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  • To put it bluntly, there's no other tool like Opera. There's no alternative to it as an internet suite. In the graphical section, I have found nothing even remotely as convenient and configurable. Only extremely configurable programs can be made to emulate some other program.

    This year I set up Elinks text browser. To me it makes sense as a replacement for Opera browser component, because I use Opera primarily to read and type, not watch images or videos. So, this post is for those who don't care so much about images and videos, but care a lot about text and urls.

    Here are snippets from my elinks.conf file with comments. I mostly show the changes that emulate Opera plus some inevitable differences from Opera.

    When you open up Elinks the first time, you can open up configuration options by pressing o and keyboard settings by pressing k. After some time and effort in those two dialogs, elinks.conf file becomes understandable and then it's possible to edit the file directly.

    A. Startup

    ## ELinks 0.12pre5 configuration file
    
    ## ui 
    #  User interface options.
    
      ## ui.startup_goto_dialog [0|1]
      #  Pop up goto dialog in newly created tabs when there's no homepage set. This
      #  means also showing goto dialog on startup.
      set ui.startup_goto_dialog = 0
    

    At first startup, Elinks opens up the address field, called "go-to dialog". It's similar to Opera's F2 address field. Since I don't want this dialog at every startup and at every new tab (yep, Elinks does tabs), I have this setting at 0. Otherwise you'd have to press Esc to get rid of it at every startup and every new tab.

    With go-to dialog at 0 and no homepage set, I have a blank page at Elinks startup. From here, I can:

    - type g to open the go-to dialog (there's no other address field but the go-to dialog; the blank page is really completely blank)
    - h to browse history of visited pages
    - s for bookmarks.

    Those g, h, and s are default shortcuts which can also be changed.

    Concerning the address field (go-to dialog), these keyboard bindings are handy:

    bind "edit" "Shift-Insert" = "paste-clipboard"
    bind "edit" "Tab" = "auto-complete"
    

    Paste-clipboard, obviously, pastes to the address field from clipboard. Rather than Ctrl+v it's better to have it Shift+Ins because this is the regular shortcut in consoles.

    Tab completes some typed text on the address field from history and bookmarks.

    B. Display

    To make the webpage display sanely as per console logic and to remove unnecessary formatting, use these settings:

    ## document 
    #  Document options.
    
      ## document.colors 
      #  Default document color settings.
    
        ## document.colors.background <color|#rrggbb>
        #  Default background color.
        set document.colors.background = "black"
    
        ## document.colors.use_document_colors <num>
        #  Use colors specified in document:
        #  0 is use always the default settings
        #  1 is use document colors if available, except background
        #  2 is use document colors, including background. This can
        #    mostly look very impressive, but some sites will appear
        #    really ugly. Note, that obviously if the background is
        #    not black, it will break the behaviour of transparency.
        set document.colors.use_document_colors = 0
    
      ## document.css 
      #  Options concerning how to use CSS for styling documents.
    
        ## document.css.enable [0|1]
        #  Enable adding of CSS style info to documents.
        set document.css.enable = 0
    
    bind "main" "B" = "toggle-display-tables"
    

    The toggle to render/ignore tables is the uppercase B. In the keybindings, lowercase and uppercase keys are different bindings. Again, change it to what you like. When you are in the keyboard bindings dialog in elinks, and you try to set a binding that already exists, you get a warning along with the opportunity to overwrite.

    C. Images

    ## document.browse 
      #  Document browsing options (mainly interactivity).
    
        ## document.browse.images 
        #  Options for handling of images.
    
          ## document.browse.images.show_as_links [0|1]
          #  Display links to images without an alt attribute. If this option is
          #  off, these images are completely invisible.
          set document.browse.images.show_as_links = 1
    

    This makes images show up as [img] if they have no alt text. The [img] is a link that identifies the url when you select it. I have the setting this way just in case the text implies the image may be useful after all, so I can download it when really needed to see.

