Dallas, TX â€“ July 12, 2005 â€“ Opera Software has signed a strategic distribution partnership agreement with Tri Synergy, the leading independent North American utility and video game publisher. Tri Synergy will publish and distribute their award winning Opera 8 Browser, a high quality, multi-platform product, into the North American retail market.
"The North American market is incredibly important to Opera. Collaborating with Tri Synergy on making Opera 8 available in retail stores is of strategic value and we are excited about the opportunity," says Jon S. von Tetzchner, CEO, Opera Software.
Opera 8 won PC World's 2005 World Class Award. PC World selects products for this award based on exemplary design, features, performance, innovation and price. Hundreds of products were reviewed by PC World, and the most "revolutionary" products that "contribute to changing the world" were selected. This accolade of excellence is based on Operaâ€™s attractive and feature-rich Web browser product Opera 8, which was designed to enrich the Internet experience by creating a much more intuitive interface.
â€œThe Opera 8 Web Browser is the most innovative utility of the year. It is specifically designed to make surfing the web a much more enjoyable experience. We are very honored to be working with Opera Software on this amazing title.â€ commented Tamra Nestler CEO of Tri Synergy Inc.
Opera 8 will be available at all major North American retail stores in late July.
Opera 8 Features:
Operaâ€™s considered "the fastest browser on Earth" as a result of its tightly coded core and rendering engine. Opera offers quick navigation with keyboard shortcuts and mouse gestures, and a range of features for more efficient surfing, such as the option to open all your favorite pages at once.
Security on the Internet is an increasing concern as the public becomes more aware of vulnerabilities in other browsers. Opera makes security top priority and, as a result, Opera 8 includes new and advanced security measures. A new security information field is automatically activated when you visit a secure Web site. The information field indicates the level of security (1-3) and the certificate owner of the site. This allows users to better evaluate a site's trustworthiness and minimize the risk of being subjected to online fraud, such as phishing attacks.
Opera 8 offers a simplified tabbed-browser user interface (UI). The default UI design is cleaner, more intuitive and allows for easy navigation. The wide range of advanced features remain built-in and easily activated so users do not need to download additional extensions to access them.
Opera's Extensible Rendering Architecture (ERA) technology enables the "fit to window width" feature that adapts Web pages to fit to the width of the screen or browser window, eliminating the need to scroll horizontally. This is a great feature for small- and medium-sized screens, or to tile Web sites next to each other on the screen. Combined with Opera's zoom function, users can magnify Web pages and still fit them on the screen.
The voice feature allows users to surf the Web by using voice commands and to have documents read aloud. Voice is currently offered in English and runs on Windows 2000 and XP.
By clicking on the gray trash can located in the upper right of the screen, users can access all the closed windows and blocked pop-ups from their Internet surfing session.
Opera includes native support for Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG 1.1 Tiny), an XML language for rich graphical content used to develop enhanced, interactive multimedia.
For a complete list of Opera 8 features visit www.opera.com/features or to view the changelog visit www.opera.com/docs/changelogs
About Opera Software ASA
Opera Software ASA is an industry leader in the development of Web browser technology, targeting the desktop, smartphone, PDA, home media and vertical markets. Industry partners include: IBM, Nokia, Sony, Motorola, Adobe, Macromedia, Symbian, Canal+ Technologies, Sony Ericsson, Kyocera, Sharp, Motorola Metroworks, MontaVista Software, BenQ, Sendo and AMD. The Opera browser has received international recognition from users, industry experts and media for being faster, smaller and more standards-compliant than other browsers.
Opera's browser technology is cross-platform and modular, and currently available on the following operating systems: Windows, Linux, Mac OS, Symbian OS, Windows Mobile, BREW, QNX, TRON, FreeBSD, Solaris and Mediahighway. Opera Software ASA is headquartered in Oslo, Norway, with development centers in Linkoping and Gothenburg, Sweden. The company is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol OPERA. Learn more about Opera at www.opera.com.
About Tri Synergy, Inc.
Founded in Dallas, TX in 1996, Tri Synergy is an independent computer software and video game publisher and distributor offering developers a more profitable alternative to traditional affiliate label and licensing deals. Contact Shane Nestler for additional info: firstname.lastname@example.org