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  1. Vivaldi and Microsoft have released updates for their web browsers that address security issues, including one that is exploited actively in the wild. Vivaldi Technologies announced the release of a minor update for the desktop version of the Vivaldi web browser on April 15, 2022. The new version of the web browser is available already and is downloaded and installed automatically on most devices. Vivaldi users may speed up the installation of the update by selecting Vivaldi Menu > Help > Check for Updates. The page that opens displays the current version that is installed; a newer version is downloaded and installed automatically at this point, if available. The release announcement on the Vivaldi website is short, but to the point: [Chromium] Upgraded to 100.0.4896.133 (includes fix for CVE-2022-1364) Vivaldi released five minor updates for version 5.2 of the browser, which it released in early April 2022. Microsoft published an update for the desktop version of its Microsoft Edge web browser as well. The update is available already and should be distributed to most devices running Edge automatically. Edge users may speed up the installation of the update by loading edge://settings/help in the browser's address bar. The page that opens displays the installed version. A check for a newer version is performed automatically on page open, and any new version that is found is downloaded and installed automatically. The release notes for Microsoft Edge 100.0.1185.44 confirm that the update includes the security fix for the Chromium vulnerability that is exploited in the wild: This update contains a fix for CVE-2022-1364, which has been reported by the Chromium team as having an exploit in the wild. For more information, see the Security Update Guide. Microsoft notes that the update includes a fix for the Edge-specific vulnerability as well. The vulnerability, CVE-2022-29144, fixes an elevation of privilege vulnerability in Microsoft's browser. The Edge-specific issue is not exploited actively according to Microsoft. Google released a security update for its Chrome web browser as well to address the security issues. Vivaldi and Microsoft patch 0-day vulnerability in their browsers
  2. Back in December of last year, Vivaldi had slammed Microsoft for the way the Windows 11 maker for seemingly trying to make the selection of default browsers more difficult and bothersome. Things have changed since then as recently, with the optional cumulative update under KB5011563, the firm added a one-click option to set your default browser. Despite this though, Vivaldi is still not fully pleased with Microsoft's effort. The co-founder and CEO of Vivaldi, Jon von Tetzchner, offered the following statement to The Register regarding the development. He said: While they have made an attempt, the fact that it has been done the way it has leads to the assumption that it is only being done to avoid being prosecuted for anticompetitive behavior, not to actually solve the underlying problem. [...] This should apply to all users, not just the ones who are technically competent enough to realize that they need to install an optional update, and know how to actually do so. It should be installed for all users. [...] Microsoft should make it as easy for all users to use other browsers, as it is to use Edge, and stop abusing their power to push Edge onto users. They continue to try to make it harder to switch to and use other browsers. We look forward to the EU following up on this malpractice. Mozilla too will probably agree with Vivaldi, though probably to a lesser extent perhaps. The Firefox developer definitely acknowledged that it's a "step in the right direction" but also quipped that "more can be done". Source: The Register Vivaldi still not fully happy with Windows 11 default browser choice, wishes EU will step in
  3. Vivaldi Technologies released new versions of the company's Vivaldi web browser on April 6, 2022. Vivaldi 5.2 for desktop systems introduces support for tracker and ad-blocking statistics and a Reading List panel, the Android version gets the Reading List feature and a new Translation panel. The releases come exactly six years after the first Vivaldi release. Vivaldi 5.2 for the desktop The desktop version of Vivaldi 5.2 is available for Windows, Mac OS and Linux. The update is already available at the time of writing and most systems should receive the update automatically. Vivaldi users may open Vivaldi Menu > Help > About to display the installed version and run a check for updates. The update should be picked up and installed. Reading List Panel The new Reading List Panel improves the accessibility of the feature. Reading List, which was introduced in the browser's address bar, gives Vivaldi users a tool at hand to save articles for later reading. It works similarly to bookmarks, but is more powerful thanks to the added functionality. Tip: if the reading list button is not displayed, open the Preferences, search for reading, and check the "show reading list button". Articles and webpages can be added to the Reading List using the button. The new Reading List Panel is added to Vivaldi's panel sidebar that