Category: Opera

Opera Mini Clone – TeaShark

By | October 23, 2007

When you see something new in the web browsers world it always excites you, right? Not this time. TeaShark (alpha) is a mobile web browser and as they say “TeaShark is a new way to use the web when mobile.” It might sound good but it isn’t, it’s a clone. Just take a look at this demonstration.

TeaShark

TeaShark offers few new features although, it’s a smart address entry.

TeaShark Smart Entry

The engine remembers common patterns – popular sites, URLs – and the addresses you have visited*, incrementally filling the address bar as you type.

Find text on the page, del.icio.us bookmarks import, RSS reader and… Ad blocking (sounds cool).

Now I am not sure if they’ve just got some leaked Opera Mini 4 Pre-Beta 3 source or did that on their own, will see I guess…

TeaShark home page.

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Is Your Opera “Crashing” A Lot?

By | October 18, 2007 | 63 Comments

Opera Crashing ClosingWhen I say “Crashing” I mean that it just closes without any errors or notifications. Do you experience this very often and blame Opera for some kind of “bug” which causes it to crash all the time?

In fact, one of the reasons why Opera just closing could be lack of the free HDD space. If you have only like 50 MB of free space or even less you’ve just found a reason for that.

Solution? It’s time to clean your hard drive.

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Opera 9.5 Beta Soon To Come

By | October 17, 2007 | 4 Comments

Opera 9.50 BetaA couple of days ago I’ve asked if anyone know more about “Opera’s Product Launch Party” and of course, no one was able to answer this question. However, today we finally know whole party “reason”. They will be releasing Opera 9.5 next Thursday (25 October).

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Opera 9.24 Released

By | October 17, 2007 | 0 Comments

Opera 9.24Great update from Opera Desktop Team. They have just released Opera 9.24 which fixes some issues. See the list below.

  • Fixed an issue where external news readers and e-mail clients could be used to execute arbitrary code.
  • Fixed an issue where scripts could overwrite functions on pages from other domains.
  • Download Opera 9.24.

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    Opera 9.5 Alpha, New Weekly

    By | October 12, 2007 | 1 Comment

    Opera 9.50 AlphaIt’s been two weeks since previous Opera 9.50 release, this week Opera Desktop Team pleased us with brand new weekly build. It’s still an alpha version so expect some bugs and/or known issues, but they are fixing them… New build introduces some minor new features; one of my favorite ones is: “The Feeds toolbar got a new button to check for updates”. You may check this page for more details regarding this update, not sure if that’s just me but this Opera 9.5 Alpha build is much faster than the previous one, anyone can confirm that? And now… Let’s check the changelog.

    New Features

  • Layout width detection for thumbnails
  • New “logical searching” code — this means that inline find is now practically instant even on very long pages
  • The Feeds toolbar got a new button to check for updates
  • Added “Make Readable” action. Currently, it’s not available through any menu, toolbar, or keyboard shortcut, but it’s possible to bind it manually. How it works: select some text on the page that is hard to read because the font size is too small, then activate the action. The page will automatically zoom up so that the text becomes readable
  • Added support for pointer-events=”boundingBox” in SVG
  • It is now possible to use an SVG image in an IMG element as well as specify one as a background image in CSS
  • Improved performance of JS Date.getX methods
  • Fixed Bugs

  • Fixed an issue where pages could cause scripts to run in opera:historysearch
  • Fixed display of inline elements within justified text
  • Element borders are no longer offset from the area filled with background color
  • No more crashing on contenteditable in XML
  • Text-shadow with 1px blur radius now actually shows some blurring
  • Widgets whose files are in a subdirectory of the zip archive are supported again
  • The list of chat rooms now shows the correct number of users in each room
  • No more repaint artefacts with the dropdown menu on www.subsys.no
    getAttribute will return the updated value after modifying the element’s style properties
  • Two attributes with the same local name and namespace on the same XML element are now a fatal parsing error, as per XML spec
  • Opera no longer spends a lot of time on startup trying to read every file in the cache
    Pending IMAP and POP commands are now preserved and optionally executed on the next startup
  • Getters and setters are now exposed for properties of native JS objects
  • Fixed fetching of POP mail after purging the trash
  • The outline doesn’t follow the “silhouette” of children elements clipped using overflow:hidden anymore
  • Legend is not anymore pushed into the fieldset by a comment before it
  • Entities sent to plugins are now properly decoded, fixes slideshow on www.vg.no
    setTimeout() is no longer confused when an object is passed instead of a numeric delay value
  • Mail passwords are no longer lost when clearing wand passwords
  • No more crashing when installing widgets
  • The client certificate selection dialog now shows the originating server name
  • Messages wouldn’t have attachment icons and wouldn’t show in the Attachment views; fixed now
  • Styling of opera:historysearch is now consistent with other internal Opera pages such as opera:about
  • Bodies of auto-saved drafts wouldn’t display; fixed now
  • Downloads won’t overwrite existing files without warning anymore
  • Fixed an issue with propagation of bottom margins that affected maps.google.com
  • Multiple optimizations in the internal search engine used for searching in visited pages and mail
  • Dozens of other fixes in the rendering engine
  • Speaking of the rendering engine…

