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I'm loving Opera's "Speed Dial" in v.9.2

   
6:34 pm on Sep 2, 2007 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member tedster is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member



I downloaded Opera 9.2 a while ago and right away I noticed this strange new Speed Dial [help.opera.com] feature on new, blank tabs. But I'm such a creature of habit that I just ignored it until recently. Then I started thinking about Oper'a great record on usability options, so I thought I'd investigate Speed Dial a bit.

Wow, this is a very cool time saver for me. I've got one of the nine panels set to my webmail account, several set to the WebmasterWorld Forums that I check all the time, and so on. Speed Dial is like having 9 different Home Pages. It's allowed me to de-clutter some of my toolbars by removing bookmarklets for frequently visited web utilities.

I've often said that using Opera gives me an extra hour in my day - now it's even more. Just one further evolution on my wish list - I'd like to be able to edit the title of each Speed Dial panel. Just as it is with the need to edit titles in Bookmarks, many pages online don't have the friendliest title tags for this application.

4:40 pm on Sep 4, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Absolutely beautiful!
5:34 pm on Sep 5, 2007 (gmt 0)

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I first thought of it as a silly feature, something for newbies. But once I started using it, I soon noticed the power.

The titles should indeed be editable through the interface. Can't see anything on that in the 9.5 changelog. The titles are stored in speeddial.ini in Opera's profile folder, and can be edited when the browser is not running.

[edited by: RonPK at 5:35 pm (utc) on Sep. 5, 2007]

5:57 pm on Sep 5, 2007 (gmt 0)

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The titles are stored in speeddial.ini in Opera's profile folder, and can be edited when the browser is not running.

Is there some other element at work here, besides having Opera closed? I've made the edits I want twice, now, but when I launch Opera again, they revert.

7:53 pm on Sep 5, 2007 (gmt 0)

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they revert

Sorry about that... I found the file, closed Opera, edited some titles, made my posting here, and went to have dinner without checking whether the edits would last. Perhaps Opera fetches the title 'live' when we open a speed dial tab?

Some searching showed a posting in the forums on opera.com where a moderator says that the titles cannot be edited manually. Weird.

8:06 pm on Sep 5, 2007 (gmt 0)

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It is great, I wish I could have more than 9 on my machine :)
5:06 am on Sep 6, 2007 (gmt 0)

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I never liked using bookmarks (and favorites). Why would you use an application menu, when you can make your own start page?

Since shortly after I first had internet access in 1996, I have used HTML files as browser start pages on my computer. The first one I made with Netscape Composer. I never used the likes of Yahoo and Google as a start page. Why would I, when I can make one myself?

So I have no use for Opera's speed dial, other than open my start page a little more quickly, as that is the only one I have on speed dial. Come to think of it: why can't I open a new tab with my start page? Why does a new tab need to be empty?

My start page contains a Google search box at the top (I never use the one from the browser). Then come links to the news sites, forums, other search engines I use. There are links to the admin pages of my websites. Shops, internet banking, train and bus schedules, maps. And I use other start pages about webdevelopment etc., linked to from my main start page.

8:28 am on Sep 6, 2007 (gmt 0)

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yeah, i thought it was a gimmic at first but i love it now!

>>So I have no use for Opera's speed dial, other than open my start page a little more quickly, as that is the only one I have on speed dial.

i have a 'homemade' start page too, which is one of the spped dial links, but i use the others too

>>why can't I open a new tab with my start page? Why does a new tab need to be empty?

a new tab for me starts with speed dial page

the one annoying thing for me though is that the search box on the speed dial page does not have, right click -'paste and go' whereas the one available for a browser toolbar does have this.

2:00 pm on Sep 10, 2007 (gmt 0)

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That the title is whatever the page has is a design decision from early on.
The reason was basically that pages that redirected to a different page again, would get the wrong title and was reported as a bug in early testing.
Being able to deal with corner cases while still being able to handle fixed titles would increase complexity (and the chance of introducing bugs), so we decided not to do it for 9.2.

I cannot promise anything for the next version, but I'll keep it in mind.

2:37 am on Sep 11, 2007 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member tedster is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member



Thanks for the update, Mitchman.

It seems to me that I can use the "reload every..." setting in Speed Dial to do a poor man's form of website uptime monitoring, too.