Opera Software Releases Swordfish and Dragonfly
Article by George Norman
On 06 May 2011
As you may remember, Norwegian developer Opera Software decided to use cool codenames for Opera releases and started with Opera 11.10. It gave Opera 11.10 the codename 'Barracuda' – a sleek fish with a torpedo-like body, dagger-like teeth, and a ferocious appetite; so much so that it can even consume larger fish. Opera Software has now chosen a cool codename for the upcoming Opera 11.50.

The codename is, drum rolls please, 'Swordfish' – a highly migratory, predatory fish characterized by a long, flat bill that can cut through the water with great ease and agility thanks to its streamlined physique.

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Besides a cool codename, Opera 11.5 which has been released as an early Alpha, comes with some cool new features. And more to the point, Opera 11.5 'Swordfish' comes with:
- Password synchronization for Opera Link.
- Speed Dial extensions which allow devs to create live previews of web pages and other decorations for Speed Dial.
- Opera Next, an independent Opera install that lets you run Opera 11.5 Alpha alongside your stable installation of Opera.

That takes care of the Swordfish part in this article’s title; now let’s move on to the Dragonfly part. Opera Software has recently announced that Opera Dragonfly, its full-featured development and debugging tool integrated into the Opera browser, has graduated out of Beta (it was in Beta for six weeks). As Opera Software explained, Opera Dragonfly comes with a collection of tools meant to make web design and development faster, smarter and easier.

“Developers of the world, unite! You have nothing to save but your time, frustration and probably some hair,” said David Storey, Chief Web Opener and Product Manager for Opera Dragonfly. “Opera Dragonfly is more refined, more beautiful and more awesome than our earlier releases. But don’t take our word for it. Try it yourself and see if it makes your day just a little bit better.”

To get started with Opera Dragonfly, simply right click any page in the Opera browser and select “Inspect Element”.

Tags: Opera Software, Swordfish, Opera 11.50, Opera Dragonfly
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