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Opera 10.52 Offers a Faster, More ‘Mac-Like’ Browser

operamacOpera software has released Opera 10.52 for Mac OS X. The latest version of Opera’s flagship browser brings some speed boosts, more HTML5 support and much tighter integration with the Mac platform.

Mac users can grab the latest release from the Opera website.

While the Opera web browser may not have the largest market share, it is the source off many browser innovations. Tabbed browsing got its start in Opera, and the browser was one of the first to broadly support emerging standards like HTML5 and CSS 3.

The new Mac version features a revamped interface that makes Opera look and feel almost like something Apple would have created. In fact, aside from Apple’s Safari, Opera 10.52 is the most Mac-like of the web browsers available on OS X.

The changes — which include using the Cocoa and Core Text frameworks — also offer some performance improvements. Opera 10.5 was already one of the fastest browsers available and the new update continues to best both Firefox 3.6 and Google Chrome in our informal page load tests.

This update is also notable for supporting the multi-touch trackpad gestures available in Apple’s more recent laptops. In Opera 10.52 you can use gestures like pinch to zoom and three finger swipes to navigate back and forth in your browser history (both Safari and Firefox support the same gestures).

Opera 10.52 for Mac features a number of smaller enhancements that make day-to-day browsing a bit nicer. The URL bar’s search capabilities have been improved and you can now search your bookmarks and history page as you type — much like the Firefox “awesome bar,” and Opera’s page dialogs and alerts are now considerably less intrusive.

While Opera 10.52 is relatively minor update, it’s worth the upgrade for Mac fans — particularly those looking for a more “Mac-like” experience. To get Opera 10.52, head over to the Opera downloads page.

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