Vivaldi – the uprising power browser

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Yesterday I give a chance the new browser you might be unaware of. It’s called Vivaldi. It’s in Beta 2 phase, but it has already 3 mln of users and it’s quite stable as for. You can try it out from here.

I’m going to briefly pinpoint 5 features I find most appealing.

Vertical tabs

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We are on the verge of 2015/2016 turnover, yet many pages are not responsive. Leaving lot of space on computer screens. If you are like me, having more than ten tabs opened simultaneously, you will right away turn vertical tabs option on in Vivaldi settings (it’s not out of the box after install). Even more if you wish, you can nest tabs by dragging one tab over another.

F2 – Quick commands

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F2 on keyboard removes the burden of going through setting and history to find the page you were on few hours/days ago. Just type in  a box relevant page title and Vivaldi will scan for it instantly. It also shows you most used commands

Mouse gestures

Out of the box we get sensible mouse gestures.

  • Page reload: hold Right Mouse Button go up few centimeters and go back
  • Open last closed tab: hold RMB,  go with the pointer up, then right
  • New tab: hold RMB, go with the pointer down
  • Close tab: hold RMB, go with the pointer down, then right

You’ve got all of them nicely explained in setting tabmouse

Spatial navigation and smart shortcuts

This might be something new for you. Navigating on pages by just SHIFT + Arrow keys.

Other browsers allow you that too. Arrows keys + pgUp/pgDown was known for years. But how do you navigate when you wish to click a link without a mouse? Tab clicking? On most pages it’s just rubbish, because it starts it’s journey beginning from menu tabs. So you have to press tab key 20 times to go through it.

In Vivaldi you have SHIFT to your disposal. With it you can go straight to you desired link. Just keep holding SHIFT while pressing arrow keys. Both right and left SHIFT are eligible.


Switching between tabs is also improved. What makes me furious in other browsers, it’s unnatural why to handle switching tabs. They use:

  • CTRL + TAB = Go to next tab in the tab list
  • CTRL + SHIFT +TAB = Go to previous tab in the tab list

When You are copy-pasting from your email box(ex. tab2) to form(ex. tab 7) it is no use at all. You keep mouse clicking. Vivaldi handles it smarter. this is how it was solved:

  • CTRL + TAB (AND HOLD CTRL) = Go to previous opened tab in history (linear action)
  • CTRL + TAB(AND RELEASE CTRL) = Go to previous opened tab and make previous tab next target to switch again (recursive action)

The second action enables to swiftly switch between for ex. tab 2 and 7. Cool isn’t it?

Extensions

This is something I thought would be not existing for a new browser. The browser is very new on the market. So we could expect we would miss the favorite extensions. Wrong!

Vivaldi makes it possible to use existing Chrome extensions. Just navigate to chrome store and pick your extensions. Although keep in mind some extensions are chrome specific, meaning they won’t work with Vivaldi yet.

What comes more?

In future release team promises to bring synchronization between multiple desktops.

I wouldn’t expect a mobile version anytime next year, as the team is focusing on the power users. And obviously they can’t compete too much with pre-installed Chrome and Safari on mobile devices.

Final Word

All these features doesn’t make much difference in page presentations or other magic. Keep in mind It’s still young software. But despite that, it already delivers very good experience.  No wonder, behind it stands Jón von Tetzchner, the co-founder of Opera browser.

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