Vivaldi is a viable alternative to replace the out-of-date Opera 12.17, which I currently use as my default browser, which does not work on an increasing number of sites. I am still waiting for the built-in email client and some more customising options, but Vivaldi is now almost ready for daily use.
“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 44. 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 12.17 or earlier. Offer some constructive feedback on Vivaldi.net.
The settings dialogue already has a lot of options. Use the search field to locate them.
Click the site info icon in the address bar to display a popup menu showing the current settings for Cookies and Permissions.
The Cookies link on this popup tells you about the cookies set for the current site.
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.
Images can be hidden or displayed on the current page, or only cached images can be shown.
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.
Vivaldi 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 12.17.
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 index page 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 is already usable as a secondary browser. It has the most important features: Auto-update, Bookmark import from Opera 12.17 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.
Click the image below to see the Vivaldi window with a 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.
Snapshot 220.127.116.11 introduced web panels. These are usually web pages designed for mobiles, which are narrow enough to look good in the side panel. My YouTube 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 Google Translate also makes a very useful panel.
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.
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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 12.17, but it’s getting better as the months go by.
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