Category: Opera

Control Your Opera Web Browser Using Voice

By | October 10, 2007 | 1 Comment

Opera VoiceDaniel Goldman wrote a nice tip using PCMech.com video for the Opera users. You can control your web browser using Opera Voice. Basically I haven’t ever tried this feature but after seeing short video decided to do that. If you want to try it yourself, go the Opera Tools > Preferences > Advanced > Voice and check “Enable voice-controlled browsing”. It should download additional 10-11 megabytes now and you can start using it. Don’t forget to check Opera’s Voice video.

I’ve used it for a few minutes only but it’s still fun I guess. However, first thought that I will be able to type any URL using my voice but I couldn’t. Also haven’t found “Read Feeds” option. I guess this feature needs a small upgrade. Maybe not. Still checking tutorials for more details.

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Opera Voice Tutorial

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Opera 9.5, Is This A Bug (Part 2)?

By | October 5, 2007 | 5 Comments

Opera 9.5Not so long time ago I’ve posted an article called “Opera 9.5, Is This A Bug Or A Feature?“.

Today I’ve found one more “possible bug”. When Opera 9.23 and Opera 9.5 Alpha is running and you are trying to launch “Opera 9.5 Alpha\opera.exe” it opens you a blank page (opera:blank) in Opera 9.23 and not Opera 9.5. Why?

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2007 September Browsers Market Share Results

By | October 1, 2007 | 6 Comments

2007 September Browsers Market Share ResultsIt’s time for yet another post about web browsers market share. You may check August results here.

It’s the second month since Internet Explorer is losing its market share. This time it felt from 78.68% to 77.86% (0.82% decrease).

What about Firefox? Good news for Firefox fans, this web browser managed to increase its market share from 14.56% to 14.88% (0.32% increase). Maybe will reach 15% soon. Who knows…

Safari is doing very well. Actually it managed to increase its market share from 4.68% to 5.07% (0.39% increase) and reached 5% of the market share. Congratulations.

Opera continues to lose its market share since July, even Opera 9.5 Alpha release haven’t increased it’s market share. This time it felt yet another 0.01%, from 0.88% to 0.87% (0.01% decrease).

Netscape slightly increased its market share after the previous 0.04% drop. From 0.71% to 0.72% (0.01% increase).

While Opera doing not so well, Opera Mini as always continues to increase its market share from 0.27% to 0.39% (0.12% increase).

That’s all.

Here’s a graph of current browsers market share. Thanks to HitsLink.

Market Share 2007 August

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Opera 9.5, Is This A Bug Or A Feature?

By | September 29, 2007 | 8 Comments

Opera 9.5I was playing with Opera 9.5 Alpha a bit and noticed one annoyance. Let’s say that you are using Opera 9.23 and Opera 9.5 Alpha (Opera 9.5 Alpha is NOT set as a default browser) at the same time, got a message in any instant messenger with a link, basically if you click link, it should open with Opera 9.23 (as Opera 9.5 is NOT set as a default browser). However, somehow it opens links with Opera 9.5. So is this a bug or a feature (so we would “use” Opera 9.5″ more)?

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Opera 9.5 Alpha, One More Build Released

By | September 29, 2007 | 0 Comments

Opera 9.5Opera Desktop Team released one more Opera 9.5 Alpha version. While this build fixes many bugs it still contains lots of “known issues”. However, they are working on those bugs, as for now, I will stay with Opera 9.23. So let’s check the changelog.

New Features!

  • Added menu item to never reload a page (Right click > Reload every – Never)
  • (UNIX) When running Gnome, Opera will now use the native GTK file chooser when opening and saving files
  • Bugs Fixed

  • [BUG 255515] Chat should now work in Yahoo! Beta
  • [BUG 281879] Show only cached images should now work properly
  • [BUG 255304] Closing Speed Dial window fast after “delete private data” shouldn’t crash Opera anymore
  • [BUG 282598] Passwords set to “never for this server” can now be deleted again
  • [BUG 286084] Content blocker works again
  • [BUG 276354] Fixed bug where it was not possible to reconnect to mail server after disconnecting
  • [BUG 262786] Onload handler in script no longer fired before onload attribute of body element
  • [BUG 267384] JavaScript errors no longer reported as being in “Unknown thread”
  • [BUG 233022] data: URIs are no longer considered off-site images
  • Use ‘Today’ when a mail was sent today, even if it’s in the future
  • Windows Only

  • Set default network from 128 back to 32. This might help with some stalling while loading pages on some systems
  • Fixed appearance of fonts in Speed Dial configuration dialog and Widgets when using Cleartype
  • Mac Only

  • Fixed clipping of dialogs in Leopard
  • Fixed font display in Leopard
  • Smaller UI fonts
  • Fixed issue selecting Opera.app icon
  • Unix Only

  • Made flash animations work again
  • [BUG 276704] [qt4] Focusing documents in other tabs now switches to that tab as expected
  • [BUG 276959] [qt4] Tiling windows now works properly
  • Other Fixed Issues

  • [BUG 286186] There are no buttons in the customization dialog.
  • [BUG 274352] Upgrading with no mail/RSS accounts causes a mail upgrade that never finishes.
  • Known Issues

