Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 7th Feb 2006 09:55 UTC, submitted by Aparan
Opera Software As said yesterday, Opera Software today released the second preview of Opera 9. New features include a widget engine, web page thumbnails, syntax highlighting in the source viewer, a content blocker, and much more. Download it for Windows, UNIX, and Mac OS X.
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interface in windows version
by Jimmy on Tue 7th Feb 2006 18:58 UTC
Jimmy
Member since:
2005-07-06

I really wish Opera would work on the interface. It's a really nice browser, but the interface needs work. I know you can customize it, but when I'm done closing toolbars and all that stuff (in older versions, 9 seems cleaner) the interface looks so dated that I just go back to FireFox. I mean, I remember using Opera a good eight years ago and the interface hasn't even changed much in those eight years.

Opera has some fantastic features, but geez it needs a better interface for me to use it everyday.

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sappyvcv Member since:
2005-07-06

Um.. can you give some specific examples? Also, if you're on windows, try the native skin. It looks great.

I honestly don't know what aspect of Opera's interface is "dated."

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RE: interface in windows version
by hmmz on Wed 8th Feb 2006 11:35 in reply to "interface in windows version"
hmmz Member since:
2006-02-08

@Jimmy

> I know you can customize it, but when I'm done
> closing toolbars and all that stuff (in older
> versions, 9 seems cleaner) the interface looks so
> dated that I just go back to FireFox.

How does it look "dated" exactly? Because of the icons?

> I mean, I remember using Opera a good eight years ago
> and the interface hasn't even changed much in those
> eight years.

Hasn't changed much?! It has changed drastically! The skin is completely different now. The toolbars are completely different. The functionality is completely different. What has NOT changed?

> Opera has some fantastic features, but geez it needs
> a better interface for me to use it everyday.

What is the problem with the interface? It has the standard browser controls, and only the address and tab bare are visible by default.

No, but seriously... What on earth are you talking about? ;)

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Jimmy Member since:
2005-07-06

The font used in the program; its the same font used in Windows 3.1 programs. Bold isn't cool. Bold was created so that things would jump out; not for everything to jump out.

The buttons; too small. I like big buttons. BACK FORWARD STOP RELOAD are all I need. Instead I get REWIND, BACK, STOP, FORWARD, FAST FOWARD, and "Wand" which I have no idea what that is all about. Where'd the reload button go?

Toolbars; the only toolbar I want is the address bar. I don't want a search bar. I can type in "google.com" in the address bar. I can live with the Tab bar. The "View" toolbar is incredibly useless to me, and should only be available in the Options menu, so that a dedicated icon doesn't have to take up space.

The whole progress bar thing really gets on my nerves too. I hate whenever Opera loads a page, I have to see whats loading in the address bar. I have broadband, so when I am looking at minimalistic pages, the load graphics appear and disapear very quickly, and after a while gives me a headache. Thankfully I can turn it off.


So that's why I hate the interface. I guess for power users, its great, but for me its too ugly and doesn't appeal to me.

Bottom line;

I want a simple browser that is secure, renders pages correctly and is simple to use. Opera just isn't a simple application to use.

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biteydog Member since:
2005-10-06

Where'd the reload button go?

It's the same button as the 'stop' button, according to context.

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