Speed Dial, now with crisp thumbnails

April 1st, 2011

Hello from the Opera Wroclaw team.

This snapshot adds more fixes to the new Barracuda Speed Dial, taking away the need to reload all the Speed Dial items on each and every zoom level change. Opera will now cache your thumbnails in the biggest size needed and resize them as requested, adding necessary padding. The thumbnails for pages with the “view-mode: minimized” media type will change their rendering viewport width when zoomed above 100%, and keep a fixed viewport when zoomed below that. We hope this will make your thumbnails readable regardless of the Speed Dial zoom level.

The build brings also some improvements to thumbnail quality; your favorite pages should now be nice and sharp.

We haven’t just been working on Speed Dial, though. There’s a new Core upgrade, Windows installer fixes, numerous crash fixes, and more!

As usual, this is still work in progress, so we count on your feedback to inform us about any problems you might encounter with this build.

And remember, this is not an April Fools’ Day joke:

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.

Known Issues

  • Upgrading from older Barracuda installations could cause Speed Dial thumbnail quality problems
  • My Opera community Speed Dial may not finish loading on a clean install