Opera browser has another new release, the Opera 9.5 Alpha (code name: Kestrel). It has some very nice improvements over the previous version, such as even faster rendering engine, bookmark synchronization, full history search, and unclose windows.
Fastest become faster? — Opera claims that the fastest web browser is now even faster. The rendering engine has been re-wrote. As far as I know, Opera is a fast browser and I feel the 9.5 Alpha is slightly faster than previous version.
Synchronization — This is a new feature for Opera browser where you can sync Opera bookmarks, Speed Dial and Personal bar between different computers with Opera installed (say, home vs. office). Read how it works.
Full history search — Unlike other browsers history search which only look at the URLs of the pages, Opera 9.5 full history search searches the whole content of the web pages you have visited. This could be very handy if you are looking for certain portion of information but forgot where did you read it. Also, you can search directly at the URL field.
Restore closed windows — Previous Opera version supports closed tabs restoration but not closed windows, Opera 9.5 now can restore closed window and its tabs.
Open with other browsers — I am sure most of your computers have installed more than one web browsers. Opera 9.5 now supports sending current visiting web page to your other web browser. Simply right click on the web page, move to Open With and select the browser.
Opera is good but…
Frankly speaking, Opera is a good web browser. I like it but I don’t use it quite often because of 2 simple reasons:
- closing tab jump back to last tab
- no support for addons like Firefox
The 1st point is the main reason stop me from using Opera. Ok, this is my personal web page reading habit:
When I read a web page, I open page links in new tabs. Then, I read tab-by-tab and close tab as I finished reading.
For Opera, its default behavior is “jump back to previous active tab after closing a tab”. It has become annoying to me. I want “jump to next tab after closing a tab”.
There is no way to set the tab behavior. I have to change my tab browsing habit for Opera… How about you?