April 23, 2006

Opera 9 Beta

I see the that Opera 9 is out in beta. According to the Opera 9 press release, it's got some neat new features — among them, the ability to "customize your search engines" which, I hope, means the ability to add search engines to Opera's search box easily. Right now, that's quite a little feat for people not used to modifying desktop applications.

Another feature that I wish they'd implement: the ability to create folders in the RSS feeds tab. It would be nice for organizing feeds. But, dig this:

Thumbnail preview â€" It's easy to have many tabs open at once in Opera. But exactly which tab had that video you wanted? Hover any tab to see a thumbnail preview.

I'd say that's pretty fancy.

Unfortunately, I'm not trying the Opera 9 beta today; as usual, it's a working weekend, and that means I'm supposed to be working. <grin>

4 Comments to "Opera 9 Beta"

  1. Adrian says:

    I gave it a bit of a test drive over the weekend. It seems pretty stable from my use of it, the tab thumbnails are mildly cool, can't say I find them exciting, the same with the widgets. Seems most widgets are games so far, the calendar looks quite nice though, better than the current sidebar calendar I have for Opera.

    The bit torrent support works quite well. I set it downloading an ISO of ubuntu and it handled it pretty well. Didn't use all my bandwidth/connection so I could still surf.

    Everytime you start it, it checks the files you're downloading though, and checking a 2.9GB file means it can take a few minutes before it actually starts downloading it. But it works nicely enough.

  2. Diane Vigil says:

    Thanks for the information, Adrian. I must confess that I hadn't looked into Bit Torrent — hadn't seen the need (and I've never used a file-sharing app) — but 2.9 gigs is a pretty large download even on broadband.

    So, it sounds like you can start downloading and close it without its stopping the download?

  3. Daniel Aleksandersen says:

    Have you tried the new Opera 9 beta 2 yet?

  4. Diane Vigil says:

    No, I haven't. Have you, and if so, what do you think of it?

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