Opera for Mac

Opera for Mac

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
3.3
out of 138 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    11.61
  • Total Downloads:
    482,517
  • Date Added:
    Jan. 24, 2012
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    1.29MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    831
  • Platform:
    Mac
  • Product ranking:
    #3 in Web Browsers

Editors' Review

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The bottom line: Extensions, highly competitive page-load times, cutting edge features, and strong support for "future Web" technologies make Opera 11 one of the best browsers available.

Review:
The second-oldest browser currently in use, Opera debuted way back in 1995 and has recently undergone a major overhaul. No longer the quirky choice of enthusiasts, Opera has developed into a robust, full-featured suite of browsing tools.

Opera covers the basics with tabbed browsing, mouse-over previews, a customizable search bar, advanced bookmarking tools, and simple integration with e-mail and chat clients. Mouse-gesture support, keyboard shortcuts, and drag-and-drop functionality round out the essentials.

Installation
Installing Opera is a fast and short process, taking less than two minutes. Many of Opera's built-in features require creating a MyOpera account, but the browser will only prompt you to do so when you use them for the first time--it's not required to browse.

Tap the "Options" button on the first install screen to reveal configuration tweaks. Besides changing the browser's default language and install path, you can also install for just the currently-signed on user, or choose to install Opera directly to an external device. It's a great, simple way to create a portable version of Opera for a USB key.

Interface
Opera's interface keeps the same look that debuted in Opera 10.50, with a condensed menu button in the upper left corner, tabs on top, and a translucent status bar on the bottom that hosts buttons to reveal Opera's Panels, and to activate Link, Unite, and Turbo. The bottom right corner of the status bar sports a dedicated zoom button.

Buttons on the navigation bar have been condensed, and are now the same height as the location bar. This gives the interface a polished look, and minimizes the amount of space that the bar takes up. The search box, located in its default space to the right of the location bar, can be removed. That and further interface customizations can be made by right-clicking on the navigation bar and selecting customize.

Extension buttons appear to the right of the search box, as they do in Google Chrome, while a recycle bin for quickly re-opening recently closed tabs lives on the right side of the tab bar.

The influence of the radical interface changes that Google Chrome introduced in 2008 can be seen here, from the tabs on top to the extension icons, yet Opera's personality does still come through enough to have a different vibe and feel from Chrome.

Features and support
The five major browsers have been liberally borrowing features and innovations from each other for years, yet Opera has developed a reputation for showcasing some of the more interesting browser developments first.

Opera 11 introduces tab stacks, a tab grouping mechanism similar in concept to Firefox 4's Panorama, but completely based in the tab bar. To use it, drag one tab on top of another. The bottom tab will disappear, and an arrow will appear to the right of the tab. Click it to reveal the stack, and drag a tab off the stack to separate it. Where Panorama's global viewpoint makes it easy to see all your tab groups, Opera's tab stacking feels much smoother and more intuitive.

As noted earlier, extensions have finally come to Opera in version 11. Opera uses a lightweight extension framework based in HTML, CSS, and JavaScript to minimize the processor hit that add-ons can incur. If you're familiar with the extension networks in the WebKit-based Chrome and Safari, you'll be very comfortable with how Opera handles its add-ons. It's interesting to note that Opera sees extensions as singing in harmony with their existing Widgets framework, saying that widgets are basically stand-alone Web-based applications, while extensions are for changing the user experience in-browser.

A third big change is the introduction of on-demand plug-ins. This is a feature that has been on the periphery of user awareness for a while, but it's about to go big as it provides much more control to users over page security and page load times. It's great for people who are rightly worried about unpatched Flash and QuickTime security exploits, or just want sites to load faster. Go to Preferences, Advanced, then Content to toggle it.

Another change comes to the security badge system, which marks sites as "verified safe". Click on the gray "Web" globe icon to the left of the URL bar to check a site's status. Getting information returned was quick on most sites, although it was a bit slow for others. The badges are colored yellow for "secure", green for "trusted", and blue for when you're running Opera's Turbo mode, another excellent feature that's designed for assisting people surfing on slower connections. The Turbo badge will also display estimated data savings. You can turn on Turbo using the button in the status bar at the bottom left of the browser.

Opera's site badges also include a useful reporting mechanism, so it's easy to report a site as fraudulent or malicious.

There have been some smaller tweaks to the browser, too. Pinning a tab will now jump it to the left of the tab bar, as is done in other browsers. The personal bar has been replaced, too, by a bookmarks bar, both pulling the browser into parity with the competition and making bookmarks accessible with one click.

Opera's extras push it to among the top of the class. Opera's desktop widgets can appear anywhere, and Opera Unite and its deep feature set for file sharing and streaming is now available to Mac users. Quick Find has improved the search tool, allowing for full text searching from the address field, the history panel, and opera:historysearch. We're also fans of the inline spell checker that supports 51 languages, and the recent addition of the auto-updater. Unlike Chrome's automatic updates, Opera plays nice with its users and gives you several choices as to how to implement auto-updating, including disabling it.

There's Growl and multitouch trackpad support on Macs, support for some HTML5 including next-generation video and audio codec WebM, geolocation compatibility, Web Workers, App Cache, and Web fonts. The Web Open Font Format (WOFF), which Opera co-sponsored, hasn't yet been added, although Opera expects it will be soon. Meanwhile, Opera Link enables Bookmarks, the Personal bar, Speed Dial, and Notes synchronization across all other Opera instances, including the iPhone's Opera Mini. Opera's availability on multiple mobile and desktop platforms makes it uniquely appealing as a one-stop browser shop.

