If you’d like to get a head start on using the compact, fast Web browser Opera on your Mac OS X-equipped system, the company today released
Opera for Mac Carbon technology preview 1. It’s the first public release of Opera Software’s OS X browser — previous releases have been able to work in “Classic” and on older versions of the OS only.
Company CTO Håkon Wium Lie said that it’s important for Opera Software to support the new OS. Lie asked users to send in bug reports to help them continue to develop the browser. Opera has set itself apart from other popular browsers by having a small RAM footprint and loading Web pages extremely fast.
According to Opera Software, features of Opera 5 for Mac Carbon technology preview 1 include:
Fast rendering of pages.
Easy keyboard navigation. Opera’s easy keyboard shortcuts save time as well as benefit people with disabilities.
Instant toggling of image and documents settings. For even faster browsing, images can be turned on/off with just the press of a key.
Multiple windows support. Inside Opera, users may browse in several windows at once, without straining system resources.
High quality Zooming. Opera users can zoom in on a page up to a 1000 percent, be it text or images.
Resume download. In the transfer window, downloads can be resumed if interrupted.
Small size. Opera is only a 2MB download so updating to the latest version available is always fast and easy.
Users are encouraged to remember that this product is still in development, and that “frequent bugs and crashes are to be expected.” This version of Opera is set to expire on September 1.
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