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Skin fixes, Unite, and then some

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After staffing up and accelerating the development process, we are now approaching the beta stage on Windows. This build has a number of skin fixes and improvements, a large number of bugfixes, and Opera Unite should be working again.

We also have a new feature for you.

WARNING: This is a development snapshot: it contains the latest changes, but may also have severe known issues, including crashes and data loss situations. In fact, it may not work at all.

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The return of Geolocation

Last year, we introduced Geolocation API support in a labs build on Opera Labs. Since then, much has changed. We're now using the Google Location Services as the backend and we no longer need to use a separate executable to scrape wifi data on Windows XP. We're happy to release the first desktop release with this feature as standard.

What is geolocation?

Location specific services on the web is not new. Many web sites offer localized services based on your IP address such as "Find a Friend in [your city]". IP address location is typically very inaccurate and cannot be used for more advanced location services.

With the W3C Geolocation API, this changes as the browser is able to provide much more accurate location data to a web site using the additional wifi data from the surrounding wifi endpoints. This will allow for services such as Flickr's World Map for finding geolocation tagged images close to your location (use "Find my location") or example services such as on HTML 5 demos site.

How do I turn it on?

The first time you go to a Web site that requests geolocation information, Google Location Services' terms and conditions are presented. If you agree to them, the service is activated,

After that, every time a Web site requests geolocation information, Opera tells you, and gives you a choice: to send your location data, or not to send it.

If you at first reject Google Location Services' terms and conditions, but later change your mind, open opera:config, search for "Enable Geolocation", check the checkbox, and save the settings.

How do I turn it off?

You can reject Google Location Services' terms and conditions. Alternatively, open opera:config, search for "Enable Geolocation", uncheck the checkbox, and save the settings.

How does geolocation work? How well does it work?

It depends on the device, and its way of connecting to the Internet.

If the device is a desktop computer, without any wireless connections, the Internet address (IP address) is used to determine the device's location, and the measurement is rather crude.

To determine the location of a laptop or other wireless device, Opera may in addition send the following data from nearby Wi-Fi access points:

  • MAC address (uniquely identifies the hardware)
  • signal strength (tells how far away it is)

A database of known Wi-Fi access points, together with measured signal strength, makes it possible to give rather precise location information.

The success of this method depends largely on the concentration of known access points.

How do I know that a Web page is using location data?

When you first go to a Web page that uses location data, Opera tells you, and you decide whether or not to send the data. Thereafter, a pin appears in the address field connected with that page. Clicking on the pin opens a site preferences dialog where you can change the geolocation setting to one of three values: "Yes", "No", and "Ask me".

How is my privacy protected?

Every time a Web site requests your location data, Opera tells you, and asks your permission to send it.

With your permission, Opera passes the location data to Google Location Services, and sends an estimated latitude and longitude to the Web site.

Opera does not save location data, nor are any cookies generated. Every time your location is requested, Opera redetermines the location data.

The data passed to Google includes location data, plus a random client identifier, assigned by Google, that expires every 2 weeks. The data passed to Google is governed by Google's own Privacy Policy.

The location information sent to the Web site is governed by the Web site's privacy policy. It is the responsibility of the Web site to dispose of this information in a way that is consistent with the W3C's Geolocation API Specification.

We are still working on streamlining the user interface for geolocation. Your privacy is important to us so we are trying to make sure that you will get a clear and understandable message when a web sites wants to request your location.

Opera's Privacy Statement

Known Issues
  • Geolocation is currently only available on Windows
  • The geolocation user interface is still work in progress (you have to reload the page after accepting the ToS)
  • Unite applications can not be installed (Content-disposition: Filename bug)
  • No styling for error pages and internal pages
  • Crash on exit after loading Flash (Unix only)
  • The content blocker toolbars appears in the previous tab when opening a new private tab

Highlights
  • Added geolocation
  • Opera Unite should be working again
  • Spell checking should be working again
  • Skin updates
  • Full IPv6 support on Windows
  • Bugfixes

Changelog

Added the Geolocation feature

Core
  • Carakan work
  • Numerous bugfixes
  • Stability work

User Interface
  • DSK-275280 (EV Certificate holder not displayed in UI)
  • DSK-248276 (International fonts don't work)
  • DSK-276060 (Links opened in new tabs don't inherit tab settings (images, zoom))
  • DSK-277529 (Opera crashes on exit)
  • DSK-277043 (Textarea inputs text as placeholder text)
  • DSK-277680 (Save to Download folder causes a crash)
  • DSK-273980 (Middle-click in Bookmarks panel/manager doesn't open bookmark)
  • DSK-275002 (Going back before a page has finished loading might take you two steps back)
  • DSK-275369 (issue of CJK font fallback of characters on UI widgets)
  • DSK-277663 (Opera freezes when saving images)
  • DSK-274182 (Crash on first run in bookmarks import)
  • DSK-276642 (Show in panel and personal bar is not recognized in Link)
  • DSK-272832 ("Bookmark link" no longer works)
  • DSK-274691 (After canceling IE bookmarks import dialog, the dialog cannot be invoked again)
  • DSK-276283 (Doesn't remember the last opened folder in "Manage Bookmark")
  • DSK-275988 (Opera creates both bookmarks.adr and bookmarks.ini file on first start
  • Work on bookmarks Import and Export
  • Return of the crash feedback page

Chat
  • DSK-277198 (Tabbing in chat message box crashes Opera)
  • DSK-274378 (Chat won't scroll down automatically)

Windows
  • DSK-272701 (Opera won't start on Windows NT 4.0)

Mac
  • DSK-277057 (Crash when dragging last tab from one window to another)

And Dorothy, you're not in Kansas anymore.

