Opera 9.22 Final (Build 8801)

Opera 9.22 Build 8801 is on the verge of being released! The due date is scheduled for Thursday, July 19, 2007 in Oslo.

9.22 hasn’t been released until it’s on http://www.opera.com/ . The release is planned for Thursday morning in Oslo. Note that plans can change and the release may not occur.

Source

If you want to go a head and install this build, here are the links:

Go a head and enjoy the new release before it’s even released at Opera.com

“100% CLEAN” Softpedia award!

For those of you who have not yet used my Google Translator widget for Opera, you’re missing out! Little did I know that when I updated this widget on Monday, July 16, 2007 that it would go under a complete inspection by Softpedia.com. I just received an email notifying my that my widget had be awarded for being 100% CLEAN.

Hello,

Your product “Google Translator Opera Widget 1.4” has been tested by the Softpedia labs and found to be completely clean of adware/spyware components.

We are impressed with the quality of your product and encourage you to keep this high standards in the future.

To assure our visitors that “Google Translator Opera Widget 1.4” is clean, we have granted it with the “100% CLEAN” Softpedia award. Moreover, to let your users know about this certification, you may display this award on your website, on software boxes or inside your product.

More information about your product’s certification and the award is available on this page: http://www.softpedia.com/progClean/Google-Translator-Opera-Widget-Clean-78959.html

Your product review page is located at: http://www.softpedia.com/get/Tweak/Browser-Tweak/Google-Translator-Opera-Widget.shtml

Please feel free to link to us using the URL above. If you choose to link to the award page for your product, you may use the award graphic or a text link such as: “100% CLEAN award granted by Softpedia”

Don’t hesitate to contact us for more information.

Sincerely,
The Softpedia Team

So now I’m awarded with this little badge..

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If you’d like to get this widget installed to use with Opera, just go here and click the download button. Please go and vote for my web app today!

Opera 9.5: Kestrel is Coming!

From the Opera desktopteam:
The last couple of months we’ve been working hard on the upcoming Opera 9.5 release, codename Kestrel. Opera 9.5 will contain many cool new features, improvement of existing features, and we fixed a lot of bugs. Within a few weeks we will publish 9.5 weeklies on this blog so everyone can start playing with it.

What’s new!
After the release of Opera 9 last year, we continued the development of Opera’s rendering engine for inclusion in the 9.5 release. As a result, Opera 9.5 contains more than a year of improvements on the rendering engine. This includes improved CSS3 support (text-shadow anyone ), superior SVG support and a brand new javascript engine with support for ECMAScript 4 ‘getters’ and ‘setters’. Apart from being the best standard compliant browser, Opera 9.5 will also display even more webpages with bad coding.

User Interface
Earlier we asked our users for feedback by enabling the usage statistics. Thanks to all the feedback that we got, we now know more about which features are most popular and which ones are used less. In the Opera 9.5 user interface we made several usability improvements that make the popular features easier to access, and more consistent with other browsers.

Accessibility
Opera’s zoom function has always been a very popular accessibility feature. Opera 9.5 takes a big step forward in accessibility by introducing screen reader support , improved keyboard navigation and more consistent keyboard shortcuts.

Platform integration
To make sure that Opera remains the best choice on your platform, we spend a lot of time making Opera feel more integrated with your platform. Mac users can expect a nice new visual look and feel. Opera for Linux will add a QT4 build, so you can easily adjust the skin to match with desktop. There will also be 64-bit Linux/FreeBSD packages made available.

Performance
If you like speed, we’ve got good news for you! Opera 9.5 will be much faster, both in benchmarks (and we don’t have to cheat ) and most important: on real web pages. The user interface will also feel snappier and more responsive, for example switching tabs is now a lot faster on UNIX.

And there is so much more! While we’re preparing the first weekly build for you, we will introduce you to more new features and changes in 9.5. Keep yourself updated!

I don’t know about you, but I for one am very excited!

Opera Mini beta 4

Opera has released beta 4 of Opera Mini! Download Opera Mini now!

If you don’t have a mobile phone to test Opera Mini with, you can test it online with a demo here.


Opera also updated their home page to reflect Opera Mini:
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..but they also have another design on their home page. You get one or the other and they alternate each time you load the page..
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Back from vacation, Opera, Paris Hilton..

