Sunday Special

May 29th, 2011

Whether you’re keen on new HTML5 APIs, SVG performance, page load performance, or bug fixes: Opera’s Core department delivers with this large update. This is a feature packed release with a new implementation of the HTML5 history extension API, custom data-* attributes API, Element.classList API (sweet!), and more.

The Desktop team has also been busy. We have extended the capabilities of tab stacking into the Windows panel. We have also made some other improvements and ironed out a few bugs with tab handling along the way. Session saving, and internal favicon handling should now be faster and more robust. Please give these areas some extra attention when testing, and particularly possible data loss bugs related to sessions.

Opera Mail got a new tool to help prevent bulk unsolicited email senders from confirming your address as being active. All external images are blocked by default, but we now include a new toolbar that will allow you to temporarily allow loading the external images from a trusted sender. The sender can also be added to a white-list from the toolbar.

Mac users of Opera Next must manually update to this release to get auto-update working. The update should be going out tomorrow for the rest of you. Manual downloads are available for the impatient. 😉

Known issues

  • Opera Next does not start from the application launcher in many popular Linux and FreeBSD Desktop Environments: To work around start from the terminal ‘opera-next &’. Alternatively edit ‘/usr/share/applications/opera-next-browser.desktop’ and change ‘StartupNotify=true’ to ‘StartupNotify=false’ and then log out and back into your Desktop Environment.
  • Inspecting elements with Dragonfly does not always work
  • Clicking the link on the Intranet toolbar on Mac does not work

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.