is giving users quick and comfortable access to bookmarks, the mail client, downloads and other areas of the browser. The new panel displays all articles and webpages that you have added to the browser's built-in Reading List. It features a search to find articles quickly, options to change the sort order -- by read state, address, title or date updated -- and a direct option to add the current page to the reading list database. Each article can be marked as read with a single click on the checkmark button next to it. A double-click on an item in the list loads the article or webpage in the active tab. Right-click actions are also available, including actions to copy the address, open the item in a new tab or mark the page as read. Users who prefer keyboard shortcuts may assign a shortcut to the feature to speed up the process further. The new Reading List Panel improves the browser's Reading List feature significantly as it improves accessibility and management of the list. The introduction of the Reading List feature in Vivaldi 5.2 for Android enables syncing of the list between Vivaldi on Android and on desktop systems. Privacy Statistics Vivaldi's New Tab page displays privacy statistics at the very top in version 5.2 of the browser. It displays the total number of ads and trackers that the browser blocked. A click on more information displays additional information, including a full list of all websites and trackers. The new feature complements the ability to display all blocked ads and trackers of the active site by clicking on the shield icon in the browser's address bar. Other changes in Vivaldi 5.2: The search engine Qwant is available again as a default in Vivaldi. To switch to it, select Vivaldi Menu > Settings > Search. Tab dragging should be faster and smoother in the new release. Improvements to the Mail, Calendar and Feed Reader (not mentioned specifically in the release notes). Vivaldi 5.2 for Android Vivaldi 5.2 for Android includes support for the company's Reading List feature. Already available in desktop versions, Reading List gives Android users the option to add any webpage to the list for reference and later access. The introduction of the feature enables Reading List syncing between mobile and desktop versions of the Vivaldi web browser. To add an article to the Reading List on Android, tap on the Vivaldi menu icon and select Reading List. There you may then select "Add Current Page" to add it. You will also see all synced and previous articles that you added there. New Translation Panel The new Translation Panel extends Vivaldi's privacy-friendly translation functionality. The latest iteration of the translate feature enables the translation of selected text. The ability to see the original and the translated text is provided, and it is easy to change source and target languages. The new auto-translate option translates text snippets immediately without the new for extra taps or actions on your part. The Android version is rolled out via Google Play. Closing Words Vivaldi Technologies continues to improve the browser with meaningful feature improvements. Vivaldi 5.2 launches for the desktop and Android Frontpaged: Vivaldi 5.2.2623.24
  4. Remember the Reading List feature that Vivaldi brought to its desktop browser about a month ago? The latest Snapshot build of Vivaldi for Android ships with the same save-it-for-later feature. How to use Vivaldi's Reading List on Android Here's how it works on mobile devices. To add a page to the reading list on your phone, visit the article that you want to save, and tap on the Vivaldi icon to view the app's menu. You can access the Reading List from this drop-down panel. Tap on the "Add Current Page" button to save it to your Vivaldi Reading List. Just like its desktop counterpart, the mobile version lists the titles of your saved pages along with the favicon of the site. Selecting a saved article from the list will open the corresponding page in the app. When a page is accessed, the browser will automatically mark the item as Read. For reference, the links that appear blurry (grayed-out) in the Reading List panel indicate those that you are done with, these are listed in the Read Articles section, at the bottom. Your Unread pages will remain highlighted at the top of the list. You can manage the read status of the articles manually too, which can be helpful if you want to mark a page as unread or vice-versa. Tap the three-dot menu icon next to a saved item to mark the article as read, or if you no longer need it, you can choose to delete it from the list. You may select multiple items in the list and manage them at the same time. Sync Reading List with Desktop Vivaldi for Android allows you to synchronize your reading list with your desktop browser. Of course, to do this, you will need a valid Vivaldi account, and have to be signed in to it on both your phone and your PC. This is completely optional, you don't need a Vivaldi account to use the Reading List. It is only required if you want to sync your data between your devices. Once you have signed in to your account, the app automatically syncs the data on a 2-way basis, and this includes the contents of your Reading List. So, the articles