Opera 24 Dev introduces bookmarks manager, H.264 support

Martin Brinkmann
Jul 9, 2014

Norwegian company Opera Software has released a new developer version of its Opera browser for the desktop. While previous updates to Opera were most of the time rather uneventful in terms of new feature support, this one is packed with additions including one that users requested for a long time.

Probably the biggest feature that Opera Software added to Opera Dev 24.0.1555.0 is a bookmarks manager. While it is not enabled yet by default, it is easy enough to do.

For now, you need to load opera://flags/#bookmarks in Opera and flick the value of the preference to enabled. Once done, restart the browser to load the change.

You will then notice a new bookmark icon in the address bar similar to how Google Chrome is displaying that option and how Firefox used to display it.

opera bookmarks manager

When you click on the star, it displays a thumbnail preview of the page you are on. You can use the slider at the bottom to change the zoom level of the thumbnail.

Here you can also delete bookmarks or open the bookmarks manager. It can be opened directly by loading opera://bookmarks/ in the browser and also bookmarked for faster access to the bookmarks.

bookmarks opera

Bookmarks can be edited and removed in the bookmarks manager. There is also an option to create groups and sort them into those

It needs to be noted that this is the first version of the bookmarks manager released for the Dev version of Opera. The feature will see improvements before it lands in the stable version of the browser.

Another new feature is support for H.264 video on Windows. This allows you to load HTML5 video on sites such as YouTube when you are using the Opera browser on Windows.

On YouTube, you need to enable HTML5 video before you can do so, while it should work on most sites automatically if they support HTML5 video.

The Tab Preview feature that Opera Software introduced recently in Opera has been modified. It worked previously by simply moving the mouse over a tab which would then show a thumbnail preview of the open page. The mouse needs to rest now for a short while before the preview is displayed now.

It is furthermore possible to enable the preview feature when you use the Ctrl-Tab shortcut to flip through open tabs in Opera. To do so, you need to enable the preference opera://flags/#tab-preview-with-keyboard by loading it in Opera.

If you do not use the Tab Preview feature, you can now disable it in the settings, and if you have enabled Power Mode there, you can also modify the delay  before previews are displayed from the default 600ms.

You can read more about the version of Opera on the official Opera Desktop blog. There you also find downloads for all supported operating systems.

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  1. Petrus said on October 11, 2014 at 8:38 am

    They should have never removed bookmarks in the first place. Is there a way to import or export bookmarks??? I can’t find it. Opera is a big joke now….

  2. Paul Roger said on September 4, 2014 at 7:53 am

    GREAT Article! Thank you! And nice to know that Opera is finally considering to have the “Bookmarks” back, BUT…
    I still have the 12.15 version icon on my desktop because it was the last version with the original bookmarks system. But from early 2013 I gradually switched to Firefox and now with the latest and fantastic v32, I don’t think I will switch back again…
    I guess Opera might have lost many of their faithful users, not due to this bad strategic choice of removing the bookmarks system, but by their stubbornness to maintain the Speed Dial thing which was not at all what users wanted (!)
    So many articles, reports and thousands of comments online but still Opera team insisted to say that Speed Dial was the new great thing :-(
    It reminds me Kodak when, during their golden era, the management team kept on ignoring what everyone around was telling them about the new digital technology…Well, we know what happened, they just completely missed the boat…

  3. Lindsay said on July 10, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    Wait… It’s taken them until version 24 to put the bookmark manager back in?!

    I guess I’ll keep waiting.

  4. anony said on July 10, 2014 at 10:53 am

    Megaton, the most innovative browser ever introduce the most leading feature of bookmark manager.

    Available on any other browsers for decade.

    Thia thing is pure joke.

  5. Shaffaaf said on July 9, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    Ive been using opera dev build and i find it faster and better on system resources than chrome canary somehow

  6. Daniel said on July 9, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    Not bad. About one year later (=10 internet years)… maybe we’ll get sync option in the next year.

  7. Dave said on July 9, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    I maintained interest in Opera for quite some time, but this is too late. I’ve no intention of going back to Opera as my primary browser.

  8. insanelyapple said on July 9, 2014 at 10:18 am

    Still a Chrome/Chromium fork. I’ve lost all my interest in Opera back that day.

    They could release old code.

    1. No said on July 10, 2014 at 3:03 pm

      Please inform about things before you write or open your mouth. The bookmark manager for example has nothing to do with Chrome.

      I think you don’t know how engines work.

    2. Andrew said on July 9, 2014 at 5:46 pm

      Wish they opened presto and created a community to push the source code

      1. Andrew said on July 9, 2014 at 7:46 pm

        Yeah, but that uses QtWebKit, which I am not saying is bad (I am a fan of Qupzilla), but Presto was a solid 12 year old layout engine, and if I remember correctly, the most accurate towards standards. It is just a shame for them to drop Presto instead of seeing if the open source community could give it life similar to what happened with Gecko.

      2. Penge said on July 9, 2014 at 7:04 pm

        Not the Presto source code, but more closer to the original Opera (features/functionality/speed/resource requirements): http://otter-browser.org/

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