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Program of the Month @ Freeware-Guide.com (September 2005)



Opera

(web browser)
Version: 8.5
Release: September 13, 2005
Download file size: 3689 kB
License: Freeware (removed: Advertisement banner and Registration options)
System Requirements: Windows 95/98/ME/NT/2000/XP



Program Summary:

The most full-featured Internet power tool on the market, Opera includes pop-up blocking, tabbed browsing, integrated searches, and advanced functions like Opera's groundbreaking E-mail program, RSS Newsfeeds and IRC chat. You can customize the look and content of your Opera browser with a few clicks of the mouse.

Features:

Fresh new look

The Opera interface is designed to make the advanced functions easy and effective to use. Menus, toolbars and other elements have undergone "slim and clean"-routine. Opera offers the largest browsing area in the industry.

Security

Stay away from spy-ware, viruses, and other malicious applications that silently attack your computer while you are surfing the Web. For example, Opera displays security information inside the address bar, located next to the padlock icon that indicates the level of security present on a site. Opera also provides protection against phishing attacks and automatically checks for security updates.

Speed

"The Fastest Browser on Earth". In Opera 8, further improvements have been made in the way the browser reads pages to allow you to fly the Web.

Tabbed browsing and pop-up blocking

Opera pioneered tabs and pop-up blocking ages ago. But they're still key features that more and more people start enjoying. With tabs you can open multiple pages within the same application window. Opera lets you control whether to block all pop-ups, or open only the ones that you have requested.

Integrated search

Search your favorite sites, for example Google, eBay, or Amazon without having to go to their Web pages. Use the integrated search window or search directly in the address field using shortcuts (e.g. writing "g Opera" in the address field will search for "Opera" using Google).

Customization

Using the 'appearance' dialog you can make Opera look almost any way you want. Move buttons and search fields, add and remove toolbars, and so forth. Opera skins can change the look of your browser by giving it the icons and buttons of your choice.

Password manager

Opera's password manager, the Wand, remembers your usernames and passwords so you will not have to. The password manager can store more than one username and password combination for each page, and will let you choose which one to use if multiple combinations are stored.

Voice

Opera is the first browser to prepare for a future of Web sites offering interactive, voice-enabled shopping and booking systems. You can browse the Web using spoken commands, such as "Opera next link", "Opera back", or "Opera speak". The latter command will make Opera read Web page content and e-mail messages to you aloud, adding usability as either a screen reader or advanced dictionary. Voice is currently offered in English and works on Windows 2000 and XP. A headset with a microphone is required to use Voice.

Additional features

- Full support for Gmail
- Support for Atom newsfeeds
- First Web browser to natively support Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG)

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