  • [BUG 284849] Yahoo! Mail beta may crash Opera.
  • [BUG 286911] Flickr maps may crash Opera.
  • Google reader crashes Opera (same as ymail crash)
  • Won’t run correctly on Windows 95 or 98.
  • Won’t work correctly on Mac OS X 10.3.
  • OS X version may cause persistent freezes on start-up.
  • POP server cleaning has been disabled: When disabling the “Leave messages on server” option, existing messages on the server are not removed.
  • [BUG 287170] On OS X, UI thumbnails have black backgrounds when using native skins.
  • [BUG 184894] Native OS X UI elements cannot be used in skins.
  • [BUG 280536] Opera on OS X will sometimes freeze when exiting Preferences.
  • [BUG 286384] Yahoo mail is broken.
  • [BUG 285741] Opera might freeze for a while when opening the feeds menu.
  • [BUG 271585] The last directory used is not remembered in the Save As and Open dialogs.
  • [BUG 264975] Graphical smiles do not work.
  • [BUG 280261] Removing messages from filters does not work.
  • [BUG 213115] Queued mail is sent at the next check, instead of waiting for manual action.
  • Download

    Windows (Build 9562)
    Windows Classic (Build 9562)
    Macintosh (Build 4460)
    Unix (Build 1600)

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    Opera F5 Contest. Win Some Stuff

    By | September 28, 2007 | 4 Comments

    OperaAnd the rules are really simple, what you have to do is to find incorrect information about Opera browser, for example that it contains ads in the top, etc.

    Obviously, we don’t have to fix every old news article talking about previous versions of Opera, but general information sites without a specific publication date should be corrected to reflect the latest info.

    When you’ve contacted a site, please post the URL in the contest page (so that others won’t contact the same site over and over again) and describe what you asked them to fix. I’ll send an Opera goodie-bag to the person who contacts the most sites in two weeks (deadline: Oct. 10th), and if you find/contact at least 5 sites with incorrect/outdated information about Opera, I’ll enter you into a random drawing to win one other goodie-bag.

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    What Happens When You Have Low Market Share?

    By | September 27, 2007 | 5 Comments

    MSN Team just updated their video.msn.com home page. And here’s what happens when you are using Opera.

    MSN, Ooops

    So what happens when you have low market share? They “accidentally” forget you.

    Of course, you can click “Continue to MSN Video” and continue surfing, at least they allow you to do that.

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    Internet Explorer vs Firefox vs Opera (Not Just Another Topic)

    By | September 26, 2007 | 4 Comments

    Firefox With Extensions

    Firefox No Extensions

    Opera

    Internet Explorer

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    Opera 9.50 Alpha, Build 9542 Released

    By | September 21, 2007 | 0 Comments

    Opera 9.5It’s Friday again and we’ve received yet another Opera 9.5 Alpha build from Opera team. So let’s check the changelog and see what they have added and/or fixed.

    Fixed

    [BUG 284852] Wand doesn’t save new passwords; old passwords should work properly.
    [BUG 278770] Gmail does not work on 64-bit.
    [BUG 281679] Bookmarks are not sorted correctly.

    Other Changes

    Scrolling when GMail chat window open causes no more repaint corruption.
    Messages will no longer erroneously be marked as drafts or unread when upgrading mail.
    String.localeCompare now works correctly.
    Getters and setters now work on DOM interface prototypes.
    opera:config settings are correctly stored now.
    Files are now correctly saved with file extensions.
    Lots of SVG fixes.
    Lots of stability fixes.

    UNIX Only

    Several fixes to plugins.
    The operapluginwrapper should not take 100% CPU anymore.
    Scrolling with keyboard is now much smoother.

    Mac Only

    Removed proxy icon (icon in title bar)

    Known Issues

    Won’t run correctly on Windows 95 or 98.
    Won’t work correctly on Mac OS X 10.3.
    OS X version may cause persistent freezes on start-up.
    POP server cleaning has been disabled: When disabling the “Leave messages on server” option, existing messages on the server are not removed.
    [BUG 286384] Yahoo mail is broken.
    [BUG 284849] Yahoo! Mail beta may crash Opera
    [BUG 286186] There are no buttons in the customization dialog.
    [BUG 286345] Search in widgets is broken.
    [BUG 285741] Opera might freeze for a while when opening the feeds menu.
    [BUG 271585] The last directory used is not remembered in the Save As and Open dialogs.
    [BUG 264975] Graphical smilies do not work.
    [BUG 280261] Removing messages from filters does not work.
    [BUG 184894] Native OS X UI elements cannot be used in skins.
    [BUG 213115] Queued mail is sent at the next check, instead of waiting for manual action.
    [BUG 280536] Opera on OS X will sometimes freeze when exiting Preferences.
    [BUG 274352] Upgrading with no mail/RSS accounts causes a mail upgrade that never finishes.

    Time to download now (use it no your own risk).

    Windows
    Windows Classic
    Macintosh
    Unix

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    Have You Found Your Favorite Skin?

    By | September 18, 2007 | 10 Comments

    Web BrowsersToday I was looking for some cool skins. It took me less than to find great looking skin for Firefox web browser, it’s “Blue Ice“.
    However, I haven’t found any great looking skin for Opera and don’t know why. Am I too picky? Or just used default skin for a very long time? I’ve tried some of the Editor’s picks but… Most of them there very old ones or just didn’t fit “my style”. Would you like to share us your favorite skins for your favorite web browser?

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