Opera

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Average User Rating:
4.3
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Quick Specs

  • Version:
    11.64
  • Total Downloads:
    12,643,771
  • Date Added:
    May 10, 2012
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    31.05MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    13,617
  • 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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1 stars

"absolutely useless"

July 27, 2012  |  By laago

 |  Version: Opera 11.64

Pros

absolutely none

Cons

OK Opera bookmarks facility...............useless
'''''''''Turbo? ''.................what the f..k does it do?
''''''''''search '' .................never works?
I use Chrome, Firefox & now Opera, the 1st 2 have no problems WITHOUT USING HOTKEYS, (just drag & drop with mouse, Opera never?
So if you have to use soft keys or whatever it takes fore-ver
What's the point?
How can you guys put up with it, WHY do you guys put up with it?

Summary

OK Opera bookmarks facility...............useless
'''''''''Turbo? ''.................what the f..k does it do?
''''''''''search '' .................never works?
I use Chrome, Firefox & now Opera, the 1st 2 have no problems WITHOUT USING HOTKEYS, (just drag & drop with mouse, Opera never?
So if you have to use soft keys or whatever it takes fore-ver
What's the point?
How can you guys put up with it, WHY do you guys put up with it?

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5 stars

"The best browser bar none."

June 15, 2012  |  By mgillespie

 |  Version: Opera 11.64

Pros

Uber-fast
Uber-secure
Great default featureset
Available on most platforms
Syncs data to all platforms
Great HTML5 support
Tiny download (10MB) 1/4 the size of other bloaty browsers
Mail client is REALLY good, and does RSS and Newsgroups
Development tools (Dragonfly) makes Mozilla and Google's offerings look rather pathetic in comparison.

Cons

Not as many extensions are other browsers, but most of the good ones are already included as main functionality.

Summary

The king of browsers. It's what everyone should be using in a ideal world where money doesn't talk.

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2 stars

"Chrome is much better"

June 12, 2012  |  By ronaldo_d

 |  Version: Opera 11.64

Pros

opera can't search by image in google images

Opera can't save facebook photos in right-click and can't save photos from a slide show

opera is slow at start up

opera can't recognize the asian language if you search from fast search bar

Cons

chrome is better browser and its benefits are so many, I will continue to use it .

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5 stars

"best...<br />best web beowser"

June 06, 2012  |  By pdsoni

 |  Version: Opera 11.64

Pros

best...best...best...

Cons

best...best...best...

Summary

best...best...best...

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5 stars

"Stable. Customizable. Efficiently set-up."

May 31, 2012  |  By 7651form

 |  Version: Opera 11.64

Pros

Very Stable. I used to think that it had problems with flash (or rather that flash offered it no consideration), but I recently tried chrome for a period and i cant open 2 youtube videos without a crash, so perhaps it is ahead of the competition. I LITERALLY run 80-100 tabs at once and it doesn't even flinch. I'm not sure if I'm awesome or just a hoarder, but I always end up with a huge tab bar, that often consists of 5-10 pornographic videos in flash, 2-3 youtube videos, some streaming asnime, 20-30 wikipedia articles, all my emails, 4chan boards and miscellania.

Cons

PROS CONTINUED:

Opening from previous sessions (a feature that opera has had for quite a while now, and the other browsers are just now catching on). It opens fast, with a hundred tabs in my previos sessions it takes, maybe, 45 seconds. When I have so many tabs I can set them horizontally, or even better, right-click and scroll to my latest viewed pages. The mouse gestures work great, always have. Everything is customizable. Like your reload button on the right side? Move it over there. The search feature is awesome and I have like 20 of them setup. I don't use bookmarks, so I cant really comment on that, but the search feature fills this role for me. Wanna look up nazis on wiki? Just type "w nazis" in the address bar. It's probably faster than bookmarks honestly. Setting one up is as easy as right clicking on the search bar of any website and choosing a hotkey for it.

CONS:
Updates automatically
Lots of sites don't like to support it.

Summary

Best browser I have ever used. And yes I have tried the others. It doesn't take as much (or any) customization as people say. Indeed you just need to get over the bad design of Firefox and open yourself to efficiency.

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5 stars

"Opera is Great!"

May 23, 2012  |  By pprgl

 |  Version: Opera 11.64

Pros

Very easy to use. I was able to copy my bookmarks right into Opera without missing a beat. I like the simplicity of the browser.

Cons

None that I can think of.

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3 stars

"could be better."

May 20, 2012  |  By ThatGuy90

 |  Version: Opera 11.64

Pros

fast with a nice UI.

Cons

complicated to use, importing bookmarks to the bookmark bar (from other brothers) is extremely difficult.

- bloated.

Summary

it's alright, if you have the time and patients.

Updated on May 21, 2012

browsers* not brothers lol

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3 stars

"Not the best, not the worst"

May 20, 2012  |  By bmd1020

 |  Version: Opera 11.64

Pros

Speed dial

Cons

Bookmarking

Summary

I keep reading about the speed of Opera but I seldom experience it. Chrome and Firefox are both much faster. I do use it because of the Speed Dial, but I many times have to load Chrome to get where I want to be in a timely manner.

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3 stars

"not bad but nothing exceptional."

May 18, 2012  |  By cnetguy7

 |  Version: Opera 11.64

Pros

- fast
- addons available
- quick dial pretty neat

Cons

- memory hog
- not as secure as chrome ( had an infected system on windows 7 UAC with MSE as main AV).
- unique identifier with each browser ( you can remove it on firefox)

Summary

Not as customizable as FF and not as secure or as quick as chrome.
If you're not using chrome because of privacy concerns and are using opera, then you're just naive. Opera is a for profit co. with a multi million dollar deal with google so if you think Opera has a vested interest in your privacy, you're mistaken. google will gain as much info. about you as if you were using Chrome itself.
if you want a fast, no nonsense, highly secure browser, don't go for Opera or Chrome, use Comodo Dragon with tweaked privacy settings. I have comodo dragon and firefox. Firefox is my main.

Updated on May 18, 2012

Just to add, FF has a deal with Google too but you can disable its geo-enabled feature easily and FF has tons of addons that boost privacy and keep all sorts of cookies, analytics, 3pes out.;

Updated on May 19, 2012

Firefox is a flawed browser but its benefits are so many, I will continue to use it.

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5 stars

"By far my favourite web browser"

May 16, 2012  |  By SkyLlama

 |  Version: Opera 11.64

Pros

Fast, very stable and runs better then almost all other browsers on my older computers.

Cons

Sometimes I have problems with it closing on Windows XP where I'll try to close it and it appears closed but if still a running process.

I don't know why this is but it's not a common occurrence.

Also won't work with Google's Adsence website.

Summary

All in all Opera is a great web browser and I enjoy using it. It's been my main browser for 2 years and I used it on and off before that.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 11.64
Version 11.64 fixed issues with some secure pages not loading for PayPal and Ebay, handshake failure on https://autoupdate.opera.com, and error where an on-demand-plugin placeholder could lower the security status of a secure site to insecure.
General
Publisher Opera Software
Publisher web site http://www.opera.com/
Release Date May 10, 2012
Date Added May 10, 2012
Version 11.64
Category
Category Browsers
Subcategory Web Browsers
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows 2003, Windows Vista, Windows
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 31.05MB
File Name Opera_26.0.1656.60_Setup.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 12,643,771
Downloads Last Week 13,617
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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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