One of Opera's lesser-known features is its integrated mail client. It's a reasonable alternative to Outlook, offering many similar features. It can handle importing mailbox files from Outlook Express, Thunderbird, Netscape, and Eudora, supports POP3 and IMAP, and quickly synced with Gmail when we added our account.

There are other features in Opera, including tab previews, newsgroups support, a built-in session manager, and a fantastic array of customizations that rivals Firefox. Of all the browsers out there, Opera ships with a massive feature set and is an excellent choice for users who want something fast and robust right out of the box.

Performance
Opera some big performance improvements in this version, and they appear to bear out. In addition to helping some pages load up to 30 percent faster simple by toggling the plug-ins, as described in the features section above, the browser's performance in general has been improved. Opera says that Opera 11 is 15 to 20 percent faster than Opera 10.63, and that the browser size on disk has been reduced by almost one-third.

Full benchmarks will be added here as they are completed, but preliminary results indicate that Opera 11's page-load times remain comparable to Google Chrome's on publicly-available benchmark tests like Google's V8, WebKit's SunSpider 0.9.1, Mozilla's Kraken, and Futuremark's Peacekeeper.

Conclusion
Opera is in firm grip of the 5th-place slot in the race to be the world's most-used browser. It doesn't have the backing of a major corporation like Apple's Safari, Google's Chrome, or Microsoft's Internet Explorer, and it lacks the massive developer's community of Mozilla's Firefox. What it does have, and these are recent developments to be sure, are a fantastic combination of speed and built-in services.

Opera undoubtedly has what it takes to unseat even the biggest-name browsers. You just need to hear it sing.

 
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    out of 138 votes

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    • 4 star 28
    • 3 star 14
    • 2 star 14
    • 1 star 34
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5 stars

"The Best!! <br />The Best!!"

February 16, 2012  |  By muneer_ha

 |  Version: Opera 11.61

Pros

everything!!!

Cons

nothing!!!

Summary

The best

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1 stars

"It doesn't display the web pages correctly."

February 03, 2012  |  By FriskyKid

 |  Version: Opera 11.61

Pros

Nothing I can think of.

Cons

It doesn't display the web pages correctly. For sample in my.yahoo.com. And a sign up page for Yahoo is not displaying correctly either. Something missing?? Flash??

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3 stars

"Deal-breaking flaw: no 1Password support"

January 24, 2012  |  By gbdoc

 |  Version: Opera 11.61

Pros

Great browser, ....

Cons

.... but the 1Password extension is indispensable, so the lack of it in Opera is a deal-breaker. Since Opera does use extensions, perhaps they'd make this possible some day, when I'd love to use it. In the meantime, Safari, Chrome, and Firefox are all pretty good, too.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 11.61

User interface

Fixed
  • New web handlers tab in the Site Preferences dialog cut off, dialog not wide enough
  • Crash when clicking "Use master password to protect saved passwords" checkbox
  • Occasional crash when clicking a link or opening a new tab
  • Opera crashes when closing a tab that has the Star Menu opened
  • Can't close Star Menu after opening Folders
  • Opera crashes while closing feeds tab while dialog is open
  • Opera loses advanced download settings after restart
  • Opera Turbo Tooltip repeated multiple times
  • Wrong new reload icon
  • Zoom factor lost after selecting another message
  • Bookmark star icon is not refreshed when the page is removed from the bookmarks
  • Drop support for Fallback Background = 0 and Fallback Foreground = 0 in skins, fixes layout in mail window with some 3rd party skins
  • Can't click plugins in Mac OSX 10.5

Display and scripting

Fixed
  • thepokerbay.org user profile crashes onload
  • Crash in Carakan on WebGL benchmark
  • Crash on applying 3025 background images
  • Out of range memory access when using subpixel rendering
  • Secure IFrame with URL to image lowers security level to "Unsecure" (breaks Paypal checkout)
  • Opera freezes when loading a big session with the Tab vault extension
  • NFL.com crashes with admuncher installed
  • Overwritten document.selectSingleNode not called if invoked by helper function
  • load events fire on LINK elements pointing to existing local resources (link rel="stylesheet" href="file://...")
  • Do not cache invalid UserJS source files ("blacklisting" user javascript files on parse error)
  • Cannot scroll down with mouse wheel over IFRAME with scrolling=no if smooth scrolling is enabled
  • stylesheet not applied due to malformed gzip content
  • Userjs confirmation on secure pages pops up on every load of the page
  • Incorrect value of elements in ArrayBufferView created with byteOffset to an ArrayBuffer
  • Captcha Images is not refreshing automatically after site refresh

Mail, news, chat

Fixed
  • Opera crashes on updating mail from version 9.27
  • Crashes if you unpin the last message in the "Pinned" view
  • Check/Send (Ctrl+K) does not activate all mail accounts
  • Sorting problem with ungrouped mail list
  • Mail unread count is wrong
  • Users not receiving new mails because of QRESYNC. Added a way to disable QRESYNC in incomingN.txt and automatically disable it if fails to sync with QRESYNC enabled

Network

Fixed
  • Crash in host resolver when closing browser after loading large number of tabs simultaneously
  • IPv6 IP literal URLs "Invalid"

Security

Fixed
  • Fixed an issue where manipulation of framed content can allow cross-site scripting, as reported by Michal Zalewski; see our advisory
  • Fixed an issue here script events could be used to reveal the presence of local files; see our advisory
General
Publisher Opera Software
Publisher web site http://www.opera.com/
Release Date January 24, 2012
Date Added January 24, 2012
Version 11.61
Category
Category Browsers
Subcategory Web Browsers
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.7, Mac OS X 10.4, Mac OS X 10.5, Macintosh, Mac OS X 10.6
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 1.29MB
File Name Opera_NI_stable.zip
Popularity
Total Downloads 482,517
Downloads Last Week 831
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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