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Opera 12 Vs. Opera Next Functionality

  • Hello I just wanted to know about main differences between Opera 12 and Opera Next, specially about lost, improved and added features, and what of the missing features are in development to add them in later updates. For example, I thought Opera Turbo was lost, today I learned that it's not lost but changed its name to Off-Road Mode.

    Thanks

  • For example, I thought Opera Turbo was lost, today I learned that it's not lost but changed its name to All-Terrain Mode.

    The new name is Off-Road Mode

  • Ok, thanks, my browser is in spanish and both terms (Off-Road Mode and All-Terrain Mode) are translated as "Modo Todo Terreno".

  • Ok, thanks, my browser is in spanish and both terms (Off-Road Mode and All-Terrain Mode) are translated as "Modo Todo Terreno".

    Where can I find All-Terrain Mode? I am just curious.

  • As pointed by herudae this is just one of the possible translations when you translate "Modo Todo Terreno" back from Spanish.

  • The speed dial is a new feature. One can create folders in each part of the speed dial. So it permits having an amazingly huge number of links in the dial. No other browser has that feature. If you are a speed dial fan, this feature (which permits the creation of speed dials within the overall speed dial) can be close to browser heaven.

    The Discover feature is new. Every day Opera has news links on a variety of topics -- general news, art, technology, health, etc. . You can see the news for different countries, and if you are multi-lingual try out reading news stories in different languages. The Discover features takes up only the space of one button on the overall speed dial, but the selection and range of articles is quite good, and from this Discover feature come tremendous "discover" possibilities.

    And the Off-Road mode makes possible better, faster browsing when the computer is not as powerful, or maybe when the Wi-Fi connection is weak. All of the above are highly innovative browser features. Also the Stash is new. The ability is there to store items for any use, but often it is short term -- where you don't want to make a bookmark of an item

    Because the engine of the browser is new, (Opera 20 is the last stable build) (Opera Next are the alpha, beta versions of the blink engine being tested and which go beyond Opera 20) it is quite a bit faster, really fast as Chrome, and does better (than did the browser -- Opera 12 -- under the old Presto engine) at accessing a wide range of sites, without problems.

    Also, while Opera has extensions, pretty much all of the extensions in the Chrome browser store NOW ALSO work in Opera. That is a huge plus, and part of the change to the new browser engine, which is of the same family as the browser engine that runs Chrome.

    The negative to this change in browser engine is that once Opera moved from the Presto engine to the new Blink engine, many of the customization features didn't carry over. It will take time for the Blink developers to add features. Lol, Rome wasn't built in a day. More importantly, many of the features will not have to be in the browser, but can come via extension, indeed may already be there. So one can look to extensions for a notes manager, bookmarks manager, passwords manager, etc. Among users, passions sometimes run high, and there seem to be two camps -- those who welcome the change, and those who don't. Some of our power users preferred the customization of the old Presto engine. What Opera has therefore done (not unlike Solomon splitting the baby) (pardon my poor effort at humor) is to leave the old Presto browser Opera 12.14, AND the new Blink browser (Opera 20) available for download. So we have a dynamic duo. You can run the browsers side by side if you want, emphasizing the one that you prefer, but having the other as a backup.

  • Ok, thanks, my browser is in spanish and both terms (Off-Road Mode and All-Terrain Mode) are translated as "Modo Todo Terreno".

    Where can I find All-Terrain Mode? I am just curious.

    If you didn't understand what I said I'll explain it to you, again, my browser is in Spanish it says "Modo Todo Terreno", in english it can be translated as All-Terrain Mode or Off-Road Mode, and both engish terms are translated as Modo Todo Terreno, this is just like you, in english, have the verb "to make" and the verb "to do", both of them are translated as "hacer" in spanish, just one verb to express the two english verbs aforementioned.

    I hope this helps you to understand.

    Thanks Lem, I love the Stash, very useful.

    As a matter of fact I was not an avid user of Opera Browser, I loved the project and its functionality, but it always had problems to show web pages that other browser didn't have. I remember that among the services the Opera Browser had the Opera Unite, Opera Link and Opera Turbo services, as well as the capability to manage userscripts without addons like greasemonkey, I know Chrome/Chromium and derivatives can manage userscripts too, but what about the other features?

    I also noted Opera doesn't have bookmarks :O

  • I also noted Opera doesn't have bookmarks :O

    That's not quite true. Opera does not have a bookmark manager similar to Opera Presto BUT it does have bookmarks. The Quick Address Bar can be enabled in Settings. Folders can be assigned to the bar and your sites dragged and dropped into those folders. You can also nest folders within those folders in order to bookmark hundreds of sites. Furthermore you can bookmark your most frequently visited sites on the Speed Dial.

