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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Disargee
by matto1990 on Wed 3rd Jun 2009 21:55 UTC
matto1990
Member since:
2009-04-18

I personally use Opera as my main browser. I do this for various reasons:

1) Mouse gestures - there is no way that I can get by without these. I know you can get them as an extention on firefox but thats just one more plugin to slow down my browser. Native is always better

2) Speed dial - I just love having all of the sites at one click when I open a new tab. You can also press ctrl + a number to go instantly to that site on the current tsb, or add a shift in there to make it open in a new tab

3) It has everything i want built in - no messing around with plugins or anything like that just to get the bare essentials. I don't use the mail app, rss reader or chat bits but they do no harm if they aren't used and stay pretty much hidden if you dont want to use them

Overall I just like opera more than any other browser.

Oh and just so you know - they may have a tiny marketshare on the desktop but they are growing. What you need to take into account is the fact that the number of people using the web is increasing, so if you hold a steady marketshare you're actually gaining users. This is why IE is loosing marketshare but actually continuing to get more users every month.

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RE: Disargee
by arbour42 on Thu 4th Jun 2009 00:46 in reply to "Disargee"
arbour42 Member since:
2005-07-06

I've used Opera since ~ 2000, for the same reasons you've said. The mouse gestures are fantastic and much smoother than Firefox's. Once you use them, you can never stop.

A couple other things I love which I haven't seen in other browsers:

- I can default all images to off to save bandwidth, and then individualize tabs to have images on or off.

- Can set a default Zoom percentage, say 120%, and then adjust a single tab to 200%. Then by middle-clicking any links on that 200% tab so other tabs open, they get that 200% - the zoom factor carries over. Firefox is annoying in that it doesn't do that. I'm not sure about IE.

- "Fit Page To Width" - this is a godsend on my small laptop. I default this to true, and all pages fit within the screen no matter how high I zoom up - 200%, 250%, the entire page reformats to fit the screen. This has saved me endless horizontal scrolling. It's also helped in designing websites, to check that the CSS flows correctly.

I'd hate to see Opera stop making their browser. It's been saving my eyesight and sanity for nearly a decade.

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RE[2]: Disargee
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Thu 4th Jun 2009 01:57 in reply to "RE: Disargee"
Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

I've used Opera on & off since 1997. Version 3 was better than netscape 2 that was on the lab computers, but also didn't require it to actually be installed.

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