Changelog for Opera 7.60 Technical Preview 1 for Windows
- This is no longer our latest release. Please see our preview release page for more information.
- Build: 7141
- Released: August 24, 2004
- Gmail should be working much better than in 7.5x (but not perfect yet). However, we are waiting on changes that need to be done be Google. Check out the sign-in work-around to get started with Gmail in Opera 7.60. You must ID as Opera for Gmail to work
- If you are experiencing problems with secure sites that worked in 7.5x, please see the TLS issues page. Experimental TLS code in this release in known to cause problems on some sites. Please see this thread to report problems (and win Opera merchandise!)
- Due to the large number of changes since the last release, a detailed changelog is not available. Instead, the most important changes are listed below
Major New Features
New start-up options
One of the first things you will notice when you start Opera is the ability to select whether to use Opera as an Internet suite or as a browser only. The latter option disables Opera Mail, which can be enabled again via Preferences > Programs and paths. The first-time setup dialog also allows you to easily disable the personal bar and panel selector to increase your page viewing area.
You may have noticed the increased size of the install file. This release comes with a set of voice libraries that enable the user to control Opera by speaking commands to it. Opera now supports XHTML+Voice 1.2 and the CSS3 speech module (properties new to CSS3 are prefixed by
-xv-). With the default setup, you can navigate pages, have selected text read to you, and control parts of the browser. Select some text, hold down Scroll lock, and say
speak or visit the IBM Multimodal demo page for a demo. More information about using voice can be found in the help files by issuing the command
voice help or in the Opera with Voice tutorial. Join the discussions about this new feature in #voice on irc.opera.com.
Voice functions only work on Windows 2000 and XP.
In-line error pages
Opera 7.60 features in-line error pages, allowing you to continue to work if a page loading in the background gives an HTTP error. The error pages include helpful tips to troubleshoot possible problems and stay out of your way until you are ready to deal with them.
Not everyone has huge monitors or lots of free workspace. That is one of the reasons we created Medium-Screen Rendering (MSR), available by selecting
Fit to width from the
View menu. MSR reformats pages so they fit better on smaller screens. The end result is a page that is very close to the original design, but that should not require horizontal scrolling.
New support for specifications, including:
Display & Rendering (Presto)
- Stability improvements
- Numerous bug fixes for HTML, XML, CSS, DOM, and ECMAScript
Fit to width (MSR) rendering mode
Small screen rendering mode to include more of the page's styling
- Fixed handling of nested floats
- Several fixes related to bidirectional text support
- Fixed problem where images would stop displaying after using Opera for an extended period of time
- Added more aggressive error recovery for some HTTP pipeline problems
- Fixed problem connecting to IRC for accounts with more than one server
kick with reason commands
Opera Mail (M2)
- Better handling of multiple e-mail addresses for contacts
- Major improvements in support for various newsfeed formats
- Improved consistency of newsfeed checking
Mark thread as read command
- Silently respect a news server's maximum connection count
- Fixed updating when toggling
Mark messages as filtered
- Better indexing of words for searching
- Fixed problem where form element status was forgotten when toggling print preview
- Fixed text overlap caused by zooming in print preview
- Fixed problem where the footer overwrote itself when printing
- Added new options to the first-time setup dialog
- Implemented in-line error pages
- Fixed problem selecting the first letter in a selection with the mouse