New snapshotApproaching 10.50 beta for Windows

Comments

BS-Harou 5. February 2010, 15:05

:hat:

Amazing build (Geolocation WOW!!) , but about the new buttons/icons
link (it looks like refresh, not like a sync P: )
speed dial (the old icon was better)
closed tabs (really nice icon, but I'd like to have it in "button border")

btw the bug from last build is still here:



My BUG list for this build: http://my.opera.com/BS-Harou/blog/opera-10-5-b3222-bugs

Haavard 5. February 2010, 15:05

Windows builds should now be the correct ones. Please keep comments on-topic from now on.

Sp.Shut 5. February 2010, 15:05

Second!

pursanovd 5. February 2010, 15:07

..a big one..13 megs :smile: Thanks for the work!

ALLIGATOR 5. February 2010, 15:07

fifth! :-)

Onegin Evgeniu 5. February 2010, 15:07

i installed :up:

Russian translation is not complete :rolleyes:

Kai Ockendorf 5. February 2010, 15:08

Thx :D :hat: :jester:

smallfox 5. February 2010, 15:09


great.. thanks!

pursanovd 5. February 2010, 15:11

That "Closed Tabs" new icon is kinda ugly :smile: But!!Unite works!!!yaay! i'd wanted Link to work too :frown:(( BTW: Unite works with preinstalled apps. Cant download new ones..

Arguggi 5. February 2010, 15:12

From pre alpha to beta stage, quite a big jump....

Anyway thanks for the new build :up:

Winglord 5. February 2010, 15:12

WOW!!

Haavard 5. February 2010, 15:12

I'd say that 10.50 has been at the alpha stage for a while now. We just haven't really made any official announcements about it. The label doesn't really matter all that much, except for the Labs release because it needed to be clear that it was nowhere near completion.

alekksander 5. February 2010, 15:16

Great ! ...Opera :heart:

anticitizen101 5. February 2010, 15:17

thanks for fixing

DSK-273980 (Middle-click in Bookmarks panel/manager doesn't open bookmark)

this is the prime reason that was preventing me to use it more often (and test for bugs)

NeOn1225 5. February 2010, 15:19

Prefer the old menu button :S

João David 5. February 2010, 15:21

I kinda like the new Closed Tabs and O Menu button.

Morphdreamer 5. February 2010, 15:22

Very nice :smile: But scrolling after middle mouse button click doesn't work in this build.
And new pin icon is in wrong place until you move mouse over tab.

Bartek Sumowski 5. February 2010, 15:24

TESTING

mjpa 5. February 2010, 15:25

JSON parser still has issues - filed under DSK-277873 :frown:
Still getting the unnecessary horizontal scrollbar too :frown:
Still getting the scrolling issues in text area - text partially disappears :frown:

Apart from those, builds are looking good :smile:

cerer 5. February 2010, 15:27

http://img695.imageshack.us/i/84931616.png/
:D restarted opera eight times


http://img686.imageshack.us/i/21610200.jpg/

awww



Moderator edit: Please refrain from posting large images inline.


Arguggi 5. February 2010, 15:28

Originally posted by Morphdreamer:

Very nice :smile: But scrolling after middle mouse button click doesn't work in this build.



Confirmed

Sunspider is a little faster (7ms faster than last build) and Peacekeeper is faster too:

http://service.futuremark.com/peacekeeper/results.action?key=2uXj

Originally posted by cerer:




Already reported as DSK-277218

Patrick O'Reilly 5. February 2010, 15:28

Excellent! I've been waiting for opera to catch up with geolocation. I hope my site http://dublinbikes2go.com works with it.
Any news on geolocation on Linux?

Teal_One 5. February 2010, 15:28

Bug:
1. RMB (Right Mouse Button) on a tab
2. Select 'New Private Tab'
3. In the previous activ tab 'Content Block' is activated

Can anyone confirm this???
Windows XP SP3

pursanovd 5. February 2010, 15:32

Originally posted by Teal_One:

Bug:

1. RMB (Right Mouse Button) on activ Tab

2. Select 'New Private Tab'

3. In the preview tab 'Content Block' is activated



Confirmed!
Also have discovered a nasty bug:
Exported my bookmarks, deleted all pre_sync filed and link_queue_out_myopera.dat, link_queue_myopera.dat. Started Opera, imported adr file, bookmarks appered as they supposed to, but, when i start Opera Link-browser crashes.rip Checked it 4 times already :smile:..Think its a bug. If its not-help, please.

dupel 5. February 2010, 15:32

I hope bookmarks finally will start synchronizing... Its quite annoying without them.

slimzky 5. February 2010, 15:33

thanks for this snapshot!

