Blog tag: 5 things I’d like to see in Opera

Opera I got tagged by Daniel Goldman in his Blog tag: 5 things I’d like to see in Opera post. It’s a very nice initiative undertaken to gather feedback from Opera users.

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.

Arrow 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.

Arrow 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.

Arrow 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.

Arrow 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]

Arrow 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.

The people I tag are : Tamil, Ayush, Sourabh, Christian, Atul.

5 Responses to Blog tag: 5 things I’d like to see in Opera

  1. Benedict Herold July 20, 2007 at 6:40 pm #

    The first point seems to be more valid for me! rest im not much aware of :)

  2. lalit nagrath November 3, 2007 at 3:40 am #

    opera will rock with these addons

  3. apurvajk November 29, 2007 at 10:34 am #

    I am using firefox since many months and I am now thinking to use something else as internet explorer. I think if these qualities Opera can show then there is no problem in using it, I know 1st, 4th and 5th point, they are useful, other two I am not sure whether I have ever used, but looks interesting though.

    Nice topic

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