    D. Moving around in a document

    By default, Space moves the page down by a screen. PgUp goes up a screen in the document. To move up and down a row or line, use the default bindings Ins and Del. I saw no reason to change these. If the mouse is enabled, the scroll wheel can also scroll the document by rows, but sorry, no smooth scrolling.

    By default, arrow keys have some conflicting functions that must be changed to emulate Opera's spatial navigation jumping from link to link:

    bind "main" "Down" = "move-link-down"
    bind "main" "Right" = "move-link-right-line"
    bind "main" "Up" = "move-link-up"
    bind "main" "Left" = "move-link-left-line"
    
    bind "main" "j" = "history-move-forward"
    bind "main" "u" = "history-move-back"
    

    E. Links

    ## document.browse.links 
        #  Options for handling of links to other documents.
    
          ## document.browse.links.numbering [0|1]
          #  Display numbers next to the links.
          set document.browse.links.numbering = 0
    
    bind "main" "/" = "toggle-numbered-links"
    bind "main" "l" = "link-menu"
    bind "main" "L" = "goto-url-current-link"
    

    / will give numbers to all links, so you can type the number to go to the link.

    When a link is selected, l key will open up a menu that contains options like Open, Open in new tab, new window, download, and more.

    Uppercase L will extract the url in the link to the address field (goto-dialog) for full examination and editing. Of course, Elinks has a sensible status bar so that the url of any selected link can be examined immediately, but the screen width is not always enough.

    More bindings:

    bind "main" "Ctrl-D" = "add-bookmark"
    bind "main" "a" = "add-bookmark-link"
    bind "main" "Ctrl-S" = "save-url-as"
    

    F. Tabs

    By default, lowercase t key opens up a new tab, but in a non-obvious way: It duplicates the current page. This is okay so you don't have to have another keybinding for Duplicate page. You can see that a new tab has been opened because a tab bar appears above the status bar.

    In the new tab situation, refer to instructions given under A. Startup. Just two Operatic keybindings from v.12:

    bind "main" "Ctrl-W" = "tab-close"
    bind "main" "Shift-Ctrl-Alt-W" = "tab-close-all-but-current"
    

    Some keybindings simply won't work, I don't know why. Ctrl+Tab to cycle tabs doesn't work. The default keybindings to move between tabs are < and >.

    G. Searching in the document

    To search within a document , I have these bindings:

    bind "main" "." = "search-typeahead-text"
    bind "main" "Ctrl-F" = "search"
    bind "main" "F3" = "find-next"
    bind "main" "Shift-F3" = "find-next-back"
    

    With bindings like this, a simple . key will allow search-as-you-type like in Opera. Ctrl+F will open up a search dialog as in most graphical editors. The next item will be highlighted by F3 and the previous by Shift+F3.

    Links don't need specific search. Above there was a keybinding "/" to identify all links by number, so you can go to any of them by typing the number. Moving between links is as simple as pressing the arrow keys.

    H. Search engines

    There's something called "dumb rewrite prefixes" and "smart rewrite prefixes" in Elinks. You are welcome to figure out the smart ones if you are smart. Here's how to use the dumb ones to add search engines:

    ## protocol 
    #  Protocol specific options.
    
      ## protocol.rewrite 
    
        ## protocol.rewrite.default_template <str>
        #  Default URI template used when the string entered in the goto dialog does
        #  not appear to be a URI or a filename (i.e. contains no '.', ':' or '/'
        #  characters), and does not match any defined prefixes. Set the value to ""
        #  to disable use of the default template rewrite rule.
        #  
        #  %c in the template means the current URL,
        #  %s in the template means the whole string from the goto
        #     dialog,
        #  %0,%1,...,%9 mean the 1st,2nd,...,10th space-delimited part
        #     of %s,
        #  %% in the template means '%'.
        set protocol.rewrite.default_template = "https://duckduckgo.com/?t=ouk&q=%s"
    
        ## protocol.rewrite.dumb 
        #  Dumb prefixes, see enable-dumb description for details.
    
          ## protocol.rewrite.dumb.g <str>
          #  Replacement URI for this dumbprefix:
          #  %c in the string means the current URL
          #  %% in the string means '%'
          set protocol.rewrite.dumb.g = "!g"
    
          ## protocol.rewrite.dumb.d <str>
          set protocol.rewrite.dumb.d = "http://dictionary.reference.com/dic?q=%s&search=search"
    
          ## protocol.rewrite.dumb.imdb <str>
          set protocol.rewrite.dumb.imdb = "http://www.imdb.com/find?s=all&q=%s"
    

    Hopefully you see the pattern.

