Blog tag: 5 things I’d like to see in Opera
Here is how it will work:
Once you’ve been tagged by someone, share your list (on your blog) of 5 things you’d like to see in Opera, and then tag up to 5 other people who will then post their own lists and tag up to 5 more people.
Feel free to list the things you’d like to see in Opera on the desktop, Opera Mini, Opera Mobile, and/or Opera on the Nintendo Wii.
I have articulated my expectations from Opera in the past. Not so long ago I wrote Ten Things I Want to See in Opera 10. Here, I present to you a pruned down list of things I want to see in Opera.
Prioritize page loading : This feature was suggested by Scott at myOpera forums. He wants Opera to give higher priority to the foreground tab and load that webpage faster than the ones in the background. I think this is a wonderful idea and would definitely make Opera more productive.
Activity Monitor : This feature is already present in Safari, and is extremely handy when you want to download streaming content. Currently I have to use Naviscope to monitor browser activity. This is something that should be built into Opera.
Userjs Manager : Userjs functionality was added to Opera long time ago (in v8). Strangely enough, Opera Software hasnt yet integrated it with Opera Browser’s UI. Not surprisingly, most Opera users aren’t even aware of this feature. Adding an userjs manager shouldn’t be too difficult. In fact thanks to George from myOpera forums we already have a 3rd party Userjs manager. I also want Opera Software to start Userjs gallery on their website.
Automatic Form Filler : This is something that the users have been demanding for along time. So far Opera Software has turned a deaf ear to all user requests. Hopefully an intelligent form filler (similar to AI Roboform) would be included in Peregrine.
[shoust and other opera users are trying to come up with an userjs to achieve this. Check out this thread]
API for Add-ons : Doesn’t matter how feature rich the developers make Opera there’ll always be that little specific feature that the power users will miss. Opera has long been considered to be a browser aimed at power users, yet it lags behind other browsers in this respect. In fact it’s the only major browser (for Windows) that doesn’t allow add-ons. Firefox, Internet Explorer 7 and Maxthon have all implemented add-ons successfully. Undoubtedly extensions are Firefox’s biggest strength. Lack of add-ons means that power users would never switch over from Firefox. And it’s these power users who helped in spreading Firefox. These power users are often opinion makers. Without add-ons Opera cannot hope to make serious inroads into Ie and Fx’s marketshare. Anyone who doesn’t want to use these add-ons are most welcome to do so. But, Opera Software must provide an option for rest of us.
I also wanted to include Update Manager in the list. But, I am pretty sure that it would be included in future versions of Opera – so I excluded it from the list.