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Damn, this default skin is ugly! I've never used skins with Opera before, but I just started. The Classic Opera 9 skin is here:
That out of the way I had to play with the new synchronization feature. I've been hacking my way around that for years. Nice to have it built in. However, make sure you have backups of everything before you try this. The first time I tried it I got dupes of all my bookmarks. I worked around this by putting all my bookmarks on one machine and syncing it. Then on subsequent machine syncs I simply deleted ALL the bookmarks and notes before syncing. There may be better ways around it, but that's worked best for me.
Not that I know of - Opera generally never releases the new skin before the final.
> You can't tell what tab is active or what tabs have finsihed loadin
>> favicon is displayed on the tab only when the page has finished loading.
You can't tell what you have read and what you haven't looked at. (text is same color on tabs you have seen and tabs you haven't seen.)
And had the skin in the weekly builds:
I can see were they are going with the interface, the new skin looks a lot like there new version of Opera Mobile which is yet to be released, but some versions of it have been leaked on the net.
I personally like the new skin its actually the first time I haven't replaced the default skin.
Every time a major Opera release come out, I try it for a while, but I alway end up going back to Firefox (or Netscape in the old days). I'll see how it compares to FF3 - certainly it seems much faster than FF2.
I'm beginning to appreciate the darker tab bar, too. Since I set the Windows toolbar to "hide", and I also have the Opera tab bar at the bottom of the window, the dark look gives me a strong visual cue about which bar I'm actually seeing.
GUI usability issues are a bear, aren't they? Gives me something to remember next time there's a temptation to get innovative with a new website interface.
The new skin makes more sense when you are using the default Vista theme
Since I set the Windows toolbar to "hide", and I also have the Opera tab bar at the bottom of the window, the dark look gives me a strong visual cue about which bar I'm actually seeing.
Hiding the Windows bar had always caused me usability issues in the past (Windows 95-2000) so in recent installs I just keep it visible. (It would get stuck in hidden mode in low memory situations and refuse to become visible again)
However, I'm a huge fan of keeping the tab bar along the bottom of my browser window as well. I think that default theme might be a bit more usable if we could control the color and shading a bit more.
I think that with version 10, Opera should make a break with the past and pick a new name. It's a good browser. Ever wonder why so few people use it? The name is lame. (As I've joked here previously: What's Opera's target market? Fat ladies who sing?)
Internet Explorer is descriptive.
Safari is kind of a cool (IMHO) metaphorical name that equates browsing as a sort of hunt. Evoking exotic locales and masculine images like guns, jeeps, and surfboards. (Surfin' Safari!)
FireFox has the imagery of both fire (HOT!) and Fox, as in, crazy like a fox, quick like a fox, foxy lady, and so forth. A lot of peppy connotations.
Maybe Opera could sponsor a contest or something to pick the new name, create a little publicity.
The name's a loser, period, and it's gotta go.
Does the new version yet make you want to switch to Opera as your primary browser (if it isn't already)?
For me, Opera has always been and will continue to be my primary browser for testing my own code and it was my default browser until around 2 or 3 years ago when - for surfing teh interwebs - FF became my primary browser, followed by Netscape with IE dragging up the rear...
I guess I just like having more than one app open at a time
>>As I've joked here previously: What's Opera's target market? Fat ladies who sing?
funnily enough the only (non geek) i've met who has ever used opera (apart from people i've introduced it to) was a girl at the royal academy of music who used it because she thought the name was cool.
[as it happens she was stunningly attractive and a pianist :)]
... i was just quoting from what poppyrich said a few posts before.
as for myself i'm an unofficial opera evangalist - i love it, ever since i first read about it here on WebmasterWorld in about 2000/1, i've been a paying (not now of course) user of opera, i totally love it and have ever since then, and introduce everyone i come accross to it.
So now FF and IE are all fixed, and Opera catches the problem for the first time. With regular images, I can right click, open image, and reload - that does it. But with CSS images I need to type in the filepath, and that's a bit messy.
Is there maybe some feature in Dragonfly that helps out with this?
Whoops... I meant the Ctrl+f12 ones (didn't even know there was/is an F12 one...)
This is not good: further evidence that I might be going blind and/or mad(der) ;)
Where the %$#%^&$ is "check if cached page"? ? ? ?
Found it... or sorta found it...
Found 'check images' (under Advanced \ History), which has a never and an always... no zero
? ? ?
If you're not being facetious about WII, I think topr8 was referring to those who actually KNOW what browser they're using!
To most people, the "Internet" means what they see when the click the blue "E" on their Windows desktop.
(We're all so far removed from that, it's easy to forget.)
Ahh, testosterone! I was in music school years ago and your comment took me back...
Opera is based in Norway, correct? My understanding is that Opera, meaning Puccini, Mozart, Wagner, etc... has a wide audience there.
Not geeky at all.
Don't care, I'm gonna win that contest...