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Flawless Acid3 Opera 10 Browser Beta Launched

Gordon Kelly


Flawless Acid3 Opera 10 Browser Beta Launched

You have to give it to Opera, the precocious browser maker doesn't half rattle out the upgrades and most of the time there's pretty solid stuff behind each new iteration - no more so than now...

Likely sending die-hard fans into a creamy lather (and we seem to have an uncommonly high number of them judging by the TR comment sections) is the first public alpha of 'Opera 10'. A milestone release for the Norwegian company, the jump to double digits has seen a whole host of useful, innovative and about-time-too additions so let's break them down...

First up the pesky Acid3 test and Opera becomes the first company to claim a highly significant 100/100 perfect score (by comparison Firefox 3.0.4 manages 71/100, Chrome 79/100 and as for IE - don't even go there). In theory this should mean the browser will correctly render every page on the Web, including upcoming next generation applications.

On top of this is the Presto 2.2 engine which claims to be 30 per cent faster than v2.1 in Opera 9.6, as well as being more stable and secure. Then there comes a raft of useful and much needed additions such as inline spell check, auto-updates and full html formatting in Opera Mail. Web developers also get a boost as the Presto 2.2 engine supports Web Fonts and SVG, opacity through RGBA and Dragonfly debugging for sites that includes HSLA and DOM editing and HTTP header inspecting (*stares blankly* Huuuuuuugooooooo!).

As you might expect, a release date for a finished version of Opera 10 hasn't been announced yet so the particularly timid amongst you may want to wait. Everyone else rejoice in the fact that a) Opera just got significantly better and b) other browsers now have to up their game...


Opera 10 alpha

Dark of Day

December 5, 2008, 5:21 am

Yup, that lather sure is creamy :)

..not sure I really like the sound of that, but Opera 10 looks good.

(haven't managed to crash it yet either)


December 5, 2008, 10:00 am

To be honest, the page rendering has always been a bit of achilles heel for the recent opera engines. Even though it is limited to only a few sites, it has deterred the less involved from taking it up as the primary browser.

It can only lead to good if they have indeeed managed to iron the issues out.

It is no doubt the best browser for me.


December 5, 2008, 1:02 pm

I pretty much use opera as my primary browser. I find it by far the most intuative and attractive to view.

I do notice however that the latest 9.6 still doesn't allow access to online banking, and under vista it fails to download - even its own updates. I have to install the with IE/FF!

Won't stop me giving 10 a good try though.


December 5, 2008, 2:32 pm

You have to feel sorry for Opera - for years, they've been the most compliant, yet so many pages don't render properly because they've been designed to be broken so they look right on IE...


December 5, 2008, 2:48 pm

Still no SOCKS proxy support though :(


December 5, 2008, 4:32 pm

This looks like it might replace FireFox as my browser of choice. Go Opera!


December 5, 2008, 5:39 pm

@purephase - depends on your bank. HSBC online banking works fine however v9.6 broke online banking for several banks that worked fine on versions 9.2 and before. I advise people to stick with 9.2 for now and hope that the next update fixes the problem.

I love Opera. I bought it and paid for upgrades before it went free and its always been lightweight, quick and innovative. Plus there are versions for many OS flavours (I'm using the 64bit Ubuntu version) and they are quick with upgrades and improvements.

Keep up the good work Opera.


December 5, 2008, 5:43 pm

"In theory this should mean the browser will correctly render every page on the Web"

No, it means it's render every page in accordance with the W3C's specifications but this is only going to be 'correctly' for those people who designed their page in accordance with the same specifications.

Personally, I'm hoping opera adds so much needed interface improvements into the next version. It's an aspect of web browsers that has been neglected for several years.


December 6, 2008, 2:20 pm

Sounds like great news, I used to love using Opera back in the days before Firefox came out. I have a question for those Opera users on here (or other who know) -

Two of my favourite addons for firefox are NoScript and Adblock Plus, they get rid of most if not all adverts and unnecessary scripting from webpages. Is there something equivalent on Opera??



December 6, 2008, 9:58 pm

Spell checker? A bit faster? I love Opera but this isn't going to stop their slide in market share.

They're in denial about their awful widget system so many users are {reluctantly} going to Firefox.

Web of Trust, Ad Blocker Plus, FlashGot, Thumbnail Expander, video downloaders {that work!}, Cntrl+Tab & Tab Catalog, KeyScrambler, and their biggie, Downthemall!

Opera equivalents? Nada.

Earth to Opera: adapt or die baby.

Dark of Day

December 6, 2008, 11:46 pm

there are loads of options for global or site specific enabling/disabling java scripts, as well as for this that and the next thing (tools>preferences or tools>quick preferences)

Pop up blocking option naturally and a content blocker that can be used on the adsense stuff (to a certain extent).

Not sure if thats quite the same thing or not!


December 7, 2008, 7:41 am


Web of Trust: Opera has built-in fraud protection.

Ad blocker plus: Opera has built-in ad-blocking capability.

FlashGot&Downthemall: How many people want to download everything on a page? I can't say I've ever needed to.

CTRL+Tab: This cycles through tabs in opera, doesn't it do the same in firefox?

Keyscrambler apparently supports opera.

Which leaves Thumbnail expander, video downloaders and Tab Catalogue. Tab Catalogue I can see being better for those with limited screen resolution, but I prefer opera's windows since it doesn't cover up the page you're viewing.

Video downloaders are only because the current lot of flash video players have poor interfaces, expect built in download options in a year or two.

Thumbnail expander looks nice though.


December 7, 2008, 11:25 pm


Thanks for the tip - I will revert to 9.2 for my banking!

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