Opera

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5
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Average User Rating:
4.3
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Quick Specs

  • Version:
    11.62
  • Total Downloads:
    12,983,596
  • Date Added:
    Mar. 27, 2012
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    670.72KB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    11,874
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • 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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5 stars

"Still my favorite (and most used) program on PC"

April 28, 2012  |  By boki101

 |  Version: Opera 11.62

Pros

Opera changed recently and I have to say I wasn't very happy with so many changes,but I got used to them and I continuously discover new features of it,like a new and improved mail client,opera link or synchronization,unite or opera turbo.

Cons

I can't think of any at the moment...

Summary

I use firefox from time to time,but Opera is 100 percent the best freeware program I have installed on my PC.

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3 stars

"Going downhill since version 9"

April 27, 2012  |  By craxd

 |  Version: Opera 11.62

Pros

Still loads pages fast.

Cons

Right click on link menu will not open links in another tab, nor open the link period, in version 11.

Can't easily add multiple-same bookmarks in the bookmark menu. This has been this way since version 9, and still doesn't work correctly.

Secure sites like Paypal, eBay, and others wont load the pages properly, even though Opera has been made aware of this since version 9.


Opera has a bad bug in that while opening a page, it acts as if it times out, and reloads the page, forcing you to wait until it reloads it again. This generally happens on pages with a lot of content on them, such as pictures, etc. The page has been known to reload or reset up to 3 to 4 times, in order to load an entire page, thus dragging out the time way longer than it should.

Summary

I have been using Opera since version 3, (when you still had to pay for it), and was a faithful user. It seems that since newer versions than version 9 came out, Opera has went downhill, as far as the amount of bugs, and not showing or loading pages properly.

When reporting the bugs to Opera, via their own forum, a programmer wrote back that when checking my other older posts, it was always a complaint, when, the bugs were supposed posted there, or to be reported and fixed. This was due to me making a comment that they should forget adding the whistles and bells, and make Opera load all the pages properly.

I also saw a reply from Opera, stating that Opera would only work right with the newest version of HTML, which discounts Java, and any other web programming. That was their attitude about it, in that if it wasn't their way, with HTML 5, that it wouldn't be any other, period. In other words, they don't care that you don't experience the web properly.

The only thing that Opera has, now, that I like over a browser like Firefox, is the page loading speed. In reality, Firefox will not show a page until its mostly been downloaded, and Opera begins "painting" the page, when the data download begins.

I will be going back to Firefox, as version 11.62 has way too many bugs in it. What are their Beta testers doing, twittling their thumbs, and claiming it will work when it clearly will not, again?

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2 stars

"They've killed it !"

April 26, 2012  |  By blueboy1949

 |  Version: Opera 11.62

Pros

None that comes to mind !

Cons

Unstable, doesn't load pages properly.

Summary

Opera used to be my first choice browser, not anymore much slower than it used to be . Why try and fix something when it's not broken, look how many people download Firefox in comparison to Opera,doesn't that tell you something !

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4 stars

"Excellent !"

April 23, 2012  |  By TCheng

 |  Version: Opera 11.62

Pros

Very fast,
Very user-friendly,
Very pleasing and elegant.

Cons

Bookmarking and other extensions would further enhance user experience.

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5 stars

"its faster than all others i have tried"

April 20, 2012  |  By sammiedgar

 |  Version: Opera 11.62

Pros

it's user friendly

Cons

easy to install

Summary

perfect support

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5 stars

"it's free and getting better"

April 19, 2012  |  By palsdad1946

 |  Version: Opera 11.62

Pros

just a good upgrade

Cons

still waiting for a con

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5 stars

"The best! I love it!"

April 15, 2012  |  By LiliaMSU

 |  Version: Opera 11.62

Pros

Can't do better than this one!

Cons

Does not have the add-ons I like

Summary

Beautiful, fast and efficient - this is the ultimate browser. The only reason I often switch to Firefox is because of the add-ons, especially Scrapbook Gomita, I like saving screenshots of my favorite articles and I can't do that with Opera. Too bad I can't ''import'' my add-ons from Firefox to Opera...! Still even without the add-ons this browser is simply the best, a real masterpiece! Thank you Opera inventors!

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5 stars

"Best browser ever"

April 11, 2012  |  By Al_freds

 |  Version: Opera 11.62

Pros

Loads of them, very happy with the way it handles everything.

Cons

Definitely none from me

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3 stars

"Gave it a chance, now giving it the boot."

April 04, 2012  |  By Imogen7Ryan

 |  Version: Opera 11.62

Pros

Some of the features as explained in the vid sound appealing though none different than the other browsers.

Cons

When I heard it has lots of extensions I was over the moon. But when I got to the page...Most of them where in a foreign language with no English translation so I was very disappointed.

Summary

I have tried so many browsers that all have promised one thing or another but I have decided I am staying with a big player and re-installing the next one down. At least they are reliable and do what they say and more. And if they were *that* bad, then why are they at the top?

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5 stars

"Opera innovates, everyone else imitates"

April 04, 2012  |  By gesundheit911

 |  Version: Opera 11.62

Pros

Opera continues its long history of advanced features and expanding the capability of browsers. At the same time, Opera is reliable and not crash prone like its imitators (e.g. infernal exploder, firefox, chrome).



Opera is (and continues to be) the only browser that adheres to and obeys ALL internet standards mandated by the World Wide Web Consortium (www.w3.org), all of the more popular violates those standards.



Opera can do everything that the other browsers can do or claim to do, but with less bloat and more speed - and without requiring 30 or 40 plugins like firefox requires. Opera also doesn't include chrome's spyware.

Cons

The only con is not Opera's fault: websites owners deliberately cripple their sites for anyone not using one or two "big name" browsers. You have to tell Opera to pretend it is a different browser, then you will have the same experience as those using other browsers.

Summary

Opera has it all and works better than other more popular browsers. Anyone who uses it objectively will know that. Opera is also backwards compatible with older OSes. And Opera can be used without a mouse, only a keyboard, something none of the "big" browsers can do.



If you encounter a website run by jerks (e.g. google), sites claiming "Opera isn't a modern browser", do this:



(1) Right click on the page then

(2) Choose "Edit Site Preferences", then

(3) Choose "Network", then

(4) Choose "Browser Identification" and select "Mask as Firefox".



Now press F5. You will see the exact same page as show to firefox users.

The only websites where Opera "doesn't work" are websites run by jerks. They design their websites to ONLY work with one or two browsers, and deliberately cripple the site to harass users of browsers other than what the site owner prefers.



Here are two screenshots of google's main page, both viewed with Opera 11.61, and were taken one minute apart on the same computer:



http://img191.imagevenue.com/img.php?image=872479355_Opera_identifying_as_Opera__122_490lo.jpg



http://img257.imagevenue.com/img.php?image=872532440_Opera_masked_as_firefox__122_25lo.jpg



In the first one Opera identified itself as Opera. In the second, Opera identified itself as firefox. Why do they look different when it is the same software on the same computer? There is no justifiable reason for that.



The only reason companies do that is they are afraid of competition, so they harass people who don't use their product. The intent is to harass people enough so they stop using the browser being targeted.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 11.62
Version 11.62 fixed issues with address field focus lost on restart when installing extensions with a toolbar button, inefficient loading order of resources, and Updated tr/hu/cs language strings.
General
Publisher Opera Software
Publisher web site http://www.opera.com/
Release Date March 27, 2012
Date Added March 27, 2012
Version 11.62
Category
Category Browsers
Subcategory Web Browsers
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 670.72KB
File Name Opera_NI_stable.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 12,983,596
Downloads Last Week 11,874
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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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