Friday, February 25, 2005

Speaking About Opera 8 - Beta 2

Inspired by the internet//seven post from Be Confused blog which speaks about the upcoming 7th version of MSIE, I want to write about the Beta 2 release of Opera 8 which just found its way on my HDD today :)

I found it on an ex-classmate's PC in form of an "Opera" icon and asked him: "What is this?" and he replied: "That's a browser alternative to Microsoft Internet Explorer.".
I installed it the same evening on my home PC and on my PC at the education centre and I was fascinated, why I was that?
First it has tabbeed browsing, granted Gecko browsers have this too, but I don't like their way of doing it.
What I like is the rendering engine of Opera (windows version and Linux version, Mac version may differ).
Especially that pics are loaded in 2 steps on slower connections, so you always have some kind of "preview" while it's still loading.
It's fast, the use is perfect, a very nice download manager.
Granted, in the past there has been a lot of displaying problems, but since last year and the latest Opera versions, this is history.
What I like the most in Opera 8 Beta 2 is now the ability to feed also ATOM/XML feeds (yet, till Opera 8 Beta 1 you only could have feeded RSS/XML)
Also the voice method abity is nice and the download manager suits my needs.

What I love the most about Opera is its email client called "M2".
It doesn't use folders, it uses "Access Points" (explained nicely here under "There Is No Spoon... I mean, Folder").

So what I do, is to create access points instead of folders. Also great is the way to search at many places and how emails and their attributes can be found by their relations (like relations in "MS Access").
I need only a few seconds to find the email I am searching for :)
this perfect fact, I use in connection with "GMail Drive" (see also my post about The Email Hype! for details how I do that and see my post GMail Invitation to see how to receive an invitation to GMail from me :) ).

Since I use M2, I will never go back to webbased email! It’s perfect! The spam filter is really perfect, the rate got to 98% after 6 months (conclusion: the more spam you give it and the more emails you mark/unmark as spam, the faster M2’s spam filter AI will learn). It may sound odd, but I am glad about every single spam email I receive, because that means my spam filter AI will continue learning more! :)

The internet keyboard kyes: I have those, too, I don’t have the keyboard driver installed, so it works nowhere, except in Opera! Correct, it works in Opera native. That totally amazed me when I have figured it out! (I pressed the keys in Opera accidently, once!).

To make a long story short: I simply love Opera, espeically its email client and RSS/ATOM newsreader.
I only once used its IRC client once, though.

And not to forget is Opera's Crash Manager, if Opera crashed while browsing, it offers you to restore the browsed sites at the next start of Opera.
M2 saves emails while taping as a draft.

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Shmanky said...

Yeah I like Opera better than Firefox, but I am really looking forward to the IE7 betas. I've been running IE betas since IE4. The Opera email client is interesting, but so much different than anything else that it becomes confusing and hard to manage. For spam filtering in Outlook Express I use Safety Bar from The Thunderbird client has its RSS feeds in the email client, which I think makes more sense than putting it in the browser.

Nafcom said...

@Shmanky: We are different here, I prefer all-in-one :D

Nafcom said...

@Shmanky: PS: You misunderstood something, the RSS reader is part of M2 - The email client.
It's pretty easy to manage Opera, I didn't find it confusing at all.