With the current pace of development in the various Browser camps, it is no surprise that the developers tend to run out of original ideas moving at such a fast pace. The result is that the browser makers begin to look to each other for potential features to include in their own Google Chrome 14 Beta just took a play from Opera’s Dragonfly with a new settings dialog.
Opera Dragonfly, was released several months ago and has had mixed reception with the developer community. I for one love it for many reason, but I most often feel the Webkit Inspector does a better job in some regards. So was surprised when I noticed this new feature in Chrome’s Inspector when I run it this morning.
A new settings icon wedged nicely in the bottom right corner of the window. It intrigued me so I decide to click on it, and the following UI came up.
I fell to the floor laughing because in many ways, I expected Chrome to have been more original. See Opera’s setting dialog from Dragonfly below.
You’ll immediately notice that Chrome’s settings dialog is not as full featured as Opera’s, but I believe in due course more settings will be added and the UI will be polished a bit more.
Personally, this tells me Google Must think Opera’s Dragonfly is much better in some regards than its own inspector if they’ve started to borrow features. I use Chrome’s Inspector more than Dragonfly on a daily basis because of current work which is Chrome specific, but use Opera’s Dragonfly more when doing my personal projects. Both are really good, but I think I’m going to start using Dragonfly more, because Google seems to be hinting its got something they haven’t. Just saying, lol!
UPDATE: This post got me to check out Opera’s newest Release Candidate for Dragonfly and I must say the developments are outstanding. Finally, just like in the Webkit Inspector, we can expand objects printed out to the console. I guess this probably what have gotten Google to take a second look at its Inspector.