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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RE[2]: Visual tabs
by Dave_K on Wed 26th Aug 2009 11:59 UTC in reply to "RE: Visual tabs"
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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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RE[3]: Visual tabs
by FealDorf on Thu 27th Aug 2009 19:11 in reply to "RE[2]: Visual tabs"
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I have a sorta "on-and-off" relationship with this feature. It's useless on top of the window and tabs are smaller and more efficient there.

On the other hand when I keep them on left-side of the window and reduce the width to minimum, they become extremely useful and efficient especially when there are multiple pages. For instance, for those who engage in tab-launching frenzy, the thumbnail tells you the site while the title tells you the content (in case of OS News).

As for Opera 10; the only noticeable change for me is the logo - and thank god for that, the older logo looked oddball in any operating system.

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