Vacation

So I went to Sunset Beach last week. It’s near the border of North Carolina and South Carolina. Very nice place! Only down side was that they had poor Internet access, hehe. The weather was great and I got a decent tan. I would suggest this beach to anyone traveling!

Opera..awaiting a new build

Anyone else still waiting for Opera Desktop Team to release a new build!? We’ve been waiting for several weeks now! Any who, the up coming builds should include parts of Kestrel code..which means that there will be major improvements to the rendering performance!

Paris Hilton..jail

In other news, I’m glad that Paris Hilton is going back to jail! I hope she serves all of the time that she deserves. I don’t necessarily believe she should be treated worse than you or me. However, she should serve just the same as you or me. (PERIOD) She may be a celebrity, but I think it’s more beneficial for everyone to watch her serve time so we all understand that the law is the law. It sets a better example by showing that celebrities also get in trouble for wrong doings.

Music Video..time to relax

Peter Gabriel – In Your Eyes

This song is an old favorite of mine and is most famous for its part in the movie ”Say Anything…” (1989) starring John Cusack. If you haven’t seen the movie you should really check it out!

Handy User Javascripts for Opera

Here is a treat for you Opera n00bs! If you don’t know already, Opera 8 started allowing users to add scripts (javascript) to a directory on their local machine. With these scripts, users can do just about anything! One example of how Opera ASA uses scripts in a positive way is that every single computer with Opera on it has a file in the settings folder called browser.js. This file contains javascript functions that Opera uses to correct pages with faulty javascript code.

You can take advantage of this wonderful feature and save some javascript files to your machine that add features such as Google Suggests (which is a drop down menu with suggestions based on what you are typing). This userjs (user javascript) file adds this functionality to all google pages for you! There are also spell checkers and one very important userjs file that patches all google services so they are more cooperative with Opera. Here is a list of what you can get..

  • Google Suggests
  • Google Services Patch
  • Google Thumbnail Image Direct Links
  • No Click to Activate for Flash Items
  • Inline OSpell Checker
    To use these userjs files follow the steps listed below inorder to enable your Opera to use userjs files.

    1. Find the directory that you installed Opera to. If you are on a windows machine then this is most likely in ‘C:\Program Files\Opera’.
    2. After finding the install folder, create a new folder inside of the install folder called ‘userjs’. You should now have the following folder: ‘C:\Program Files\Opera\userjs’
    3. Open Opera. Click on ‘Tools -> Preferences… -> Advanced -> Content -> JavaScript options…’. Now, at the bottom of this window you should see ‘User Javascript Options’ with an input box and a button below it. Click the ‘Choose…’ button and select the userjs folder that you created.
    4. Now click OK to save changes in the JavaScript options window. Click OK once more to save changes to the Preferences window.
    5. Now that you’ve finished setting up Opera to use your userjs files, just start saving the once you want Opera to use in the userjs folder that you created! To get the scripts that I mentioned above just click on them. If you want more you can check:

There is also a video available that you can use to guide you through setting up UserJS with Opera for the first time. Here is the link: video!

Enjoy!

Edit (10th Jun 07):
Here are some more useful userjs files you can use:

Opera 9.5..Kestrel..almost ready!

Fantastic news! Kestrel is almost ready all! The following news was pulled from an Opera enthusiast’s blog post. Opera Software is quite busy, actually that busy that two versions are coming. And not just on one platform, no the intention is to link many platforms together, meaning the desktop release will simultaneously come with the release for devices and mobiles. Currently Opera 9.5, code named Kestrel, is planned for a golden final release this year, while the first preview of Opera 10, code named Peregrine, will appear at the end of this year.

So what is Kestrel? A falcon. And also a warming up present from Opera Software. But you shouldn’t take that too negatively, Kestrel is an in-between release, while Peregrine is the next major release (Opera 10). Kestrel will introduce some of the rendering engine changes from Peregrine which don’t have a too high impact yet on the entire release. Peregrine itself, also a falcon, will have major rendering engine changes (of course everything that’s in Kestrel), improvements to the user interface, performance enhancements and stunning new features. What we can expect remains to be seen, but I’m betting on an entirely new skin, one that fits Windows Vista and Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard), as well as features that, just like Speed Dial, will make the news headlines.

