Thursday, March 4, 2010 10:32:02 PM
Opera 10.5 is undoubtedly faster at rendering pages, & I love the new CSS3 goodies. However, for me the real speed of Opera has always been in the responsiveness of the UI, in this regard 10.50 is really lacking.
I was close to tears with how slow it was until I disnabled UI Animations which offers a marked improvement in responsiveness although you still have to wait while the new modal dialogues are painted on the screen & scrolling while finding in page is painful.
Sadly typing in a web address, moving your mouse across the drop down from the address bar & dragging a dialogue box are all embarrassingly slow.
Dragging text in a text area still duplicates rather than moves it. You can no longer drag a tab into a text area or field to copy the address.
Meh, just spent 20 minutes trying out several mouse gesture extensions in Chrome none of which come close to Opera's implementation, but Mouse Stroke is passable. However, even the smallest number of extensions seems to reduce Chrome to a snail's pace. I couldn't install the all-in-one gestures for Firefox because the file seems corrupt, but EasyGestures works pretty well.
To borrow from Mr Churchill: Opera 10.50 is the worst browser available, apart from all the rest.
Although I still keep trying Lynx...
After playing around I've found these few tweaks return Opera 10.50 to a comfortable state:
Uncheck Enable UI Animations
Uncheck Show bookmarks in address field autocompletion
set Dim Search Opacity to 0
Thanks to sverreef Add the following entry to your skin's skin.ini file:
[Search Hit Active Skin]