Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 6th Jul 2007 19:50 UTC, submitted by juno_106
Opera Software "Back in January we added the ability to report usage of different features and preferences so we could learn more about how the browser is used in general. First we invited you, our weekly users to help us and in 9.2 we started asking one in 100 users if they want to participate. We would like to share some of our findings with you."
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RE[3]: Fit-to-width by default
by Dave_K on Mon 9th Jul 2007 23:06 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Fit-to-width by default"
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You know Opera has plenty of options, right? ;) Last time I fired up Opera, it restored over 250 tabs, and I use only the tab bar. Just turn off text labels, keep track of the icons, and it works great!

The 'keep track of the icons' bit is the problem. A lot of sites, blogs for example, don't have unique icons. I often have multiple pages open from a particular site; again they would all have a single icon, with nothing to identify the individual pages. Then there are all the sites that I don't visit often enough to be able to recognise their icon at a glance.

Having to move the mouse over multiple tabs to find a particular page is painfully slow and frustrating. To me tabs without titles are practically worthless.

With the Windows panel in the sidebar I can see the pages listed with their titles displayed. Another advantage is that it doesn't take up extra screen space like the Tab Bar, very nice on a laptop with a small screen. Overall it seems like a much better option for anyone who opens many pages.

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Sure. The point was simply that Opera does in fact have options that make the tab bar far more useful for those of us who have a sense for it. I can't use your interface any more than I can use gestures (I move my mouse as I read!); but Opera basically has everything there, somewhere, to do it another way, except inline find and intuitive text drag&drop (two of a small handful of things that keep me using multiple browsers). With a few skins, I've even solved my default Fitts' issues with Opera.

While many sites have no or the same icon, there are enough different ones to see where one site's tabs start, which is how I can do it. I do the same in FF with Tab Mix Plus, but it lacks in quality session saving, and bogs down with fewer tabs open. IoW, if there's a momentary power outage, I have a 1 in 3 or so chance of losing *all* saved sessions (or, using FF's internal ones, the actual session from the reboot), as there's no redundancy to the extension nor FF proper...I don't know if Opera has versioning for them or not, but I've yet to lose any from it, and it has suffered those restarts as much as FF.

Wouldn't it be nice if we had one browser, that everyone used, that had every feature we'd need, set up just right, and...oh, wait, we'd get the old Internet Explorers or Netscape 4 over again then, wouldn't we? ;)

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