Upgrades and downgrades

This week we take a look at Opera's latest browser, PayPal's latest plan, a sneak peek at Trillian 5, and how a Foxit Reader update falls short.

Opera browser users will be pleased to know that the beta released two weeks ago, Opera 10.6, is coming your way in full force in a general release this Thursday. Version 10.6 incorporates an anti-malware detection system powered by AVG, more HTML5 capabilities, and improved performance overall.

In other upgrade news, Trillian (current version), the all-in-one instant messaging program, will soon be replacing what we think is a jarring, outmoded interface with a sleeker, more modern skin. The upcoming Trillian 5 is optimized for Windows 7 and will also include mobile-syncing features and an array of new social-networking options.

Not all upgrade news is good news; unfortunately, such is the case with the Adobe Reader alternative known as Foxit Reader. Aesthetically identical to the previous version, Foxit Reader 4 is hindered by a cumbersome setup process that also automatically bundles add-ons and menu icons. Though the new release includes watermark-free printing, text-only viewing options, and access to editing features without required toolbar installation, the frustrating installation may convert PDF users back to Adobe.

On a lighter note, shoppers may soon have a new way to pay for items. PayPal is letting software developers accept credit cards from buyers who do not necessarily have PayPal accounts, for payment made within desktop apps.

Thanks for reading this week's Download Dispatch. Happy downloading!