Does Opera 8.5 for Mac differ so much from Opera 8.5 for Linux? I'd
assumed we were talking about essentially the same interface.
Nope; they're pretty similar, except for usint thee CTL key instead of
the CMD key. This was part of why I was puzzled about this behavior
on my Mac; opera on linux interpreted CTL-click as open-in-new-tab.
In case you haven't already, you can get the latest Mac version here
Yeah; I did that a few days ago.
Perhaps a go with the 'tutorial' would help you to understand what some of
the Opera features and terms are.
Well, I've wandered around in that, but so far haven't found it very
fruitful reading. Almost everything in it I've already figured out in
far less time by just doing the obvious testing. Opera isn't all that
different from other browsers, of course, and the tutorial mostly
tells novices how to do the usual things.
But there are some things that I can't figure out how to do, and they
don't seem to be in the tutorial. F'rinstance, right now I have an opera
window showing a page of mostly text, and which is colored medium
grey on slightly-lighter grey. It's almost unreadable. This is why I
usually set the "use my colors instead of the page's" option. But I don't
seem to find any such setting in opera. Railing about the idiots who
designed the page doesn't help much; it's still nearly unreadable. What
I need is something to override the page's colors. Maybe it's in there,
but called something that I don't recognize.
Tutorials can be useful, and I tend to skim through them to get an
idea about the "usual" features. But when things go wrong, you need
some place that can answer a specific question, and that's rarely if
ever something that a tutorial was designed to do. So far, the best
solution seems to be newsgroups.
So far, opera's claimed configurability seems similar to other browsers.
It's a complex mess of menus and windows with no visible organization.
Finding a setting means wading through the whole mess, hoping you
can recognize the idiosyncratic terminology when you see it. Perhaps
I'm wrong, though, and I'll stumble across a systematic config tool
sometime soon. But it's not "Preferences" as one might expect; that's
nowhere near complete (and if it's systematic, it was designed by
someone with a radically different mental model of a browser than
what's in my head. ;-)