Ready to try a different browser

Opera SoftwareI’ve been frustrated lately with Firefox. It has been crashing several times a day on my laptop, eating up memory, and slow to start. Perhaps I have too many extensions, perhaps the browser has gotten too heavy, perhaps I’ve gotten too comfortable with it. So, it’s time to try another browser: Opera.

I’ve tried Opera before and have always had it on my machine. However, there are a few things I’ve become dependent on in Firefox and need to figure out how to do the same thing in Opera before making a permanent move.

Firefox dependencies

  • Linky: I love this extension and the ability to select a bunch of links and open them in separate tabs. I think Opera has native support for this, but I couldn’t figure it out.
  • Firebug and Web Developer Toolbar: How can we live without them?
  • Bookmark toolbar on the top. I’ve already got my bookmarks setup and need to access them quickly. I don’t like the sidebar treatment in Opera
  • Password memory: the Opera system so far seems clunky. How do I get it to remember my password after entering a protected domain, i.e. internal network
  • Switch Proxy: This firefox extension lets me switch my proxy instantly.
  • Pimpzilla: ok, I can live without this theme, but it is pretty darn nifty


If you are an Opera user, leave a comment on how to solve some of these issues. I’m sure I’m not the only one out there that would like to know.

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  1. Operas a great browser, i made the transition from firefox to opera a couple of years ago and have never looked back..

    for the link toolbar, right click > customise, and check the “Personal Bar” box, whenever u add bookmarks u can then select show in personal bar.

    Unfortunately I dont kno of any decent web dev tools for opera, you’ll definately have to keep firefox around for this purpose.

    Some handy tips for using opera:
    1) on indexed pages (i.e. google results), u can press the forward button to skip forward to the next page in the list, this also works for indexed images, very handy if u hav a forward button on ur mouse (ctrl right arrow if u dont)

    2) the custom search thing is cool cos u can add keywords for the address bar as well, rather than just selecting which search engine u want from the search bar.. so in the address bar i have it set up to check for a definition whenever i type in “dic” and then whatever word i want to look up

    3) The undo button is wonderful in opera, if u accidently close tabs, u can just hit undo to reopen them back up, and it maintains its browsing history

    4) Mobile mode, u can preview wat ur site looks like on opera mobile by hitting shift f11

    5) I recommend using the built in email and rss system as well, it really integrates nicely into the browser.. it also has a nice IRC feature if u ever use that

  2. I am primarily a Firefox user, but I really love Opera’s intuitive interface. If Opera gets support for a few things I’d miss from Firefox, I might consider a permanent move over.

    For the meantime – these are a couple of articles I’ve read on the Opera equivalents to Firefox.

    Note the dates on those articles, as they are aging and I’m sure there are probably some newer differences but its a starting place.

  3. Have you tried Flock? It uses the Geko engine that is used for FireFox. Flock has lots of multi-media features and more. It is a really well thought out and organized browser.

    It has a built in Blog editor and clip-board. You can do your research online and add items to the clipboard. When you are ready, you open the editor and drag/copy the items from the clip-board into the editor. Then you can publish it directly to your blog.

    Flock appears to be stable. It may or may not support some of your add-ons but I found it if it works fine in firefox it works ok in Flock.

    I have Opera but have not used it for sometime now.



  4. Tech Crunch recently noted that the new Flock browser seems to have fixed the firefox rampant memory use problem. I’m trying it out. Flock is built on the firefox platform but integrates your social websites, such as flickr, my space, facebook, mash, etc.

    I have syarted using flock. The sidebars take up a bit of space, but it is nice to have blogs and flickr on screen. You should be able to use all of your firefox plugins with it.

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