  • Leushino is quite right. Indeed, I believe you have robust bookmarking possibilities in Opera 20. One can bookmark tons of sites via the super speed dial (I think I must have close to 100 in mine), can set up a personal bookmarks toolbar by enabling it in settings, and even add a bookmark extension (I use Tidy Bookmarks from the Chrome store for a more traditional vertical display of bookmarks, when I want to show it, and I am quite happy with it) (there are though other bookmark extensions that come recommended too). In addition (while it is not the main show) one can use Stash for bookmarks (I like it for certain extras I want to have available on short term basis -- maybe a video or news interview I want to watch at a later time), and also one can download a notes extension for some more bookmarks. Smile. I mean it's not perfect, maybe, nothing ever is, BUT there is an abundance of riches there too. With the "in all ways" extraordinary speed dial for starters, it is really quite impressive -- the bookmarking capability.

    Herudae, you mention problems with Opera rendering sites. Well, let me mention that that is a significant reason from the shot away from Opera Presto to Opera Blink. The new Opera (with the blink engine) renders sites significantly better than the old Opera with the presto engine.

  • Hello I just wanted to know about main differences between Opera 12 and Opera Next, specially about lost, improved and added features, and what of the missing features are in development to add them in later updates. For example, I thought Opera Turbo was lost, today I learned that it's not lost but changed its name to Off-Road Mode.
    Thanks

    I can tell you that the mail and torrent clients will NOT return. Nor will notes and seemingly a bookmarks manager. Customization might come back but they don't really seem to be saying much in that regard. The search bar seems gone forever and, as you probably have noticed, you can't use your own search engine as a default or remove the pre-packaged ones The new Opera is faster and encounters less site incompatibilities but it's also significantly more resource heavy.

    If you took the time creating your Presto install to something very functional you might want to hold onto it until this matures a little more

  • I think the idea with Opera blink is to be: lean, mean, and fast :))) No need to burden the browser with matters easily handled via extension. A look at the Opera extension store and Chrome extension store already show numerous bookmarking managers and notes. I use Tidy Bookmarks for Chrome, which I'm satisfied with (as a bookmarks manager), and Browser ++ (in the Opera store) for notes (as well as searching all open tabs, retrieving previously closed tabs). More extensions will come, whether in the Chrome or Opera stores, and provide even more functionality. The bookmark manager and notes situation is already reasonable.

    Of course searches are done in Opera via the address bar. The are five default engines, but it's simple to use any search engine you wish by adding it to Opera by right clicking on the search bar, at the search engine's website. Even if it is not a default engine, using it for an Opera search is quite simple. In terms of privacy, Disconnect Search (in the Chrome store) is a terrific extension. With it, whatever you type in the address bar as part of your search apparently cannot be traced back to you. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=me.disconnect.search
    Disconnect Search creates a separate search bar, but also lets you search from the main address bar.

    I see no problem with having and using Opera 20, but also holding onto an Opera 12.16 install. It would be the best of both worlds. And by the way, that's what I do.

  • I think the idea with Opera blink is to be: lean, mean, and fast :))) No need to burden the browser with matters easily handled via extension. A look at the Opera extension store and Chrome extension store already show numerous bookmarking managers and notes. I use Tidy Bookmarks for Chrome, which I'm satisfied with (as a bookmarks manager), and Browser ++ (in the Opera store) for notes (as well as searching all open tabs, retrieving previously closed tabs). More extensions will come, whether in the Chrome or Opera stores, and provide even more functionality. The bookmark manager and notes situation is already reasonable.
    Of course searches are done in Opera via the address bar. The are five default engines, but it's simple to use any search engine you wish by adding it to Opera by right clicking on the search bar, at the search engine's website. Even if it is not a default engine, using it for an Opera search is quite simple. In terms of privacy, Disconnect Search (in the Chrome store) is a terrific extension. With it, whatever you type in the address bar as part of your search apparently cannot be traced back to you. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=me.disconnect.search
    Disconnect Search creates a separate search bar, but also lets you search from the main address bar.
    I see no problem with having and using Opera 20, but also holding onto an Opera 12.16 install. It would be the best of both worlds. And by the way, that's what I do.

    Disconnect is fine for your searches but there is a problem with using the Chrome store. Many of the extensions require you to have a gmail account and you if you don't have that you need to give your phone number to register one. That's the main reason I abandoned any and all Chrome clones because without the extensions what are you left with? Not all require you to have one though but still, why should any at all?

  • I'm not a fan of Google but I have an account since I make use of some of their properties. So what? One has to pick his ethical battles, so to speak, and I have no problems making use of what I need. Big deal. I don't know why people insist upon making things do black and white. Our world is many shades of gray.

  • If you didn't understand what I said I'll explain it to you, again,

    I'm pretty sure it was a joke, you know!, 'Ha! ha! ha!'. But it may have got lost in translation. :D

  • alreadybanned, why not just set up the gmail account. just don't use it. Use what you like. Compromise ;) in the name of the greater good -- geting Disconnect Search. The general Disconnect extension is very good and already is in the Opera store. Maybe Disconnect Search will come to the Opera store, and then problem solved. I still can't figure out why some things are in the Opera store (They carry Disconnect) but not others (they don't carry Disconnect Search). (the Chrome store carries both). Perhaps the issue is the company that does the extension, and they just haven't done the paperwork to put disconnect Search in the Opera store.

