Opera surges ahead with latest Mac version:
Opera 6.0 for Mac Beta 1 Released
Oslo, Norway – September 25, 2002 – Opera Software today announced the
launch of Opera 6.0 for Mac Beta 1, the newest Mac release of the software
since version 5 was made available in January.
Mac users who eagerly await its arrival will not be disappointed. This
release includes a vast array of new features, including user interface
changes, to enhance the overall browsing experience. Great efforts have
been made to make Opera look and feel like a proper Mac OS X application.
“Opera 6.0 for Mac is the most advanced browser currently available for Mac
OS X in terms of speed, usability, accessibility and language support,”
said Dean Kakridas, VP desktop products. “The ultimate goal of our Mac
product is to bring the most popular and beneficial features from Opera on
other platforms to Mac. We intend to set a new standard for the best
overall browsing experience on the Mac.”
In this release, the address entry and search fields are complemented with
a zoom bar to increase or decrease the size of the viewing area.
Professional features have also been added, such as OperaShow which allows
for desktop presentations in full-screen mode. Most importantly, the
long-awaited tabbed browsing mode makes its first appearance for Mac,
allowing for multiple windows to be opened within the Opera browser.
Other new features added to this version include:
* Personal bar, an addition to the bookmarks feature for quicker access to
the user’s most accessed links.
* Skinning, which allows the user to fully customize the look and feel of
their Opera browser.
* Inline searching, which accelerates searching in documents.
Unicode support has been added in this version in order to support all
major non-Latin-derived languages. Language support for Asian languages
such as Chinese, Japanese and Korean is present and highly functional. In
this release, Opera has taken the first step towards filling our promise to
Arabic and Hebrew users by adding support for bi-directional (BIDI)
languages. Great progress is being made to allow Hebrew and Arabic to
display correctly. Most pages are already readable and render properly.
“We are fully committed to delivering a top-quality native Mac browser that
offers Mac users from all corners of the world the fastest, most secure,
and most usable product possible,” said Kakridas. “This is exactly what the
Mac community needs – a great OS X browser.”
More information about Opera’s commitment to keeping the Web open for all
in different languages can be read about at
Download Opera 6.0 for Mac Beta 1 at (http://www.opera.com/download/).
Special offer: Mac users enjoy a 30-day banner-free trial period. After the
first 30 days, users can choose to buy the browser, or enjoy the free
ad-banner version. Register now and receive an Opera Power Kit complete
with Opera Power CD, Opera Mouse Gestures Pad, and Opera sticker, as well
as a free upgrade to Opera 7.
About Opera Software
Opera Software ASA is an industry leader in the development of Web browsers
for the desktop and embedded markets, partnering with companies such as
IBM, AMD, Symbian, Canal+ Technologies, Ericsson, Sharp and Lineo (now a
division of Embedix). The Opera browser has received international
recognition from end users and the industry press for being faster, smaller
and more standards-compliant than other browsers. Opera is available on
Windows, Mac, Linux/Solaris, Symbian OS, OS/2, and QNX. Opera Software ASA
is a privately held company headquartered in Oslo, Norway. Learn more about
Opera at (http://www.opera.com/).