by September 4, 2000 0 comments

Opera 4

Web browser. Trial version on this month’s CD. 
Features: Support for WAP and WML; full e-mail client; native support for Java; resumes downloads within the browser. 
Pros: Tiny size of 4 MB; large list of bookmarks. 
Cons: None.

If you think you have only two choices–IE and Netscape–as
far as browsers are concerned, you couldn’t be further from the truth. The
market is flooded with alternative or “rebel” browsers as they’re
called. And among these, Opera heads the field. Slowly but steadily, Opera has
carved out a niche for itself, and has developed a small but loyal community of
fans around the globe.

It supports most standards-compliant browsers in the
industry. Version 4 complies with HTML 4.01, XML 1, XHTML 1, CSS Level 1 and
Level 2, ECMA-262 and HTTP/1.1, among other standards. Opera is also one of the
first browsers to support Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) and Wireless
Markup Language (WML), all in one package. These two standards enable you to
browse the Internet on your mobile phone, and are technologies of the near
future. Advantage, Opera.

This version is also the first one with native Java support.
This means that Opera uses the Sun Java Runtime Environment (JRE) 1.2 and above
directly, instead of using a plug-in to run Java applets, as was done in
previous versions. This version too comes with the facility of opening many
sub-windows (Web pages) simultaneously within the main window of Opera. It also
updates the huge list of bookmarks of useful sites, which is included with each

Opera 4 sports a new, improved interface which makes working
much more comfortable, as compared to the old interface which could become a
little intimidating for new users. Another long-standing demand of users has
been answered–Opera now has its own e-mail client. And what’s more, it isn’t
a “me too” kind of e-mail client–it’s a complete e-mail solution,
with support for multiple accounts, filters, and address book. It also lets you
import mail and account settings from your current e-mail client.

Other new features include a “Print Preview” mode
and a now easier to access “Full Screen” mode. Though the full screen
mode has been present in older versions of Opera, it can now be easily activated
at the press of the F11 key, IE style. Opera even has a cookie-tracking
facility, which can warn you when a Website tries to send you a cookie. You can
also set it to automatically accept or reject cookies. Opera offers the facility
of a newsreader too. It provides support for the latest multimedia plug-ins such
as Macromedia Shockwave Flash, QuickTime, and RealPlayer.

Opera surprised even the most loyal and demanding of its fans
by including the facility to resume downloads within the browser. It keeps track
of all your downloads in the “Transfer Window” and you can continue
any downloads that were cancelled or disrupted (provided the server supports

Opera is accompanied by a comprehensive help file, which
explains everything from Internet technologies to configuring and
troubleshooting different components. All this and more in a program, which
installs to take an incredible less than 4 MB. The only drawback is that, it’s
not free. However, the trial version is available on the accompanying PCQ CD.

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