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I use a bunch of different Web browsers — Opera, Camino, Firefox (or lately the Shiretoko Intel-optimized build of Firefox), Safari, Netscape 9 on my OS 10.4 machines, and iCab — but my favorite continues to be Opera. I’m specifically using the Alpha Turbo 10 version, […]

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I use a bunch of different Web browsers — Opera, Camino, Firefox (or lately the Shiretoko Intel-optimized build of Firefox), Safari, Netscape 9 on my OS 10.4 machines, and iCab — but my favorite continues to be Opera. I’m specifically using the Alpha Turbo 10 version, which is far and away the fastest browser on my dialup connection, so long as some degradation in image resolution is tolerable, which it usually is.

However, the default Mac user interface theme for Opera, generically named “Macintosh Native,” is a bit drab and boring, meaning there is a lot of battleship gray, er, “Platinum.” It’s an improvement over the execrable “Brushed Metal” UI theme of unpleasant memory, but still dull and uninspiring. It’s not quite as enervating as Safari’s UI theme, which just about puts me to sleep, but still no feast for the eyes.

Happily, Opera is exceptionally simple to re-skin, with a vast selection of alternate UI themes available for quick downloading, allowing you to customize the look of the browser with literally a simple click of a button.

Operaskins

My current favorite Opera skin is “Opera Small with SuperNova SpeedDial” by DarK_007, which is basically an Opera 9.5 default skin (not the Macintosh Native one) with some modifications. The tab bar is a little smaller — there is much more color in a shade of midnight blue that particularly appeals to me, a likewise dark blue scrollbar which stands out nicely, and a spectacular blue supernova burst background for the Opera Speed Dial window, the stock version of which has been looking kinda drab lately compared with Safari 4’s Top Sites implementation of the corresponding function — providing an at-a-glance preview of your favorite web sites when you open a new tab or browser window.

opnova

Opera Small with SuperNova SpeedDial has also recently been updated for Opera 10 turbo. However, it’s just one that particularly appeals to me out of dozens of attractive Opera skins available.

operaskinstns

The Opera skins page conveniently lets you browse skins by a variety of category parameters, including color, OS Integration, other software, and so forth. When you find one you think you like, just press the download button, and Opera will automatically install the skin. You can also save skin files to your hard drive without installing them.

If you’re creatively inclined, there’s a tutorial by Lars Kleinschmidt on learning how to make your own skin for the Opera browser, which you can upload and share with the Opera Community.

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  1. Opera 10 beta is showing in kanji rather than english. Any idea why?
    yes, I have language set to en gb

    1. i love opera i have been using for 4 years now and the beta 10 it’s great better than ever.

  2. Ah, fixed. selected English from the dropdown menu at the bottom of the screen

  3. dolphin guest house Wednesday, June 3, 2009

    i love opera i have been using for 4 years now and the beta 10 it’s great better than ever.

  4. I’m fine with the new 10 Beta interface. I think it could give us a glimpse of the upcoming Snow Leopard darker skin, I’ve talked about it here.

  5. Beta Watch: Opera 10 Beta 1 Turbo Thursday, June 18, 2009

    [...] to display from 4 to 25 favorite Websites and you can add a custom background (some downloadable alternate Opera skins also include Speed Dial backgrounds) as [...]

  6. Beta Watch: Opera 10 Beta 1 Turbo Thursday, June 18, 2009

    [...] to display from 4 to 25 favorite web sites, and you can add a custom background. (Some downloadable alternate Opera skins also include Speed Dial [...]

  7. I only use Opera occasionally at present. Like it’s speed mainly. But the Unite feature in the new Opera 10 sounds fascinating. Can’t wait to play with it.
    http://unite.opera.com/

  8. remote access software Friday, August 21, 2009

    I moved to Firefox from IE years ago and haven’t really thought about switching, but I didn’t know Opera could skin. All those skin options may make me rethink the firefox thing. Thanks for posting.

  9. iPhone app reviews Friday, September 18, 2009

    I just recently applied the dragon Opera skins page and has made my mornings in front of my laptop just a bit more pleasant. The graphics are professionally and artistically done, the resolution is great, and the colors and images are refreshing. Thanks Opera!

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