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First beta of Opera 6

First beta of Opera 6

Opera Software has publicly offered the first beta of the upcoming Opera 6.0 browser for download and is by no means the same as the competition in terms of version number. Despite being labeled as beta, the software already makes a very stable impression.

Measured by its features, Opera should finally be able to slip out of its role as an alternative browser. The first innovation is noticeable at the start, because you can now choose between the Single Document Interface (SDI) known from Internet Explorer or Netscape or the Multi Document Interface (MDI) previously preferred by Opera. With the latter, only a browser instance is loaded, in which all open pages can be selected using tabs. It is interesting that Opera has added the SDI to the previous MDI, while Mozilla and Netscape 6 are currently developing in the opposite direction with MultiZilla. But the Mozilla project will also be left to the user in the future.

Back to Opera : The SDI should make it easier for those switching from other browsers to find their way around Opera, whereas some advanced users swear by the MDI. In addition, the user interface of Opera has been revised and looks very professional with the standard skin, even if it will seem too sterile to some. If you click on a highlighted word with the right mouse button, you can now also directly search for the relevant term or display a translation. In the favorites, which Opera calls a 'hotlist', you can now see the date of the last visit to a website, the emails or the personal contacts sorted by category. Last but not least, the settings dialog has also been revised, which is now a bit clearer than beforeand opened the way to Asia for the browser through Unicode support. Opera could hit the jackpot with version 6.0 if it weren't for the advertising integrated in the browser, which can only be deactivated for a fee of 39 US dollars. The 3.18MB download is still worthwhile not only for web designers or users who like to experiment.