After several months of playing with the Flock Browser, I've come back to Opera (using 9.2 Beta in linux).
What I like about Flock:
- It has a built in blog editor, which is quite nice, although lacking a couple of features that I would find useful.
- You can just highlight text, click "blog this" and it publishes it to your blog
- Newsfeeds are handled quite well, with a nice graphical display.
- An icon on the tool bar gets a big orange spot when newsfeeds have been downloaded.
- The "web snippets" bar which allows you to drag and drop interesting bits from the web for later including in your blog
- Highlighting text and graphics, includes graphics and not just text when you copy and paste
What I don't like about flock
- It takes "forever" to render the newsfeed pages… the format is nice, but it takes too long to get to the place where you can read your stuff
- The categories in the blog tool don't translate to tags in Opera blogs
- The search bar operates differently from Opera's– it's good, but Opera is more flexible.
- Often formatting, including paragraphs, is lost when copying to the blog tool
So I'm back to Opera. Overall I think it leads by a tad.
For Opera to become really excellent I would like the following small features:
- Some visual indicator that you have unread newsfeeds
- The ability to cut and paste graphics along with text.
- I thnk the web snippets bar is a good thing also- there's probably a widget that does the same thing