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What percentage of people are adapting well to the new Opera?

  • So here are a few questions.

    How do I get rid of that stupid "O" tab and get my file menu back.

    Just press the Alt key for the menu (or Alt f4 if it doesn't work for you) (if it does, it's just one key, right next to where you're finger is set up on a normal keyboard). That's simple.

    How do I revert my download manager back to it's single line elegance (which could display >20 download, as apposed to the current 4)>

    -- There are lot of download managers, particularly in the Chrome store. Just do a web search for "download manager Chrome Store." And try a few. You can always uninstall them if you're unhappy. To use a Chrome Extension, all you need is to have installed the Opera extension, "Download Chrome extension"
    https://addons.opera.com/en/extensions/details/download-chrome-extension-9/?display=en
    Or Extension Source Viewer
    https://addons.opera.com/en/extensions/details/extension-source-viewer?display=en

    How do I turn off themes (Don't like em don't want em)>

    -- You can import your own art for a theme. If it really turns you on to have nothing as a background, why, save a blank page on your computer. Then right click on the speed dial page, click on change theme, create your theme, choose file (and make that blank page your theme). It's easy to do. Now if you see something better on the web that you could live with, just right click on it, and save it as your theme.

    How do I get private tabs (mobile can do it)

    -- None of the other major browsers do any more for desktop, not Firefox, Chrome, or IE. Not sure why? Probably the privacy for the user is better with a private window.

    How do I block content?

    -- Simple. Get an Opera ad-block extension. I use AdBlock Plus,

    https://addons.opera.com/en/extensions/details/opera-adblock/?display=en-GB

    and Disconnect in tandem https://addons.opera.com/en/extensions/details/disconnect/?display=en.

    Some people use AdBlock https://addons.opera.com/en/extensions/details/adblockforopera/?display=en by itself, or AdBlock Plus alone. These ad blocking extensions are quite excellent. I have absolutely no problem with ads, and am delighted with how well it all works.

    What happened to the list of closed tabs?
    -- Have you even looked at the browser. Are you so lazy 🙂 that you asked these questions without even trying to understand the browser. Recently closed tabs is the fourth menu item from the top. They all show up there. You can open any of them. If you want a fancier setting, there are extensions that do it, like the Opera extensions, Simple Undo Close, or Browser ++. The Chrome Extension, Sexy Undo Close Tab is quite good.

    Once I figure out how to do these things then I may consider myself adapted.

    It's simple to do the vast bulk of these things. You can't get your menu back, but that's in most cases one click on the alt key to see the menu (or at the worst if that doesn't work (alt f4, or click the logo). No reason you can't adapt easily. Complain less. Welcome change! There are a lot of good features in the new Opera including faster speed, and ability to access sites better.

  • How did we go from 12 to 22 in a little over a year when it took more than a decade to get to 12?
    ...

    Actually, it's pretty simple. The Opera desktop browser skipped versions 13 and 14 (they applied to something unrelated), and has also gone to a new rapid-release concept similar to certain other browser makers. In that case, there are three categories or streams of versions "in the works" at any given time... Developer, Next, and the "final".

    The Developer versions are just that - under development, with feature-sets that are in flux and with bugs to be unraveled. Versions that are deemed sufficiently mature are advanced to the Next stage, where the feature sets are frozen and the testing is simply for debugging. Finally, when the Next version is mature enough, it is released as a "final" version for general consumption. Minor version bumps still occur within a version base-number for things like internal Blink engine updates, minor late bug fixes, etc. The effect of all this is that version numbers increase faster than in the old days, since they are driven more by the ordinary flow of design events rather than by waiting for a certain number of changes to accumulate or the perception of changes to be "major enough" before incrementing.

  • I barely use it anymore. I am here now because my firefox is not working so I went back to opera to find out most of the functions i loved in opera 12 are now gone.

  • @tranceplante

    And which functions were essential to you that are now gone?

