I’ve been an Opera browser user for far more than I can remember (I’ve used it on a dial-up line if you want to get an idea), Opera was one of the first applications that I download when I get a new computer, it was one software that is never closed on my home PC, it was the safe for my digital life, but today and thanks to the new version 15 I’m ready to say #goodbye-Opera
So why did I stick with Opera for so long?
It’s not like opera was the best browser, it has its flaws, mostly compatibility issues, slow scrolling, slow startup, memory eating. But still I loved it, first of all because of the password manager (the wand), which can get you enslaved to it if you use if for long enough, many times I read a website that I have no idea of ever being on before, and clicking ctrl-enter would simply get me in! sometimes I wondered if the passwords were carried from a previous life of mine. The Opera Link system which was added recently made the password manager just unbeatable.
The second thing is that Opera is not a very popular browser, it is not IE, FireFox or Chrome. most of the black hat techniques of passing scripts and pop-ups would just fail to get to you, just becasue these people didn’t bother with working on the Opera compatibility of their techniques. Also the page element blocking feature was a great addition, you can simply hide the annoying ads on the pages you visit frequently.
And last but not least I loved Dragonfly, the Opera developer troubleshooting utility, for me it “was” much better than Firefox’s or Chrome’s one, I think many devs would agree.
What was so wrong about Opera 15?
Where to start! The password manager is gone!! they have changed to a new Firefox like “save password” feature which will only save one password per page, and it can’t be synched with Opera Link, I know that this is most likely to be fixed in future version but to hell with it, no version of Opera should have been released without it.
Also where is CTRL-ENTER ???????? I was shocked to see that it is not working on the default configuration, every browser that I have ever used had it, why would you take it away? do I have to feel awkward every time I want to open a website??
Somebody also must have stepped on the DragonFly! Also the Developer tool have changed for worse, it is not just an unpleasant version of Firefox’s Firefly. what ruined it for me was the removal of the” click to select” in the element debugger. which is what I loved most about it
Last but not least, bugs, bugs, bugs, I guess nobody tested Opera under a bad internet connection, for example when you try to type a link, most of the time it would just open a blank page deleting everything you wrote. I don’t want to talk about Youtube cause that will be just sad.
I know that most of these issue may be solved in future version, but I’m taking this opportunity to recover from My Opera addiction and move to a solid browser that I can rely on. I chose Google Chrome, What’s your daily used browser?