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Opera 24 FINAL

Opera reboots itself with a new interface, browsing engine and more

by Nick Peers

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Operating Systems: Android, Mac OS X, Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8, Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows Vista (64 bit), Windows XP
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Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 02 September 2014
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Developer: Opera
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Opera 24
Think of Opera 24 as a complete reboot, rather than an update

It may not enjoy the same level of attention as other heavyweight web browsers, but there's still a lot to like about Opera. But in recent years it's lost its mantle as a true pioneer among web browsers, and that may have led to this, a complete reboot rather than a major update.

Opera 15 (and now 24) represented a completely new browser, which is why Opera hasn't yet abandoned its immediate predecessor, with the Opera 12.x series still being maintained for users unhappy at switching to a new browser where many favourite features are missing - some of which, like the mail client (now a standalone product), won't be making a return.

The reboot has been prompted by Opera's decision to abandon its own proprietary web rendering engine (Presto) in favour of Google’s open-source Chromium engine. Fire up Opera for the first time, and it’s apparent that major changes are afoot.

The user interface has been rebuilt from the ground up, designed to integrate more deeply with the OS it’s running and provides a more modern, sleek look compared to previous Opera builds. Another visible change is the implementation of a unified address and search bar, echoing that found in Chrome and Safari as opposed to the separate bars still used by Firefox.

The Speed Dial page has also been improved, with users now able to file shortcuts into folders (simply drag one on top of another to create a folder). A new search field also provides users with a quick and easy way to filter Speed Dial entries. The move signals Opera's intention to merge Speed Dial shortcuts and bookmarks into a single entity.

Two new features added to Opera are Discover and Stash. Discover provides users with a place where they can set localization and other preferences in order to be fed relevant content – including news – from a single place.

Meanwhile, Stash is designed to make comparing websites easier by allowing users to press a heart button in order to collect together a group of related sites for comparing. Users scan quickly scan the Stash via a resizable page preview, or search all sites within the Stash using keywords.

Surprisingly, the new Opera 15 shipped with some major features not in place: there's no bookmarks support outside of Speed Dial (existing users should use the Bookmark Importer option under the "More tools" menu to convert their Opera 12 bookmarks to Speed Dial entries in version 15), while feeds support and site preferences are also missing, along with the popular sidebar.

How many of these will eventually make a return is as yet unclear, but Opera has already indicated its willingness to listen to user feedback, so the more popular a feature, the more likely it is to return at some point.

What's new in Opera v24 (compared to the previous v22)?

- Unique tab previews that help you find the tab you want
- Opera 24 for Windows makes full use of your higher-resolution, or HiDPI, screens
- Private browsing ensures that your internet history and activity are removed as soon as you close all private windows

Verdict:

We're surprised that the rebooted Opera 15 (now v24) has shipped so quickly as a final version seeing as it's still missing some fundamental features. These should return in time, helped by Opera's switch to a rapid release cycle, but for now you may be best served by sticking to the previous version - or trying a more fully developed alternative.

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Pointless review

Posted by: Jedy, 04 September 2014 00:24

I don't get why in September 2014 this review is mainly looking at version 15, with a small mention (in brackets) that the current is v24. Are you simply using an old reviw and are too lazy to update it? The criticism of a lack of bookmarking is irrelevant as Opera has a bookmarks bar.
Also private browsing is not a new feature in v24, its been there for some time now.

www.downloadcrew.com reply:

Jed, we don't re-write reviews every single time a download receives an update. That would be way too cost-prohibitive. It's not a question of being "too lazy". We have to account for every review written on the site and Opera releases a new "major" update every single month.

The reason the review looks at v15, is simply because it was the first version released with a completely new engine etc. Subsequent versions (16, 17. 18 etc) have just built on top of the original v15, which was released only a few months ago.

Opera 20 best Chrome based web browser

Posted by: Jonathan Robarts, 25 April 2014 17:00

Opera 20.0 is the best Chrome based web browser available. A lot of people are complaining about how bad it is and that it doesn’t have all the features of the old browser. These people should take the time to try it out before condemning it. I tried Opera 20.0 and have decided to use it as my default web browser.

MacWorld

Posted by: Bosco Harper, 03 April 2014 18:12

Dear Download crew,
The question you need to check is whether the Opera company advertises in Macworld. If you think the reviews in any publication are untainted by commerce, guess again

Stable, they forgot the Un.

Posted by: keith heard, 18 November 2013 10:52

Rubbish about sums it up, refuses magnet links, locks up system when trying to shut down ( on 3 different pc's ). gone back to previous version.

www.downloadcrew.com reply:

Keith, MacWorld UK rated Opera 17 as a 5-star product and it won their browser roundup!

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