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Unusual for a Thursday and unusual for the second time one week – we’ve got a developer update for you!
Recently, we started to get significantly more crashes on x86 builds. We are still trying to figure out cause for this sudden boost of crashes. That’s why the Windows 32-bit builds will, for now, come without PGO in order to to help us asses if optimization is to be blamed for this.
Besides that, there are plenty of ad blocker and narrow sidebar fixes for you to start testing this week.Known issues:
Windows 7 users might notice that there is a crash notification after the update. We discovered that it does not cause further issues for Opera after the update and it will be fixed shortly.
Take a look at the changelog for more details.
See you soon!Installation links:
This week starts with a fresh update to Opera 45 in our developer channel. It brings you further Reborn aesthetic improvements, an ad block redesign, and important bug fixes.Reborn with completely new icons
Our work on the Reborn project steadily continues. Recently, we added a menu button which allows you to quickly log out from your sidebar messenger. Now, it’s time for a complete icon overhaul. New icons are even more refined and elegant, and some of them change colors when active. We have carefully optimized the icons for various DPIs in order to make them look perfect.
In this update, we have removed the Speed Dial animation effect when hovering your mouse over the tiles and also added a new animation when opening private mode.
This particular improvement has been one of our priorities, as many of you requested a deeper integration of the Reborn interface with Windows 7. The new interface respects the Windows 7 look and feel, as we have brought back the window frame support for Aero.
Last week, we gave you more control over ad block lists. Now, selecting, deselecting, and adding lists to the ad blocker are working correctly and take effect immediately, as we fixed that and other related issues from last week.
Amongst this bunch of fixes, last week’s top crasher – “Crash when showing desktop notification requests” – is gone.
Stay tuned for more changes!
The changelogInstallation links:
Today, Opera becomes the first major browser after Apple’s Safari to introduce support for the Touch Bar in a final version.
Opera’s implementation of Touch Bar enables contextual actions such as going back, focusing the address field, and navigating through Speed Dials. The most interesting feature for most of you will probably be navigating through multiple tabs as you slide your finger across the website icons. Icons have different colors and backgrounds, giving you a nice-looking and distinguishable overview of your tabs.
When we first saw the Touch Bar, we immediately recognized how it could be useful for the browser, allowing people to switch tabs without lifting their eyes from the keyboard to the tab bar on top of the screen. We were surprised to find Safari’s implementation to show tiny thumbnails of web pages in the relatively small touchbar area.Under the hood
Opera 44 features our own tuned-up version of Chromium 57. This adds support for CSS Grid Layout and WebAssembly which we believe has the potential to bring browser games to the next level. Try one out here.
Also from Chromium, the new background tab throttling has been added, providing additional energy consumption reductions to the battery saver feature introduced to Opera in May 2016.
Opera 44 also adds support for the Credential Management API. This gives users a simpler sign-in process across devices and provides websites with more control over the usage of credentials. The website can use password-based sign-ins via this API. Once logged in, users will be automatically signed back into a site, even if their session has expired.
Thanks you for all the feedback and support! We hope you will enjoy browsing with this new version of Opera!
This developer update brings you more Reborn and ad block improvements, as well as some security and performance changes.Reborn project continues
In today’s version, we added a menu button which will allow you to log out from your sidebar communicator without needing to visit the communicator’s website. From the menu you can also mute your communicator notifications.
Also, Opera now brings you a new pop-up when adding bookmarks, which includes the “Finished” button. This option gives a clearer way of adding bookmarks for users who missed the confirmation that a new website was already added to the bookmark folder.
For Windows 7 user we are working on a big update.Ad block anniversary improvements
Last week, Opera’s native ad block celebrated its first anniversary. Now, this feature has been given a refresh with some new, handy options.
Opera automatically reloads a page when toggling ad blocking on or off for that page. It’s especially useful if you want to quickly flip the switch and it gives you much more control and comfort while browsing with ad blocker.
Other lists, including regional and custom lists, can now be managed through the “Manage Lists…” dialog. Let us know if there are any other lists that you would find beneficial.
Apart from that, Opera now offers support for more advanced CSS selectors, which help you block more ads.Known issues:
- Changed configurations are not reflected instantly – a reload is needed
- Unticking all lists doesn’t work as expected – turn off ad blocker to disable any blocking
H.264 video works in Windows 8.x again and it now has the same hardware support as Windows 7 and Windows 10, both given in the last developer release.
Opera adds in-form warnings for sensitive fields when the top-level page is not HTTPS. Whenever you start filling in your password or credit card number on a page, which is not HTTPS, the warning will appear.
That’s all this week. Stay tuned.
The changelogInstallation links: