Wishlist for Opera 10.5x (in Linux)

In trying to keep with the Opera wishlist idea that was started in July 2007, I’d like to list 5 things that I would like to see completed or implemented (some for Windows and Mac as well) by the time Opera 10.5x final is reached for Linux. There’s no better time to do this then now, with the hint of an Opera 10.53 Beta 1 on the FTP servers for Linux!

  1. Improved implementation of dragging tabs around. I’m glad to see that the Opera 10.5x interface is becoming a little more stylish and slick, but some aspects seem to be left unfinished. The one I’m talking about is when you drag a tab out of the tab bar and you’re suddenly dragging an unpolished chunk from the tab bar:

    Dragging this tab back into the tab bar results in a fall-back to the old way that Opera handled moving tabs and you now see an arrow insertion point rather than a smooth transition of the tab falling into the tab bar and others making room for it…as Google Chrome does.

    If Opera can show a chunk of the tab bar to represent the fact that you’re about to detach it then they should also be able to make it more pleasing to look at as Google Chrome has done. I suggest that rather than displaying what you see in the image above, they show the new tab bar thumbnail next to the cursor when its been dragged out of a window:

    Then the transition to moving the tab into a tab bar again should be polished so the entire process is aesthetically pleasing to see.

  2. Merge the tab bar and title bar. This has been done in Windows for XP, Vista and 7 in Opera 10.5x thus far and would carry over very nicely to the Unix/Linux platform as well! I mentioned this a while back, but it still deserves a place in my wishlist.
  3. More complete Opera Link support. I think we all expected more settings to be synchronized via Opera Link when it was first introduced. Unfortunately, though, we’ve seen only stability and maintenance updates for the same feature set while other browser venders (Google and Mozilla) are now beginning to grow close to releasing similar and more complete solutions.

    I have been looking forward to being able to synchronize my complete “Preferences” settings (including opera:config), mail/chat/feed accounts (just the account information…excluding locally stored mail), as well as my stored passwords for a very long time and I know that I’m not alone.

    It would also be very nice if Opera implemented Opera Link as a user sign-in to show that users bookmarks and settings instead of merging with data that is already stored. I’ve been wanting this “messenger” style support for a while now and it looks like Mozilla Firefox could already implement this with Weave and a built-in Account Manager.

  4. Vastly improved interface for Dragonfly. In its current form, Dragonfly is very usable and offers a great number of features. The down side to Dragonfly, however, is one of inconsistency. It would be much easier to use if the interface matched Opera’s own interface much more closely.

    The speed of the interface can be frustration at times as well. With Opera’s vastly improved JavaScript engine, I expected Dragonfly to begin to feel nearly native. Instead I noticed little to no change at all. Resizing the Dragonfly window still has a very noticeable delay and sometimes doesn’t resize correctly at all.

  5. Generic support for Linux notification libraries using the FreeDesktop.org standard (as mentioned here) so file transfers and other notifications become more integrated with the system in use:

Now lets see what kind of beneficial wishlists YOU can come up with (for Windows, Mac and/or Linux)! Post a link to your “top 5 wishlist” in the comments below!

Opera 10.10+ Wishlist

Now that Opera 10.10 Beta 1 is out, the Desktop Team has calmed down a bit with fresh snapshot releases. I take this as a sign that Opera 10.10 Final is very near. On that note, I decided to throw together a list of changes I would like to see greeting us on the road to the next big release.

There is no particular order to the following wishlist items, but they are a bit rambled on…


  • Download Opera updates via BitTorrent technology that is already present in Opera to take the bulk of the stress off of servers and mirrors for those already running Opera.
  • Allow Opera to download efficient updates. Instead of downloading the entire installer each time, why can’t Opera download the changes and apply them to the present installation (updating the version of course)? This could dramatically improve the length of time it takes to update Opera, especially on slow connections.
  • Remove the Unite Applications that are installed by default with Opera and download them when they are needed. I extracted the classic installer for Opera 10.10 Beta only to find that the Unite Applications that are installed by default consume approximately 2.12mb, thus dramatically increasing the installer download size! Why couldn’t these be installed via the Internet when the user decides to activate Opera Unite?
  • [done] Install Opera with an Operating System focused skin by default. Opera for Mac is already installed with a tweaked default skin, but what about the rest of us? The current default skin is a major improvement over skins in the past, but on Windows 7 it really doesn’t fit the feel. This is one reason that a lot of people stray away from Opera.
  • Update skins, widgets, unite applications, userjs, usercss, etc. Why has a proper updating system not been put into place to alert you of a skin update? Or to alert you that your favorite widget just got updated and you’re using one that’s a year old? It seems that this may happen with Opera Unite eventually, but what about the content that we’ve used loyally for years?
  • A real User Javascript manager solution. We all know that Firefox has a wealth of add-ons available and one of those just happens to be the equivalent of what I’m talking about. Why has Opera supported User Javascript for so long, yet left the benefits hidden to most users by not supplying an easy solution? There is currently a very handy UserJS manager that has been implemented by an Opera user via an Opera Unite Application.
  • Better memory usage and garbage collecting. If you’ve ever opened several tabs (we’ll say 50+) and worked your way through most while closing them as you go, then you know that Opera’s memory footprint can grow madly. One thing you might have assumed, but not been aware of is that when you close these tabs and empty the trash…there is no release of all of that memory that Opera just claimed. While many loyal Opera fans will tell you that Opera gives this memory back if it’s “really” needed, it shouldn’t just hang onto it in the first place. We all want an optimized application, shouldn’t that be try for memory usage as well?
  • Opera Dragonfly updates! I remember when Opera Dragonfly updates were fairly often and sometimes significant changes would appear even between snapshot updates! Opera Dragonfly has slipped out of the spotlight due to limitations on updates that depend on Core updates in Opera itself. With or without these limitations, I’m sure we would all like to see how Dragonfly is improving. One improvement I’d like to see (that has already been mentioned by @hicksdesign) is UI integration with the rest of Opera and the current skin. Other than that, editing of style sheets in entirety on the fly is one of my most craved updates. A ruler or grid would be nice as well as not having to reload the page before editing it. Also, I’d like to have Opera Dragonfly open on one page while not seeing it on every page that I switch to. 😉
  • UserJS on HTTPS prompts at startup are driving me insane! Why Opera hasn’t implemented an option to ignore this prompt is beyond me. It could easily be configurable via opera:config, but continues to annoy the users who are well aware of what they are doing in the first place.
  • More options synchronized via Opera Link. Also, why can we finally have a completed web front-end to Opera Link? I’m tired of not having passwords stored in the Wand for one computer that I know are saved on another. Shouldn’t all of these settings be synchronized by now? Opera Link (it seems like) was released ages ago and is still far from feature complete!
  • General polishing on common bugs that are persistent in Opera such as redraw bugs, Google Gears and other Google products that just seems to hate working with Opera (Google Wave).
  • [done] A faster JavaScript engine! Frankly, I’m tired of the whole battle over which browser is faster strictly based on Javascript, but the differences at this point in the game are a little ridiculous. Opera apparently has a full team working on the next javascript engine for Opera, named Carakan, and I think we would all welcome it into the next Opera release with arms wide open.
  • One thing about the BitTorrent dialog bugs me. I usually select to use my default torrent application rather than Opera which happens to be uTorrent, but the “Open” and “Save” buttons can be a bit confusing. Why would these not be relabeled to “Start” and “Save“? The Opera download manager already uses the Resume and Restart terminology so it would make more sense to me if it were consistent. If you think about it as follows you might find the confusion: So, I want to save this torrent to my computer right? Or do I want to Open it? What’s the difference? Oh, so apparently save only saves some weird “.torrent” file to my computer. I guess I needed to click open. Shouldn’t they have named it start…or something more logical? 😛
  • During Fullscreen mode I often wish I had an easy access bar that I could hover that would drop down the tabs and address bar for tabs open in the current windows, similar to how Firefox manages tabs in Fullscreen mode. I don’t understand why Opera makes this task so out-of-the-way.
  • [done] Windows 7 Jump Lists featuring frequently opened tabs as well as currently open tabs and maybe the last x number of closed tabs.
  • [done] Windows 7 Aero and tabs pulled up into the title bar for more space efficiency.
  • Source View updates. Any update to the source viewer would be welcome. This feature of Opera has been abandoned for far too long (…remind you of Duke Nukem Forever anyone?).
  • [done] I think Opera should remove the Rewind and Fastforward navigation buttons (as well as the home button) by default (for fresh installations). These buttons tend to simply add clutter to the navigation bar for new users who will most likely never use them intentionally. I’ve even started removing them first thing for all instances that I install for friends and family just so that Opera has a simple default feel. Simplicity is one reason that so many people are flocking to Google Chrome.

Have other wishlist items that I forgot? Leave ’em in the comments!

Opera Wishlist v2.0

It’s been a while since I’ve written my wishlist for Opera. Now that the top five features I’ve requested have been implemented in Opera 10 (to be released), I’ve got to start putting together some items for the next major update!

In my previous top five wishlist, I was hoping for features like Developer Tools, Auto-Update, more Widget Capabilities, In-line Spell Check and, last but not least, an Improved Interface.

I’ve updated my previous wishlist with links to reference when and how these changes took place, so if you want to look further into that just checkout the first wishlist (linked above).

For my new wishlist, I think the them follows the general theme of the previous one..or at least 3/5 of them. I hoping to see Opera become more noob friendly. In it’s current state, it’s very usable for anyone, however, they do tend to have a bit too much of an engineering took and a little skittish on the designer and user interface front.

Let’s dive right in..

  1. Menu Systems. The menus for toolbars and even some main menu bar sub-menus are designed too complex and confusing. If you want one of your less tech. savvy friends to use Opera, don’t show them (most) of the menus! An example of simplifying the menu system would be to simply move the “Customize -> Remove From Toolbar” to the main menu or root level and rename it to “Delete” so that deleting buttons and other toolbar elements is written in clear English.

    This menu item was moved to a sub-menu to reduce accidental use, however, it is now placed far out of reach and over complicates such a simple task. The naming or wording of this menu item is also overly complex. Firefox uses a simple “Delete” menu item for the same task and it makes the whole thing seem so much simpler.

    This isn’t the only menu item or menu that is in desperate need of simplifying. I’d like to see each and every menu analysed and modified to make wording as simple as possible and follow general layout structures that all other competitors are using.

  2. Completed Opera Link. Depending on how heavily you use Opera, you may know by now that they have a feature that allows you to synchronize some of your settings between different computers by signing into your (free) My Opera account. This way you can have the same settings for Opera on two or more different computers such as the same Bookmarks or Speed Dial entries.

    I would like to see Opera finally complete this feature to support all of the other settings that you hate to update all of the time, such as Blocked Content, Mail Accounts or News Feeds, Widgets, IRC, etc. Currently, the only synchronized settings are Bookmarks, Speed Dial, Personal Bar, Notes, Typed History and Searches.

  3. [done] <video> and <audio>. Opera already has some support for HTML5, however, the very cool parts are still lacking. Firefox 3.5 just released yesterday with support for the new <video> tag that will hopefully make the use of flash obsolete. An experimental build of Opera 10 with <video> support was released from Opera Labs a while back, however, they appear to have been slacking in this particular developmental area and Opera 10 is (as far as I know) planned to be released with the lack of support for the <video> and <audio> tags.

    This is a terrible move in my opinion. However, Firefox 3.0 was not released with these capabilities and only extended to support them later in Firefox 3.5, so it just might work out if they are added later.

  4. [done] CSS3 Border-Radius Support. You can notice the lack of support for this CSS gem easily from kyleabaker.com. If you compare this page from Opera and Firefox 3+ you will notice that Opera doesn’t render the rounded top corners of the tabs in the header like Firefox does.

    This is a simple CSS3 feature, but it’s also one of the most noticeably lacking CSS3 features in Opera to date. It’s CSS3 candy like this that many developers are anxious to start using and it’s a shame that Opera hasn’t even offered a browser specific border-radius attribute as Webkit and Firefox have done.

  5. Bug Squashing Session. The last, but probably most important wishlist item is that Opera takes a break from implementing new features and puts some extreme focus into squashing every last bug in the database. While I know that this isn’t feasible, I do believe that a great deal of priority could be placed on this and then some of the lower priority bugs could finally get some attention.

    It seems that Opera is continuously releasing new features one after another. While this is great in one respect, it is also very troublesome in another. We all want to see breaking edge technology and sweet new features, right? But, at what cost are we getting these sweet new features?

