Google Reader Mangled in Opera 9.5 Alpha

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Posted on September 07, 2007 7:37 PM in Browsers
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If you're looking to give the Opera 9.5 Alpha a try, don't expect to use it to catch up on feeds in Google Reader. I just mosied on over to that application in the new alpha build, and to my dismay the reading pane is all but invisible.

It's unfortunate, because so far the alpha build seems relatively stable and pretty darn fast. However, Google Reader is the slowest app for me when running in my usual browser, so I can't really form a definitive conclusion in terms of useful efficiency until I can try out my favorite feed reader.

Another thing I noticed is that whenever I browse to my blog, the main page title appears black. It stays that way until I either highlight and unhighlight it, or scroll away from that section of the page and then back.

Oh well, it's an alpha. I'll continue to play around with it and write again if anything substantial catches my eye. If you feel like giving it a try yourself, you can download it here.

Update: Changed the post title from "Opera 9.5 Alpha Mangles Google Reader" to "Google Reader Mangled in Opera 9.5 Alpha" ;)

Comments

Mike on September 09, 2007 at 7:16 AM:

Wrong! In fact it was Google that mangled Google Reader in all versions of Opera. The addition of the new search features in Google Reader were incompatible when released - it just happened to coincide in timing with the 9.50 alpha launch - Google have since corrected the problem and both the current 9.23 and the forthcoming 9.50 versions of Opera (Windows and Linux) now work fine.

Please check your facts first before bad-mouthing the little guy, Opera is a damned sight more standard complient than both IE and FF - it's the developers of non-standard websites who should be bad-mouthed.

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Bernie Zimmermann on September 09, 2007 at 8:07 AM:

Mike, thanks for the additional info. I don't think I was "bad mouthing the little guy," though. I actually like what I've seen of the new release so far — I was just disappointed to see that my feed reader was completely useless when rendered by the new engine. I should have known, though, based on past experience, that Google doesn't consider Opera to be on its must-work-before-we-can-ship list.

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Mike on September 09, 2007 at 8:20 PM:

My problem is that it is your post title that people see... "Opera 9.5 Alpha Mangles Google Reader" is very much bad-mouthing the little guy.

It would be much fairer to Opera if you now corrected it to read "Google mangles Google Reader for Opera users" - given that it was a Google Alert which let me to your post with the current, incorrect, heading.

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Daniel Goldman on September 10, 2007 at 7:47 AM:

Bernie, I submitted a bug report on your page title. Regarding Google Reader, Mike is right. Google recently updtaed Google Reader, it's broken in Opera 9.23 too.

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Bernie Zimmermann on September 10, 2007 at 8:22 AM:

Mike, I've updated the post's title.

Daniel, is there the equivalent to Bugzilla where I can go and subscribe (either via RSS or email) to the bug you posted so I'll know when it's fixed? Or should I just give Google Reader another shot when the next alpha (or beta?) is released?

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Manuel Galisteo on September 13, 2007 at 3:29 AM:

Try to use this link instead for Google Reader, http://www.google.com/reader/view/#overview-page

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Radu on September 13, 2007 at 5:35 AM:

There is a solution for fixing Google Reader yourself by using UserCSS.

you just need to add something like:

#entries {
height:483px!important;
}

into a css file and tell Opera to use it.

more info at:

http://my.opera.com/community/forums/topic.dml?id=191558&t=1189686722&page=1#comment2234266

http://groups.google.com/group/google-reader-troubleshoot/browse_thread/thread/772efeaee4a63df1/043b670c84bae1fa

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Manuel Galisteo on September 13, 2007 at 6:18 AM:

The css thing that Radu just commented worked great. Though I had to modify the height value as 600px, since 483 was not enough. With 600px it is being displayed correctly to me.

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Manuel Galisteo on September 13, 2007 at 7:24 AM:

It's still not working good at the end.... :( I am not able to edit tags...

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Ambimom on September 14, 2007 at 5:34 AM:

It's broken again and none of these fixes work anymore.

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Rizal on July 04, 2008 at 12:59 AM:

Google Reader doesn't work in Opera 9.51, either.

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Bernie Zimmermann on July 09, 2008 at 12:13 AM:

Rizal, I'm using Opera 9.51 [Opera/9.51 (Windows NT 5.1; U; en)] and Google Reader is working fine for me.

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roozbeh on July 15, 2008 at 11:58 PM:

i guess recently google changed something,because i could always see google reader in my opera,but now with 9.5 and 9.51 i dont see anything just top of the page with links until google reader logo,inside is blank!

i dont know if it is related to anything else or not?

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roozbeh on July 16, 2008 at 7:04 AM:

i guess recently google changed something,because i could always see google reader in my opera,but now with 9.5 and 9.51 i dont see anything just top of the page with links until google reader logo,inside is blank!

i dont know if it is related to anything else or not?

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roozbeh on July 16, 2008 at 10:56 AM:

i guess recently google changed something,because i could always see google reader in my opera,but now with 9.5 and 9.51 i dont see anything just top of the page with links until google reader logo,inside is blank!

i dont know if it is related to anything else or not?

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Rizal on July 21, 2008 at 12:50 AM:

Google Reader is now working fine in Opera 9.51. Maybe it wasn't on 4 July 2008 ... I don't know. All's well that end's well ...

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Dapxin on December 07, 2008 at 1:36 AM:

Guys,

Do you have Google Reader working in the latest 9.62 stable ?

I hate Google for this :(

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David on January 05, 2010 at 10:13 AM:

Try movile version till someone...

http://www.google.com/reader/m/view/

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