    Here's the contact email if you want to ask the question about getting it in the Opera store

    support@disconnect.me

    And a general faq

    https://disconnect.me/search/help

  • Ok, thanks, my browser is in spanish and both terms (Off-Road Mode and All-Terrain Mode) are translated as "Modo Todo Terreno".

    Where can I find All-Terrain Mode? I am just curious.

    If you didn't understand what I said I'll explain it to you, again, my browser is in Spanish it says "Modo Todo Terreno", in english it can be translated as All-Terrain Mode or Off-Road Mode, and both engish terms are translated as Modo Todo Terreno, this is just like you, in english, have the verb "to make" and the verb "to do", both of them are translated as "hacer" in spanish, just one verb to express the two english verbs aforementioned.
    I hope this helps you to understand.
    Thanks Lem, I love the Stash, very useful.
    As a matter of fact I was not an avid user of Opera Browser, I loved the project and its functionality, but it always had problems to show web pages that other browser didn't have. I remember that among the services the Opera Browser had the Opera Unite, Opera Link and Opera Turbo services, as well as the capability to manage userscripts without addons like greasemonkey, I know Chrome/Chromium and derivatives can manage userscripts too, but what about the other features?
    I also noted Opera doesn't have bookmarks :O

    I understand, thanks for the explanation.

  • alreadybanned, why not just set up the gmail account. just don't use it. Use what you like. Compromise ;) in the name of the greater good -- geting Disconnect Search. The general Disconnect extension is very good and already is in the Opera store. Maybe Disconnect Search will come to the Opera store, and then problem solved. I still can't figure out why some things are in the Opera store (They carry Disconnect) but not others (they don't carry Disconnect Search). (the Chrome store carries both). Perhaps the issue is the company that does the extension, and they just haven't done the paperwork to put disconnect Search in the Opera store.
    Here's the contact email if you want to ask the question about getting it in the Opera store
    support@disconnect.me
    And a general faq
    https://disconnect.me/search/help

    Using it or not isn't the issue, I'm not willing to give google my phone number. In order to get a gmail account you need to give them your mobile number that they verify with a text message. That is intrusive and unnecessary imo. They already have a picture of my house on google maps street view. I don't see giving into such practices as compromising but rather acceptance of devious tactics and that, I'm not going to do.

    I would much rather grab extensions from Opera's repository but it's just too lean at the moment. And if I'm honest, I am rather concerned about the partnership with google seeing as you can not remove the search from the browser. It would be simple enough for Opera to make that possible but they haven't so...

  • alreadybanned, why not just set up the gmail account. just don't use it. Use what you like. Compromise ;) in the name of the greater good -- geting Disconnect Search. The general Disconnect extension is very good and already is in the Opera store. Maybe Disconnect Search will come to the Opera store, and then problem solved. I still can't figure out why some things are in the Opera store (They carry Disconnect) but not others (they don't carry Disconnect Search). (the Chrome store carries both). Perhaps the issue is the company that does the extension, and they just haven't done the paperwork to put disconnect Search in the Opera store.
    Here's the contact email if you want to ask the question about getting it in the Opera store
    support@disconnect.me
    And a general faq
    https://disconnect.me/search/help

    Using it or not isn't the issue, I'm not willing to give google my phone number. In order to get a gmail account you need to give them your mobile number that they verify with a text message. That is intrusive and unnecessary imo. They already have a picture of my house on google maps street view. I don't see giving into such practices as compromising but rather acceptance of devious tactics and that, I'm not going to do.
    I would much rather grab extensions from Opera's repository but it's just too lean at the moment. And if I'm honest, I am rather concerned about the partnership with google seeing as you can not remove the search from the browser. It would be simple enough for Opera to make that possible but they haven't so...

    I never gave and will not give my number, I have had a Google account for 3 years.

  • I never gave and will not give my number, I have had a Google account for 3 years.

    https://accounts.google.com/SignUp?service=mail&continue=http%3A%2F%2Fmail.google.com%2Fmail%2F&ltmpl=default

    Do you by chance have an Android phone? They don't ask for it then because they already have it, without your consent no less. I had a gmail account way back when it was in beta, they didn't ask then either but I deleted it because of the growing distrust I have with them.

    That's all I'll say on this though as I've gone long enough off topic

  • Second step authentication is the ONLY reasonably safe way to log into accounts these days. I would not dream of simply relying upon a password which are far too easy to hack. Google have had my number for a very long time (as has Microsoft for that matter) and I feel perfectly safe knowing that no one can hack into my account without my phone being physically present.

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