    When Opera’s built-in source viewer was released, I remember finding it to be one of the most useful features in the browser for web development. I could easily make changes to a page and view them immediately without any need for uploading and refreshing the page!

    Now, one of the most limiting features of this source viewer that I’ve found is the lack of line numbers. Something this simple was filled as a bug some 2 years ago (plus or minus) and has yet to be fixed. This is obviously a low priority bug, but a bug squashing session that eliminated the nastiest bugs, allowing time to working on these easier bugs would be great!

[done] One bonus wishlist request is for Opera to hurry up and release the next ECMAscript/Javascript engine called Carakan as soon as possible so Opera shows up better in all of these (unrealistic) benchmarking tests. It would be great if Opera 10 were released with all of these wishlist items, but it’s generally not a good idea to rush the release of anything. So it looks like I’ll have to patiently wait for these requests to make their way into my favorite browser.

In case you were wondering, the current version of the ECMAscript/Javascript engine in Opera is code named Futhark and was released with Opera 9.5. Prior to that, the engine named Linear B was used Opera 7.x to 9.2x. Even before that, Linear A was used from Opera 4.x to 6.x. There was no name given to the engine used (if any) prior to that. Comparing them all, I would have to say that Carakan definitely sounds the most impressive. If wish, you can learn more about Opera’s history.

If you have any ideas for an Opera wishlist, post them in the comments or post a link to your blog article about them!

HTC G1 – I want the Google Phone

If you didn’t know already, Google has been working on a platform for mobile phones named Android. Android is an open source platform that is based on the Linux platform.

The G1 will be in competition with the Apple iPhone and will feature an App store that is very similar to the one that is currently in place for the iPhone.

Many of the features will even be similar while the interface will be much different.

The current price for the HTC G1 is set at a very competitive price – $179, just $20 less than the iPhone.

The G1 looks fairly similar in appearance to the iPhone, featuring a large touch screen. However, the G1 also features a slide out keyboard and in a very slick way.

The screen of the phone slides to the right and underneath where the screen was is now a full featured keyboard!

I have been considering starting an Amazon wishlist, so now just may be the perfect time for me to add a thing or two to my wishlist and publish it — the HTC G1 being one of them. 😉

So if any of my friends or a stranger having a good day would like to make my day then you can do so much more easily! 😀

The phone is currently only offered with a T-Mobile plan, however, I’m hoping that like the iPhone..I will be about to purchase the phone itself and adjust it to fit my network. 😉

We’ll see. For now I’ll just be keeping up with some of the latest news on it.

I now have an Amazon Wishlist setup. 😛 So feel free to make a purchase whenever you see fit. 😉 The link is also in the list on the right.

Opera Speed Dial idea

The other day this “duh” idea just popped into my head, so I thought I might draw it up and send it off to get some opinions and reviews.

Basically, I just realized that while adding a new entry to Speed Dial is relatively painless, it could be a whole lot more convinient and here’s how.

If for instance you find yourself checking a specific web site or web page frequently then you might be tempted to bookmark that page or save it to Speed Dial.

If you think about it, to bookmark a page you don’t even have to “leave” the page or switch to a different screen or window to do so.

You can go to the menu item “Bookmarks -> Bookmark Page” or you can just press Ctrl+D.

My idea makes adding or updating Speed Dials more intuitive in a way by adding a menu item to the right click menu of all pages.

I would add the entry “Add to Speed Dial”, which would then open a simple dialog prompting the user to select the Speed Dial entry that they would like to store the current page to.

This would be very handy in my opinion as not all users will realize that they don’t have to copy and paste the url if it is not already listed in their opened pages, frequently visited pages or an Opera page.

It’s also (in my opinion) visually reassuring of which page you are actually adding.

I posted an Opera forum topic about this as well and it has a poll so go vote!

Wishlist: Wishes for Opera..

Recently I blogged about my top 5 wishes for Opera as a part of a tag game that has been going around the net quiet heavily lately. Now I’d like to make a list of wishes that I have for Opera in a more general form. These wish items have no specific priority and are strictly based on my opinions and thoughts. Some wishes will be repeated from my previous top 5 wish list.

