From Opera 12 to 20...a giant leap back for mankind

  • Made an account to express my disappointment in the changes from Opera 12 to 20. Been with Opera as my primary browser since 2001. It has always lagged behind other browsers in site compatibility, but I've always dealt with it because of the amazing customization that Opera offers.

    Opera 20 is incomplete and can't be used by "Opera users". If you love 20 and consider yourself to be an "Opera user", you must use Opera like other people use Firefox or Chrome. People who want a fast browser I'm sure will love this version. But like many others who have said it already: Opera will not survive without the features that have defined the browser for so many years.

    And before anyone can tell me to "go back to 12 and shut up!", I'll say this: the lagging behind in compatibility is becoming increasingly distracting in 12. 12 has been abandoned and it now seems Opera was also abandoned in 20 as well.

    P.S. If 20 is being developed to again give the user control over their browser then I assume 20 can be great. I hope this is the case. I just hope I don't have to wait a couple years to get back just a little of the functionality of previous versions of Opera.

  • Agree with this wholeheartedly. I've been using Opera for years and stuck with it through upgrades that lost my favourites and passwords, confused me by hiding toolbars, etc. Now I've switched laptops and have installed Opera 20, I've got a browser that is unrecognisable to me. Opera Link appears to have disappeared and I have no favourites (and I have many, many favourites). Fast and slick, sure. Recognisable as an incremental improvement on my favourite web-browser? Not a chance. Might as well have installed Chrome and live with it...

  • Agree with all comments. Opera seems to be now Chrome with Opera design inside, if I wanted to have Chrome I just downloaded.
    Several features that Opera was the pioneer now just copied from Chromium. Some features that others only with extensions could cover as Opera Link, Reload page every X minutes, Opera Mail included made the Opera the best browser.
    Without these features or the have these features I need to install extensions I prefer other browser that have better extensions or more stable with extensions.
    To install a browser that are in the begging of new technology I prefer the install others that uses for ages.

  • Don't be that harsh, I like 20 even tho I've been using opera since ver 5 or 6. Sure, lots of features are missing, but guys are working to bring them back, aint easy to start from the scratch, but sometimes is needed. Even in its barebone state now, it is better than chrome, with small things, but still...
    And opera mail was horrible, even tho I've been using it for no less than 5 years, seriously... thunderbird is miles ahead. I'd totally vote for a built-in mail, but not something half-assed, but a fully supported module.

  • When new Opera came out last summer, I soon estimated that it would be a year before power users of Opera 12 would want anything to do with new Opera (beyond keeping a copy on the side to guffaw over periodically).

    I now think that's optimistic. There's just too much ground to make up, far more than can be done in a season, and I doubt that we'll get back 50% of what was lost even by next year.

    So I remain, like so many, with Opera 12 and its "increasingly distracting" incompatibilities. With no updates and the driving force behind browser.js gone, it's rough going.

    Firefox with its powerful extensions is probably the top contender for me, as I have problems with the way Chrome does a number of things. I'd be all over Maxthon if it wasn't for it being walled off from real extensions (though they're far less needed).

  • I've been fairly pleased with Sleipnir, although I still won't use it as my primary, seeing as Opera 12.x still serves my purposes. I'm not terribly fond of the multiple processes or lack of a proper bookmarks (much like ChrOpera, but as it's also based on Chrome, therein lies the reason), or v5's tab management system (which is why I'm sticking with v4 for now), but for the specific purpose I have for it, it works fine. Might be worth taking a look, as it does have some features of Opera that I love, such as flip-forward/backward (though it's a tad buggy) and scroll-wheel switching of tabs (it even lets you right-click and drag left or right to switch).

  • Don't be that harsh, I like 20 even tho I've been using opera since ver 5 or 6. Sure, lots of features are missing, but guys are working to bring them back, aint easy to start from the scratch, but sometimes is needed.

    OK.
    Have you read the interview with their(Opera Software_ PR's guys?

  • I could personalize opera as I only wanted. Now it is gone...

  • I also just switched from 12 to 20 and am very disappointed, too! There are too many customisation possibilities missing.

    Immediately after starting my first session I realized two great functionalities just disappeared. And I hardly think they are extremely hard to implement again.

    First, I may be blind, but the very useful bin on the right upper corner is missing. Second, Opera 12 was able to block 100% of any pop-ups. Now I have to deal with pop-up ads again, even when the pop-up blocker is switched on! I could go on criticising for hours...

    I have to agree to another thread OLD IS GOLD in that case. All of the functionalities from 12 should be implemented in 20. With this version 20 you can just switch to Firefox or Chrome and be done with it...

  • It just makes me so. sad. I know that some features are dropped from software as it is developed further but with the advent of Opera 20 I'm suddenly and completely lost. After further use of Opera 20 I find that there really isn't a way to do the many things I've done with Opera for over a decade.

    The Settings page for Opera is shockingly short. I was flabbergasted at how little control there was when right clicking to adjust my Appearance. I felt like I was using Chrome or Firefox where I didn't know where to go to change anything. Finding out that there WASN'T a way to modify what I wanted was depressing.

  • Opera 20 is incomplete and can't be used by "Opera users". If you love 20 and consider yourself to be an "Opera user", you must use Opera like other people use Firefox or Chrome. People who want a fast browser I'm sure will love this version. But like many others who have said it already: Opera will not survive without the features that have defined the browser for so many years.

