May 31st, 2011
Welcome to the Swordfish (Opera 11.50) Beta!
Thanks to everyone who provided us with feedback and comments during the pre-beta testing of Swordfish. With this beta, Swordfish will be brought to an even wider audience. We will get an even better idea about issues that need to be ironed out before the final version is released.
There are several new things in the beta, and there should be something for everyone to enjoy.
First of all, we have new features like Speed Dial extensions, password synchronization through Opera Link, and the Opera Next development channel which allows you to keep your main Opera installation and your test installation separate.
We have of course continued to polish Speed Dial. For example, the screenshot on the right shows a new “Add Speed Dial” dialog which lets you choose between sites and extensions using thumbnails in the dialog itself.
There are also numerous other smaller and bigger fixes and enhancements, such as holding down Ctrl when clicking a link to open it in the background, tab handling improvements (that among other things allow you to stack tabs in the Windows panel), and so on.
In addition to all these (and more) desktop fixes and enhancement, Presto has received an upgrade as well. Not only are there numerous bug fixes, but our Core team has implemented a number of new HTML5 features, improved SVG performance, tweaked the memory usage of the EcmaScript cache, and more.
Take a look at the changelogs (linked below) for the full details on what’s new in the Swordfish beta.