So, to ease your anxiety from waiting..here is my list:

  • [done] -> [link] Auto-Update system to make updating Opera to the latest and most secure version painless for new users as well as us fanatics. Similar to the auto-update feature that Mozilla currently has.
  • [done] -> [link] Developer Tools. It is true that Opera currently has a decent set of developer tools, however, these current tools (in version 3122) do not come close to competing with other available developer tools for competing browsers such as Firebug for Firefox. Many web developers (even Opera enthusiasts) turn to Firefox to developer their sites instead of Opera and this is where Opera is letting us down. With such high standards support one would assume that a cutting edge developer tool kit would be available for the browser, but it just isn’t there yet.These have now been released. You can find more information about the Opera Developer Tools, named Dragonfly, at http://dragonfly.opera.com! Dragonfly is now available in snapshot builds of Opera 9.5 and will be available in the final release as well!
  • [done] -> [link] In-line Spell Check is a common wish among Opera users. The current spell check method (using Aspell) is in my opinion out dated and not the best method. Many Opera users turn to user javascript to try to meet their needs. There is one such script that I have found to be very useful for spell check called In-line OSpell Checker, but a built-in In-line spell checker would be preferable to me.
  • [done] -> [link] UI upgrade. I think I speak for many when I say that I’d love to see the user interface revamped. ‘As is’ it is a great theme and interface, however, some of the layout designs seem to need a little work and the theme could use a little tweaking to appeal to more people. I know there are plenty of other skins that can be applied, but I personally like to keep default skins as they are most often optimized the most for a wide range of users.
  • [partially done] -> [link] Extended widget and user javascript capabilities. Originally I had mentioned extended capabilities for widgets in my top five list, but after reading another top 5 list I realized that user javascript could be very beneficial as well if they were to allow more interaction with the browser itself as well.Widgets now have File I/O privileges (still no userjs progress 🙁 ):
  • [done] Icon upgrade. Many people have mentioned the Opera logo icon. I too wish that a more appealing icon could be used in place of the outdated O. In the mean time, if you didn’t know already, you can change the standard icon that Opera uses in the config settings. Just click or type opera:config into your address bar and search for ‘Application Icon’. This setting may not be available across all platforms, but it is available on the Windows platform.
  • XUL. I would love to see support for XUL, which is a User Interface Language. I’ve seen some very cool web applications designed using XUL. However, to the best of my knowledge the Gecko engine is the only engine supporting XUL at the moment.
  • User Javascript manager user interface. There are plenty of add-ons that you can get for Opera (tool bars, menus, skins, buttons, panels, etc.) and for the most part these all have ways of managing them from with in Opera. User Javascripts do not have any means of management in Opera. All modifications are to be done out side of the browser and manually downloaded and stored.
  • Separate email accounts. I’d like to see an option in the future for separate email accounts. In the past I have had Opera checking two of my email accounts, but the messages that I received seemed to be mixed and mingled into one single account.
  • [done] -> [link] HTML email composing support. I’d like to see support for composing HTML style email messages from with in Opera. It is already possible to receive these messages since they can easily be rendered with the browser engine, but composing these messages is not yet possible in Opera as it is in most other major email clients.
  • Thumbnails in the windows panel. I made a suggestion several months ago to include thumbnails in the windows panel (side bar panel) in Opera, but I was told that they are not capable of adding these thumbnails to the windows panel at the moment. Apparently this is on their list of things to do for the future. So I suggested adding thumbnails to the tool tips that are displayed when hovering the items in the windows panel. You can thank me for the suggestion, hehe, but you should really thank Mitchman for the work. He spent long hours getting that to work flawlessly and he did a great job.
  • IRC upgrade. I’d love to see the IRC chat client upgraded and updated with many new features. It seems to be bare bones. I use it often when chatting with other Opera enthusiasts, but am disappointed with the simplicity of it. Sure simplicity is important, but when it is so simple that it lacks many important features there is a problem.
  • Domain name highlighting. Firefox 3.0 Alpha 7 Pre recently added an anti-fraud feature which dims all text in the address bar except for the domain name. Look here for more details. I’d love to see this implemented in Opera for added support!
  • [done] -> [link] Bit Torrent enhancements would be great. I’d really like to see more options to control my torrent downloads in Opera. BitTorrent support in Opera has seen several improvements so far, from expected stability improvement to adding support for the BitTorrent peer exchange protocol, which is compatible with libtorrent and µTorrent.
