What is the point of Web Panels?



  • Is it strictly to open a web page from the panel side by side next to the current open one? I think it would be great to be able to also use Web Panels as "frequently used" icons and click on them to open in either existing or new tab, almost like Favorites. Or am I misunderstanding the idea entirely?


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    Panels are almost like Chrome Apps in a way. They're a web page you can keep handy in compact form and interact with on an ongoing basis while reserving your main page for routine web activity. You may use it for weather, tracking stocks, currency conversions, a news feed, whatever. Usually when you create a panel, it will grab the mobile version of the page, so it's kind of like having your cell phone and your browser in the same window.



  • @Ayespy:

    Usually when you create a panel, it will grab the mobile version of the page, so it's kind of like having your cell phone and your browser in the same window.

    The mobile version by default was I my idea, that was kindly accepted by the team.

    I think it makes sense given the limited space resembles what's available on a smartphone, and the mobile websites are usually lighter and more space efficient.

    Anyway webpanel's button contextual menu allows to switch back to the old behavior, when and if the desktop version is needed. :)



  • Web Panels can be useful to keep useful information near to hand. I have one for Translations.

    My YouTube web panel can be used to watch videos while working. Modify the HTML to suit your own needs.



  • Very old idea (introduced in Opera 4, if I'm not wrong), that never did anything special.
    Some sites have a mobile version (e.g. https://touch.facebook.com/, former https://m.facebook.com/) and you can open some webpage in the panels and keep it away from sight and read it from time to time, by pressing F4.
    It is really a very small thing, compared, for instance to the lack of a download manager with some more detail…
    https://translate.google.com/m



  • @newscpq:

    Very old idea (introduced in Opera 4, if I'm not wrong), that never did anything special.

    Yes it does especially using the mobile UA

    It is really a very small thing, compared, for instance to the lack of a download manager with some more detail…

    Frankly I couldn't care less about an improved download manager.

    The actual one does it's job for common needs.

    For more specializzed ones, no integrated download manager will be ever on par with something like jdownloader, and even a 10 years old program like getright.


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