    Opera won't survive because you and a few hundred other users say it lacks the essential features you must have? The browser never surpassed 3% general usage for many reasons, one of which was its perception as a geek-oriented browser that while it did many things, it did them in a convoluted, backward way. Opera is a private company that gave away its software for free. We enjoyed its free software and services for many years. Now the company it changing how business is done and whether or not you agree is a moot point. I'm using Opera 20 and frankly I don't see a problem. Then again, I don't sit and endlessly tweak, fiddle, and play with the settings and configurations. The browser is simply there to do its job: get me to where I need to go. One user this morning posted: "Blink-based Opera has the same ugly, cornflower blue tab bar as Chrome. Practically no difference at all. A real deal breaker."

    A real deal breaker? Seriously? This sort of foolishness and hair-splitting I'm sure is how many of the complaints are viewed; utterly ridiculous. Some are so bent out of shape over the fact that they can't have their favorite skins that they're threatening to abandon Opera. Skins, no less. We all know how important to our work on line the color of the frames and the shape of the skins can be. Others whine that the new Opera looks too much like Chrome SO they're leaving Opera for... uh... Chrome! Yeah, that makes a whole lot of sense.

    The new browser is here to stay whether you like it or not. The old browser is dead. Yes, you can continue to use it for the foreseeable future but we all know that over time more sites will become incompatible and the security of the browser will come into question. In short, you're going to have to make a decision sooner or later and remaining with the Presto version is not a permanent solution. The new browser rocks. It's clean... quick... has a great bookmark bar that will accommodate a few thousand bookmarks (no, it won't hold 10,000 but then the vast majority of users don't have such outlandish numbers of bookmarks and there is no way under the sun that Opera needs to concern itself with such minuscule numbers of users). It has a great speed dial that allows folders as well as the new Stash feature. I see it only improving as time goes on and am excited about what innovation that will bring. In the meantime, the browser is perfectly usable and I've no need to return to the Presto version.

  • I use BlinkOpra primarily for online banking. It's an awesome online banking app and very secure and reliable.

    For browsing, I use the 12.14 internet suite. It's not as fast as the banking app, but other features more than make up for it. For now.

    I miss the 7.54 days 😞

  • "I'm using Opera 20 and frankly I don't see a problem. Then again, I don't sit and endlessly tweak, fiddle, and play with the settings and configurations. The browser is simply there to do its job: get me to where I need to go."

    And there it is: you have very simple needs. You are not the Opera user of old. You don't want a "geek-oriented" browser, and that's O.K. Ignoring that practically every other browser in existence is NOT a geek-oriented browser, and that Opera moved from a market that it had fairly cornered to one that is completely dominated by three major consumer-oriented browsers, please don't minimize those of us who for many years used the Microsoft Word of browsers only to find one day that it had been reduced to WordPad. And yes, I think that's an apt comparison: the feature set was reduced by at least 90% (be glad that I didn't use Notepad for the comparison).

    Skins? It's the entire bones, flesh, and blood of the thing.

    But yes, new Opera does browse the Web. It's "clean" alright.

    And I concur with your bold prediction of it only improving as time goes on. How could it not? It's just that, will any of us still be alive if and when it ever gets back to where it once belonged?

  • the Microsoft Word of browsers only to find one day that it had been reduced to WordPad. And yes, I think that's an apt comparison: the feature set was reduced by at least 90% (be glad that I didn't use Notepad for the comparison).

    You know, I think that's the best analogy I've seen anyone use since the transition. In fact, I would go so far as to Opera 15 at least was the Notepad equivalent. Maybe by now, with v20, it's moved up to Wordpad. I wouldn't know, as I can't be bothered to try. This whole mess is too depressing.

  • Hello, I'm wondering if they dropped the great and vanguard engine and implemented webkit. Is it true? Opera 20 looks too much like Chrome and has the same developers console (good night dragonfly).

    I've just upgraded to 20 because Opera 12 had a few annoying bugs (mainly in the mails) but it kept telling me there wasn't a newer version. So I found 20 looking for updates on Opera's website and I gave it a try. I like the fact the they splitted the browser and the mails because with all the years I've been using it, it was really heavy. But the browser gives me that feeling... I miss all the cool stuff, all the things that the others browsers have copied from Opera.

  • And so...
    I came here willing to write all the stuff which I want back in my beloved Opera. The bookmarks (The "Stash" is OK, but this is not alternative and I just can't put them all in the bookmark bar), the block content in the menu, the quick download, the useful settings, etc.... Then I sow this
    "I miss all the cool stuff, all the things that the others browsers have copied from Opera." and I'm agree. Opera 20 is a good step in the right direction, but this is not Opera now.

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  • @withme

    Are all Polish people so ignorant and rude?

    Can you write the code to create a fast and secure cross-platform browser?

  • they are kidding me, you can't even view a full stupid address on the address bar, this browser is being made by a bunch of retarded monkeys.

    While I'm no fan of the new ChrOpera, and have - in fact - been one of it's more vocal detractors, this and your created topic are way over the line. There's a way to complain about something without being rude.

  • You are not the Opera user of old. You don't want a "geek-oriented" browser, and that's O.K. Ignoring that practically every other browser in existence is NOT a geek-oriented browser, and that Opera moved from a market that it had fairly cornered to one that is completely dominated by three major consumer-oriented browsers, please don't minimize those of us who

    Well... I've been using Opera since 1999 so I'm not sure exactly who these Opera users of Old are. Perhaps you can shed some light on that. 😉

    Opera's cornering of 3% is little to blow trumpets about. Now here's a fact for you: Opera Presto is dead. The team that developed it is largely gone or been re-assigned. Opera is developing in a new direction whether you like it or not. You can make lists of all the missing features you like until you've exhausted your store of them but in the end it won't matter one iota. It's a new team developing a new browser and it's not finished yet. So... until it is finished why not continue to use the older version and watch the development of the new browser WITHOUT the backbiting... without the snide remarks... without the dire predictions?

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