Opera 9.5 (codename “Kestrel”) has been released. This cycle has been repeating itself for years now: 1) a new version comes out that promises to resolve any issues with the previous version, 2) I try it out, 3) I’m immediately disappointed. This 9.5 is faster, which is always good. But the interface is still this weird mess of non-standard GUI, weird buttons and disorganized toolbars. Ok, maybe having the tabs bar on top in a good idea in some kind of theoretical interface ideal world, but not giving to users an easy option to switch to the more classic way of doing things (i.e. like firefox, safari, camino, epiphany, konqueror and all the others do) is just gonna alienize the potential users. Ok,maybe the interface is kinda more mac-like, but it’s still non-native and far away from what you expect from a mac application.
mmh, yeah, ok
I mean, come on, this “i” thing? It’s like you’re not even trying. As always, I’m sure Opera has tons of functionality and the best speed and bla bla bla, but it doesn’t look like it wants me to try it. I’m vain, I know.