Linked by Eugenia Loli on Thu 16th Jun 2005 11:08 UTC
Opera Software Opera Software has released Opera 8 for Macintosh, available for Mac OS X versions 10.2 and higher. According to the company it is faster than ever before, this Web surfing package gives Macintosh users Opera's extensive functionality and an optional 15 languages standard upon download.
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You are late
by kanockoman on Thu 16th Jun 2005 11:18 UTC

This version 8.0.2011 has been out since april this year.

RE: You are late
by Yurgen on Thu 16th Jun 2005 11:21 UTC

They are not late, they are on time: the press release was only released today:
http://www.opera.com/pressreleases/en/2005/06/16/

I've always liked Opera...
by Nirodha on Thu 16th Jun 2005 12:34 UTC

but over the years I migrated to FireFox. Recently though, FireFox has started to become a bloated pig of a browser, especially on low spec PCs, so I migrated back to Opera on the 8.01 release. I'm glad I did. ;)

Happiness and ease to you all,
Nirodha

v i still use firefox
by anon on Thu 16th Jun 2005 13:18 UTC

>Happiness and ease to you all

Offtopic, but hey, thanks for the great wish ;) Right back at you!

-Vesko

Opera
by Thomas W on Thu 16th Jun 2005 14:15 UTC

I decided to check it out again after not having used it for years (after all Firefox is an excellent browser). Having used it for a bit I'm not going back to Firefox though. Some people will prefer FF's feature set, but Opera is one amazing browser - especially once you dive into the more advanced features.

good
by Aditya on Thu 16th Jun 2005 15:45 UTC

good news
though i am on windows & 8.01beta works perfectly
no memory leaks compared to 8 final

@everyone saying their personal browsers
some like oranges some like lemons

yes... but will it
by dan on Thu 16th Jun 2005 15:45 UTC

run on a MacIntel? ;)

Not as impressed with the Mac version
by JK on Thu 16th Jun 2005 15:46 UTC

Opera for Windows is easily my favourite browser, but I've been tending to use Omniweb on Mac OS. The Mac version doesn't seem to be as cusomisable as the Windows version and it uses more screen space. It's fast, but the main reason I choose a browser is it's GUI and I think Opera for Mac could be greatly improved.

flash...
by Anonymous on Thu 16th Jun 2005 16:26 UTC

The only thing I don't like Opera for - I can't block flash and I don't have remove plugin as in FF

@ JK
by helf on Thu 16th Jun 2005 16:51 UTC

I use omniweb on my NeXT Station. Great little browser!

I'm glad Opera 8 is out for OS X. I'll have to load it up on my system and see how it runs.

Re: Not as impressed with the Mac version
by Alp on Thu 16th Jun 2005 18:32 UTC

I run it under Windows most of the time. But I used it on Linux and it seems just as good.

BTW, I think the news title should be changed. 8.01 is released for all platforms as well as OS X (which did not have Opera v8 until now). In any case, most Apple users won't be benefit from gestures (most important Opera feature) because of their one button mouse.

Opera 8
by Brian on Thu 16th Jun 2005 18:43 UTC

I love Opera for Mac. I use it about 50%/50% with Safari. I don't like FireFox on Mac (love it on Windows, though). The only thing about Opera on Mac I don't like is that text and pictures sometimes don't look as good as they do on Safari.

v Re: One finger gesture
by Bitter Pill on Thu 16th Jun 2005 18:49 UTC
Not good enough rendering
by Matthew Smith on Thu 16th Jun 2005 21:44 UTC

One of the first places I checked after downloading Opera for Mac was Yahoo groups. It does not display them properly. Since this is a site I visit daily, and Firefox displays the group message indices properly, I'll stick with Firefox until they fix this.

Re: One finger gesture
by Jon on Thu 16th Jun 2005 21:45 UTC

Macs can use multibuttoned mice just fine, you tool.

On topic, I love Opera. I tend to use Konquerer in Linux, but when it doesn't render something right, Opera gets fired up.

Be careful upgrading
by naren on Thu 16th Jun 2005 22:00 UTC

Just want to warn others, that if you upgrade your opera to the new released version, all your preferences will be blown away and will have to be re-created. You will find some comments in the opera forums as well.

Re: Be careful upgrading
by Alp on Thu 16th Jun 2005 22:12 UTC

I did an upgrade and all my preferences seems to be as they were. The only change was an addition of Amazon and Dealtime search into my toolbar which was not there.

Re: Be careful upgrading
by naren on Fri 17th Jun 2005 01:04 UTC

It seems to be problem only with the Mac OS X version. You can find lots of discussions here -

http://my.opera.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?s=1fe6c60ee78529e4c31ce...

Re: Not as impressed with the Mac version @ JK
by Nirodha on Fri 17th Jun 2005 03:29 UTC

Hi JK,

Not to pry, but have you checked out some of the nicer 'skins' for Opera?

Rulf Demuth maintains an excellent site, that offers what he calls 'iOpera' skins, here: http://www.demuths.de/iopera/

Also, if some the skins don't suit your taste or don't do go well with the given OS X theme one maybe using at the time, it's easy enough to open an Opera skin and add the 'native' option which will force the skin to use theme native radio buttons, scroll bars etc.

More info here on the native option: http://my.opera.com/community/dev/skin/ Please scroll down to the "Basic settings in "skin.ini"" section of the document.

Happiness and ease to you all,
Nirodha (Bill Gray)

@Vesko: you're welcome and thanks ;)

Opera for Linux (SlackWare)
by Jed on Fri 17th Jun 2005 06:07 UTC

Opera is the best browser in the world, IMHO, especially since version 7.53. I've used Opera for ages, this is one browser that is going places.

Thank you Opera Software!!

:: Jed ::

skins
by JK on Fri 17th Jun 2005 22:47 UTC

"Not to pry, but have you checked out some of the nicer 'skins' for Opera?"

I don't have a problem with the cosmetics of the browser, I'm happy enough with the default look. But it lacks a lot of the customisation options that you have with Opera's MDI window management in Windows. I haven't found a way to make Opera for Mac as minimalist as my Windows Opera setup without hiding features that I use constantly.