    Google - Opera 9.23

    Google - Opera 9.50 Alpha

  • Fixed some more crashers and memory leaks
  • Opera for Windows Bugs Fixed

  • Fixed crasher when dragging a toolbar button from a webpage to the Start bar
  • Speed Dial sometimes showed thumbnails for wrong pages
  • Ellipses in menus were displaed incorrectly on Windows 98
  • Fixed a DDE communication issue
  • Interlaced PNG images with alpha transparency are now displayed correctly in Windows Vista
  • Nonsensical filter is no more shown in the file chooser for a form upload
  • Opera window is no more resizable in full screen mode
  • Left Alt+Shift doesn’t switch the text direction anymore
  • Opera for UNIX Bugs Fixed

  • Icons in the File menu are now properly sized in QT4 builds
  • Ensured that all Flash 9.0 r6* versions get the GTK main loop they need
  • When avoiding to overwrite an existing file, downloads are now renamed to a more scripting-friendly “filename_N.ext” instead of “filename (N).ext”
  • The GTK file chooser is used under XFCE
  • Opera for Mac Bugs Fixed

  • Command-Option-Left/Right added as shortcuts to switch tabs
  • Fixed repaint issues on OS X 10.3
  • KeyCodes for the arrow keys are now compatible with those on Windows
  • The last character or word in an element with text-shadow and opacity is no more lost
  • The click that activates an inactive Opera window is now also handled (e.g. it activates buttons)
  • U+21A9 LEFTWARDS ARROW WITH HOOK character is now rendered properly
  • It’s now possible to play the Dolphin Olympics game again
  • Removed the Brushed Metal skin
  • Don’t forget known issues.

  • [BUG 290358] Bookmarks cannot be selected from the Bookmarks menu
  • [BUG 290355] Opera crashes when clicking bookmarks in Personal bar
  • If you used the Brushed Metal skin in the previous release, Opera for OS X will crash on startup
  • This build fails the Acid2 test
  • [BUG 284849] Yahoo! Mail beta, Flickr maps, Google reader may crash Opera
  • Won’t run correctly on Windows 95 or 98
  • OS X version may cause persistent freezes on start-up
  • POP server cleaning has been disabled: When disabling the “Leave messages on server” option, existing messages on the server are not removed
  • [BUG 287170] On OS X, UI thumbnails have black backgrounds when using native skins
  • [BUG 184894] Native OS X UI elements cannot be used in skins
  • [BUG 280536] Opera on OS X will sometimes freeze when exiting Preferences
  • [BUG 286384] Yahoo mail is broken
  • [BUG 280261] Removing messages from filters does not work
  • [BUG 213115] Queued mail is sent at the next check, instead of waiting for manual action
  • Download

    Windows (Opera 9.50 Alpha, Build 9594)
    Windows Classic (Opera 9.50 Alpha, Build 9594)
    Macintosh (Opera 9.50 Alpha, Build 4487)
    UNIX (Opera 9.50 Alpha, Build 1629)

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    Firefox Mobile vs. Opera Mobile

    By | October 11, 2007 | 3 Comments

    Firefox Mobile vs. Opera MobileYou might think that it’s too early to write topics like “Firefox Mobile vs. Opera Mobile” (but it’s not), I bet there would be pretty much of them really soon.

    We don’t have many details about Firefox Mobile, however, I think that Opera’s Mobile team should be worried already, not because of the features but because Firefox Mobile will be free open-source mobile web browser while Opera Mobile isn’t free or either an open source product.

