Jan 27, 2015

Vivaldi Is A New Chromium-Based Web Browser For Power Users

Vivaldi is a new web browser based on Chromium / Blink, especially created for users who "have problems fitting all their open tabs on one screen". The browser is developed by Vivaldi Technologies, whose chief executive and founder is John von Tetzchner, former Opera CEO and co-founder.

Vivaldi is currently available as a technical preview, for Linux (64bit deb and rpm only for now), Windows and Mac and the current build is intended to show the direction of the product, so it's not a complete product.

"It is not perfect, far from it. Some of the key features we integrate are yet to be implemented, optimization needs to be done. But we hope that you get a glimpse of our product and what you can expect from us".

The new web browser, which is aimed at power users, includes tab stacks, Opera-like Speed Dial which supports multiple folders, as well as a note-taking feature which allows including a screenshot of the current page. Furthermore, Vivaldi features a tool called Quick Commands, that can be used to search through settings, history, open tabs, bookmarks and more with a single keyboard shortcut.

Vivaldi is also pretty customizable - for instance you can disable tab stacking, change the tab cycling order and place the tab bar at the top, left or right side or bottom and even disable it completely and rely on keyboard navigation only.

Here are a few Vivaldi screenshots:

Vivaldi web browser Ubuntu
Quick Commands

Vivaldi web browser Ubuntu
Vivaldi settings

Vivaldi web browser Ubuntu
Tab stacks

Vivaldi web browser Ubuntu
Speed Dial

Vivaldi web browser Ubuntu

While the browser is pretty limited for now, it should include quite a few extra features in the future, like a built-in email client, notes/bookmarks/history/session sync, spatial navigation and of course, extensions support. Also, according to a Reuters interview, "a mobile phone and a table version are in the pipeline".

In my quick test, I must say that I was pretty impressed by Vivaldi or, to be more specific, by its built-in tab management features (why did Opera remove tab stacking again?). So I can't wait for its first stable release.

I should also mention that I tested Vivaldi in Ubuntu 14.10 (64bit) and the only issue I encountered was that context menus were not positioned correctly (the menus were sometimes displayed not only in the wrong location, but even on the wrong monitor).

Download Vivaldi web browser

Download Vivaldi (available for Linux - 64bit deb and rpm, Windows and Mac)

Arch Linux users can install Vivaldi via AUR.

Have you tried the new Vivaldi web browser? What do you think?

via Reuters

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