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Speed Dial improvements

In latest snapshot of Opera (b2014) we can see that developers in Opera want to improve speed dial. Unfortunately, it seems that they started with improving something that everybody likes (ok, perhaps not everybody, but I think that most of us like more the old version of speed dial with fixed layout) and some things that should be improved are still same as before. I guess that the float layout of speed dial is not the only feature Opera developers are working on, so hopefully we might get some pretty cool new features to speed dial in near future.

Anyway, I was thinking about what things/features I would like to see being improved or added to speed dial. So here is my list:
  • Dynamic (current way)/static(customizable) titles
  • Folders (each folder should have customizable count of rows and columns)
  • Open sessions instead of just one site (Tamil figured out how to do this, but it would be nice, to just click on some button like "Choose session" and then from some list choose the session and click on "OK" :)
  • Any number of rows and columns (so we don't have to edit speed dial ini)
  • Possibility to choose a folder of images as background of speed dial. Images would be changing after X seconds or after Opera start up (there even might be some image transitions)
  • Reload icon after Opera start up
  • Double click on speed dial background opens home page


So these are my ideas. Which of them do you like/don't like and why? What other ideas do you have?

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27.02.2011 21:02
floating or scrollable speed dial would be great feature for opera mini or mobile, otherwise I can´t really see benefits on desktop
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27.02.2011 13:02

Originally posted by BS-Harou:

Originally posted by HackMyBrain:


Old versions before 10.50 have this nice feature.I would like it to come back.




I know, the problem is they from some reason decided that it was a bug. awww


OMG,a uesful feature actually got marked as a bug ...while quite a few annoying bugs remain so long without being fixed...囧囧囧囧囧
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27.02.2011 12:02

Originally posted by BS-Harou:

Double click on speed dial background opens home page


Old versions before 10.50 have this nice feature.I would like it to come back.
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27.02.2011 12:02

Originally posted by HackMyBrain:

Old versions before 10.50 have this nice feature.I would like it to come back.



I know, the problem is they from some reason decided that it was a bug. :awww:
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27.02.2011 09:02
Tabs in Speed Dial would be great. One click and you have a new category.

Also make one tab named 'Most visited', just like chrome. But start with the default tab where you can pick your own websites.

The ability to change speed dial thumbnails without messing with config files.

But most important. Don't make it feel bloated!
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27.02.2011 09:02
I agree all of them...