Browser: Switching from Firefox to Opera
I am trying to convert myself from Firefox to Opera. The most important purpose would be the speed at which Opera loads, and it’s page rendering. I detail my experience below.
I posted on the Neowin.net forums knowing that Opera fans would be quick to convert anyone anytime, and assist me with whatever I needed.
Here is a list of things that I had trouble with and their solutions:
|Tab toolbar below the address bar.||“Turn off the address bar. Turn on the main bar. Put back/forward/reload/home/address field/whatever buttons you want on the mainbar. Now you have the addressbar above the tabs.”|
|No status bar at the bottom of the screen.||“Set progressbar to “off”. Turn on the statusbar and set it to be on the bottom (on my setup it’s empty, but i have no clue if it is by default). Then drag whatever status fields you want onto the statusbar from the buttons/status section.” From left to right, I put: a dynamic spacer, a speed Status “button,” and a document Status “button.”|
|No CTRL-Enter, Shift-Enter, CTRL+Shift-Enter hot keys for address auto-completion (.com, .net, and .org respectively).||No solution found. Is available in Opera 9, Technical Preview 2; so it’s probably in for future implementation.|
|Find-as-you-type functionality (CTRL-F in Firefox).||Hitting the / key with a page in focus, will bring up find-as-you-type.|
Here is a list of extensions I used in Firefox, their Opera equivilents, and short description.
|IE Tab||Built-in||IE-tab loads pages in IE in a tab/current tab.||Low|
|TargetAlert||Link alert||Mouse over on a link, it shows you an icon of the file type that the link goes to.||Low|
|TabBrowser Preferences||Built-in||Gives you advanced control over your tabs; including target=_new links to new tab only.||Medium|
|FasterFox||Cache is fully controllable through Preferences>Advanced>History.||Caches pages and pages that are linked to on the current page for faster browsing. I never noticed a difference.||Low|
|Dictionary Tooltip||None.||Pops up a dictionary/wikipedia look up upon double-click of word.||High|
|Download Statusbar||Transfers available as panel or window.||Creates a toolbar that shows download status of files.||Low|
|MediaPlayerConnectivity||None.||Detects embedded video. Allows you to open in application, easily see target file.||Medium|
|GooglePreview||None.||Adds an Alexa screenshot of the site to Google results.||Medium|
For right now, I am sticking with Firefox; although I will continue to use Opera at work for efficiency. I expect Opera will be at par with Firefox in under a year, at which point I will not hesitate to switch.