Opera 10 goodness ("Peregrine")
Friday, December 5, 2008 5:43:03 AM
Anyone expecting a User Interface overhaul will be disappointed. Opera 10 has a near identical UI to the 9.x series, with the exception of changes to support some of the new features (see below). That's the bad news - now for the good...
- Opera 10 is very zippy. Without a doubt the biggest new feature is Presto 2.2, the new engine behind Opera 10 that loads and displays webpages, handles CSS and processes all client-side scripts. It loads and renders pages much faster that 9.62 and feels very much on a par with the latest Apple and Google browsers.
- Major improvements have been made to improve site compatibility. Some of the more complex sites out there, particularly those that use a great deal of JS, should be much more compatible with Opera.
- JS engine improvements. Opera's JS engine is much faster than before and, while it might not break all records, its performance is certainly on par with Safari and Chrome. We can expect further work in this area, and it would not be unreasonable to expect that, when released, Opera 10 will match the next Chrome and Safari release versions based on the open-source Webkit engine.
- Scores 100/100 and looks correct on Acid 3.0 test (not smooth though!). The first publicly available browser to do so. Opera leads the way again!
- A host of new standards and technology firsts for Opera. Including Web fonts, Alpha transparency through CSS, and Selectors API support
- 3rd alpha of Opera Dragonfly debugger, with improved DOM editing and traffic inspection. Also performs very nicely thanks to the improved Opera JS engine that powers it.
- The ability to compose, forward, reply and redirect HTML/rich formatted email, at last. A long requested feature finally makes it into Opera's unsung built in mail client. Also included is inline spellchecking, and the ability to clear down messages from servers after X days.
- Improved widget support on Linux, now fully supporting transparency.
- Auto-update function.
I'm a big fan of Opera and how it's positioned itself in the browser arena. Its USP is really its Out-of-the-box experience: every feature is available to every user on every platform, with minimal configuration and maximum security.
I hope with all the improvements going into Opera Mail that the facility to edit messages within the system is included before 10's release. I don't know how many messages I have from people with empty/poor subject, which I want edit for organisation and later searching; also I'm desperate to remove big attachments from emails while keeping the message, possibly adding a my own reference to the attachment in the body. Finally, I want to edit incoming messages since they may be viewed by others using my PC. The outcome is that I can keep my growing message database tidy and organised, my way. I can put my own keywords into messages (subject or body) for later searching and filtering. I can keep my message store lean without big attachments making it enormous, fragmented and hard to back-up over time. Opera Mail encourages keeping, filtering, sorting and searching email... we need these facilities to really have control over our email.
Go test drive Opera 10 !