JavaFX Running In Opera 10.5 (a hack)

I just had to post this. After I posted about two weeks ago while using Opera 10.5 pre-alpha about how Opera failed to use the Java Plugin and hence could not display JavaFX applets, I finally got JavaFX to run in Opera. Awesome. See below for images of Opera 10.5 with and without the hack.

Here is what you need:

  1. Download the new version of Opera 10.5 beta, which supports the Java Plugin instead of their old way including applets
  2. Download this Opera menu extension which provides an augmented developer menu
  3. Change your User Agent to identify the browser as Internet Explorer or Mozilla by going to “O Menu (top-left)” – > Page Tools -> Developer -> User Agent -> Internet Explorer
  4. Go to www.javafx.com, and you should get JavaFX to load in Opera smoothly (ok mine hanged a bit before it loaded the applet, but hey this is a beta so such things can be expected, but on refresh it loads in a Flash)

So now, all we need to do is wait for Oracle/Sun JavaFX engineers to update their browser detection code, so we do not have to use this hack.

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