Opera 12 for Windows, Mac and Linux has been released. This is the first major version update, after Opera 11 was released in Dec 2011.
Good things come to those who wait. We are happy to announce that Opera 12 is finally here! This brand-spanking-new version of Opera is packed with themes and a multitude of other cool features to play around with, says the Opera Team.
Opera 12 new features:
HTML5 drag-and-drop. This feature will allow you to drag and drop items from your desktop on to the browser with a vie to transfer them to online or cloud services.
Opera 12 is now easier to personalize. New themes will now offer you instant makeover and will give your browser new looks.
It now offers 64-bit support. This means Opera 12 will be faster and more secure. Being able to use your processor in a better way will lead to your getting faster startup times and an overall better Opera experience.
Opera 12 can now access your camera, letting websites snap a picture of you. The next time you need to set a profile picture of yourself, you don’t have to bother uploading a picture from somewhere else. You can let Opera 12 do it instead.
Introduction of Out-of-Process plugins. Some plugins will run out side of Opera, separately. So if any plugin crashes, Opera 12 will not.
The new drop-down suggestions in the address bar should help you find exactly what you are looking for. URL shortening in the address field is also a lot better.
Hardware acceleration allows Opera 12 to render graphics using your graphics card (GPU).
With this release, Opera Unite and Opera Widgets are removed by default for new users.
Other features include:
- Support for the Do Not Track header
- CSS3 Animations and Transitions
- Support for CORS – Cross-Origin Resource Sharing
- Right-to-Left (RTL) Script Support Added
- Improved language support (Persian, Urdu, Hebrew, and Arabic)
- Window and Tabs API.