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Why has Opera 17 become Chorme/Firefox?

  • I recently installed Opera 17 and everything good about Opera is changed.

    Why do you have to change undo from ctrl+z to the backwards shift+t? Undo is universally ctrl+z!

    You've taken away the email client so I have to install another program and have even more icons on the Windows bar.

    You've taken away bookmarks!? And I cant even import them back since the importer is grayed out!

    You've even changed where in the right menu copy is, and I can no longer dubble click next to a tab to get a new tab..

    A lot of things that I thought was great with Opera, gone! In one version update.. Why not quit and join the other browser companies, you are almost them anyway.

    Sorry for all the negativity.

  • I understand the point regarding website compatibility. That will defiantly be a bonus, it is usual something we have to deal with being Opera users. But, I hate Chrome's interface. I do not see any reason for the layout of Opera 17 to be the same as Chrome. It would seem that with a little more code we Opera could maintain key features, Main Bar and Panels, which sets it apart from the other browsers. I will continue using Opera 12, and hope that soon Opera 17 will have the same features if it does not then I might have to switch to Chrome.

  • Originally posted by originalxform:

    Why has Opera 17 become Chorme/Firefox?

    It hasn't. Please don't post disinformation.

    Read how to use the Bookmark Importer and how to enable the Quick Access Bar.

    Reopening a closed tab is a different action to undo text editing, so using a different shortcut is logical.

  • Thank you for all the replys.

    @LinuxMint7: That post just says they were doing "under the hood" changes, not how you interface with Opera. Sure compability issues have been a problem for Opera users for a long time but it has gotten better.

    @Pesala: Of course I didnt literally mean it had become Chrome/Firefox. I've already enabled the Quick Access Bar but cant see why it had to be hidden in the first place. And according to the link you posted it seems quite difficult to get bookmarks and bookmark folders working and I dont want all my bookmarks in the QAB or speed dial, I've got waay too many for that.

    No, I dont think its a different action, in my previous version of Opera it just knew what to do. Closed a tab -> reopen it, delete a mail -> undelete it, write some text -> delete it. Worked really well and was one of the best features in Opera imho.

  • I am still don't understand why they didn't just change the engine??

  • Originally posted by jaffar83:

    I am still don't understand why they didn't just change the engine??

    If only life was that simple.

    A closer look at Opera 15

    We had a deep look at Opera’s internal architecture and it soon became clear that Quick, the cross-platform UI framework we’d introduced back in 2003, was so entangled with Presto’s code that just swapping Presto with Chromium was far from a straightforward task.

  • I’m sorry, but Opera 17 won’t be a copy of Opera 12.

    That's why I will not use it. If I would like to use Chrome with changed layout I could still use it. But Opera was something more. All the features are gone (even it is more poor than Opera 9...). I will stick with opera 12 as long as it will be possible.

  • ?

  • The Opera dev team thought that people wouldn't even need bookmarks in a browser. That's how out of touch they are with what people want. Folks that are sitting around waiting for them to say "here's Opera 21 with all of the features from Opera 12.16 in it!" are wasting their time. If that's what you want, this browser is done for you - as it is for plenty of other people - so just use a different one.

  • Yeah, I cant understand how they even can remove bookmarks. Also, custom quick search, doesnt chrome/firefox have those as well?

    Sure, Opera 17 is fast, reliable and has very little compatibility issues from what I can gather. But all the features (-quickbar) that I used and loved to use are gone... The question now is, change to another browser or hang around hoping for more features.

  • ?

  • Ridiculous philosophy - make it simple like all the other browsers to attract more users.
    So why shouldn't we just use one of those?

    I migrated to Opera after using the other "me too browsers for dummies" for years because I discovered that Opera had features for advanced users.

    I'm tired of compromising to accommodate the needs of dummies that can't figure out how to use advanced features that would make them more productive, such as being able to organize tabs with tab stacking.

    A downgrade is not an upgrade.
    Just like Windows 7 I will be using Opera 12.16 forever I guess.
    This sucks, Opera!

