Opera Software ASA has released an updated version of its web browser to include new features and themes.
Users of previous Opera web browser versions are likely to receive a download notification for Opera 12 after they open the browser. Doing so will take them to a detailed change log page to understand further what changed from its predecessor.
At first sight, most noticeable changes will primarily be aesthetic, with Opera playing up the increased number of themes. Users can now choose from over 350 themes to change the look and feel of the web browser according to preference.
The Norwegian company also touts that Opera 12 is faster and more stable than previous versions. “64-bit support means that Opera is able to use your processor in a better way,” it said. “The benefit for you is faster page loading, improved startup time and a better overall Opera experience.”
Improvements also include what Opera calls “Out of Process” plug-ins. This new feature holds back plugins and pushes them to run separately from the web browser’s main process tree. The decision will keep Opera 12 from crashing if the plugins go down.
Changes go deeper as Opera 12 comes with support for CSS3 animations and transitions, Cross-Origin Resource Sharing, the Do Not Track header and HTML5 drag and drop.
The company added that Opera 12 allows users to enable the camera and let websites capture a photo of them.
Finally, URL shortening also has received major improvements, and the browser now includes a page tile that will pop up to show websites while typing an address.