In this article we mainly discuss the upcoming Kestrel release as news on Peregrine is still very limited due to it’s early stage.

Rendering engine improvements
Support for CSS3, where especially selectors will get a major addition. One of the most noticeable is text-shadow support (multiple shadows, maximum blur limitation) to have, well, text with shadows behind them. Amongst other fixes include correct (not IE compatible) support of document.getElementById(), which should return the id, not the name. Additionally changes are in the house for the rendering of tables and fixes for rounding problems (using ems).

Opera Mail improvements
Kestrel will include at least the first run of changes for Opera’s mail client (aka M2), consisting of a new back-end, which should end any freezes when checking mail as well as fixes for corrupted search and indexes. Uncertain is yet if the second run of changes will make it, where a long awaited newsgroup feature is coming (what could it be?). Mail client operability is also important, and Kestrel will have full support (part of it is already in Opera 9.2) for exchanging mails between Apple Mail and Opera Mail. The problem was apparently caused by Apple Mail, which doesn’t fully comply with the RFC standards for exchanging messages. One of the annoying Opera Mail bugs will also be fixed where attachments are renamed to .tmp files rather than their original names, due to content-type recognition problems.

User interface fixes
Although no major user interface work is planned for Kestrel there seems to be a little hope that there will be a couple of small, yet wanted, changes. One of the possible changes could be site specific support for the content blocker. The code is already there, but it’s keeping your hopes up that it’s stable enough to include in Kestrel. Additionally site specific preferences for opera:about will work correctly in Kestrel. For the Linux platform a fix is included where when the tab bar is disabled (with the window panel on), and tabs are minimized icons are displayed (a remnant from MDI).

And more…
Support for extra security through HttpOnly cookies will be included in Kestrel (as it will be in Firefox 3), which should prevent renegade scripts on a site setting the cookie from reading the cookie. UserJS for https should be working in Kestrel according to Mitchman. Peter Karlsson has been working on an updated Info panel, which contains better organized and more information on the current website your viewing.

Unconfirmed future features
Support for the <video> tag is already present in an experimental build on Opera Labs. Microsoft Silverlight support, which by the sounds of supporting competition could be included as a default plug-in, just like Flash? For Peregrine we might see HTML 5 support as well as offline web applications (beyond Widgets) following the WHATWG specifications.As always, please remember this is a rather incomplete article on all the changes that we can expect for Kestrel (Opera 9.5), and especially Peregrine (Opera 10). With the passing of time, and when we get new builds from the Opera Desktop Team, we’ll learn more and more of what Opera Software has up its sleeves. With Kestrel this year, and Peregrine probably next year there’s a lot of work being done, and a lot coming for all of us to see of the famous Opera Software innovations for the web.

What I’ve been up to…Widgetizing!

hey everyone..I’ve been quiet busy lately. Between classes ending at school and study sessions starting, staying out with friends and..widgetizing. Yes, I said widgetizing. I’ve been coding a new cool widget that you’ll see released sometime in the near future. This widget is designed just for the Opera browser, so if you haven’t tried Opera yet…you need to jump on it. I can’t give too many details out about it, but it is something that nearly everyone uses while on a computer. 😉 My coding is nearly halfway complete. I’ve spent the last week or so working on it and thus far I’ve got nearly 2,300 lines of code…javascript code..that is a lot of javascript if you don’t know! I’ve been going through and simplifying some of the code as I go..just finding shorter and easier ways to do things, so it should improve over all performance. I wish I could post a screenshot or something, but I better keep it a secret until it is ready to release. I’ve also waiting for Opera to get back to me about a couple of bugs that I found in their browser when dealing with widgets. Hopefully they will get that sorted out soon so I don’t end up finishing the widget and waiting for them to fix the bugs so it will work correctly. 😛

