Sunday, March 20th 2005
I have downloaded and tried both betas of Opera 8 (and I now see they have put out a thrid one), and I must say they have improved the user experience considerably since version 7.
However, it still took me something like four tries, and endless amounts of time, to get the toolbars the way I wanted them: menus, Google ads, basic navigation buttons and location bar, and then the tabs. Now, I would consider myself fairly computer-litterate, having made two themes for Firefox among other things, so it shouldn’t be because of my level of general computer knowledge. I suppose it could just have been bad luck. It could also be due to the fact that I’m very used to Firefox. My feeling, though, is that the toolbar customization in Opera 8 is still fairly unintuitive. What do you think? If you haven’t tried Opera 8 yet – give it a spin. It’s the best browser around. Sadly, it’s also (to my knowledge) the most expensive.