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11:13 am on Jun 12, 2008 (gmt 0)

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We've made the fastest browser in the world even faster with superior support for Web standards. Opera 9.5 is quicker to start, faster at loading Web pages and better at running your favorite Web applications.

  • More than 2x faster than Opera 9.2 in rendering JavaScript and HTML
  • Faster handling of third party plug-ins
  • Much faster start up time
  • Superior support for Web standards
  • [opera.com...]

    New features [opera.com]

    11:29 am on June 12, 2008 (gmt 0)

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    I'm looking forward to Dragonfly tools for web developers. I don't usually install new versions of any software before the final release, but I was tempted to in this case, just for Dragonfly.

    I also note there are improvements to the Feed Reader. that will make me a happy man.

    12:04 pm on June 12, 2008 (gmt 0)

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    love the new hints when you type into the address bar
    12:44 pm on June 12, 2008 (gmt 0)

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    The rendering engine is so much smoother - sometimes I think my new page hasn't loaded yet!
    1:42 pm on June 12, 2008 (gmt 0)

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    I'll have to get used to using Ctrl-U in stead of Ctrl-F3 to view source...

    new keyboard shortcuts [opera.com]

    1:49 pm on June 12, 2008 (gmt 0)

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    How do you guys like the new skin?
    2:57 pm on June 12, 2008 (gmt 0)

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    I do like all the backend changes they have made, I have used M2 for a couple of years now and I like what they have done with feeds and IMAP. Very nice.

    I hate new dark tabs, draws attention away from any webpage your on. I also hate the dark, dreary, indistinguishable icons. Didn't Netscape pull something like that back in the day? I have used Opera on and off since 3.0. (stuck with it at 7) and this new interface ticks me off, thank goodness for skins.

    4:46 pm on June 12, 2008 (gmt 0)

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    I agree - the dark tabs don't work for me. Funny thing is I upgraded two computers to 9.5, and only one of them show the dark tabs. The other retained its previous look. So I guess there still is a way to get the look that I prefer. i'll have a poke around.

    One thing that still bothers me is that the feedreader requires me to set up a mail account. I don't want a mail account because I handle that in other ways, but i sure do use my RSS feeds. So I set up a bogus account and then set it not to poll the server automatically. Not so very intuitive.

    4:54 pm on June 12, 2008 (gmt 0)

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    Sweet, liking Opera more than FF? Is that possible?
    6:26 pm on June 12, 2008 (gmt 0)

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    My Opera 9.25 didn't need an email address to read RSS feeds.

    Is that a new "feature"?

    .

    Safari (even on Vista) has always blown everyone else out of the water for speed.

    I wonder how the new Opera compares?

    [edited by: g1smd at 6:32 pm (utc) on June 12, 2008]

    6:32 pm on June 12, 2008 (gmt 0)

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    On Mac, Opera 9.5 is rendering some of my websites' pages closer to IE than Firefox or Safari. Not good.

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    6:51 pm on June 12, 2008 (gmt 0)

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    To switch to a more familiar skin:
    Tools > Appearance > Windows Native

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    7:15 pm on June 12, 2008 (gmt 0)

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    Does anyone know a way to have a split screen browser on Opera, like this Firefox plugin?
    [addons.mozilla.org...]

    It's very useful on hi-res widescreen monitors.

    7:54 pm on June 12, 2008 (gmt 0)

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    Dude. I have been playing around with "quick find", I think it has changed my life. What an amazing feature, and it's blazingly fast.
    8:01 pm on June 12, 2008 (gmt 0)

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    > Sweet, liking Opera more than FF? Is that possible?

    For the speed aspect alone. I wish I could do a side by side demo of Opera vs FF on LinkedIn and Facebook. Opera 9.5 has to be atleast twice as fast at rendering than FF on js/ajax heavy sites like LI and FB.

    > keyboard changes

    ya, switch it back. In options...

    > display speed

    turn your screen draw to "instant" (prefs-advanced-loading-Redraw Instantly)

    8:08 pm on June 12, 2008 (gmt 0)

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    a split screen browser on Opera

    The context (right mouse) menu on any tab has ARRANGE with CASCADE and (perhaps what you're after?) TILE VERTICALLY and TILE HORIZONTALLY

    8:17 pm on June 12, 2008 (gmt 0)

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    I like the skin. Pretty cool!
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    > split screen

    Yep, what Lavazza said. Just put a "tile" and "cascade" button on your toolbar. (right click on any tool bar and select customize - then edit away). Also enable the "window" menu on the menu bar.

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    Just put a "tile" and "cascade" button on your toolbar

    Isn't there one by default?

    Via VIEW \ TOOLBARS \ MAIN BAR I have always (since version 7 at least?) had:

    Open Save Print Find Home Panels TILE CASCADE Voice Dev. Console Dom Snapshot

    8:52 pm on June 12, 2008 (gmt 0)

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    could be Lavazza - I;ve not run a default setting for more than 10 seconds the first time I run an opera upgrade in years.

    The new tab bar kinda sucks though. You can't tell what tab is active or what tabs have finsihed loadin.

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    Thanks for the tips. I've tried the tile vertically option. It's not quite as nice as the FF option as you have to widen/narrow each pane individually rather than just dragging the middle and changing both.

    Anyway, off to do some speed checks.. :)

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    9:03 pm on June 12, 2008 (gmt 0)

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    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.
    9:13 pm on June 12, 2008 (gmt 0)

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    favicon is displayed on the tab only when the page has finished loading.

    As loading happens so quickly now... it's understandable that some might not notice ;)
    9:44 pm on June 12, 2008 (gmt 0)

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    Address bar is so much better than FF3`s abortion. Looks nicer than FF too. And probably isn`t half as buggy as FF3 is turning out to be.

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    I think there's an issue with jQuery clueTip and Opera for MS Windows. I've seen this issue in previous versions of Opera and it still occurs in 9.5.

    Web pages that use jQuery clueTip and hosted in IIS function differently in Opera. When a user clicks on or mouses over the jQuery clueTip link to display the content, Opera asks for a User Name and Password.

    The same Web pages work fine in IE, Firefox and Safari. The content is displayed as it's supposed to do it.

    I don't think it's a problem with my jQuery clueTip code.

    11:10 pm on June 12, 2008 (gmt 0)

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    Why do I usually open a new tab? To open a favorite site, yet another Google tool etc.. Opera Speed Dial feature.. brilliant :)

    Too long since I tried Opera, this thing feels half browser, half dev tool!

    Today I doubled the RAM in my laptop and doubled my browser to! Who knew?

    1:01 am on June 13, 2008 (gmt 0)

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    I always thought it was the fastest browser on my pc (I run Safari, FF, IE7 and Opera). Now I'm convinced it's the fastest. Even on MSN dot com (a notoriously slow loading site) Opera is quick.
    2:25 am on June 13, 2008 (gmt 0)

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    I think the real question is... Does the new version yet make you want to switch to Opera as your primary browser (if it isn't already)? If no, are you willing to give it a fair shot?
    2:39 am on June 13, 2008 (gmt 0)

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    Is everyone installing over their 9.2x profile, or doing a fresh install?
    4:52 am on June 13, 2008 (gmt 0)

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    What bill said :)
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