Tout comme Netscape et Mozilla qui viennent récemment de sortir une nouvelle version, Opera Software vient de sortir sa première version 7 de son navigateur Internet (en réalite la 7.11, la première version 7 pour Linux).
Il existe une version gratuite librement téléchargeable sur leur site, cependant elle possède une bannière publicitaire. La version sans pub coûte, elle, 39 USD (sur le marché des navigateurs, il est dur de gagner sa vie face à IE...). Plusieurs packages sont disponibles, .deb, .rpm ou .tar.gz, tous en binaires pour plusieurs distributions.
Ce logiciel utilise la bibliothèque Qt de Trolltech.
Le logiciel n'est pas libre, et la société ne supporte pas le libre, mais un logiciel sous Linux est intéressant pour certains tout de même.
Le logiciel est aussi supporté sous Windows, MacOS, OS/2, Solaris, BeOS, FreeBSD, QNX, et en embarque sur PDA, avec des versions plus ou moins récentes.
La version francaise sera prochainement disponible.
Les architestures supportées sous Linux sont PowerPC, Sparc et i386.
Features in Opera 7.11
Speed up researching with the new Notes features. Jot down a note in conjunction with a Web page, drag the note to an e-mail to send it to others, or simply store your notes for future reference.
FastForward and Rewind
The FastForward and Rewind functions let the browser anticipate where you may want to go next.
The FastForward button displays photo files on the Web in a slideshow. To see photos full-screen on a black background, simply press F11 to invoke Opera's presentation tool OperaShow.
Improved standards support
The standards support in Opera 7 has been improved with added support for DOM level 2 and CSS2; improved ECMAScript and HTML 4.01 support; and complete WML 1.3 and 2.0 support. Opera 7 also handles non-standard pages using DHTML, giving Opera's millions of old and new users a hassle-free Internet experience.
Extended and improved drag-and-drop support
Rearrange or move toolbar items using drag-and-drop customization or move bookmarks, tabs, and window sessions (MDI/SDI) URL as shortcuts on the desktop. Open or save any page link.
Built-in search utility
Use Opera's search utility to search the Web, just enter your search in the convenient search field at the top of Opera's window.
Opera can easily be configured to push all pop-up windows to the background, or to not show them at all.
Changing the look of a browser has never been easier with Opera's new one-click skin install. Just pick and click once on any of the many skins available at MyOpera community. The skin is downloaded and applied, and users can choose to keep or remove the new skin. As a further enhancement, even changes in the coloring skins can be altered by selecting a color scheme from the View menu.
Opera puts more power at your fingertips with smart and fast mouse gesture recognition.
Only Opera makes it possible to navigate entirely with keyboard shortcuts, enabling even more speed.
Spatial Navigation was first introduced in Opera's iTV business unit. With Opera for iTV on their set-top boxes, TV viewers appreciates how simple it is to use the arrows keys on their remote controls to navigate the electronic program guides or between links in Web pages. Now Opera is bringing the same concept to everyone's desktop computer. By combining the SHIFT and arrow keys on the keyboard, users can easily move to links or any other navigational element on a page.
M2 mail client
Opera's mail client automatically categorizes and sorts e-mail messages, has an integrated spam filter, and supports POP3, IMAP, and ESMTP.
Check out Opera's Web browser breakthrough for mobile phones and PDAs in your desktop browser! See how Web pages would look on a small-screen device by simply pressing [Shift+F11] to enable Small-Screen Rendering?.
The Wand password manager
Opera now offers one-click log-in to password protected sites. Log-in fields with available passwords are marked with a slick golden rim, and access provided by simply clicking the Wand icon or the keyboard shorcut CTRL+Enter.
Instead of having to choose between multiple and single document interface (MDI/SDI) as in Opera 6, users can now combine MDI, SDI and tabbed browsing -- without restarting the browser. Users can also save different window combinations as window sessions, or go back and forth between different window sessions.
Multiple or single user accounts
Set up different Opera user profiles in one Opera browser to ensure that all your family members have the Opera set-up and look that suits them best.
Multiple user style sheets
Opera comes equipped with 12 new style sheets, varying from helpful features for users and developers, to the more zany like a Commodore 64 browser emulator. By choosing style sheets such as "Accessibility layout" or "High contrast B/W" users can in a snap modify pages for an easy read. Developers immediately benefit from features such as viewing structural elements without constantly reverting to its source code.
Opera has been designed from the beginning with security and privacy in mind. Opera supports Secure Socket Layer (SSL) versions 2 and 3, and Transport Layer Security (TLS).
Bookmarks and history, windows sessions and e-mail can be now be managed via the Hotlist and shown respectively as a bookmarks, history, e-mail, or windows panel. Manage your downloads and transfers via the floatable download and transfer manager with extensive drag-and-drop support.
and much, much more....