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Vivaldi Browser

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Vivaldi is now a viable alternative to replace the out-of-date Opera 12.18, which does not work on an increasing number of sites. I am waiting for the built-in email client and some more customising options, before I stop using Opera entirely, but Vivaldi is now my default browser.

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Review of Vivaldi 2.0

ArsTECHNICA (19/10/2018)

Vivaldi says about half of all the 2.0 features come from user feedback and suggestions.¹

Conclusion: Vivaldi 2.0 is not perfect. Its lack of a mobile version remains frustrating, and there are some other features I’d like to see, like a way to export notes, to make notes on PDF files, keyboard shortcuts for selecting tabs,² and an Opera-mail style mail client. (Most of these I know are on the roadmap.) But this release sees the browser maturing, adding the features users want while continuing to focus on the details that have made Vivaldi a power user’s delight from the start.

¹ The Feature Requests forum is very active. At the time when Vivaldi 2.0 was released there were already over a thousand. The Vivaldi Team is small, but a few new features are added almost every week

² Maybe the reviewer does not know that there are already default shortcuts (Ctrl+1 to Ctrl+9) for switching to tabs 1-8 on the tab bar, and to the last tab. Users can also define their own.

TechCrunch: (January 27th 2015):

“The former CEO of Opera, Jon von Tetzchner, has released the Vivaldi Browser for fans of the old Opera. This initial release is a ​Technical Preview, i.e. it is neither feature complete, nor free from bugs that might spoil your day.

It uses the Chromium rendering engine like the new Opera. It already has Panels, Tab-stacking, Notes, Speed Dial, and Customisable shortcuts and Tabs. Built-in email is planned, but mail is limited to web mail at the moment.”

It may be some time before this is ready to use as your primary browser, but it’s already worth a look if you’re a fan of the old Opera. Offer some constructive feedback on Vivaldi.net.

The settings dialogue already has a lot of options. Use the search field to locate them.

Site Settings

Click the site info icon in the address bar to display a popup menu showing the settings for the current site.

The Cookies link on this popup tells you about the cookies set for the current site.

The Site settings link opens a dialogue to change settings for Location, Camera, Microphone, Notifications, Javascript, Flash, Images, Popups, Background Sync, Sound, Automatic Downloads, MIDI devices, and Unsandboxed plugins access.

Page Tiling

If one or more tabs are selected, the tiling icon is active, allowing the tiles to be tiled horizontally, vertically, or as a grid. Tiling can also be removed if it is already enabled for the current tab. In the latest Snapshot, tiles can now be resized by dragging the separator.

Image Toggle

Images can be hidden or displayed on the current page, or only cached images can be shown.

Page Zoom

The Zoom Slider allows the page zoom to be changed with the range 20% to 500% in 10% increments. Any value in that range can be set by entering it in the zoom field to the right of the slider. Click on Reset to change it back to whatever default value you have set in Settings, Webpages. In Settings, Appearance, Use Buttons in Range control. to choose between a slider and buttons. This affects all controls that have a range slider.

Page Actions

Mouse-over and click to preview page actionsVivaldi has a Page Actions button <> at the bottom right of the interface, just to the left of the Zoom slider.

Click this to show a popup menu of something akin to User Style sheets in Opera 12.18.

The most useful of them may be Reader View, which enlarges fonts, hides media, and changes the background to grey. Open an article on any BBC news article to see a Reader View icon in the URL field that toggles this mode on/off.

Filter Invert may be helpful for those who prefer white text on a black background.

Filter Black and White works as one would expect. This may be useful for colour-blind users if a site uses text on coloured backgrounds that is hard to read.

The Filter Obscure option offers some privacy if someone is looking over your shoulder. If it is left enabled, moving the mouse cursor to the page shows the page content again. Mouse-over the Page Actions icon to obscure the page content.

Vivaldi uses CSS for the page and interface elements. The Page Actions mentioned above apply CSS styles to the page.

