Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 4th Sep 2007 11:48 UTC, submitted by abdavidson
Opera Software Opera has released an alpha build of their upcoming 9.5 release. "Following the release of Opera 9 last year, we re-wrote Opera's rendering engine for the coming Opera 9.5 release. As a result, Opera 9.5 contains more than a year's worth of speed, standards and performance improvements."
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by renox on Tue 4th Sep 2007 14:08 UTC in reply to "RE"
renox
Member since:
2005-07-06

>Opera is great technology. But a web platform certainly qualifies as a basic commodity these days

Depends: average web platforms such as Firefox are a commodity yes, but Opera is much better.

I really wonder how could Firefox spread so much even though unless you use extensions (which few do) it's really inferior to Opera (sluggish).

My only grip with Opera is its UI which has some annoying warts that prevent it to be truly great: for exemple Opera can reflow a webpage so that it fits your window's width which is really nice but you have to do it page per page, there's no way to toggle a switch 'fit width' to have it permanently: a great feature spoiled by a poor UI choice (and that's not the only one).

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by sappyvcv on Tue 4th Sep 2007 14:13 in reply to "RE"
sappyvcv Member since:
2005-07-06

My only grip with Opera is its UI which has some annoying warts that prevent it to be truly great: for exemple Opera can reflow a webpage so that it fits your window's width which is really nice but you have to do it page per page, there's no way to toggle a switch 'fit width' to have it permanently: a great feature spoiled by a poor UI choice (and that's not the only one).

Tools > Preferences > Web Pages > Check "Fit to Width"

Please do research first.

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by renox on Tue 4th Sep 2007 18:09 in reply to "RE"
renox Member since:
2005-07-06

Thanks a lot!

Now, they only have to:
- allow unclosing a window (not possible yet I've looked).
- making possible than when you close a tab with the mouse it goes to the next tab on the right (as FF does, it's customisable for the keyboard, but not for the mouse AFAIK)
- disable the scrolling when you click and miss a link (I've not really looked for this).

and I'd be happy with Opera's UI.

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by Spellcheck on Tue 4th Sep 2007 14:28 in reply to "RE"
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2007-01-20

You have a gripe. Get a grip.

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by chocobanana on Tue 4th Sep 2007 14:55 in reply to "RE"
chocobanana Member since:
2006-01-04

>> I really wonder how could Firefox spread so much even though unless you use extensions (which few do) it's really inferior to Opera (sluggish).

It also has proper marketing team on it, it's almost like a virtual company that even makes profits! Opera could use the same too...

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