on the screen, it scrolls them on the screen. While I realize that many people like this (judged by Opera's user forums), it makes me crazy, just keep doing the tabs less.
On the plus side, the operator's menu in the toolbar, complete with large preview images of the current hovered loss, is great for quickly finding that needle in a haystack. What would be even better is whether it could be activated and navigated with the keyboard.
The other two challenges in Opera 60 redesign are two new buttons in the menu bar, one for the "easy setup" menu and another for snapshot tools. The simple setup menu was previously on the startup page. Moving it to the toolbar means that most things you want to change regularly, clear your browser data, enable / disable the sidebar, and more, are just a click away. This is useful because Opera's settings page, but not as labyrinthine as Vivaldi, remains extensive. Finding what you want can take a minute.
Still image tool is another nice one to have easy access too, but for those who don't not much of online research, there may be some less useful.
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