  • Feed reader enhancements. Like the M2 mail client, the feed reader to me is just so out dated looking and boring. In my opinion it really needs to be revamped along with the mail client since they are basically tied together.
  • Line numbers for the source code viewer! This is long over due. Honestly, how hard can it be to add line numbers to an input field? Well, I can cut them some slack since they have been so busy working to reach various goals with Opera 9.x, but soon after the initial release of the source viewer it was abandoned and has been since! There could be many improvements to the source viewer. A wrap/nowrap button, line highlighting, search/find box (the pop-up box gets in the way), wysiwyg as you type option…so many more, please work on this! This is an important part of the developer tool kit to me! I use the source viewer daily and lots of times throughout the day!
  • Calendar. I think a calendar in Opera would be very useful. It would of course have to have the ability to sync with other calendars such as Google Calendar just so you could check it from anywhere, but I could really use one just to keep up with classes, medications, dates, tests, quizzes, work, dental appointments, surgeries, birthdays, etc. It could also easily be integrated with mail and feeds to show the number of messages/feeds received on a particular day or list your friends/contact’s birth days so you don’t miss their special day!
  • Jabber. Opera already has support for IRC which is a great method of chatting online, however, jabber offers so much more and could just as easily be integrated into Opera just as IRC already is!
  • Message alerts for IRC. IRC is great, but it lacks simple things such as notifications when you receive a new message. Currently the only notification that you receive is a highlighted tab (it appears the same as a page that has finished loading in the background so all that is different is the text color on the tab).
  • Hide Individual Windows. I find myself using ~20-30 tabs per Opera window and I usually organize my tabs among different windows depending on the type of environment I’m in. That can range from mail and social networks – web standards and web design – school related research and homework – news and blogs – videos and entertainment – random unfitting tabs or just a window from a friend to use so my other tabs aren’t lost or closed by accident (I know about the lock tab feature :P). With the ability to hide individual windows instead of just always hiding Opera all together with Ctrl+H I could manage my tabs and windows much more easily and have plenty of room on my task bar which easily gets cluttered with explorer folders, ftp clients, instant message chat windows, windows media player (even when docked to task bar), text editors, etc. So you can see how this feature would greatly improve workspace and productivity.
  • FTP Client. Opera has the ability to log-in to ftp servers and browser their directories, but there is literally no functionality to manage an ftp server via Opera. I must always use another third party application to upload content to my server and edit it. Built-in FTP support would greatly increase Opera’s popularity among web developers since they would have a great standards based browser with ftp already built-in and hopefully soon a stunning web developer tool kit.
  • [done] Search field for the Blocked Content box. This would make managing the Blocked Content so much easier. When the list grows it becomes hard to search through and pin point entries that you may want to edit or entries that are causing problems on a specific page. This wish may be implemented sooner than the others. I spoke with a developer in the Opera IRC chat a while back and he told me that they already had this feature internally, but there is no telling how long it will take for this to reach the public. 😉 A quick find is now available in the Blocked Content box for Opera 9.5.
  • [done] Ability to disable Blocked Content on specific pages or just individual entries for all or specific pages. This could help eliminate problems when content gets blocked on pages that you really don’t want the content to be blocked on. Blocked Content can now be managed on a per site basis. Right click on the page -> Edit Site Preferences… -> Content -> Enable content blocking.
  • Firefox style download manager. I really like how the Firefox download manager pops up externally and is very small. Opera’s download manager is very handy sometimes, but I think that an added option to have it pop out like Firefox does would we very wise since it would make the transition for Firefox users to Opera that much easier while giving existing users more flexibility at the same time!
  • [done] Media Player. I know that doesn’t sound very feasible for a web browser, but I would love to have a small tool bar somewhere that allows me to either control existing media players on my PC or that just uses codecs that are already on the PC to stream media for me and have a playlist in a tab. 😉 I think that could be a very good selling point for some web surfers. Most people I know chill and listen to music while browsing the web so why not merge them or at least create a link so we don’t have to pop up the media player all the time and cut out time from browsing to play the next track or skip through.

