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Trying out Opera 10

Trying out Opera 10 This is some feedback on Opera. One of the Opera employees caught me twittering and said I should report usability issues, but I can only find where to report bugs on the site (after only a quick look) – so I am posting this in a blog post. Other people may find it interesting anyway.

The browser toolbar on e.g. Firefox takes two close-together clicks to open a familiar site from somewhere you are already at. SpeedDial takes 3 because you need to first close the tab you're on - small, but annoying as I do this dozens of times per day. Plus with SpeedDial you need to move the mouse around a lot to do it.

Opening Firebug is one click, and it opens fairly close to the mouse- opening DragonFly is at least two, and they are on the menu bar (top) when DragonFly appears on the bottom.

DragonFly keeps reloading pages when I use it. Not sure why, but possibly it is when I select a button/link when using the inspector tool - it should select for inspection not click when doing this.

If I switch tabs DragonFly does not follow the tab. Annoying if for example comparing two DOM trees when debugging.

DragonFly does not allow me to turn properties on or off easily - I have to remove them entirely.

There's not enough contrast between the on/off states on the DragonFly icons (both have a green background). When first opening a Firebug user will click the arrow and it'll stay green so they think they've just turned it on. You then move the mouse and see the current area being highlighted but clicking does not work. So to recap two problems:
  • Don't use pale green for off, just use white.
  • Don't do the "follow cursor" effect when the inspect tool isn't on, it's pointless and leads to confusion when clicking does not work.

I really don't want to see the browser context menu when right clicking in DragonFly, I either want nothing or something relevant to DragonFly. As it is now it is a big lumbering inappropriate thing that pops up when I want something useful.

Opera Software did a great job putting in features from popular Firefox addons. But I'd like them to go further- I want screen grabbing, a measuring rules I can drag, and a colour picker (to select what colours are used on pages).

The name "My Opera" is confusing. When I search for "Opera" things like "My Opera Feedback" come up and I think "Oh, yes, I want to give feedback to (my) Opera". I understand renaming that would be a big pain though.

Please support OpenSearch. Custom searches are nice, but the ability to just grab a search plugin is a lot nicer, and many sites now provide these via <link> tags.

Generally the browser is very fast and responsive, and Opera has done a lot to improve usability. Generally it's an excellent browser, they just need to keep working on making sure common tasks are smooth.

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