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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Integrated Components
by Anguis on Mon 8th Jun 2009 14:40 UTC
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Just a few notes on Opera's integrated components (e.g. e-mail client, feed reader, BitTorrent client, note-taker, contacts manager, etc. . .):

When one gets used to using them, installing and running other programs to do the same things is needless activity - Opera simplifies your use of your computer. This is akin to not needing to hunt down extensions because of built-in functionality (e.g. mouse gestures, content blocking, Page Zoom).

I have found Opera's M2 e-mail client's search and sorting functions for e-mail (and RSS/Atom feeds, and Contacts) superior to Gmail. In fact, I wish they had calendaring and To Do functionality built in!

The "Save to Note" function (select text and right-click) is great for research - no need to open Notepad and save. You can organize notes in folders, as you see fit. If you need to find the page a particular note came from, double-click the note and a tab will open up with the original page (if it still exists). Even if it doesn't, you can hover your cursor over the note to see its original URL, along with a date and time stamp. Notes are searchable. You can create your own (not limited to selecting text from a web page).

Opera handles Torrents as any other download from the internet. Again, pretty simple.

Session saving is a boon for project management.

Using the built in Page-zoom in conjunction with the "Fit to Width" function (Ctrl+F11) makes increasing text size on a page a second-nature, speedy activity. Scrutinzing images is effectively effortless, as well, because of the complementarity of these functions.

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