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Opera 6.0 for Mac OS X Released

Norway's Opera Software Thursday released a revamped Opera 6.0 for Mac Beta 1 browser, hailing the upgrade as the most advanced currently available for the Mac OS X operating system.

Opera, which is putting the finishing touches on its "Project Presto" Opera 7 browser, said the new Mac release includes user interface changes and other tweaks to make it 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, vice president of desktop products at Opera Software.

The new browser, which is being sold to Apple's Mac users, contains major tweaks to the address entry and search fields, which have been complemented with a zoom bar to increase or decrease the size of the viewing area.

A free version is available but users must accept embedded advertising, Opera said.

New features include 'OperaShow,' which allows for desktop presentations in full-screen mode. Mac users can also access tabbed browsing mode for the first time. Tabbed browsing mode allows for multiple windows to be opened within the Opera browser at the same time.

New add-ons for the Mac Beta 1 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 for all major non-Latin-derived languages and language support for Asian languages such as Chinese, Japanese and Korean.

Opera, which is privately held with headquarters in Olso, Norway, makes Web browsers for the desktop and embedded markets.

It is now working on a major overhaul of the Opera 7 browser client, the first upgrade since November 2001, when Opera 6.0 was released for Windows. Scheduled for public download as a finished product by the end of the year, Opera 7 has been going through rigorous internal beta testing and will be sent out as a beta soon, possibly by the end of next month.