  • I always find it amusing when users report so much hatred for the new Opera browser, migrate over to FF and then claim that FF no longer works. How very strange. I've been using FF for years and it's always worked but somehow they manage to break it in a few days. Others jump to Chrome which is ironic since they claim to hate the new Chrome-like Opera and yet they turn around and migrate to Chrome without even trying to understand the new browser. My gut feeling is that they have done nothing of the kind but feel the need to vent their frustration and so we hear these sob stories. As I see it the options are simple: Stay with Opera Presto with the understanding that it is increasingly incapable of providing a secure, efficient browser OR go with the new Opera browser and try and adapt by making use of extensions from either Opera or Chrome OR go with another browser. Whining and threatening have done nothing for over a year now and will continue to do little other than raise some clouds of cyber dust. Opera is getting better all the time. Learn to use it. Ask your questions respectfully and try to adapt.

  • well, im not going back to the 12 version after a few days of testing. Sites are actually working,lastpass works when the wand did not on many sites. On my tablets the pop up keyboard works,problem is still the bookmarks and panel is missing.

    Had to move email accounts and have a bunch of extensions visible, it still seems better than opera 12, it is just no the all in one it used to be.

  • @bobman

    why are bookmarks still a problem for you. I thought you found a bookmark manager extension you liked.

  • I'm using Opera 22. I pretty well have it customized to my liking.

    I miss the permanent bookmarks sidebar, but there are extensions available that somewhat duplicate that.

    I am satisfied.

  • i did not adapt well to this chrome-clone
    (and yes, someone is saying that its not a clone, in my opinion its a clone, with a slightly different ui)

    i hate it when i need extensions even for the simplest tasks, like sorting bookmarks

  • I've always hated Chrome because so many things are not possible compared to Opera. Then Opera uses the foundation of Chrome for their new product. Ugh. Its like Ferrari using a Toyota frame and drivetrain for their next product.
    So....are people finding the features they need through extensions?
    And how about the Opera Mail stand alone program. Does it work better in any way than Mail in Opera 12? It wasn't a top quality thing but it was pretty good and for most people more than adequate for their needs. Guess we just get used to some stuff.

    Nothing ever was what it looked like in Opera. There is a good reason why they changed to develop chromium more.
    you know Opera used to be the safest browser, right? I feel they did have a problem staying that way. And chromium may be not the safest interface, used by such a many people, but as Suntana said, they always found a way to be innovating. I guess Chromium does get better, and Opera doesnot need to invent the wheel every time. But they still use wheels, adapted to their engine, not the other way around, even it looks that way indeed.

  • <blockquote>
    Just press the Alt key for the menu (or Alt f4 if it doesn't work for you) (if it does, it's just one key, right next to where you're finger is set up on a normal keyboard). That's simple.</blockquote>

    Perhaps I didn't make myself clear, I know how to access the (incomplete) menu. The "Show Menu Bar" option is missing. When will it be restored?

    <blockquote>
    How do I revert my download manager back to it's single line elegance (which could display >20 download, as apposed to the current 4)>
    -- There are lot of download managers, particularly in the Chrome store. Just do a web search for "download manager Chrome Store." And try a few. You can always uninstall them if you're unhappy. To use a Chrome Extension, all you need is to have installed the Opera extension, "Download Chrome extension" https://addons.opera.com/en/extensions/details/download-chrome-extension-9/?display=en Or Extension Source Viewer https://addons.opera.com/en/extensions/details/extension-source-viewer?display=en [/blockquote]

    Perhaps I didn't make myself clear. Opera's Download manager was a fit for purpose tool, the current one is not. When will it be restored? (If I wanted to use chrome extensions I would use Chrome.)

    [blockquote]
    How do I turn off themes (Don't like em don't want em)>
    -- You can import your own art for a theme. If it really turns you on to have nothing as a background, why, save a blank page on your computer. Then right click on the speed dial page, click on change theme, create your theme, choose file (and make that blank page your theme). It's easy to do. Now if you see something better on the web that you could live with, just right click on it, and save it as your theme. [/blockquote]

    What part of "Off" is hard to fathom? "Off" means I don't have to do silly unnecessary things. Themes are bloatware.

