Chris Holland on 04 29, 2012
Opera Software released the beta version of Opera 12, codenamed “Wahoo”, the latest entry in Opera’s long line of desktop web browsers. Opera 12 is both smarter and faster than its predecessors and introduces new features for both developers and consumers to play with ahead of the final launch.
Themes give you an easy way to change the look of Opera to suit your tastes or your mood. Just select a new theme and — voila! — Your new-look browser awaits. Themes are also easy to make. If you want to try your hand at making a theme for Opera try it.
Plug-ins are a leading cause of browser instability, so we gave them their own process. This way, when a plug-in crashes, it doesn’t take Opera down with it.
Opera 12 shows some of the new tricks available to web developers by supporting get User Media, an API that allows web applications to use hardware like your computer’s built-in web cam.
Opera upgraded its innovative security badge to make it easier to understand the security and privacy policies of the sites you visit. You can quickly see if a site is using your location information or wants to turn on your web cam.
Opera 12 will come in Arabic, Farsi, Urdu and Hebrew thanks to new support and a remodeled interface for right-to-left scripts.
The Opera extension platform becomes more powerful with the introduction of a Windows and Tabs APIs that allow extensions to control the windows and tabs in the browser.
There are so many new things to try. The paged media project has the potential to change the way browsers handle content, and camera support shows just how web applications can compete with native apps. With so many new features, especially for developers, Opera 12 is a platform to build upon.