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Opera is just not ready yet for the Mac platform. So I prefer to use Netscape 4.7 on it.
I downloaded NS 6.01 yesterday for both platform. Great improvement on version 6 but still slow compared to Opera.
MSIE is by far the worst stuff around. It is huge and slow, bring the whole system down when it crashes and leave your flanks open to any nasties. I simply dont understand why people use it.
Opera is pretty speedy and i might use it more if I get used to it.
Explorer is still the best browser by far and is what I use 99% of the time on both Mac and PC.
I worked with opera for a couple of weeks and was very impressed. The problem is that it is not widely used and when you are designing and optimizing for the masses, IE and Netscape are still the major players. Netscape 6 is leaps and bounds beyond previous versions but it is too late for them. Its a shame, because I use to be a devout NS user back in the days when they had 30% or more of the market share.
If MS continues down the same path they are, it will only be a matter of time before Opera and Netscape (if still around) scoop up the fallout.
The reality is that IE dominates the browser market and will for quite some time. It's one of those things in life that we've all come to live with. For personal surfing, I still prefer IE out of habit and functionality.
Unfortunatly, the only way to get rid of the banner ads is to purchase the product. I believe the current version is 40$ US. That is the price of a shareware.
The things I like best about Opera:
It works fast, loads fast and preferences are accessible in a convenient way
You can open frames and view the source
You can reload dynamic pages at some time you set to get the most recent info
You can manage all open windows in a snap
You can delete all cookies or switch user agent in a snap. Wich is great for hand submitting more pages than allowed.
You can run away from sites who adopted theyre strategies from adult industry consultants
You can crash it without having to restart the system
You can validate your HTML code right from it
You can save and learn about any element from intelligent contextual menues from the right mouse button
You can configure default document management in a snap
You can have a good feed back of loading status (good to know in advance theyre is still 479 images to load...)
You can evaluate the intelligence of some competitor by just trying it on theyre sites
And you can dream of it while you sleep
(edited by: Macguru at 6:15 pm (gmt) on July 25, 2001
Since Opera is the ONLY 100% compliant CSS level 1 browser, I'd say there is something else wrong on the page. Just because the CSS validates, doesn't mean the page does. Opera accels at CSS.
- Speed. (it's not raw page loading speed, it is in the surfing - page-to-page, site-to-site)
- Security. Never a single major security breech in opera - none, zero, nada, ziltch.
- Shift click, shift-control-click (open link in new window foreground/background)
- MDI (have 40 pages open right now - try that with IE some time).
- Privacy. Advanced cookie filtering and blocking.
- Bookmark Projects. (Open 10-xxx urls at the same time).
- Privacy. Referral string blocking.
- Standards compliance.
- System friendly. at under 15meg install - it touches only 3 or 4 registry settings. Zero system threat. Compare it to ie, that dominates your system. If ie crashes, a blue screen usually follows.
- Control. Run your own css, slice through unreadable "mistake sites" is seconds.
- Preferences. Second to none.
G-G-G shows how well your pages handle non-graphical displays, Ctrl+G (toggle document settings) can handle all your CSS needs. With default settings
(shown to the left), clicking on Ctrl+G switches
between using the document (author) style sheet and the user style sheet. You change
your preferences in the File > Preferences > Documents tab (Alt+P). If you want to test your page/site
relative to a specific style sheet, you can select it in the User CSS box in
the bottom right hand corner.
You can get more info here,
Cookie, js, proxy, and user agent configuring is very straight forward.
Anyone know if it's available for other OS's?
Or is it just Linux/KDE specific?
Apart from CSS 2 - even Netscape 4.7 has better CSS 2 support
Dislike banners :(
Will take a bit of getting used to. (so many other ways to spend time)
Is'nt really that many groundbreaking features over IE
Love its speed
Love the small resource consumption
When it fixes the drawbacks I may even kick out IE :)
Netscape?? HA yeah right