monkeymd2b wrote:Just curious about the Opera Browser...I've been using Safari most of the time and then firefox for some of the more picky sites that don't like safari (like epocrates...the same file download yet it only worked correctly when downloaded from firefox; or the citrix access point for work). Any problems when opening any sites with Opera? I never really bothered to look into other browsers so I'm just curious if it's faster or what other benefits it has.
Opera is deadly serious about being able to open every webpage. They even have a team of people who travel the world trying to evangelize the open, compliant web. That being said, they do refuse to bastardize the browser to compensate for common IE related flaws. So the answer is no, they don't open every single page.
It is the host of convenience features
that I like. I tend to open a lot of tabs when I am browsing. If I need to go do something else, I can close the browser and reopen it the next day and everything is right back where I was.
The other feature I use a lot is the User Mode. A lot of websites are hard to read for the bad formatting decisions made by the authors. So Opera has a toggle switch that allows you to eliminate most of the authors "styles" and just display the page in its most basic formatting. This is awesome for those sites that insist on have light-colored text on a black background.
Because I am on dial-up I like the feature that Opera offers where you can toggle images on and off as you download a page. If I see a page is image heavy, I will toggle off all images and the pages downloads much faster. I can then selective download any images I am interested in.
I also like Opera's pop-up controls better than any other browser I've used. They are offering built-in ad controls in the new version, but I haven't tested it yet. There is lots more, just ask.
They just released a new version, 9.02
. Dunno how stable it is, but their QA is usually pretty good.
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