Opera has always kind of been a third or fourth choice for Mac users interested in a unique browsing experience. However, the problem was the experience wasn’t all that unique until some of the newer elements of Opera 10 started to get some exposure. With the latest Opera 10.50 Beta for Mac beating even stock Safari in its own benchmarking tests, and the browser’s new slogan “The fastest browser on Earth”, there may be many Mac users considering a switch to the newly updates browser in the near future.
Other than the obviously extremely fast benchmarking test results, other highlight features of the new Beta include support for multi-touch gestures as well as HTML5<video>. Below is a full list of new features and updates included in the Opera 10.50 Beta for Mac as reported by 9to5mac.
- Stabilization Improvements: You will find that this build is much more stable than the pre-alpha build.
- More polished user interface: The whole UI is more polished now. We’re still not done yet, and expect more polishes and improvements in the builds to come.
- Opera Unite: Opera Unite now works with this release. You can browse through and download unite apps through the Unite Apps Repository.
- HTML5 <video>: This beta now supports the html5 <video> tag.
- Widgets as standalone apps: We’ve already talked about widgets as standalone apps, but this functionality was till now, only available in windows builds. Now even in this build of 10.50 beta for Mac, you can use widgets as standalone apps.
- New Developer Tools Menu: You can go to ‘View->Developer Tools’ Menu to access common and useful tools for developers, such as Opera Dragonfly, cache information, the error console, the source code of the page, and more.