Ask on the forums if you need help on using CSS. Almost anything can be changed if you know how. I hope that it will be made easier to make changes in future versions.

Changes are lost on installing updates, so follow the recommendation given in this post.

Vivaldi Settings

Vivaldi is already usable as a secondary browser. It has the most important features: Auto-update, Bookmark import from Opera 12.18 and other browsers, customisable shortcuts, basic mouse gestures, tab-stacking, find in page, and tab tiling is an excellent feature that already exceeds what could be done in Opera, even though Vivaldi lacks a Multiple Document Interface (MDI).

The developers release regular snapshots, fixing bugs and adding new features. Bookmark the Vivaldi Blog to keep abreast of developments. Help, check for updates to see if you have the latest version. The update check will happen automatically on launching Vivaldi. You can opt to install now or skip for now, and update later.

The image below shows how tiles can now be resized by dragging in Snapshot 1.16.1230.3. The Toggle UI shortcut (default = Ctrl F11) will hide toolbars, which can be shown again with other shortcuts. Click the image to see the Vivaldi window with a vertically tiled tab-stack showing the previews, which update to show the current page view. Tab stacks can be closed with the close button, and each tab in the stack has its own close button on the tab preview. Two or more tabs in a stack can be tiled vertically. Stacked tabs can be pinned by using a shortcut, but pinned tabs cannot be stacked.

Click to View Larger Image of Vivaldi Window

Web Panels

Snapshot 1.0.249.12 introduced web panels. These are usually web pages designed for mobiles, which are narrow enough to look good in the side panel. My Vimeo Web Panel can be used to watch videos while you are working. Copy the URL of the panel, and add it to the side panel in Vivaldi. The mobile version of Bing Microsoft Translate also makes a very useful panel.

The Downloads Panel shows download progress, and can sorted by name, type, size, date added, date finished, or address. In later versions all panels can have their own separate width, and the order of Web Panels can be changed with drag and drop.

The Progress Bar in the URL field has acquired a couple of fields to indicate page downloaded data size and number of elements.

Extensions can now have buttons on the UI in the URL field or to the far right of the address bar.

Vivaldi Stable 1.0

(Released 6/4/2016) New Features include:–

Vivaldi Stable 1.1

(Released 26/04/2016) New Features include:–

Vivaldi Stable 1.2

(Released 02/06/2016) New Features include:–

Vivaldi Stable 1.3

(Released 11/8/2016) New Features include:–

This version includes customisable Themes to change the colours of the interface, About 1 year and 4 months after the release of the first Technical Preview, Vivaldi is still not quite as customisable as Opera 12.18, but it’s getting better as the months go by.

Vivaldi Stable 1.4

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Vivaldi Stable 1.5

(Released 22/11/2016) New Features include:–

Vivaldi Stable 1.6

(Released 15/12/2016) New features include:–

Vivaldi Stable 1.7

(Released 8/2/2017) New Features include:–

Vivaldi Stable 1.8

(Released 29/3/2017) New Features include:–

Vivaldi Stable 1.9

(Released 27/4/2017 New Features include:–

Vivaldi Stable 1.10

(Released 15/6/2017) New Features include:–

Vivaldi Stable 1.11

(Released 10/8/2017) New Features include:–

Vivaldi Stable 1.12

(Released 20/09/2017) New Features include:–

Vivaldi Stable 1.13

(Released 22/11/2017) New Features include:–

Vivaldi Stable 1.14

(Released 31/1/2018) New Features include:–

Vivaldi Stable 1.15

(Released 25/4/2018) New Features include:–

Vivaldi Stable 2.0

(Released 26/9/2018) • (Updated 17/10/2018) New Features include:–

Vivaldi Stable 2.1

(Released 25/10/2018) • (Updated 13/11/2018) • (Updated 22/11/2018)

Vivaldi Stable 2.2

(Released 13/12/2018Updated 19/12/2018)

Snapshot 2.3.1400.4

(Released 17/12/2018)

Snapshot 2.3.1401.7

(Released 18/12/2018)

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