    I have Duckduckgo set to conduct a search when I type something on the address field (go-to dialog) that isn't an address.

    When the typed string on the address field begins with "g " (g plus space), then it will go to Google results via Duckduckgo.

    When the typed string on the address field begins with "d ", it will conduct the Dictionary.com search, "imdb " will search Imdb.com, for just a few examples. You can add and change as you like.

  • You're a smart guy, ersi, and far, far beyond me. Looking over your post, I can see why you are so disillusioned and frustrated. Not sure what to say other than it is what it is. I guess at this point the only real alternative for you is Firefox. My guess is that Opera's new browser will never be at a point for flexibility that the Presto version was at but I'm hopeful it will improve far beyond what it currently is. That's my hope but only time will tell the real story. I wish they would give us a bit of a road map.

  • Oper has become a bad browser, probably worst than IE.
    Netscape went bankrupt because they made an awful bookmark system compared to IE.
    Now Opera will cease to exist.
    I encourage everyone to leave for Chrome. It's a much better browser, it doesn't have a corporate-like behavior like Opera where they force people to accept the fact that they stopped supporting an easy bookmark-system.
    Instead of having a single one-click-button to add and manage bookmarks, you will need now to go and acquire a masters degree in CS, which I happen to have, then spend some hours figuring out how the bad-engineered Opera functioned.

    That is called bad-programming and UI-design of lowest possible level, which will lead to the ultimate death of Opera.

    Long live Chrome
    P.S.: Mr. leushino, you are a pain in the a... - Stop complaining about complaint of the worst programming job ever done and try to do something to improve. Put your ego aside for a while, it won't do you harm, and mess with the lousy Opera programmers instead with us.

  • According to Peacekeeper, Opera 18 is doing very well.
    Netscape went bankrupt from mismanagement and from MS giving away their browser. It had nothing to do with the bookmark system.
    Opera will not cease to exist. In time what will cease to exist is foolish comments such as your own.
    I encourage everyone to ignore a :troll: who encourages others to leave. People can make up their own minds without you interfering.
    No Masters degree in CS here, but I'm able to place all of my bookmarks in folders on the QAB. It functions very well.

  • Check out the developer v.20. Some of the new features:

    Extensions chrome.downloads API (DNA-13993)
    Drag tabs onto the bookmarks bar (DNA-12485)
    Confirm exit when using Commandโ€“Q (DNA-12338) (Mac only)
    Improved stash screenshots (DNA-13588). No more blurry scaled snapshots, hopefully (NB: we havenโ€™t tested every URL on the Web)
    Improved drag and drop between Speed Dial and Bookmarks Bar (DNA-12723)
    Performance improvements of theme loading (DNA-12816)
    Settings | Advanced: Use smaller speed dial thumbnails (DNA-12781)
    Settings | Power-user: Width and Height of speed dial thumbnails (DNA-12781)

    http://blogs.opera.com/desktop/2013/12/plenty-in-twenty/#content

  • thanks for the info will be checking out sea monkey can't stand the new opera don't listen to leushiTo

  • What can't you "stand" about the "new Opera?" Have you checked out SeaMonkey's performance? I have and it is not something to write home about. I used Chrome 31, Opera 18, Firefox 25, IE 11 (both desktop and modern) and SeaMonkey. SeaMonkey came in dead last on the Peacekeeper site. About all it has going for it is an integrated email client but even that does not function the way Opera's did. Bear in mind that I used Netscape from v.3.0 on up to its demise. SM is a throw-off from that suite and straight out of the 90's. It's clunky as you will soon discover with the "switches" that allow you to remove from view the various tool bars. But hey, if it floats your boat you're welcome to it. :whistle:

