Opera Software has released Opera 8 for Macintosh, offering the same level of functionality as existing Linux and Windows versions of the browser.

This powerful independently-developed browser is only available for Mac OS X 10.2 or higher. The release offers what Opera describes as its "most Mac-like interface yet" - this is because the company has fully-applied Apple's Human Interface Guidelines. Opera 8 supports Keyboard access to its features also.

State of independence

Opera CEO Jon von Tetzchner said: "With Opera, Mac users can surf fast, comfortably and efficiently using a full-featured browser that is not tied to the operating system (OS).

"Rather than incurring costly upgrades to your OS to get the newest features, Opera allows Mac users to browse, email, download and chat using one application, requiring minimal system resources due to Opera's small size," he claimed.

Features include: the new security field that indicates the level of security and the certificate-owner of a secure site; Native Scalable Vector Graphic support; a "delete private data" option; a "trash can" that saves closed pages and blocked pop-ups during a session; and Opera's Extensible Rendering Architecture (ERA) which automatically re-adjusts page content to fit the window.

The browser is available for download in Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, and Simplified and Traditional Chinese. Opera automatically furnishes a user interface in the language the Mac is set-up to use.