is better than Netscape and Explorer
This is an ironical but strong list of what
makes Opera the browser to use. It's not a work of mine,
it's written by Thomas Carlson, maintainer of the Obsolete
Computer Museum web site. This text was written about Opera 2.12.,back
when MS IE 3.0 and Netscape 3.0 were released. Even then Opera had
features that MS IE and Netscape don't have today,yet. The current
version of opera is 3,60 and it has come a long way from 2,12.To laern
about version 3,60 follow this
LINK. Here it goes...
- Opera uses the MDI, Multiple Document
Interface. You can open multiple Web pages without having to start
whole new instances of your browser. It's faster and lets you easily
tile or cascade your pages.
- Better control over link appearances.
Hyperlinks in Opera can be any color, but can also be underlined,
or struck out. Opera can even surround each link with a 3D frame.
- Starts a download while you pick a destination,
instead of waiting until you're done to start the download. So you
can take your time choosing where to save a file.
- Written from the ground up in assembly.
So it's fast! Contains no old, bloated, slow Mosaic code.
- Runs on minimal hardware, down to a 386sx
with only 4 megs RAM. (8 megs is recommended.)
- Installation files are less than 800k,
they'll fit on a floppy.
- Installed program only takes up 1.6 megs.
- Handles most HTML formatting.
- Can turn off graphics after they've been
loaded and displayed. Opera lets you easily toggle between full
graphics, no graphics, and only those graphics that have already
loaded. This is especially handy if you're browsing for porn while
- Smart enough to print white text as black
on paper. So you can always read your print-outs, regardless of
which colors the page author used. (No blank printouts like with
Netscape. Of course, you can set up Netscape to print out all text
in black, but shouldn't it be able to figure that out itself?)
- Ignores the <blink> tag.
- Inexpensive, only $30. (Internet Explorer
may not cost any money, but there are different costs associated
with supporting a company like Microsoft.)
- Better status indicators. Status line
shows how much of the text of a page has loaded, the total size
of the page, the number of graphic images that have been loaded,
and the total number of images on the page.
- Quick response time. I've had support
questions answered via e-mail from Norway within an hour. (I'm in
- Page scaling. Opera lets you easily scale
the whole page to any size you want, from 20% to 1000%. Scale it
down to get more info on the screen. Scale it up to make it easier
to read. Opera scales the graphics right along with the text.
- Doesn't require a winsock to run, so it's
great for viewing local files or CD-ROMs. (Doesn't complain about
missing winsocks like older versions of Netscape.)
- Pop-up hyperlink balloons. Know where
you're going before you get there.
- Available in English, Norwegian (both
kinds), Swedish, German, and Spanish.
- Opera Software isn't out to rule the world.
- Built-in AVI and sound support. No stupid
plug-ins needed for basic sights and sounds.
- Each bookmark/favourite entry can load
up to six different pages.
- If Opera crashes, the next time you run
it, it'll give you a dialog box letting you disable any features
that might be causing you problems.
- No stupid directory buttons that lead
you to the Netscape's own pages.
- Doesn't claim to be "The Internet"
- Developed in Norway, not in the USA, so
no worries about your browser secretly informing the government
when you're looking at questionable materials.
- It's just a damn browser! It doesn't try
to replace your whole desktop.