  • Originally posted by leushino:

    According to Peacekeeper, Opera 18 is doing very well.
    Netscape went bankrupt from mismanagement and from MS giving away their browser. It had nothing to do with the bookmark system.
    Opera will not cease to exist. In time what will cease to exist is foolish comments such as your own.
    I encourage everyone to ignore a :troll: who encourages others to leave. People can make up their own minds without you interfering.
    No Masters degree in CS here, but I'm able to place all of my bookmarks in folders on the QAB. It functions very well.

    dude the new opera sucks were you even using it before v.15?? personally I'm gonna miss opera it was my baby and I'm glad to have heard about sea monkey from someone who understands what I'm going through besides you're the troll here, take a little of your own advice and let people decide without you interfering! leushito

  • Actually I think Maxathon is my new browser of choice. Been able to get it just about the way I had my opera set up and there are a couple of interesting features I may try out (cloud push for example). Well so long guys it was nice while it lasted gonna miss ya. R.I.P. Opera 1994-2013

  • I am webmaster and editing many CSS/HTML code etc.

    The main reason why I still stick in Opera 12x are:
    - Load back/accident post. AFAIK, only Presto have this ability. even after successfully post, I am still can do revert previous one only click BACK ๐Ÿ™‚
    - The Opera Dragonfly, is different than WebKit or Gecko/Firebug Inspect element.Presto has nice "real time" live mouse hover and show the styles.
    - I am still have thousands of Notes instead of important Speed Dial.

    But, still I am facing the big 5 fact. That my visitor still use Chrome, WebKit, IE and Presto Engine,including Opera Mini.
    So, for testing site, I use current Opera 18x and Firefox also IE

    Well, I remember many years ago. I am using Intel Pentium 300MHz with 256MB of RAM. At that time, IE was buggy and consume high cpu resources. While Firefuk had many memory leakage problem. Only Opera is the winner, can open many many tabs at once with LOWEST memory & CPU consumption. Dang.. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Originally posted by Salahuddin1:

    I've spent the last several weeks looking for some potential alternatives to Opera 12. Like many of the opinions expressed here, I too have been quite disappointed with the new Opera and have lost trust with the developers and the company.

    Hope this helps. Please add any other suggestions to this post for potential alternatives.

    I am so glad that you started this thread. Being frustrated with the new Opera is one thing, but to constructively discuss alternatives that might replace Opera 11/12 is great. And for those of us who don't have the skill or time to review all the alternatives and add-ins (thanks so much laurenbacall for your list), this thread is a godsend.

    I know your thread title includes 'and use Opera Mail'. I don't, so that feature was not important to me. My alternative browser was Pale Moon (http://www.palemoon.org/). It is also Firefox based, but deletes the E-mail feature and other features that are not commonly used (their technical details tell you which). I have been able to set it up so it closely emulates what I use in my Opera 12. Not mentioned by laurenbacall or others in the '2 Pane Booksmarks' extension for all Firebox based browsers, which shows the bookmark sidebar with the 2 pane style of Opera. I find it a great extension.

    I am sticking with Opera 12.x as my primary browser as long as I can, but when I currently get stuck with webpages that don't load, or when the march of technology completely passes Opera Presto based browsers obsolete, I will have Pale Moon.

    Harry

  • Originally posted by leushino:

    What can't you "stand" about the "new Opera?" Have you checked out SeaMonkey's performance? I have and it is not something to write home about. I used Chrome 31, Opera 18, Firefox 25, IE 11 (both desktop and modern) and SeaMonkey. SeaMonkey came in dead last on the Peacekeeper site. About all it has going for it is an integrated email client but even that does not function the way Opera's did. Bear in mind that I used Netscape from v.3.0 on up to its demise. SM is a throw-off from that suite and straight out of the 90's. It's clunky as you will soon discover with the "switches" that allow you to remove from view the various tool bars. But hey, if it floats your boat you're welcome to it. :whistle:

    Chrome might be fast but so is a mentally challenged kid with a hyperactivity disorder, at least until he hits the wall. It crashes more times than a NASCAR rookie.

