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22-03-2009, 02:08 AM
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What is the best web browser?

As I get asked this a lot, or end up telling people it, I'm just putting up a quick thread so I can easily refer to it when needed - although you're all welcome to add your own thoughts on the matter

What's the best web browser out there?

Easy, Opera! (get it free from www.opera.com)

Why?

Opera is the most stable, most secure, most feature-rich-out-of-the-box, most intuitive, most innovative and best looking browser out there

For anyone who uses the web a lot, nothing comes close. The mouse gestures, the tabs (and click on tab to 'swap' tabs - great for comparing stuff) the personal bar (that allows folders of book marks too), the proper full screen, correct one middle-scroll click equals 3 lines, the clever wand for your passwords. etc etc etc it really is the bees knees - Just try it set-up as per my instructions below and see for yourself!

How does it compare to it's closest rival Firefox?

By the time you add all of Opera's standard features to Firefox, it becomes, slow and buggy. Not to mention less secure because you have to rely on plug-ins created by people here there and everywhere! Notice the big warning about installing add-ons only from sources you know/trust... well how the hell are you meant to know any of them!? huh?? But even that aside, it still doesn't feel right when you do add them - just bloats the hell out of it.

How do you set Opera up to look and work beautifully?

Easy - follow this!

Download the skin: metal blue, and then adjust your toolbars like so:
  1. Main bar at the top (to house, back, forward, URL input box etc. Note: you need to remove what's currently in there and put the stuff you want there. I have; back, forward, refresh, home, wand, fullscreen, new page, address bar, go, and page size)
  2. Tab bar next, but at the bottom bit (this will show your open tabs)
  3. Personal bar at the very bottom (for you to put shortcuts to frequently visited sites and/or folders of bookmarks. Simply go to: Bookmarks > Manage Bookmarks, then drag folders you want on there into the bar. You can also drag individual bookmarks, and even drag a sites 'favicon' from the address bar, or an open 'tab' there.)



A few other things/tips

Make sure mouse gestures is on - hold down the right mouse button and swipe the mouse to the left (a little pop up will appear, click on YES - mouse gestures is now on). Doing this particular mouse gesture (right click and left) will take you back to your previous page. Do it again (and again) and you'll keep going back through your history. Do it in the opposite direction and you'll go back forwards Try it!

Quick tab switch - this is where you click on a tab and you'll jump straight back to the previous tab you were on. Activate it by: prefs > additional tab options > click on tab to minimize (and make sure none of the others are selected). This is great when you need to copy and paste stuff or compare. Just click on an open tab, and it'll take you back to that tab, then left click again and you'll be back to that tab you just left. Click the tab again (and again and again) to keep swapping). You can even use it to trace your steps, just click on the tab, then that active tab to go back, then the new active tab to go back etc etc.

Go to bookmarks > manage bookmarks, to put your bookmarks into folders (right click to create new folder). You can then drag entire folders onto your personal bar (see 3 in the pic above). This makes it REALLY easy to get to categories of bookmarks. I use this a lot.

Things I use often

Because rendering is so fast in Opera, I love to scroll up and down a page by simply clicking the middle scroll button, which makes a crosshands appear on your screen, and then move the mouse up/down (or left and right if the page scrolls horizontally too). The further away you are from the point where you clicked the faster it will scroll! VERY handy to quickly get back to the top of a long page!

(Will add more stuff here as I get time)



Sorted! You now have the best looking and performing browser out there!

Note that this is just my opinion, you are welcome to disagree.

EDIT:

If you can't find the skin, I've uploaded it HERE or HERE Copy it to your skins folder:

C:\Documents and Settings\YOUR NAME\Application Data\Opera\Opera\profile\skin

Or here if Vista:

C:\Users\YOUR NAME\AppData\Roaming\Opera\Opera\profile\skin

Or here for OS X:

Your Account > Library > Preferences > Opera Preferences > Skin


     
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22-03-2009, 05:37 AM
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Re: What is the best web browser?

It's kind of silly, I haven't seriously used Opera since I stopped using OS/2. They were the best browser for that OS...

I probably should install it, but I already have 3 other browsers installed and have found myself using all 3 at the same time before...


     
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22-03-2009, 08:06 AM
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Re: What is the best web browser?

firefox 3.1 beta or 3.2 pre-alpha. Very very fast (especially 3.2) and it's firefox. nuff said


     
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22-03-2009, 09:24 AM
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Re: What is the best web browser?

For me - Chrome.
I don't use extensions and things to make my browser look pretty.
It if fast, clean and simple.
So far the only thing I miss is the lack of mouse gestures. But I am pretty much over that already.

2nd would be FF
3rd Opera
4th IE8


     
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22-03-2009, 12:38 PM
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Re: What is the best web browser?

How do you turn on font anti-aliasing? I can't find that metal blue skin either?


     
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23-03-2009, 02:34 AM
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Re: What is the best web browser?

I wish they had a search for skins! I think it's in 'popular' but you have to keep clicking on next page to get to it.

Re font aliasing - I think it's as standard? Opera 10 will have something really cool called web fonts and svg - meaning you'll be able to download fonts for individual websites.. sites will never look the same!

If you don't mind using alpha, get Opera 10 from here http://www.opera.com/browser/next/ One of the main benefits is it has an inbuilt dictionary - American English, but you can just download the British English one from open office as it uses the same files.


     
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23-03-2009, 11:02 AM
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Re: What is the best web browser?

I can't get anti-aliasing to work, I just can't see any option anywhere, what am I doing wrong?


     
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23-03-2009, 03:46 PM
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Re: What is the best web browser?

It's usually on by default - is it on in your OS? Windows calls it something else:

How to change the Font Smoothing Settings in Windows XP
  • Right-click anywhere on the desktop.
  • In the resulting pop-up menu, choose Properties. This will open the Display Properties dialog box.
  • In the Display Properties dialog box, select the Appearance tab.
  • In the Appearance tab, click the Effects button (lower right).
  • In the Effects dialog box, check the “Use the following method to smooth edges of screen fonts” check box to enable font smoothing and uncheck it to disable font smoothing.
  • If font smoothing is enabled, you can choose between Standard and Clear Type smoothing. In our experience, only Clear Type will eliminate the “jaggies” in italicized type, so we recommend Clear Type smoothing for those who want smooth type.
  • When you have finished setting these properties, click the OK buttons in both the Effects and Display Properties dialog boxes.


     
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23-03-2009, 03:51 PM
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Re: What is the best web browser?

Cheers Azz, it was set to standard which worked with IE, changed it to Clear Type and it now works with Opera. I'm trying out the Opera 10 beta, I like the spelling checker and the overall performance.


     
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23-03-2009, 04:19 PM
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Re: What is the best web browser?

Flip knows why it wasn't already on (clear type) poxy windows!

When setting up the toolbars one of the default ones is 'plain' so you just need to scrap that one (turn it off). In the end you should end up with: Personal Bar, Main Bar and tab Bar and then just organise them as I have above.

Don't forget to install the British English dictionary too!


     
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