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Opera for Mac

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Opera 9.61 maintains the program's tradition of striving for the fastest, smallest, and most full-featured browser available. Opera covers the basics with tabbed browsing, mouse-over previews, a customizable search bar, advanced bookmarking tools, and simple integration with e-mail and chat clients. Mouse-gesture support, keyboard shortcuts, and drag-and-drop functionality round out the essentials.

Opera's extras push it to the top of the class. Integrated theme support previews themes from within the interface, and the new version sports a default redo that's an attractive balance between "dark" and "light" themes. Opera's desktop widgets can appear anywhere while Opera is running. The Wand utility combines autofill with saved passwords, and it's hard to ignore the addition of torrent support and real-time fraud protection. The latest version includes reasonable anti-malware protection courtesy Haute Secure.

The expanded features in 9.61 should make any non-believer do a double-take. Opera Link enables Bookmarks, the Personal bar, Speed Dial, and Notes synchronization across all other Opera instances. Quick Find improves the search tool, allowing for full text searching from the address field, the history panel, and opera:historysearch. The Status bar has been restored as a default, the Wand now lets users confirm a successful login before saving credentials, and spatial navigation--similar to Opera Mini and the Wii browser--has been introduced.

The new version is faster, has multiple back-end changes to handle code better, and expands Opera Link synchronization. We think Opera has what it takes to unseat even the biggest-name browsers. You just need to hear it sing.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Opera web browser"

    April 15, 2014  |  

    Version: Opera 20.0.1387.91

    Pros

    It does allow me to log in on aarp's web site and will actually let me play games. Safari has problems with even finding aarp.org. Or when it does and I try to log in, it loses the server again. Firefox will find the site; but, won't complete the logging in process. So, Opera is really good for allowing me to log in to aarp.

    Cons

    My favorite search engine is ask.com. Opera will allow me to add ask.com to the list of search engines; but, it won't let me move it up to be one of the defaults. Firefox has always allowed me to add search engines and make any one of them the default.
    Tabs would take some getting used to. I'm used to having links open in the same window or a different window.
    I prefer a bookmarks list from a drop down menu like Safari and Firefox have. It appears that Opera uses a bookmarks bar, like browsers on PCs have. I haven't actually tried to bookmark anything let.

    Summary

    I may hang on the Opera browser just so I can use aarp. But, I'm not likely to make it my default browser. There's still a lot that I have to learn before I can absolutely say that I like it or I don't like it.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "AN excellent browser"

    April 6, 2014  |   By cydcharisse

    Version: Opera 20.0.1387.82

    Pros

    On my imac its rendering pages faster than Safari, Chrome or Firefox. Unlike some reviews here I'm having zero problems with freezing, downloading or improper rendering. I enjoy using this.

    Cons

    Doesn't have a bookmark manager, which will make this a no-go for some users.

    Summary

    Excellent browser. Glad I gave it a try.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Couldn't transfer bookmarks from Chrome"

    March 2, 2014  |   By eob--2008

    Version: Opera 19.0.1326.63

    Pros

    I had used an older version while back and remembered liking it, so when Chrome was giving me trouble I thought of Opera. Downloaded the current version here.

    Cons

    2/23/14 - got latest version here, couldn't import bookmarks from Chrome, the help to tell how to do this specified "File > IImport/export" but that was not in my version!
    No help number or forum! Deleted this one and an older version.
    Eventually settled on Torch - a lot like Chrome, but without the bugs I've been having with Chrome.

    Summary

    I didn't really give it a fair test, I guess.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Three-letter 10-character minimum: POS"

    July 23, 2013  |   By MacGuffin

    Version: Opera 15.0.1147.132

    Pros

    Developer keep "updating" it, so it's assumed it's secure.

    Cons

    The "One-line summary" about nails it.

    Summary

    I should've realized that anything lauded by Seth "I get paid by the word" Rosenblatt had to suck. Camino was dropped by its developers and is no longer secure, hence I had to seek a non-Chrome (which I hate) alternative for one e-mail address. Enter Opera. It's ugly (think the worst of 90's interface combined with generic supermarket labels), it's archaic, it doesn't know how to auto-complete e-mail addresses, and to add insult to injury, it freezes, necessitating a force quit. THIS is the browser that should have been abandoned, not Camino (which, unfortunately, had been dying a slow death for a number of years). Browsing with Opera is an exercise in futility. One wishes the fat lady would sing already.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Should be #2 in browsers"

    March 1, 2013  |   By Paul McNulty

    Version: Opera 12.14

    Pros

    Does everything other browsers do, BUT better.

    Cons

    Unfortunately it is not recognized by many app downloaders

    Summary

    If it was accepted more it would give Chrome/Firefox a run for the money. A great browser.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "not displaying web pages"

    July 25, 2012  |   By laago

    Version: Opera 12.00

    Pros

    none, I've tried 3 different versions over the years

    Cons

    like other reviewers I can't get web pages to display correctly so renders it useless.
    This has happened for the past 3 years...........not good enough

    Summary

    try SWR iron

    Chrome + security!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "The Best!!
    The Best!!"

    February 16, 2012  |   By muneer_ha

    Version: Opera 11.61

    Pros

    everything!!!

    Cons

    nothing!!!

    Summary

    The best

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  • 1.0 stars

    "It doesn't display the web pages correctly."

    February 3, 2012  |   By FriskyKid

    Version: Opera 11.61

    Pros

    Nothing I can think of.

    Cons

    It doesn't display the web pages correctly. For sample in my.yahoo.com. And a sign up page for Yahoo is not displaying correctly either. Something missing?? Flash??

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Deal-breaking flaw: no 1Password support"

    January 24, 2012  |   By gbdoc

    Version: Opera 11.61

    Pros

    Great browser, ....

    Cons

    .... but the 1Password extension is indispensable, so the lack of it in Opera is a deal-breaker. Since Opera does use extensions, perhaps they'd make this possible some day, when I'd love to use it. In the meantime, Safari, Chrome, and Firefox are all pretty good, too.

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  • 5.0 stars

    ""THE" Mac browser"

    January 2, 2012  |   By Nic-the-fish

    Version: Opera 11.60

    Pros

    Easy account set up
    Customisable
    Sign up for free email and file hosting
    ...and lots more

    Cons

    Firefox grabs all the glory.

    Summary

    Pretty much it's the perfect browser

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