Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 25th Aug 2009 17:08 UTC
Opera Software Opera 10 has hit the release candidate status. "The Opera 10 release candidate is feature complete, with a surprising array of new features, a fresh look and feel, a new application icon, and enhanced speed and performance. Opera 10 features Opera Turbo, the new bandwidth-booster for slow Internet connections. It also features a significantly improved Opera Mail, Opera's built-in e-mail client. Tabbed browsing enters the next phase of its evolution with resizeable, thumbnail tabs. The upgrade of Opera's Speed Dial now gives users a chance to personalize their favorite online destinations and the overall look and feel of their start page. Finally, Opera has always been about speed and performance. Opera 10 is now much faster on resource intensive pages such as Gmail and Facebook and is more than 40% faster than Opera 9.6. Web developers can enjoy Web Fonts support, RGBA/HSLA color and new SVG improvements."
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Visual tabs
by Dave_K on Wed 26th Aug 2009 09:26 UTC
Dave_K
Member since:
2005-11-16

Is anyone actually using visual tabs and finding them a worthwhile feature?

So far most of the Opera users I know have played with them, commented on how neat they look, then turned them off for good.

To me they seem like a pointless gimmick that definitely aren't worth the space they take. Open so many tabs that finding a particular one is an issue and the thumbnails will be squashed beyond recognition anyway.

Compared with certain unsung Opera window management features, like being able to filter the tabs displayed in the windows panel, and visual tabs seem like a damp squib.

It's a great browser, but I can't say I'm blown away by the new features in 10.

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RE: Visual tabs
by Vorbisophile on Wed 26th Aug 2009 10:15 in reply to "Visual tabs"
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2006-01-06

The problem I've had with visual tabs is simply that the premise behind them is redundant when hovering over the normal tab already displays a thumbnail. That said though, you can move them to the side of the screen now, which may present some usefulness for those on wider displays.

My major personal gripe with Opera 10 thus far has been the underwhelming new look, and also since a few builds ago, the dropping of the option of a native QT4 look (which admittedly while far from usable, nonetheless led me to think I might get an Opera that looked native in KDE).

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RE[2]: Visual tabs
by Dave_K on Wed 26th Aug 2009 11:59 in reply to "RE: Visual tabs"
Dave_K Member since:
2005-11-16

The problem I've had with visual tabs is simply that the premise behind them is redundant when hovering over the normal tab already displays a thumbnail.


The theoretical advantage of displaying multiple thumbnails is that you can find the page you're looking for with a quick glance along the bar. Mousing over each tab to display the thumbnail is obviously a lot slower. In reality, with the tiny little thumbnails to squint at, I don't see much of an advantage over text.

I consider the pop-up thumbnails to be pretty useless too. By the time I've moused over the tab bar I could have cycled though the tabs using ctrl+tab/right-mouse-button+scroll-wheel and viewed the actual pages.

That said though, you can move them to the side of the screen now, which may present some usefulness for those on wider displays.


I don't really see how that would make it any more useful; it's just wasting less valuable space. Thumbnails would still get squashed as soon as the tab bar filled up, and down a widescreen display there's even less room. The windows panel in the sidebar makes far better use of that space in my opinion. Maybe an option to display thumbnails in that would be more useful, thanks to it's filtering and scrollbar...

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