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Opera 25? I don't like the speed dial menu

  • Google extension has stopped to work on new start page.
    Works on old one...

    It looks like all Speed Dial extensions are not compatible with the new New Tab. Any word on when the fix is going to arrive?

    Also, are the developers working on HiDPI/Retina compatibility with Speed Dial extensions? My text scaling is set to 200% and extensions' fonts are all super magnified and not very readable, as a result.

  • this is all yet another reason I wish Opera would allow users to easily skip versions (block auto-updates). That way, users could retain what works for them and skip over versions that they deem unacceptable for whatever reason until such time as the versions perhaps evolve to where they offer relief in that area.

    I agree with you there. Of course, fortunately for purposes of the Speed Dial and even Stash, you can within version 25 keep what you had. The problem is even something like the traditional Speed Dial with folders (that has gone through more than 10 releases) is no longer secure for the future. The Experimental Dial makes one think, "this" is what Opera has in mind for the future. Some of my comfort with Opera, and overlooking other problems were because I so liked what they did with that original Blink Speed Dial, and because they had kept it for so long, I assumed Opera understood that it was really nice. When you want to make changes to really fine, you need a scalpel, not as out of Psycho, a meat cleaver. Now I'm not sure what they think about the Speed Dial they want for the future, or whether they give a hang about making the browser pleasing in appearance, giving the user wallpaper/theme options, etc.

  • They've employed Indian babas to make it "pleasing" - via their black magic!

    (Almost forgot! Call +91-123-123-555-123!)

  • ... fortunately for purposes of the Speed Dial and even Stash, you can within version 25 keep what you had. The problem is even something like the traditional Speed Dial with folders (that has gone through more than 10 releases) is no longer secure for the future. The Experimental Dial makes one think, "this" is what Opera has in mind for the future. Some of my comfort with Opera, and overlooking other problems were because I so liked what they did with that original Blink Speed Dial, and because they had kept it for so long, I assumed Opera understood that it was really nice. When you want to make changes to really fine, you need a scalpel, not as out of Psycho, a meat cleaver. Now I'm not sure what they think about the Speed Dial they want for the future, or whether they give a hang about making the browser pleasing in appearance, giving the user wallpaper/theme options, etc.

    I recall when I was in the throes of "radical reaction" to the first version of Blink Opera, it was somebody - perhaps @leushino, perhaps not? - who reminded me (accurately) at the time that all browsers are continually changing, and all browser features are subject to change, whether we happen to like it or not. When the features altered are "other folks' features", the changes are far easier to deal with than when they're ones we ourselves have come to like, use, and rely upon. This is one reason why I've always favored especially those browser brands that provide for feature/functionality/adjustability "depth", so that a wider variety of users can configure the browser to meet their personal needs and preferences. Old Opera did that extremely well, in part because it and its developers had been around for so long, and tended to incorporate change via options which allowed a user to bypass them (to some extent) via panel/menu settings if they wanted. Perhaps Old Opera even did that too well, based on the (to me) amazing variety of complaints about what has disappeared with the Blink Opera versions. But in any case, I hope Opera devs find ways to incorporate different ways of displaying some of their functions so that you and I (and others) can each set things up more along the lines we each may prefer.

    I personally believe that, unless Opera has completely lost its bearings (which I seriously doubt), over time its developers will find ways to insert feature richness and adaptability a step at a time. It will never become Presto, nor should it... it's architecturally different, and the world has changed in some ways. But Opera will adapt to its user wants/needs by incorporating optional and various ways to do certain things in its interface... either that, or it will fall by the market wayside to the big browser houses and their heavily mass-marketed, plain-vanilla browsers. The challenge will be for Opera to incorporate its changes without continually alienating portions of its still-small user base. The challenge for users will be to exhibit patience in the process... and that remains a tough challenge at times, with Opera's tradition of keeping its own counsel on what it plans on doing, how, and when.

  • @blackbird71: Thanks for the optimism. I think I agree with you. :cheers:
    Still, Jon Von Tetzchner departure from Opera is not a good sign - imagine what would have happened to Apple's image if Steve Jobs left it back in the day.

  • I finally installed Opera 25. Verdict?

    So far I don't like it. I'll mess around with the New Bookmarks setup a bit more the rest of today and tomorrow, but I don't expect my opinion will change. I can only speak for myself. The reason I don't like it is because:

    (1) At this point the LOOK has regressed to that flat as a sheet of paper ubiquitous Metro / Retro ... Windows 8.x Blocks-ish look that every bit of software seems to be changing to nowadays. I hate that flat, simplistic, back into the past look.

    (2) The Bookmarks Manager or whatever it is is basically another Speed Dial and I've never liked and have never supported or used the Speed Dial. IMO, the new Bookmarks setup is less efficient than the pre-Opera 25 Bookmarks Bar setup. With the pre-Opera 25 Bookmarks Bar I can get to any bookmark much faster. Hopefully the pre-Opera 25 Bookmarks Bar setup isn't 86ed.

    (3) The gmail extension does not work on Opera 25.

    Hopefully the changes and LOOK in Opera 25 is as someone alluded to ... just a stepping stone in the eventual LOOK and functionality.

  • You can set the bookmark manager into a vertical display, rather than the squares. There are two options for how you want to view it. I still think the Opera extension, Add Bookmark, works better than the new Opera Bookmarks Manager, at least for adding bookmarks to your Bookmarks Bar. The Bookmarks manager is useful for the old Stash type functions -- unsorted bookmarks, read later, create a folder for anything you want, etc.

    My gmail is still working.

    I'm using Gmail checker, though, which is no longer available for download. And Gmelius.

  • Things must be getting pretty bad if even lem729 is now complaining about opera 12+.

    I guess it's not worth giving it a try again for a little while.

  • I had forgotten that I had briefly tried that Vertical Text mode on the Bookmarks, on one folder anyway.

    Now that you reminded me, Lem, I tried it on a couple more folders. But still, unless I'm using it incorrectly, it's still not remotely efficient and fast enough for my purposes, for my tastes.

    As far as from what I can see, once I open up a folder, I can only see the contents of that folder. To go to another folder, I have to go back to the Bookmarks Bar and select another folder. A very slow process.

    With the pre-Opera 25 Bookmarks Bar on the other hand, I like that I can just bring up all my folders by clicking on that Double Arrow icon and then just hover around swiftly at will while quickly seeing the contents of the folders fan out to the side ... even going into sub folders. A speedy process.

  • If you really don't want the new start page and don't want to deal with the flip flop option in the lower right corner, go to opera://flags and disable the experimental start page. Even choosing to go back to the speed dial in the lower right corner does not change the default flag setting.

  • How do I increase the speed dial icons from the default 4 x 5 (4 rows by 5 icons) to 4 x 9?

  • Whatever anyone says, this quickdial has utterly ruined it for me and I shall ditch it and go back to Firefox. I am gutted about this. This interface is so unlike the aesthetic that has been such a part of Opera. It is ruined. Idiots.

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