Opera Beta 3 released!
The third Opera Beta has been officially released! In this release Opera Software pioneered by adding native SVG Tiny 1.1 support (thanks Jor) in the desktop release.
Long time users will also discover the new appearance and preferences window, which should make configuring Opera easier for both beginning and power users. In addition there are many bugfixes and polishing up in this release, including the new security features, messages and newsfeeds, and much more.
Attention Preview 5.x users: Testers of the IMAP back-end should know that Beta 3 does not contain the rewritten back-end and should not upgrade, but do a clean install instead (thanks Arve).
Ahead of the game: Opera Introduces Native SVG Support in Desktop Release
Oslo, Norway - March 16, 2005
Opera Software ASA today released a Beta 3 version of the next Opera browser for desktop, introducing native Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG 1.1 Tiny) to further advance Web sites and applications. Opera is the first browser to natively support SVG technology as part of its continuing effort to provide the fastest, most secure and state-of-the art browser on the market.
"We believe SVG will enter mainstream Web design in the future and we are very pleased to add native support in the Opera browser", says Hakon Wium Lie, CTO, Opera Software. "We will work with other vendors to ensure that SVG can be used interoperably on the Web."
"As the Internet is maturing we see that most new Web sites are no longer static displays of information, but rather complex online applications that use advanced Web technologies to enable improved interactivity, speed, and services," says Jon S. von Tetzchner, CEO, Opera Software. "It is only natural that Web browsers support Web technologies natively, rather than by having to keep adding plug-ins. By integrating SVG support, Opera continues its tradition of bringing innovation to the Web and setting the de-facto standard for Web browsers."
Opera's desktop browser has undergone dramatic improvements in performance and security, with new features such as anti-phishing technology. Native SVG 1.1 Tiny support has been integrated in Opera's Core code for the next desktop release, and will be available also on other devices shortly. The company is preparing for the launch of the final version of its next desktop browser, and the Beta 3 version is available as a free download from www.opera.com.
Learn more about SVG at www.w3.org/Graphics/SVG/About.html