One thing that is kind of funny is that..I’m constantly checking my code in other browsers to make sure that it is handled correctly (even though this widget is designed specifically for the Opera browser) and I’ve come across so many cases where IE7 can’t handle the code! It’s insane. Microsoft has to be the worst in the world at coding their software to standards. I’m a windows user, I’ll go a head and get that out in the open. However, I have switched it Linux on numerous occasions. It’s just that..the rest of the world and web wants to move on and progress while Microsoft’s Internet Explorer just tries to control the progression so that the coders can sit on their lazy @$$es and do nothing all day. I mean, look at the acid2 test for example: http://www.webstandards.org/files/acid2/test.html. I laugh every time I inspect this page with Internet Explorer. They are so terrible! Also, I noticed that Firefox seems to have trouble handling some simple javascript. The widget renders just fine, however, some elements do not behave the same in Firefox as they do in Opera…even though it is a standard that they are not following. I know this is a bit vague, but more detail is coming just as soon as I release the first version of this widget. Thus far it is up to build number 0.04, lol. Doesn’t sound like much work has been done, but there is, hehe. You’ll see soon enough. Just stay tuned here, or check out the current widgets at widgets.opera.com.

So until then..stay tuned!

Opera Bugs

Hey all, I’ve been toying with the idea of creating an Opera Bugs page so anyone can submit a quick summary of a bug that they posted to the Opera Bug Wizard. If I build a page like this, it will be useful to all Opera fans/addicts if they want to ‘track’ a bug. Currently it is not possible to track bugs that you submit via the bug wizard. This submission tool would allow users to keep track of these bugs in a public way and update the status when there is a change.

I was thinking that I might have items very similar to the bug wizard so users can just copy and paste…making it very easy to add to the bug collection. The following entry items give an idea:

What is the Bug Number Given by Opera Bug Wizard?
[__________________________]

What Date Bug was posted on Opera Bug Wizard:
[__________________________]

What kind of problem is this?
->Other problem
->Spec violation
->Security issue
->Crashes Opera

Where is the problem?
->Web page problem
->Mail, news & feeds
->File Downloads
->Opera Installation
->Not sure/Other

Brief summary of the problem encountered
[__________________________]

What URL triggers this bug, if any?
[__________________________]

Describe in 3 steps or more how to reproduce this bug
[__________________________]

When following the steps described above:
1. What do you expect to appen?
[__________________________]
2. What actually happens?
[__________________________]

Specify what version of Opera you are using:
[__________________________]

That is about all that I’ve come up with so far, but I have not began coding anything yet. We’ll see in the next few weeks to come.

How To: Multiple Homepages in Opera..

Ok, so we all know that you can have a ‘Saved Session’ in Opera and have it open first. This enables you to have what they call “Multiple Homepages”, but I recently had an idea for true ‘Multiple Homepages’. Here it is..

The idea is simple really. You start out by going to the ‘Bookmarks -> Manage bookmarks…’

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Now you want to create a folder to store all of the ‘Multiple Homepages’ in. This way you can add as many as you wish and edit the list anytime. Click the arrow beside the ‘Add’ button and select ‘Add New Folder’…

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Now that you have a folder made, you can name it anything. Right click on the new folder and in the menu select ‘Properties’. In the properties menu you can edit the name of the folder at anytime. For this example I have called the folder ‘homepages’. The most important part of this step is that you give the folder the nickname ‘homepages’ as seen in the image below. You may add a description if you wish, then click ‘OK’ to save settings.

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Now that you’ve added the folder and named it what you wanted, you just need to add a button somewhere so you can open all of your ‘Multiple Homepages’ whenever you wish. To do this simply drag the button you see below to any place in your toolbar as seen in the image below.

Drag me to your toolbar–> [BUTTON]

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Now that you’ve finished adding the button where ever you wish, you are finished! That being said, I’d like to say that this task would be accomplished much more easily if Opera would allow us to use nicknames as homepages in the ‘Preferences’ window..

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But since they don’t..we are forced to find ‘remedies’ for our problems. I am planning to suggest this to the Opera Developing team so they can possibly add this in the future. It should be as simple as removing the code that inserts the extra ‘http://’ in front of any string that you insert into the homepage text box. (you can see this for your self if you set your homepage in Preferences to ‘homepages’ or something like that then reopen Preferences to see what it saved it as.

Radioio IO2GO Panel for Opera Browser!

Hey all! I got tired of not having any kind of media player in Opera, so I edited a that’s available on my.Opera.com. Now you can just click the station you want to listen to and have it play directly in your browser. This does require javascript to be enabled as well as having a media player plugin installed. The most common one seems to be realPlayer. Here is the link:

Opera Radioio IO2GO