Supporting a slick new interface Opera 9.5 has an number of new features..
- Faster handling of third party plug-ins
- Much faster start up time
- Superior support for Web standards (css3, html5 +more)
For all the updates check out the full list.
Overall I’m most impressed by the new tab bar (above) and the new Speed Dial interface when creating a new tab. This lets you create shortcuts to your most common links, so it makes sense that when your opening a new tab, there’s a good chance you could be visiting one of your commonly-used sites. Once setup, simply click the auto generated thumbnail for the site you wish to visit, then the desired site opens in the active tab.
Currently I had created a ‘commonly used links’ site that was my default home page, for this very reason. I actually like Opera’s interpretation of this idea, it allows for very quick updates of these links. Speed improvements are noticeable, especially in comparison to IE or Firefox.
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