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Old 06-12-2008, 10:38 PM   #1
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Default Opera 9.5

Where Opera leads, I blindly follow. I don't even bother to retain my previous installation anymore. So as soon as I saw 9.5 was out, I installed it over my old copy.

Here's a review at PC Magazine

One annoyance I found is my favorite skin (Woodworks) is not working well with this new version. And when I try to download new skins from the Opera website, it says I don't have permission. But the new version is supposed to be faster and more compatible. Plus a couple other handy features.
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I tend not to install skins for browsers, because they're just tools and I'm looking at content, not someone else's view of what I should see and how.

If it has a major interface change, I'd be keen to listen.

   
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Old 06-13-2008, 03:33 AM   #3
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If it has a major interface change, I'd be keen to listen.
It does - and it has major usability and accessibility problems. Graphics designer at work who's never learned about user interface design. You can apparently choose a "native" skin but while that may solve some problems with color and contrast, it won't change problems like close buttons that are hard to hit (21x15 pixels, I think), or an ever-moving button to open a new tab so you always have to search where it is now.

The new skin is exactly what is holding me back even downloading it - and when I do, it won't be a browser any more that I occasionally even use (like I do now with O9.27) but ban to the "for testing purposes only" corner.

Interesting to note that Firefox is taking the exact opposite approach by spending considerable effort to blend as seamlessly as possible into the OS environment:
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the very best user interfaces go completely unnoticed, that is what makes them good.
- and that's precisely where Opera's new interface dismally fails.

Read the blogs and the reactions:

Opera: http://my.opera.com/desktopteam/blog.../looking-sharp
Firefox: http://blog.mozilla.com/faaborg/2008...efox-3-themes/

   
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Interesting to note that Firefox is taking the exact opposite approach by spending considerable effort to blend as seamlessly as possible into the OS environment …
That is also the objective of good text typography. Beatrice Warde offers somewhat florid comments “The Crystal Goblet,” worth reading in the context of visual interface design.

Here is the payoff paragraph (substitute interface design for “the fine arts,” etc.:
Printing demands a humility of mind, for the lack of which many of the fine arts are even now floundering in self-conscious and maudlin experiments. There is nothing simple or dull in achieving the transparent page. Vulgar ostentation is twice as easy as discipline. When you realise that ugly typography never effaces itself, you will be able to capture beauty as the wise men capture happiness by aiming at something else. The “stunt typographer” learns the fickleness of rich men who hate to read. Not for them are long breaths held over serif and kern, they will not appreciate your splitting of hair-spaces. Nobody (save the other craftsmen) will appreciate half your skill. But you may spend endless years of happy experiment in devising that crystalline goblet which is worthy to hold the vintage of the human mind.

   
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