Opera Software released a new stable version of the Opera web browser, Opera 48.0 Stable, today for all supported operating systems.
The new version of the web browser introduces a whole range of new features and improvements. Opera 48 ships with an updated conversion tool to convert units, currencies and time zones, an improved pop up search tool, and a new snapshot tool to capture web pages.
Existing Opera users may use the browser's built-in automatic update functionality to upgrade to the new Opera 48.0. This is done by loading opera://about in the browser's address bar. Opera checks the version automatically when the page loads, and will download updates that it finds automatically.
The new Opera 48.0 can be downloaded directly from the Opera website as well if that is preferred, or if Opera is not installed yet on a device.
Opera Software improved the currency converter that it launched in Opera 42.0 by adding support for converting units and time zones to the tool.
All you need to do is highlight the time zone or unit on a web page to get the converted unit displayed in the search overlay that Opera displays when you highlight things on web pages.
Opera published the full list of supported units, time zones and currencies on the Opera blog. Units more or less let you convert imperial to metric system and vice versa, and a couple of others such as Fahrenheit to Celsius.
The system works well if the site displays the units in a supported format. So, if you highlight 11oz for instance, you will get that converted to ml, but if a site displays ounces instead, you won't as Opera does not seem to recognize that (yet).
The pop-up search tool was introduced back in Opera 42 as well. It is not clear from the description at the Opera website why it is highlighted there as a feature as it has been part of previous versions of Opera as well.
Opera 48 supports 16 units of measurement, 14 time zones, and 32 currencies.
It works by highlighting test on a web page. Opera displays the pop-up tool right afterwards giving you options to run a search, copy the text, or share it. Searches are run using the default search engine which you may change in the browser's preferences.
The new version of Opera ships with a Snapshot tool to capture web pages. Taken from the concept browser Opera Neon, it allows you to capture a web page in the browser. You can run the snapshot tool from the Opera menu or with the keyboard shortcut Ctrl-Shift-5.
The snapshot tool displays an overlay on the web page that highlights the area that will be captured when you hit the capture button. You can increase or decrease the height or width of the area, or click on the "capture full screen" button to highlight the visible part of the page. There is no option yet to capture scrolling pages though.
Images that you capture can be saved locally, or copied to the Clipboard instead. Mozilla introduced a Screenshots feature recently in the Firefox web browser as well.
Another new feature of Opera 48.0 is the option to delete suggestions that the browser displays when you type in the address bar. Opera displays an x-icon at the far right of the line if the suggestion comes from the browsing history. A click on the icon deletes it from the browsing history.
The feature is only available in Opera 48.0 for Windows and Linux right now. I cannot remember if it was possible before to hit the Delete key on the keyboard to remove suggestions this way as well. It works in other browsers definitely.
Opera Software cleaned up the Opera menu a bit by reorganizing some menu entries. All bookmark related actions have been moved to the Bookmarks entry for instance, and under History, you find the option to access recently closed tabs.
Bookmark importing received an update as well in the new version. Opera 48.0 supports the importing of bookmarks from Microsoft Edge and the Yandex browser.
The Chromium engine was updated to version 61 in Opera 48.
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