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Opera releases Opera 7.5 preview 3 for Mac OS X

updated 10:15 am EST, Wed March 17, 2004

Opera 7.5 preview 3

Opera today released for the Mac, supporting Opera's new Presto rendering engine, which was rebuilt from scratch for blazing fast speed, improved standards support, and bidirectional text display. It also includes Opera Mail, Opera Chat (with experimental support for IRC) , and Mac OS X integration with Keychain and Address Book. Other features expected in the final release include support for Unicode keyboard layouts, synchronization with Adress Book, and support for LiveConnect Java technology. It runs on Mac OS X 10.1 or later.




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  1. RIP

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    What is

    bidirectional text display? Will this allow me to read backwards or type from right to left?

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Woohoo!

    Another browser to waste our time and energy with! And I'm glad to see they're spending all that important time making email clients (because OS X has no email clients available for it) and IM apps (again, because there is such a dearth of IM apps for the Mac), rather than focusing on an actual final version of a browser (people don't use browsers anymore, and there certainly isn't any call for standard's compliant browsers by users, so there's no rush trying to make this final).

    These people really need to get their head's out of their arses.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    biderectional

    It means you can type right to left or left to right. Theoretically, assuming these guys aren't idiots and all (tough determining that, going back to the 'let's make a mail client, too!' idea they came up with), your normal Roman text would be left to right, and other texts, like Hebrew, would show right to left. Of course, it might be more fun if it just randomly picked a direction and all, but some might not appreciate that.

  1. eizzumdm

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Dreamweaver

    Since Macromedia licenses and uses an older version of Opera as the engine of the Dreamweaver MX 2004 WYSIWYG editor, it would be nice to see the newer "Presto" engine eventually rolled into Dreamweaver. (The existing version's CSS support is lacking, and accurate display is frustratingly unpredictable).

    Unfortunately, we probably won't see a major change like that until Dreamweaver MX Plus Creative Studio 2006.

  1. sodamnregistered2

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    hehe

    "Dreamweaver MX Plus Creative Studio 2006"

    funny mayn...

  1. jmperez64

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Seems Faster

    Never thought I would give up Safari, but I use flash animations from a website for classroom use, and the sound is out of sync with the animation. Movement at times seems to be choppy. Same problem with all other browsers, Netscape, IE, Omniweb, Chimera and so on. Opera has somehow integrated the flash plug-in so that the animations are not choppy.

    No longer will it seem like I'm watching a badly dubbed animation!

  1. tedgrigg

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Yet another browser!

    Let's see, I have Safari, Firefox, Camino, Omniweb, and IE installed. Maybe I need to download beta # 85 for Opera now!!! Always testing ... never finished. Two years ago, maybe. But now, it seems redundant, so who cares?

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    Re: Seems Faster

    Have you considered that perhaps it really is a badly dubbed animation, and it's Opera that's getting it wrong? ;)

  1. Bonedaddy

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Yeah

    Go buy your songs today!
    Prove the ney sayers wrong!
    http://www.theregister.co.uk/content/39/36341.html

  1. Makosuke

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Better than nothing

    I don't particularly like Opera, and after their half-assed and somewhat petty Mac rumblings after Safari was announced, I'm not too fond of them as a company, either. But having their engine available on the Mac is a good thing if only for browser compatibility testing. I'd rather just be able to launch an app than having to find a PC to test with.

    As for this preview... dies on launch, so no go yet.

    And what's with the e-mail/chat client junk? Does anybody seriously care, even on Windows?

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