Opera 9.0 Tech Preview 2

For those interested (if you’re into browsers, you should be): Opera 9.0 Tech Preview 2 is out. The widgets look rather good. Very Apple like in quality, I’ve only looked a the ones by Opera. I assume we’ll see more soon. I really hope XULRunner will be used for such a purpose soon. With the new Cairo backend, <canvas/> and SVG it would be very cool to see what people could come up with.

There’s lots of interesting fixes/features to obsess over, not sure what my favorite would be. (though CSS 3 opacity is eye catching).

Curious how hard it would be to port Apple Widgets, or Yahoo Widgets. Hopefully that will all be somewhat standard one day, and you can use a widget with any platform you want (I hope Apple, Yahoo, and Opera all realize that would be to their advantage as well, granted rendering engines would cause some platform specific things).

Could it be a better time for the web? So many choices, great products all around.

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6 Responses to “Opera 9.0 Tech Preview 2”

  1. jim says:

    “if your into browsers you should be”

    Gah, you just butchered the English language!

  2. Chris C says:

    1. installer still uses Classic widgets, asks to use profiles instead of just using them and ticks quicklaunch and desktop by default.
    2. still using a non-native default skin.
    3. THEY BROKE THE BACK BUTTON. It’s no longer hard against the left screen edge. Gah. Right hand side doesn’t work either, but that’s a Windows thing.
    4. menus still don’t have enough vertical space.
    5. All my Firefox bookmarks were imported without asking.
    6. Why do you call something a “main bar” and then hide it by default?

    Widgets are a bit gimmicky for my tastes. I don’t use them on my OS, I don’t use them in Firefox. Still, at least they aren’t shoved in your face.

    – Chris

  3. Robert says:

    jim: thanks, it was a quick post.

  4. […] Robert Accettura’s Fun With Wordage » Blog Archive » Opera 9.0 Tech Preview 2: For those interested (if you’re into browsers, you should be): Opera 9.0 Tech Preview 2 is out. The widgets look rather good. Very Apple like in quality, I’ve only looked a the ones by Opera. I assume we’ll see more soon. I really hope XULRunner will be used for such a purpose soon. With the new Cairo backend, <canvas/> and SVG it would be very cool to see what people could come up with. […]

  5. Nick says:

    Regarding widgets on XULRunner, stay tuned…

  6. Tom says:

    Widgets implemented using XULRunner. Now that would be cool. To Nick who says “stay tuned…”. Do you know something on this you could share?

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