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Opera introduces brand new features in double release

April 11, 2003

Opera 7.10 for Windows and Linux Beta Released

Oslo, Norway - April 11, 2003

Opera Software today released Opera 7.10 for Windows and Opera 7.10 for Linux Beta with features that are not only new to Opera, but also completely new to the world of browsing. Right from the beginning, users can see the two new buttons FastForward and Rewind in the toolbar, accelerating Opera users' Web navigation. Users can also speed up researching with the completely new Notes features or view photo files with SlideShow.

With the two new buttons FastForward and Rewind, the user can sit back and let the browser anticipate where they would like to go next. FastForward was introduced as part of the Forward button in Opera 7 for Windows, but has been developed much further, resulting in two completely new buttons being added to the Opera toolbar. The FastForward and Rewind buttons are illustrated by two arrows each, either going back or forward, placed right next to the corresponding Back or Forward buttons.

"FastForward, Rewind, Notes and Slideshow are completely new to the world of browsing allowing for a more flexible and intuitive user experience," says Jon S. von Tetzchner, CEO, Opera Software. "Opera 7.10 is a must-have upgrade. It takes browsing to a completely new level with its many new features, major improvements and refinements. At the same time, we have created an even faster browser in a smaller package."

Both browsers include all the popular new features introduced in Opera 7 for Windows including the password manager the Wand, the e-mail and news client M2, as well as new features such as FastForward, Rewind, Notes, and Slideshow. Popular Opera functions from previous versions including multiple document interface (MDI), mouse gestures, keyboard shortcuts, Hotclick translation, zooming, integrated search, and many more, are of course included and refined. Now users can even customize and make their own toolbars, mouse gestures and keyboards shortcuts and share with other Opera users.

Unlike Opera 7 for Windows, which has been available in a final version since February, Opera for Linux makes a great leap all the way from Opera 6.12 to 7.10, bringing the development on Linux and Windows closer together. In addition to enjoying an even faster, smaller, browser as well as numerous new features, this is the first time Linux users have their own mail client in the Opera browser. Opera 7.10 for Linux Beta comes with the popular M2 mail client known from Opera 7 for Windows, which automatically categorizes and sorts e-mail messages, has an integrated spam filter, and supports POP3, IMAP,and ESMTP.

"Thanks to the interoperability of the Opera core, the Opera 7.10 for Windows and Linux browser versions we are releasing today have the same features," says Jon S. von Tetzchner. "In the future, the Opera browser will look increasingly the same across the different platforms thanks to this interoperability, so that users, schools, universities and businesses who truly want to be cross-platform can enjoy the same Opera features on all major operating systems."

Completely new features for both Linux and Windows:

FastForward and Rewind Opera has added two new buttons in the toolbar to speed up Opera users' Web navigation, letting the browser anticipate where the user will want to go next. Opera first introduced FastForward as a part of the Forward button in Opera 7 for Windows, but in this release Opera has refined this feature and added two completely new buttons to the toolbar. The FastForward and Rewind buttons support all major languages and lets users browse much more efficiently.Slideshow 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.Notes 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.Cookie Manager Keep track of the cookies you would like to keep and delete the rest.

Improved for Windows - Completely new features for Linux:

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.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 shortcut CTRL+Enter.Mouse gestures Now users can make their own mouse gestures and share them with other users. Simply go to Preferences/Edit Mouse gestures to add your own.Keyboard shortcuts Now users can choose to use the space button on their keyboard instead of the FastForward button in the Opera toolbar, to let the browser anticipate where the user would like to go next on a Web page, or to move forward in the M2 e-mail client when searching through e-mails.Skinning 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.Powerful panel management All panels can now be shown, hidden or rearranged at will.Links panel Opera 7 includes a new, easier way to navigate pages. The Hotlist now includes a Links panel by default. In the panel, all the links in the current page are listed, with icons for common types like images and movies. Links can then be easily selected for quick navigation or download.Spatial Navigation 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.New navigation bar On sites that support navigation through link tags, users have more control over how they interact with Web pages. The site navigation will be displayed in the navigation bar, and the navigation menu will feel the same to the user regardless of site.Extended and improved drag-and-drop support Rearrange or move toolbar items using drag-and-drop customization. You can even move an Opera button from a Web page to your toolbar to see how it looks. Or choose to move bookmarks, tabs, and window sessions (MDI/SDI) URL as shortcuts on the desktop. Open or save any page link.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.Window management 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.Small-Screen Renderingâ„¢ 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 Renderingâ„¢.Refuse pop-ups Opera can easily be configured to push all pop-up windows to the background, or to not show them at all.Hotlist 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.Built-in search 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.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.

Download Opera

Download Opera 7.10 for Windows and Opera 7.10 for Linux Beta versions from our download pages. Linux users should take a backup of the ".opera" settings directory located in their home directory before installing Opera 7.10 for Linux Beta.

Availability

The browser is available free of charge with a sponsored advertising banner in the top-right corner of the user interface. To remove the advertising banner users must register their version for USD 39. Various discounts apply. Registered users can freely access personal support via e-mail and enjoy six months of free OperaMail Premium.

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