Opera 10.60 has been released July 1 for Mac OS X and is available for download. The features highlighted on the changelogs page are: layout engine (codename ‘Presto’), HTML5 with support for offline web applications, WebM, which has been available in Opera (in a special build) on the very day of the announcement at the Google I/O conference, web workers for running scripts in the background without impeding the browsing experience, and geolocation. Version 10.60 is also available for Windows and Linux/BSD.
10.60 is a group release for most of the supported platforms: Windows, Mac OS X, Linux (i386, x86-64, PowerPC), FreeBSD (i386, AMD64). Only Solaris is not onboard.
The changelogs for Mac OS X include an impressive list of items since the 10.60 beta 1 although the latest stable build (10.54) was released days ago. Quite strangely, I have never experienced any of those bugs (I wonder what weird things people do with their browser… Browse the web?) so this release may change nothing to your experience. Maybe Presto 2.6 will be faster, but in the light of the huge speed boost from 10.10 to 10.51, I’m not expecting anything spectacular but who knows…
Unfortunately, this release addresses none of my current main gripes:
- No possibility to delete individual items from the cache, which would make the cache manager just perfect. That’s a must when testing web applications on the same installation that I use for usual browsing. Closed source, I can’t even submit a patch.
- drag and drop-related issues in the bookmarks panel (URL dragged from the address bar is not dropped in the highlighted folder), in textareas (no distinction between cut and copy) and the HTML email composer (totally absent).
- Absolutely NO reloading of any kind when using the back and forward buttons. We’ve had that instantaneous display of previous pages since Opera 6 until 9.27 or 9.60. Then the silly “history navigation mode” was introduced and the setting that’s supposed to reproduce that snappy history navigation does not.
- Spellchecker: ludicrous tagging of perfectly spelled words as incorrect in textareas. I discovered that positions get tagged and not words so that when a mispelled word gets corrected, it’s still marked as incorrect. Delete it so that the next word takes its place and that previously unmarked word becomes miraculously incorrect.
I also use Opera on Vista, but around 80% of my usage is on Mac OS X. So I can’t make any judgments as to whether to pick the Windows release. I won’t switch to this release on Mac OS.
Just installed the latest one for OpenSuse, and I already see some slowdowns in both the UI and loading pages, especially with Flash. Oh, they still don’t have Flashblock available as addon … just the CSS old hack … BTW, it looks like all browsers are going to look the same pretty soon – Opera, Chrome, Firefox – tabs on top, autocompletion of the URLs in the omnibox, all in one button for options, combined button for stop/reload