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OPERA HAS RELEASED the latest version of its web browser, which includes something it calls Unite.

Opera Unite is the firm’s technology for turning the browser into a file sharing communications portal and web server. In announcing the release, Opera explained that amongst its features is the ability to share 10GB of video direct from your home computer.

When it first announced Unite the firm said that it would stop Internet users from having to share their photos, videos and other media on third-party hosting sites. Now that Unite is available the firm is saying that it will let users share their documents in a ‘semi private’ manner.

"We promised Opera Unite would reinvent the web," said Jon von Tetzchner, Opera’s CEO. "What we are really doing is reinventing how we as consumers interact with the web. By giving our devices the ability to serve content, we become equal citizens on the web. In an age where we have ceded control of our personal data to third-parties, Opera Unite gives us the freedom to choose how we will share the data that belongs to us."

As well as sharing photos Unite users will also be able to stream their music connections to other machines, including game consoles and mobile phones. In addition there’s the Turbo feature that speeds up content delivery by up to eight times, something that might be useful when you are creeping through someone else’s photos.

The company is asking developers who want to create applications for Opera and Unite to enter a competition. Prizes on offer for the best apps will include gift certificates.


Online Text Editor

When we can do even word processing and create complex spread sheets online why can’t we use a text editor online. Here are some free online text editor



TinyMCE is one of the most used text editor on the web, at least in a lot of custom applications, and it’s my text editor of choice. It features a lot of useful plugins like image insertion, text alignment, even css styling — basically all you need to make adjustments to html code or even templates. There are two more commercial plugins from the makers of TinyMCE,MCFileManager, a PHP file browser and MCImageManager, an image upload utility to upload / delete of photos. If you don’t want to pay for a commercial image upload utility, there is also a plugin called iBrowser for photo upload. TinyMCE has a lot of implementations, even with AJAX callbacks for saving files, which makes it a very solid structure to build your next killer app.



FCKeditor is another often used text editor on the web. It features many functions, and it’s especially light-weight, when compared to tinyMCE. It also supports multiple languages for the toolbars and comes with plenty of languages, which makes it pretty useful. One of the advantages of the FCKeditor is its built-in file manager in conjunction with a PHP script on the server, and its included spell checker. It’s the best lightweight editor when you need a fast and clean development cycle.

Yahoo Rich Text Editor

Actually a component of Yahoo’s YUI Library, the Rich Text Editor is a very impressive, feature filled editor, even if it doesn’t provide as much functionality and plugins as the above editors. A big advantage to this online editor is that it can be used on mobile A-grade browsers, so when you need to build a mobile app, this editor is the best choice.



WIMeditor is an xhtml editor with special focus on clean markup and Strict XHTML. The advantage of this editor is that it doesn’t use fonts, text formatting, or color. It instead focuses on CSS markup. This is actually a very good editor for beginners and clients that may produce poorly written html, because it only uses CSS rules which are already created. It is skinnable and supports custom menus / commands.



FreeRichTextEditor is another go for an online text editor. This editor has a sleek Microsoft Office 2002 skin, and looks and feels like Microsoft Office! It is also feature packed, having a lot of basic functionality. It has three mode views: Design, Code, and Preview — which feels quite similar to Dreamweaver.



Xinha is a fantastic editor with a very large community in its wing. What makes this online editor unique is the formula editor, which supports MathML tags, essential for any math blog or website. Xinha also has additional plugins that extend its functionality.

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