Opera, the little browser that could (and did - go free, that is), has finished its beta
and reached version 9, going Universal in the process. New features include:
- a built-in BitTorrent client
- adding your favorite search engines to Opera's search bar simply by right-clicking them
- site-specific preferences for cookies, pop-ups, etc.
- thumbnail previews of tabs when hovering over them
- widgets (hey, at least they didn't call 'em 'gadgets')
- customizable content blocker
- and more
This version definitely seems snappier now that it's Universal, and (say what you have to) these new enhancements like a built-in BitTorrent client show that Opera is blazing a trail faster than its competition. Give this version a whirl if you haven't touched Opera in a while but are still curious about it. If you need help with a browser transition, why not check out some of the del.icio.us tools
(like my personal favorite: Delibar
) we've blogged that take the 'bookmarks bar' out of the browser and into Mac OS X's menubar, removing the need for worrying about which browser you're using.