  • Originally posted by Tradeofjane:

    Chrome might be fast but so is a mentally challenged kid with a hyperactivity disorder, at least until he hits the wall. It crashes more times than a NASCAR rookie.

    That's why it has the multi-process architecture. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Here are a few add-ons you can use to make Firefox and Pale Moon more like Opera 12:

    Secure Login (Replacement for the password wand manager in Opera)
    FXOpera
    Session Manager
    Ad-block Plus
    Noscript
    Fire Gestures
    Ghostery
    Tabs Open Relative
    Speed Dial
    Classic Opera

    If anyone has anymore let me know.

  • Originally posted by rilef:

    Originally posted by Frenzie:

    One has to love these insane analogies that are served up as if they are suitable replacements for objective truth and verifiable facts.

    Indeed. I've pretty much given up trying to counter the silliness that is presented in thread after thread. Opera 18 works for me. In fact, it works beautifully. Anything they decide to add from this point forward, is simply a bonus as far as I'm concerned. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Originally posted by rilef:

    Nor does Chrome, or Opera Blink for that matter, crash more than other browsers visiting the same web sites. In fact, these browsers crash less than other browsers, which are not using the same architecture as Chrome/Opera Blink.

    That's complete bullsh*t. Chrome crashes the most out of all the major browsers and is notorious for doing so. Why? Because Google uses the rapid release cycle which causes immature code to sneak into a release if not well managed and limits the amount of time for testing.

  • Originally posted by Tradeofjane:

    Originally posted by rilef:

    Nor does Chrome, or Opera Blink for that matter, crash more than other browsers visiting the same web sites. In fact, these browsers crash less than other browsers, which are not using the same architecture as Chrome/Opera Blink.

    That's complete bullsh*t. Chrome crashes the most out of all the major browsers and is notorious for doing so. Why? Because Google uses the rapid release cycle which causes immature code to sneak into a release if not well managed and limits the amount of time for testing.

    Sez you. Source? (and it should be reliable and not just your say-so which is anything but...)

  • Originally posted by Tradeofjane:

    Here are a few add-ons you can use to make Firefox and Pale Moon more like Opera 12:

    If anyone has anymore let me know.

    Thanks for that list. Some I never even heard of. A few more that folks might like to make Mozilla based more like Opera 12:

    Auto-Sort Bookmarks 2.1
    Find Button 1.0.4
    Find All 3.5
    Quick Search Bar 4.16

    I had trouble with Classic Opera 1.1, so disabled it several weeks ago.

    Harry

  • Originally posted by leushino:

    I happen to have faith in Opera's dev team. Do you?

    Not in the slightest. Not anymore.

  • Originally posted by laurenbacall:

    - Full-featured custom searches. While Firefox does include the ability to add basic custom searches via bookmarks with keywords they aren't accessible via a text selection context menu (in Opera it would be 'Search With>'). Additionally JSON autosuggestion can't be manually added to custom searches.

    I created several custom searches accessible via a text selection context menu and with JSON autosuggestion.
    Try this and this.

    Originally posted by laurenbacall:

    Strangely Tab Utilities seems to add an irremovable toolbar full of buttons to links of 'Total Commander', 'UltraCompare', 'FreeGate', etc. Bizarre. Can't say I'd want to continue using it based on this experience.

    about:config
    extensions.tabutils.button.button_UltraCompate -> false
    extensions.tabutils.button.button_TotalCommander -> false
    etc.

    Tab Utilities is better than Tab Mix Plus IMHO. Tab stacking. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

    Originally posted by laurenbacall:

    I suppose the benefit of the addon is adding the Keyword input box to the pop-up bookmark star in the addressbar when you first create one, as well as Description, and a few other options, similar to expanding Opera's 'Details' button.

    These input boxes are always there, but hidden. I use this UserStyle to display them:
    Keyword addition for Add/Change Bookmark

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