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Opera and S5 1.2a1

Just as a quick update, I’ve done some testing of S5 1.2a1 in the latest version of Opera I have available (which, under OS X, is version 8.51).  I’m happy to report that this copy of Opera has all of the S5 features supported in other browsers.  Incremental display, font scaling, keyboard navigation, and even the notes window are all present and account for.

To use the notes feature, here’s what I do.  Upon loading the base slideshow into Opera, I position the window on my secondary monitor, which is here taking the role of an LCD projector.  Then I hit “n”, causing the notes window to appear on my laptop’s monitor (in the role of the presenter’s machine).  After bringing the slide show window back to the fore, I select “Full Screen” in the “View” menu, and the presentation maximizes itself to the secondary monitor.  As I navigate through the slide show, the notes window stays perfectly synched with the presentation.

There may be better ways to get the notes window on the primary monitor and the presentation on the secondary monitor, but that one worked for me.

I did notice some odd bugs here and there in Opera 8.02, a copy of which I also have hanging around, but nothing that was a show-stopper.  The one that sticks out in my mind was that multi-slide jumping wasn’t cleared out after the jump.  For example, from the first slide I’d type “3 (right arrow)” to skip to slide four.  Hitting the right arrow again jumped me to slide 7, which is wrong.  Opera 8.5 acted as intended, so I’m going to assume that it has something to do with how the JavaScript is written.

If there are problems in Opera 8.5 or Opera 9 that my testing didn’t uncover, let me know.  I’ll fix anything I can—and if there’s anything I can’t, I’ll turn it over to the Opera community to figure out.  Members of that community have already been invaluable in figuring out how to work around bugs in Opera’s CSS handling in order to make the controls available, so I’m confident they’ll be able to handle anything I can’t figure  out.

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    • Thu 12 Jan 2006
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    Anne van Kesteren wrote in to say...

    Opera 8.51 is the latest version… On every platform. All beta releases are cross platform as well. What do you mean?

    [Anne’s referring to an obscure reference that I belatedly realized didn’t come across very well, so I’ve deleted it from the post rather than divert the conversation down a fairly deep and unimportant rabbit hole. -E.]

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    • Thu 12 Jan 2006
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    Jeff wrote in to say...

    I am glad to hear this. I have been using S5 since you first started posting on it here. I personally love it and when i show it to folks they think it is cool… what they just don’t want to write the HTML to use it which is fine by me…

    I can’t wait to kick the tires on this version.. Any new themese for it that you are aware of?

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    • Fri 20 Jan 2006
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    Jon wrote in to say...

    I’m not sure if anyone has brought this to your attention, but I saw moo.fx and thought of S5 – has anyone combined them for more powerpoint-like effects? I may have a go if a minute appears to me in the busy high school teaching schedule!

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