Linked by Kroc Camen on Wed 3rd Jun 2009 21:07 UTC, submitted by Liquidator
Opera Software Opera have announced the general availability of Opera 10 beta. Opera 10 includes an improved rendering engine Presto v2.2. The beta adds a new default skin and a couple of new features, notably "Turbo", a proxy compressor for dial-up users, and tab previews. The result? Complete fail. Read More for why and a quick screenshot tour. addendum: As an apology to the community for the reckless and inadequate review I will be doing it again, properly, taking into consideration your fine comments.
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RE[3]: The opera logo
by Laurence on Thu 4th Jun 2009 14:01 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: The opera logo"
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The problem is that you can't separate functionality from looks. A program that looks awful will affect its usability and hence its functionality. A program's appearance has an influence on whether the user thinks it feels natural.

You're confusing terms there.

Looks have little to no impact on functionality. Particularly when the looks in question is just a skin that's easily (like 3 button clicks in Opera's case) to change.

Looks DO have an impact on emotion and this can have an impact on whether a user finds the application natural. But this is an emotional response rather than a rational based on how well the application performs / how functional it is.

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