Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 12th Nov 2006 19:59 UTC
Opera Software "Opera Software chief Jon S. von Tetzchner's Web browser, popular with many hardcore computer users, hasn't taken over the industry. The Norwegian company's browser has been around for 12 years but has just 1.5% of the market. Compared to Microsoft's Internet Explorer, or even Mozilla's Firefox, it barely qualifies as an also-ran. But unlike its competitors Microsoft and Mozilla, Opera is focusing a lot of attention on noncomputer devices: mobile phones, videogame consoles or just about anything else you can stick a screen on."
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Opera's built-in features are excellent
by arbour42 on Mon 13th Nov 2006 15:42 UTC
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I've used Opera since the 3.0 days. I like Firefox, but keep returning to Opera because of so many built-in features:

the mouse gestures are fantastic. firefox has them as an extension, but they don't work near as smoothly, and need to be installed.

the ability to default to using cached images (when i'm on a slow line), and then to individualize each tab to use images or not - very very handy. and then opening other tabs by clicking on links from that cached image tab will also open with cached images - so helpful

The text zoom feature is much easier to use than firefox. Use + or - or * on the keyboard changes the zoom, and each tab can be zoomed individually.

And the "Fit to Width" feature is excellent. whenever text spills over the right side of the screen, just press this button and the whole page is reformatted to fit inside the screen. this really helps when i've made the text so large that it no longer fits.

And is there clutter in the interface? I usually take a couple minutes and pare it all down, and it's very un-intrusive.

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