Morphdreamer 5. February 2010, 15:33

Originally posted by Teal_One:

Can anyone confirm this???


Confirmed on Windows 7

Edit:
Bug with 2x click on "Show Desktop" is fixed! :hat:

olli 5. February 2010, 15:34

Originally posted by Teal_One:

Bug:

1. RMB (Right Mouse Button) on a tab

2. Select 'New Private Tab'

3. In the previous activ tab 'Content Block' is activated



Can anyone confirm this???

Windows XP SP3



Known :-)

Pekcxi 5. February 2010, 15:37

http://img2.pict.com/98/4a/0a/2748119/0/bug.png

Characters lower part is missing.

sleepyhead 5. February 2010, 15:37

aaah, new build... great way to start the weekend

xeon0541 5. February 2010, 15:38

why i can't use block content?

cerer 5. February 2010, 15:39

http://img695.imageshack.us/img695/8048/84931616.png

The remaining problem when exiting Opera icon remains

outofspace 5. February 2010, 15:40

DSK-279046 Bookmarks positions are not saved

Thanks for new weekend build.
(btw it's good to be resurrected - to moderators :wink: )

endless love 5. February 2010, 15:40

:up:

Pedro Ferreira 5. February 2010, 15:43

Originally posted by Teal_One:

Bug:

1. RMB (Right Mouse Button) on a tab

2. Select 'New Private Tab'

3. In the previous activ tab 'Content Block' is activated



Can anyone confirm this???

Windows XP SP3



confirmed!

Harlekin MOND 5. February 2010, 15:43

on Mac :
Unite works but takes a lot of CPU.
Still the problem with Flash : http://files.myopera.com/harlekinmond/opera/operabugs/flashonmac.mp4

But beautiful build, thanks :smile:

anticitizen101 5. February 2010, 15:45

i still dislike that there's no option to turn on the title bar without the main bar/personal bar.

i feel like the tabs are too close to the top of the screen. plus, page name is missing the way it is now.

also, this

Originally posted by Pekcxi:

http://img2.pict.com/98/4a/0a/2748119/0/bug.png

Characters lower part is missing.



and i'd also like a way to turn off suggestions in the google search bar thingie to the right of the address bar.

and last point (i hope): the new pin button makes the icons of the pinned tabs too small (at least when there are lots of tabs open)

Z* 5. February 2010, 15:48

waiting for unix to get atsame level as win releases...

thanx for this one

Zafer ARICAN 5. February 2010, 15:48

flash objects are misaligned.
http://img3.imageshack.us/img3/6627/operabugflash.jpg
Can anyone confirm that?
Mac OSX 10.6.2

Olli 5. February 2010, 15:49

I've got HUGE problems with Flash in this build on MacOS SL, no matter if the stable version or Flash 10.1. All flash elements are moved a few centimetres right.

Thanks guys, that you post more builds here the last time! :smile:

Abhinav 5. February 2010, 15:51

:up:

Z1-AV69 5. February 2010, 15:52

Very nice icon changes, I especially like the new Link icon a lot. But I'm very unsure with the new Opera menu button background. Imho the previous one was already very good, this one is too much candy for me.

Edit: Please consider making a new zoom icon, the current one is very rough.

archive1 5. February 2010, 15:57

DSK-273980 (Middle-click in Bookmarks panel/manager doesn't open bookmark)

\0/

NR 5. February 2010, 15:57


Originally posted by Z1-AV69:

Very nice icon changes, I especially like the new Link icon a lot. But I'm very unsure with the new Opera menu button background. Imho the previous one was already very good, this one is too much candy for me.


+1

Martin Rauscher 5. February 2010, 16:00

Nice! (although 13MB in size...)

Except for 3D Canvas and File I/O in the browser we now got everything we ever saw in a labs build! Cool! :D

Kai Ockendorf 5. February 2010, 16:01

right-click down opens a blank page instead of the speed-dial page!

pursanovd 5. February 2010, 16:03

Originally posted by cerer:

The remaining problem when exiting Opera icon remains


Its not Opera's problem..Every program that is crashed in windows leaves its notification area icon.

Licaon 5. February 2010, 16:03

"Known Issues
*Crash on exit after loading Flash (Unix only)"
did this hit stable already? i always get this crash on 10.1 stable too :D :frown:

imarooned 5. February 2010, 16:03

Another build ! Great ;]

Is it known that "go to web address " doesn't work or should I fill report?

IMHO the "closed tab" button should be moved to status bar (it doesn't look neat now)
Also,the old speed dial icon and menu button looked much better.

Btw, do do you plan to put rounded corners to address field ? (It'd be consistent with search field)

Penge4 5. February 2010, 16:04

Thx for Unite and buxfixes.

"IP address location is typically very inaccurate and cannot be used for more advanced location services."


I'm not too happy. I'm living in Hungary and many times I see the "Xy is not available in your country." The proxy was my last hope. :D

ps: I know, I can turn it off, but if it's spread in all browsers it makes the masking very difficult for us. :cry:

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