    [blockquote]
    How do I get private tabs (mobile can do it)
    -- None of the other major browsers do any more for desktop, not Firefox, Chrome, or IE. Not sure why? Probably the privacy for the user is better with a private window.
    [/blockquote]

    So Opera now follows what other browsers do?

    [blockquote]
    How do I block content?
    -- Simple. Get an Opera ad-block extension. I use AdBlock Plus,

    https://addons.opera.com/en/extensions/details/opera-adblock/?display=en-GB

    and Disconnect in tandem https://addons.opera.com/en/extensions/details/disconnect/?display=en.

    Some people use AdBlock https://addons.opera.com/en/extensions/details/adblockforopera/?display=en by itself, or AdBlock Plus alone. These ad blocking extensions are quite excellent. I have absolutely no problem with ads, and am delighted with how well it all works.[/blockquote]

    I'm delighted you're delighted, but if it's no longer a feature, it ceases to be a reason for using Opera over other browsers.

    [blockquote]
    -- Have you even looked at the browser. Are you so lazy 🙂 that you asked these questions without even trying to understand the browser. Recently closed tabs is the fourth menu item from the top. They all show up there. You can open any of them. If you want a fancier setting, there are extensions that do it, like the Opera extensions, Simple Undo Close, or Browser ++. The Chrome Extension, Sexy Undo Close Tab is quite good. [/blockquote]

    Who was the moron who what used to be a simple button onto a menu? That's incredibly backward.

    [blockquote]
    It's simple to do the vast bulk of these things. You can't get your menu back, but that's in most cases one click on the alt key to see the menu (or at the worst if that doesn't work (alt f4, or click the logo). [/blockquote]

    I don't want the inverted logo tab, I want a menu that starts with "File"
    [blockquote]
    No reason you can't adapt easily.
    [/blockquote]

    There's no reason I can't just as easily adapt to any other new browser. Why should I invest in Opera?

    [blockquote]
    Complain less. Welcome change! There are a lot of good features in the new Opera including faster speed, and ability to access sites better.[/blockquote]

    A query is not a complaint, the complaint follows:

    Change shouldn't be 'welcomed', change should to be managed, I understand the business case for abandoning Presto, however what I don't understand is the abandonment of long established features.

    Sadly you've provided no compelling argument for Opera, but plenty for extensions, sadly extensions are available in multiple platforms.

    I guess I'll check back with version 33 and see if it boasts any improvement.

  • Just press the Alt key for the menu (or Alt f4 if it doesn't work for you) (if it does, it's just one key, right next to where you're finger is set up on a normal keyboard). That's simple.

    Perhaps I didn't make myself clear, I know how to access the (incomplete) menu. The "Show Menu Bar" option is missing. When will it be restored?

    -- There are lot of download managers, particularly in the Chrome store. Just do a web search for "download manager Chrome Store." And try a few. You can always uninstall them if you're unhappy. To use a Chrome Extension, all you need is to have installed the Opera extension, "Download Chrome extension" https://addons.opera.com/en/extensions/details/download-chrome-extension-9/?display=en Or Extension Source Viewer https://addons.opera.com/en/extensions/details/extension-source-viewer?display=en [/blockquote]

    Perhaps I didn't make myself clear. Opera's Download manager was a fit for purpose tool, the current one is not. When will it be restored? (If I wanted to use chrome extensions I would use Chrome.)

    How do I turn off themes (Don't like em don't want em)>
    -- You can import your own art for a theme. If it really turns you on to have nothing as a background, why, save a blank page on your computer. Then right click on the speed dial page, click on change theme, create your theme, choose file (and make that blank page your theme). It's easy to do. Now if you see something better on the web that you could live with, just right click on it, and save it as your theme.

    What part of "Off" is hard to fathom? "Off" means I don't have to do silly unnecessary things. Themes are bloatware.

    How do I get private tabs (mobile can do it)
    -- None of the other major browsers do any more for desktop, not Firefox, Chrome, or IE. Not sure why? Probably the privacy for the user is better with a private window.

    So Opera now follows what other browsers do? Feature loss.

