Linked by Kroc Camen on Thu 4th Jun 2009 22:34 UTC
Opera Software Opera have announced the release of Opera 10 beta. New engine, new features, but I'm more concerned about where Opera 10 fits into Opera's history, and certainly their future. Opera have never made any massive strides in marketshare and is Opera 10 really going to change any of that? Read More to find out.
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mtzmtulivu
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2006-11-14

you never said anything of the sort?

you said,


More of the same. The black bar across the top is overbearing. It wouldn’t be so bad if the small grey gradient wasn’t there to make it look like a vacuum-formed chunk of plastic running across the top of the browser. It wouldn’t even look so bad if the black was matte. The tip of the tabs resting against the edge of the title bar is unnerving. Since Leopard, most apps have moved to the unified toolbar approach, and frankly, Opera looks distinctly out of place. The top of the browser is too heavy, and compared to other browsers, I find my gaze pulled upwards too often.


basically, you are saying the GUI looks foreign on a mac




It’s not just the toolbar, the quirky way of doing anything pervades every dialogue. This, for example, is a disaster of bad design, and doesn’t follow the layout guidelines in the Apple HIG (Apple do follow the layout guidelines and they do matter):

criticizing operas option layout because they dont apple's HIG here

you also said


Since Leopard, most apps have moved to the unified toolbar approach, and frankly, Opera looks distinctly out of place. The top of the browser is too heavy, and compared to other browsers, I find my gaze pulled upwards ..


again, criticizing a cross platform app because it isnt build to your os of choice default behavior

you are asking for sane defaults that will make it look like a native app on a mac. In your comment, you seem to advocating opera having different GUI in different systems so that it can have a default sane look on your system of choice.

Some people may see this as a good idea, some wont because of the spacial memory thing. I mean would you like the same app to look and behave different across different systems?

There is always a penalty in building cross platform apps. Look at google, they decided to go with native code for their web browser and linux and mac versions are at an alpha stage at best

Edited 2009-06-05 21:46 UTC

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