    You can actually control Foobar2000 through a panel which some what ties it in with Opera.
    Also, Opera Unite fixed this as well.

  • Import and Export Mail and Feeds. There is already an option to import/export feed lists, but that is not the same to me. Feeds are stored on your local hard drive and can be retrieved while offline if needed, same goes for mail. However, exporting your feed list does not export your actual feed items which is exactly what I would want. The option to import/export mail is LONG OVER DUE. This should have been implemented years ago. I hear that they are looking into this though, so maybe we will see something better with Kestrel since they are improving the mail client.
  • Extensions. Yes, although I’m about 90% against extensions I still believe they can be very beneficial. They can provide us with features that the Opera developers don’t want to spend time on or just don’t have time for. They can give us Google tool bars (which I loath, but apparently most people like them). We could have page rank extensions, chat clients (so we could finally have built-in instant message support in Opera), media player extensions, developer tools, etc. The list could go on and on for the endless possibilities of extensions. The down fall to extensions is that they are not always written securely or optimized which boils down to problems. Honestly I can’t see extensions becoming a part of Opera (at least not for a while) since they just released widgets with Opera 9.x to supplement extensions. On top of that, I can’t see Opera compromising their security record, small memory foot print and speed with extensions. Only time will tell, but if everyone keeps begging they will eventually give in..just like they have apparently done with composing HTML email messages (they told us that Opera would never have support for composing HTML email messages, now just recently they have mentioned some experimental internal builds with this support, lol).

This wishlist may or may not be appended to over time. I will do my best to update the list to let you know when any of the wishes I’ve listed have been implemented in Opera. Stay tuned!

And to Opera…Give the people what they want, haha, or continue to do so. 😉 Keep up the fantastic work!

Last updated 2008-12-04

Blog tag: 5 things I’d like to see in Opera

Recently, I read a post at OperaWatch.com where Daniel has started a new game similar to tag..with Opera. So the game is that you make a list of your top most 5 wishes for the Opera browser. The features or suggestions are to improve Opera in your own opinion. After listing your 5 wishes you should leave at least 5 other friends names that are linked to their blog page. Once linked, they are entered into the game and have to make their own list and tag new friends. So I guess I’ll just jump right in…

  1. [done] -> [link] Developer Tools. I wish for developer tools as my top wish simply because Opera lacks in this area. Other browsers such as Firefox and Safari already have great developer tools. Most people that I know turn to Firebug in Firefox to debug their web sites. Opera really needs to step up and release something amazing asap!
  2. [done] -> [link] Auto-Update. My second wish is for an auto-update system similar to the one that is already present in Firefox. Most people won’t understand that currently the only way to update Opera is to go to the download page and download the entire program over again. This could be handled so much better with an auto-update feature that downloads only small patch files instead of downloading the entire ~6mb file each time. This feature would also include auto-updating of plug-ins to make the stress on the user as little as possible.
  3. [done] -> [link-1 link-2] Extended Widget Capabilities. This wish may not seem like a popular wish, however, many people are begging for extensions and other exact copies from Firefox. I believe in the widgets. The only thing that I feel desperately needs to be improved to them is to allow them to interact with the browser it self and even interact with the OS on a low and safe level. If widgets could interact with the browser itself a lot more then we would have infinite possibilities for new widgets. Widgets really could start to have some of the same capabilities that make extensions such a popular choice today.
  4. [done] -> [link] In-line Spell Check. I know that many people have been begging for this feature for ages. It goes with out saying that this feature would become a success from the start. Also, this is just a suggestion, but a wiki could be started to allow members to contribute dictionaries for various languages etc. so they could be included with the installer program and just compressed.
  5. [done] -> [link] Improved Interface. This last wish is more of an improvement wish rather than a feature request. It took me a while to decide on this wish, but I’d really like to see the interface improved on tons. I know that lots of work is going into the mail client at the moment with Kestrel in mind. The freezing bugs are rumored to be squashed and the interface of the mail client is supposed to be slightly redesigned to make managing your mail much easier. I’d really like to see the rest of Opera improved upon though, including the notes, contacts, info panel (which has been improved already internally), transfers (including Bit Torrent downloads), widgets (some kind of bring all to front or something), windows panel (thumbnail view instead of just list view), a thumbnail view of history pages, thumbnail view for bookmarks, upgraded chat client, possibly even jabber support, better support for reporting fraudulent sites (the login causes many people to avoid reporting), and keep the incredible speed you’re so famous for!
    The five friends that I tag are: haavard, zomg, Remco Lanting, FataL and Nicomen.

Tag, you’re it.

Last updated 2008-12-07