    How do I block content?
    -- Simple. Get an Opera ad-block extension. I use AdBlock Plus,
    https://addons.opera.com/en/extensions/details/opera-adblock/?display=en-GB
    and Disconnect in tandem https://addons.opera.com/en/extensions/details/disconnect/?display=en.
    Some people use AdBlock https://addons.opera.com/en/extensions/details/adblockforopera/?display=en by itself, or AdBlock Plus alone. These ad blocking extensions are quite excellent. I have absolutely no problem with ads, and am delighted with how well it all works.

    I'm delighted you're delighted, but if it's no longer a feature, it ceases to be a reason for using Opera over other browsers.

    -- Have you even looked at the browser. Are you so lazy 🙂 that you asked these questions without even trying to understand the browser. Recently closed tabs is the fourth menu item from the top. They all show up there. You can open any of them. If you want a fancier setting, there are extensions that do it, like the Opera extensions, Simple Undo Close, or Browser ++. The Chrome Extension, Sexy Undo Close Tab is quite good.

    Who was the moron who moved what used to be a simple button onto a menu? That's incredibly backward.

    It's simple to do the vast bulk of these things. You can't get your menu back, but that's in most cases one click on the alt key to see the menu (or at the worst if that doesn't work (alt f4, or click the logo).

    I don't want the inverted logo tab, I never wanted it, I want a menu that starts with "File"

    No reason you can't adapt easily.

    There's no reason I can't just as easily adapt to any other new browser. Why should I invest in Opera?

    Complain less. Welcome change! There are a lot of good features in the new Opera including faster speed, and ability to access sites better.

    A query is not a complaint, the complaint follows:
    Change shouldn't be 'welcomed', change should to be managed, I understand the business case for abandoning Presto, however what I don't understand is the abandonment of long established features.

    Sadly you've provided no compelling argument for Opera, but plenty for extensions, sadly extensions are available in multiple platforms.
    I guess I'll check back with version 33 and see if it boasts any improvement.

  • For those who want old opera notes in Opera 15+ Go to: https://github.com/hallvors/opera-notes-extension
    On lower right side download zip file. Extract it where you can remember it. On Opera extensions page enable developer mode on top right of page. Hit Load Unpacked extension button and point to the extracted file. Once done hit options for the new extension, open notes.adr file from old opera in Notepad, select all, copy and paste into the open window and save. You now have all old notes and ability to make new ones as well as a Add to notes in context menu.

  • And for whoever said private tabs wasn't available in any current browser, not true. Firefox still has private tab but you have to download the extension Private Tab. I use it in Palemoon.

  • I guess I'll check back with version 33 and see if it boasts any improvement.

    Why bother? Your mind is closed (and already made up) so you'll be happier with another browser. So... see you back at version 33 (but my guess is: far before that number! LOL).

  • I've used Opera non stop for years (before Windows 98) and then there was the upgrade to a Chrome look alike. I tried to continue using V12 but on Windows 8.1 it would lock up chronic on my slow line.

    So sadly now, FF gets my vote. I've got speed dial, Adblock etc etc and it works just about fine ... just wish it would open tabs like I like them to be opened. Biggest thing I do miss is the old bookmark side bar. The problem I find is that I really did like the old customisation of Opera. I do have Opera on my system but it very rarely gets opened since it failed to upgrade last time around. It was good while it lasted. Yes, the world has moved on.... me too 😞

  • I guess I'll check back with version 33 and see if it boasts any improvement.

    Why bother? Your mind is closed (and already made up)

    Closed to what exactly?

    There's nothing in Opera 15+ to be closed to. All the features previously pioneered by Opera are gone or degraded.

    What exactly is the value proposition of Opera (With extensions) over Chrome with extensions?

    Neither has the features or flexibility I actually want (or use).

    so you'll be happier with another browser. So... see you back at version 33 (but my guess is: far before that number! LOL).

    Frankly Opera 15+ is much like Windows 8, some really great under the skin improvements marred by a fatally flawed (and ugly) UI.

  • What exactly is the value proposition of Opera (With extensions) over Chrome with extensions?

    That was already answered in the first page of this topic.

  • Rafael: they're not really interested in facts so don't confuse them any further (LOL). Seriously, they're just ragging.

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