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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    • kooky

      This build feel faster than the previous one,as fast as the first alpha i get ~
      but bookmark din work:(