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Opera 11 adds extensions

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 23 Oct 2010 2:54 User comments (5)

Opera 11 adds extensions Opera has released an alpha version of their latest browser, Opera 11 which finally adds extensions, a key selling point of both Chrome and Firefox.
The browser's updated alpha also shows how quickly the extension coding formats are being standardized. Chrome and Safari use use extensions that are a combo of JavaScript, HTML5 and CSS and Firefox's new framework will bring the same coding formula to the browser.

Internet Explorer uses a proprietary add-on system.

Having standardized extension coding could lead to less work for developers, who could make one single extension for a plethora of browsers instead of needing to re-code every time.

Says Opera:
Extensions allow you to easily add new functionality to your Opera browser. Developers can create extensions using familiar open standards: HTML5, CSS, and JavaScript, along with supported APIs. To learn how to create extensions, have a look at our introduction to Opera extensions.

A selection of add-ons can be chosen from our new extensions catalog. With Opera 11 alpha running, you can install extensions by just clicking on them. A small install window will appear. Click “Install”, and you are done. If you have an extension file stored on your computer, it can also be installed by dragging and dropping it into the Opera window.

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5 user comments

123.10.2010 4:06

Good to see this feature on Opera finally..the first innovator in browser crowd.


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223.10.2010 11:31

Sweet! Opera is a decent browser, and I will use them alot more often if they would let me see my video podcasts streaming on Google Reader, b/c Firefox doesn't and IE doesn't, and I don't always like to download them but stream them. That's one of things besides overall speed and the latest various video formats that make a difference to me,

323.10.2010 11:32

Sweet! Opera is a decent browser, and I will use them alot more often if they would let me see my video podcasts streaming on Google Reader, b/c Firefox doesn't and IE doesn't, and I don't always like to download them but stream them. That's one of things besides overall speed and the latest various video formats that make a difference to me in a browser.


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423.10.2010 11:46

I used Opera for years as my primary browser - even before it went free, but the allure of all the extensions available for Firefox caused me to switch a couple years ago. I might consider going back to Opera if their extensions are up to par with the Firefox offerings.

524.10.2010 3:00

Hmmm...once they have a final release of something that works with AdBlockPlus, they might deserve another chance. Maybe now they can make opera mini work with Flash.

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