Opera reveals new browser for Mac – 10 times faster

28 Apr 2010

Norwegian software firm Opera has unveiled its latest web browser for the Mac platform, Opera 10.52, which it claims is now 10 times faster, according to speed comparisons between Opera 10.52 and Opera 10.10.

The new Opera, which can be downloaded online, is designed with Mac in mind.

This version boasts an improved user interface, Cocoa integration, multi-touch trackpad gestures and Growl support.

Combined with the unprecedented speed from the new JavaScript engine, Carakan, and the new graphic library, Vega, it provides a faster and smoother browsing experience.

The new Opera also features the latest in web standards, including leading SVG support and HTML 5 video.

Opera says the new browser’s user interface has been ‘Mac-ified UI – Opera’s new user interface for Mac is now more responsive, with a unified toolbar and design overhaul.

Finger navigation on Opera 10.52

The new browser features finger navigation just like the iPhone; multitouch trackpad gestures make browsing much more efficient. Pinch to zoom or use two fingers to scroll and three fingers to navigate back and forth in your browser history, all from your trackpad.

The new Opera Mac browser also comes with Turbo-charged browsing. When surfing with your Mac on slow, congested networks, for example at an airport or on a train, Opera Turbo comes to the rescue, ensuring the fastest page loading, no matter the crowd.

Tests show that Opera Turbo provides about 65pc faster browsing on Edge and around 50pc faster browsing speed on 3G networks.

“To all Mac users who value fast browsing, please meet Opera,” said Lars Boilesen, CEO, Opera Software.

“Opera is a consistent performer on even the most congested networks, giving people the fastest browsing experience, coupled with a powerful feature set that is finely attuned to the needs of Mac users,” Boilesen said.

By John Kennedy

Photo: Opera 10.52 provides fast browsing speeds even on congested networks, Opera Software CEO Lars Boilesen has said

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years