In my previous post , I asked my dear friend Vasuki to comment more on the release of Opera 9 and its features. He has left a comment on that post. So for those who are lazy to click and view the comment here is the text . Also if you are contemplating on whether to shift to opera or not do check his post at this link.
Well, I installed Opera 9 today. Though I was using Opera 9 beta, I did not get any notification that the new version is released. Too bad! This is not the way to treat loyalists
Now to the good things:
2) Content blocking – Some sites use many ways to irritate you. If you block up images, they come up with flash files and auto play videos. Just right click on the page and “block content” to block anything on a page. Helps if you are browsing astalavista for some serial and Aria Giovanni comes up with a skimpy red dress!
3) Thumbnail preview – Its a cool feature when you start ctrl+tabbing between tab pages. If you are very disorganized and have too many windows open, it helps!
4) Custom search – This is an amazing feature. If you want to use any search engine in any site, right click in the search text box and choose “Create Search”. This new search comes up in the search dropdown next to address bar. Not just that, you can add a keyword to your search (I have added keyword “im” for IMDB search. So if I have to search for ‘Inside Man’ in IMDB, all I do is type im Inside Man in address bar! For the list of keywords, go to Tools – Preferences – Search)
Here are the bad ones:
1) BitTorrent support – I had tried downloading a movie with this, it was awful. May be it is suited for only small sized files.
2) Widgets – This is being told as a great feature. This is something like Google Gadgets. I somehow dont like this. But, you can get widgets for football scores, playing tetris, sudoku, dictionary, pandora music etc.
3) RSS Feeds not improved – I use Opera as my RSS integrator. Its a pretty neat and compact. But, I would have loved if they had enhanced it to have folders to organize feeds and manually refreshing to get the feeds etc.
Finally, this looks much cleaner than Opera 9 beta 2. There are some sites that might not open properly in Opera, but I am happy as long as I am able to do 95% of my job with all the features it provides.
One thing I noticed is that Kannada websites don’t open properly in Opera. If anyone has any idea please let me know.
We can definitely use this post to discuss the pros and cons of Opera and its shortcoming/strong points compared to Firefox !