  • I choose opera since it is powerful.
    For a simplest browser, I choose Chrome, it should do better for now and for future. (she is target on common users, how can you fight with that giant, and many companies bundle their products with google, I can't see a good future for opera)

    Keep downgrade to Opera12 unless it is useless, then moved to a powerful browser.
    Currently several sites like Yahoo mail working badly with opera, need the help of Chrome, it seems dead of my opera not far away, poor! 😞

    Guys here keep compliant cause they still love opera, but it seems no hope.
    Love the bookmark sync, mail, tabs, fit to width, pic off, user mode, and many more...

  • Originally posted by funksoulbro:

    The Opera dev team thought that people wouldn't even need bookmarks in a browser

    And who can say for sure that they were not right? The majority if the ones that "needs" bookmarks are probably longtime internet users that are used to the old style bookmarks.

    Newer users may have different needs. Even some of the longtime ones.

  • Originally posted by LeoCG:

    And who can say for sure that they were not right?

    They obviously don't think they were right as it's one of the first things they did a u-turn on, as after complaints they promised to bring back proper bookmarks. For someone who only visits Facebook, Google and one or two other sites, it's fine. For people who have dozens - or even hundreds - of bookmarks, having to use the speed dial sucks and is obviously inferior to having a menu that's accessible from a button on the toolbar.

    Besides that though, making a product look clean and easy to use does not mean that you have to dumb it down and strip out all of the features that differentiated it from other browsers. The reason I have a home page is because I visit that page a lot, therefore I want a home button. Now I have to press the "Start Page" button and then click on the thumbnail for my home page. In Opera 12.16 I have a custom button in the main toolbar that gives me a home button with a drop-down list for bookmarks, so it's one click to go to my home page and one click to view all of my bookmarks folders. Speed dial is fine for the few sites I visit the most. There's a reason why I don't have a massive speed dial in Opera 12.16 with dozens of sites in it.

  • Dumbing it down to cater for the lowest common denominator, is not progress. It is an approach that ultimately stifles and slows down development and it is not what got us where we are right now.

    Alienating and turning your back on a generation of sophisticated Opera Browser users to satisfy an unknown element of basic internet users who may as well just use Chrome in the first place and probably will due to it's higher profile, will not be good for Opera in the long term

  • Originally posted by funksoulbro:

    They obviously don't think they were right as it's one of the first things they did a u-turn on, as after complaints they promised to bring back proper bookmarks.

    It doesn't mean that they weren't right. Sometimes is better to take a step back and "agree" with the other than keep feeding an endless discussion.

    Originally posted by funksoulbro:

    For people who have dozens - or even hundreds - of bookmarks, having to use the speed dial sucks and is obviously inferior to having a menu that's accessible from a button on the toolbar.

    The ones that have hundreds of bookmarks probably don't use 90% of them very often.

    Imho bookmarks are a very outdated and less useful feature because, among other reasons, they demand spending time organazing them, deciding if belongs to a or b or both, etc. And, in the final, you use them once or twice.

  • Originally posted by Pesala:

    Originally posted by originalxform:

    Why has Opera 17 become Chorme/Firefox?

    It hasn't. Please don't post disinformation.

    Read how to use the Bookmark Importer and how to enable the Quick Access Bar.

    Reopening a closed tab is a different action to undo text editing, so using a different shortcut is logical.

    Opera is using the chrome engine so there for runs like chrome I don't know if all the google spying stuff is there but all in all, if it's using the chrome engine, then its a variant of chrome what makes opera different from torch?

  • Originally posted by kidxrated:

    what makes opera different from torch?

    Lot's of vehicles use BMW engines but that doesn't make them BMW clones. Opera will evolve in it's own direction, and they will do their own development work on the Blink rendering engine.

    The Vision Behind Opera 15 and Beyond

    Nor are we cloning Opera 12, or any other browser. We will continue to innovate to build the best browser.

    I assume that browsers using the same rendering engine will have similar site problems, and benchmark performance. That's about as far as the similarity goes.
    My PeaceKeeper Results
    Opera 17.0.1241.45 scored 4091 and 5/7
    SRWare Chrome Iron Version 30.0.1650.0 scored 3997 and 5/7
    Opera 12.16 build 1860 scored 3303 and 4/7
    Opera 11.64 build 1403 scored 3052 and 4/7
    Firefox 25.0 scored 2275 and 7/7

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