Barracuda gets some teeth

February 24th, 2011


Today we will ship the first of many changes for Speed Dial that is targeted for the upcoming Barracuda release. It will, however, be delivered in separate pieces before you will see the entire puzzle laid out.

Opera’s Speed Dial was first introduced in an Opera 9.20 snapshot on Feb 28th 2007. The idea came about as we observed that people kept typing the same addresses for a few of their favorite websites again and again. Getting to their top websites could mean hundreds or thousands of clicks on the keyboard in a single day. The solution we came up with was very simple but very powerful. And today it’s still one of the most loved, and copied, features in Opera.

But now it’s time to move Speed Dial to the next level. We are going to make Speed Dial more fluid, dynamic and easier to use! What is included in this snapshot is the new flow layout. Please remember this is just a first peek at the changes we are making. Many very smart and innovative solutions are on the way. So stay tuned!

Also being introduced in this snapshot is the first stage of improvements to discover more of the features of Opera. Don’t worry, there won’t be any pop-up bubbles or constant nagging. Instead, we are going to have subtle animations and messages to remind you of features you can use in Opera.

Let us know if you can find the three features we have added discoverability to. 🙂

Known issues

  • Speed Dial synchronization is disabled for now
  • Address bar not focused when starting Opera with extensions
  • Tabs opened by extensions open to the left instead of the right
  • Using the Content Blocker while logged in to Opera Link can cause a crash
  • Ctrl+Shift+V opening in a new background tab
  • Slightly older skin
  • Mouse panning broken on Windows
  • Drag and drop to Attachments field opens files in Opera on Windows
  • No HTML5 media playback on Mac
  • International font settings are not remembered on Mac
  • Broken Cyrillic local paths on Mac
  • Cannot copy text from certain applications on 64bit Linux/FreeBSD
  • KDE File selector can not save to a non-existing file on Linux/FreeBSD
  • Workspace is incorrect with the X11 toolkit on Linux/FreeBSD

WARNING: This is a development snapshot: It contains the latest changes, but may also have severe known issues, including crashes, and data loss situations. In fact, it may not work at all.