When Opera Software released the first Chromium-based version of the Opera browser back in July 2013, it was clear immediately that it would take a long time before the browser would offer most of the features that made previous versions of it popular.
The third-party project Otter browser was launched back in December 2013 and a first public alpha version followed soon thereafter in January 2014.
The Otter Browser project aims to replicate the old Opera as much as possible without losing its own identity in the process. The author plans to integrate what made Opera great into the browser.
A first beta version of the web browser was released yesterday, reason enough for us to take another look at the browser to see how much progress has been made in the meantime.
When you install the most recent version and run the program afterwards, you will notice that the interface has not changed much if at all.
If you compare the screenshot to the previous one you will notice that it looks more or less identical. That does not mean that it is still the same version though, as improvements have been made in the meantime.
The changelog highlights all changes that have been made since the initial alpha version release back in January. Here is a short list of the most important feature additions since that release:
- Proxy support added.
- Option to disable referrer added.
- Support for keyboard shortcuts and actions added.
- Added delayed tab loading.
- Middle-click on address field pastes and loads clipboard contents.
- User-Agent configuration added.
- Error Console added.
- Bookmark keyword support added.
- SSL Cipher priorities can be configured now.
- 18 language translations now available.
Considering that the browser is not backed by a company it is fair to say that progress has been made. While there is still a long way to go until most of Opera's functionality is integrate, it looks as if the project could achieve that goal before the "real" Opera browser reaches a comparable goal, at least in regards to the features that Opera Software plans to integrate.
This is definitely one of the more promising projects which is why we will keep an eye on it to see how it evolves. Interestingly enough, the browser is currently only available for Windows and Linux, and not Mac systems. That's more or less comparable to the Opera browser but with the difference that it is not available for Linux but for Windows and Mac systems. (thanks Deskmodder)