    Lets’ check finances. Opera Mobile makes good money for the Opera Software. How will it affect Opera’s earnings after Firefox Mobile release? No one knows yet.

    Opera Software already made a mistake once; Opera was a paid browser some time ago, later they have decided to make it free, “bit too late” I would say. As a result, Opera’s market share is still very low; some still thinks that Opera is a paid browser. What about Opera Mobile? Will they make it free as Firefox Mobile is coming? Or will they wait till Firefox Mobile is being released so could see if it’s a “real” competitor or not? Let’s sit and wait.

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    New Internet Channel For Nintendo Wii

    By | October 10, 2007 | 0 Comments

    Opera Nintendo WiiSeems many news today…
    From Opera’s press release speaks for itself.

    Opera today announced Nintendo has started distributing the much-anticipated new version of the Internet Channel for Nintendo Wii. The Internet Channel now features new ways to share, communicate and enjoy the Internet Channel by adding support for a USB keyboard and enhanced ways to communicate with your Wii friends.

    Hardware support for any USB keyboard makes typing both easier and faster. Simply plug any standard USB keyboard into one of the two USB ports on your Nintendo Wii and you are ready to write email, compose blog posts, comment in forums and much more. Also making text input more comfortable are several new keyboard-specific shortcuts to be used with the existing soft keyboard, such as using the “B” button on the Wii remote as a “Shift” button.

    Send to a friend enables you to send links to your favorite Web sites – or the one you are currently browsing – to your Wii friends whom you have added in your Wii. You can also add a message to send along with the link. When your Wii friend opens the message, they can immediately visit the page in the Internet Channel.

    The new Internet Channel for Nintendo Wii carries additional usability improvements. Users can now copy information from a Web page and paste it directly into the search field. Users may also store nine more favorites, bringing the total to 56. Visit the Wii Shop Channel to download the new Internet Channel today.

    Internet Channel Features.
    Opera for Nintendo.

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    Control Your Opera Web Browser Using Voice

    By | October 10, 2007 | 1 Comment

    Opera VoiceDaniel Goldman wrote a nice tip using PCMech.com video for the Opera users. You can control your web browser using Opera Voice. Basically I haven’t ever tried this feature but after seeing short video decided to do that. If you want to try it yourself, go the Opera Tools > Preferences > Advanced > Voice and check “Enable voice-controlled browsing”. It should download additional 10-11 megabytes now and you can start using it. Don’t forget to check Opera’s Voice video.

    I’ve used it for a few minutes only but it’s still fun I guess. However, first thought that I will be able to type any URL using my voice but I couldn’t. Also haven’t found “Read Feeds” option. I guess this feature needs a small upgrade. Maybe not. Still checking tutorials for more details.

    Learn More
    Opera Voice Tutorial

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    Opera 9.5, Is This A Bug (Part 2)?

    By | October 5, 2007 | 5 Comments

    Opera 9.5Not so long time ago I’ve posted an article called “Opera 9.5, Is This A Bug Or A Feature?“.

    Today I’ve found one more “possible bug”. When Opera 9.23 and Opera 9.5 Alpha is running and you are trying to launch “Opera 9.5 Alpha\opera.exe” it opens you a blank page (opera:blank) in Opera 9.23 and not Opera 9.5. Why?

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    2007 September Browsers Market Share Results

    By | October 1, 2007 | 6 Comments

    2007 September Browsers Market Share ResultsIt’s time for yet another post about web browsers market share. You may check August results here.

    It’s the second month since Internet Explorer is losing its market share. This time it felt from 78.68% to 77.86% (0.82% decrease).

    What about Firefox? Good news for Firefox fans, this web browser managed to increase its market share from 14.56% to 14.88% (0.32% increase). Maybe will reach 15% soon. Who knows…

    Safari is doing very well. Actually it managed to increase its market share from 4.68% to 5.07% (0.39% increase) and reached 5% of the market share. Congratulations.

    Opera continues to lose its market share since July, even Opera 9.5 Alpha release haven’t increased it’s market share. This time it felt yet another 0.01%, from 0.88% to 0.87% (0.01% decrease).

    Netscape slightly increased its market share after the previous 0.04% drop. From 0.71% to 0.72% (0.01% increase).

    While Opera doing not so well, Opera Mini as always continues to increase its market share from 0.27% to 0.39% (0.12% increase).

    That’s all.

    Here’s a graph of current browsers market share. Thanks to HitsLink.

    Market Share 2007 August

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