you save on your phone can be viewed on your computer, or the other way around. More importantly, this will also sync the read state of the page. Download Vivaldi for Android Snapshot release from the Google Play Store, if you want to test the new feature before it is brought to the stable channel. The current Snapshot version is 5.2.2611.3, and is based on Chromium 100.0.4896.43. The release notes are available on the official site. The Reading List has been a useful add-on for PCs, and now that it is also available for smartphones, it could prove to be handy if you prefer to read articles or watch videos on-the-go. Note: You cannot disable the new button from Vivaldi's settings. Setting the value of the Reading List's value to Disabled in Vivaldi://flags, does not hide the menu item, and causes the app to crash. Articles that have been added to Vivaldi's Reading List are listed in reverse chronological order. You can't rename the saved items in the list, or re-arrange their order, but I think that could be a cool way to improve it, at least on desktop. Vivaldi's Reading List feature is now available in the latest snapshot for Android devices
  5. A couple of weeks ago, Vivaldi added a new feature called the Reading List. We have already told you how it works, the latest snapshot release brings another way to manage it, along with some new options. Vivaldi improves the Reading list experience with a sidebar panel Vivaldi is, in many ways, a sidebar centric browser, at least for those who prefer to use it that way. The panel is now home to a new button that you can use to view and manage your Reading List. Don't worry, if you like the Reading List pop-up panel that appears in the top-right corner, it's still there, and can can be accessed via the button next to the address bar. If you don't need the button, you can disable it from the settings, and use the sidebar instead, or use both if that's what you like. That said, the sidebar panel has a few additional features which make it the better choice over the other. Unlike the pop-up modal, clicking a saved item on the sidebar doesn't immediately take you to the page, double-clicking the list item it will open the corresponding page in a new tab. Once an item has been selected, you can use the - button to remove it from the list, or click on the eye button to mark the saved page as read or unread. To add the current page, hit the plus button, this behavior hasn't changed. The side panel has a search bar that you may use to filter the reading list, it can recognize URLs, and words in the page's title. The Reading List sidebar has a sort menu which provides 4 ways to sort the list. You can reorder the list by the title, read state, date updated, or the address. The sidebar has a right-click menu that lets you open the selected item (in a new tab), copy its address, mark the entry as read, or remove the saved item from the list. Vivaldi has added a third way to add pages to the Reading List, you can mouse over a link, right-click on it, and select the option labeled "Add to the Reading List", from the page context menu. I'd still like to see a context menu option to save the current page to the reading list, it can be useful if you want to re-read an article later. There are no default shortcuts that are assigned to manage the Reading List, but there is an option under the Page section of the Keyboard settings, that lets you define a hotkey, which when enabled, lets you add a page to the reading list. Similarly, the View section lets you customize the key combo for toggling the Reading List Panel. You may want to set the hotkeys for these options for accessing the list quickly. The new sidebar is available in Vivaldi Snapshot 2581.4, that you can download from the official website. It's refreshing to see a browser add new, useful features and improve them, while others keep removing features for no reason, or add completely useless ones. I'm looking at you, Mozilla and Microsoft. Vivaldi adds a sidebar panel to manage the Reading List with new options
  6. A new version of the Vivaldi web browser, Vivaldi 5.1, is now available for all supported desktop operating systems and for Android. The new version of the Chromium-based web browser features several improvements, including support for horizontal scrolling tabs, reading list improvements, a new Quick Settings panel on the desktop, and theme and speed improvements on Android. The new Vivaldi 5.1 is distributed automatically through the built-in updating system. Desktop users may select Vivaldi Menu > Help > Check for Updates to speed up the process. Vivaldi's updating functionality should pick up the new version to download and install it automatically. Vivaldi 5.1 for the Desktop The new desktop version of the browser introduces several new features and improvements. Vivaldi is one of the most customizable browsers out there and the new Quick Settings Panel for the browser's New Tab page adds just another option to the range of tools and options. Instead of having to configure the New Tab page in Settings, Vivaldi users may activate the Quick Settings panel from the New Tab page directly to adjust the configuration right there. Options include the following: Change the background image. Change the size and maximum columns of tiles. Display or hide titles. Show Add and Delete buttons. Show or hide Start Page navigation bar. Show or hide the Search field. Show or hide the Vivaldia Game. Horizontal Scrollable Tabs Most Chromium-based browsers don't support horizontal scrolling of the tab bar. Tabs get smaller and smaller as more are added to the browser and eventually, you end up with tabs not being shown anymore on the tab bar. Granted, Google did introduce an experimental flag in 2020 that enables Tab Scrolling. You need to enable the horizontal scrolling option in Settings > Tabs > Tabs Bar. Check the Enable Horizontal Scrolling option to do so. You may then use the arrow icons or the mouse to scroll the tab bar. Note that scrolling is only enabled if enough tabs are open. You may also long-press on an arrow icon to display the full list of tabs open in Vivaldi. Horizontal scrolling works perfectly fine with the two-level tab stacking feature of the Vivaldi browser. Reading List The Reading List allows Vivaldi users to save articles that they come across. It works similarly to bookmarks on first glance, as it keeps track of pages on the web. Unlike bookmarks, Vivaldi's Reading List focuses on articles. It keeps track of the reading status and loads them in Reader View, an optimized view for reading articles in the browser. Reading List is not enabled by default. You need to go to Settings > Address Bar > Reading List to enable the icon. Once done, you may activate it when you are on a page with an article to add that article to the list. Vivaldi 5.1 for Android The Android version of the Vivaldi web browser has been updated as well to version 5.1. Vivaldi users who have lots of tabs open in the browser should notice a speed boost after the upgrade to the new version. There is also a new option to change the minimum tab width in the mobile browser. To do so, visit Settings > Tab. There you find the minimum tab width setting that you can use to change the default value. Last but not least, Vivaldi 5.1 for Android adds more theme colors. Four preset colors and an option to pick a custom color are now available under Settings > Appearance > Theme > Accent color. Vivaldi 5.1 arrives for desktop and Android Frontpaged: Vivaldi 5.1.2567.39
  7. Vivaldi 3.6 launches with Two-Level Tab Stacks feature Vivaldi Technologies released Vivaldi 3.6 Stable to the public on January 28, 2021. The new stable version of the Chromium-based browser improves the tab stacking functionality of Vivaldi significantly. We reviewed the feature when it launched in snapshot builds back in December 2020. You can check out the review here. Tab Stacks is a feature of the browser that allows users to stack tabs on top of each other. All it takes for that is to drag and drop tabs on top of each other. Besides using it to group sites together, e.g. multiple pages from a single website or pages from different sites that discuss the same topic, it is used to free up space on the tab bar as a single tab is used for a number of open sites when the feature is being used. Two-Level Tab Stacks improves the feature by adding a second tab row to the browser when a tab stack is selected. The second row displays the tabs of the stack making it easier to access them. The feature complements Vivaldi's impressive list of tab-related options. Vivaldi users may move the tab bar from the top to the bottom or one of the sides of the browser. Two-Level Tab Stacks work in all layouts; if the tab bar is displayed on the side, the second level is displayed next to it so that two sidebars are displayed essentially. The second tab row improves the handling of stacks. It is easier to change the order of tabs or add new tabs to the stack using the feature. Another benefit is that it improves visibility significantly, as you see page titles and, if supported, notifications, clearly when the feature is enabled. The second tab bar can be locked to keep it in place all the time. Vivaldi displays it only if a tab stack is selected, and will hide/show it whenever you switch between tab stacks and single tabs. A click on the lock icon displayed on the right side of the second tab bar locks the second level firmly in place so that it is displayed all the time. It takes away space from sites when a single tab is active, but it does away with the hiding and showing animation. The new feature is entirely optional. Vivaldi users may select the compact mode in the Tabs Settings to use the single tab bar mode, or disable the feature entirely if they don't want to use it. Closing Words Two-Level Tab Stacks is a game changer for many Vivaldi users who use tab stacks. It improves the manageability of tab stacks significantly. Source: Vivaldi 3.6 launches with Two-Level Tab Stacks feature
  8. Vivaldi adds two-level tab stack to the web browser Vivaldi Technologies released the new stable version Vivaldi 3.5 this week and today the latest browser snapshot that highlights new features that will be included in the next stable release of the browser. Today's browser snapshot 2130.3 improves the web browser's tab stacking functionality. Tab Stacks are an essential part of the web browser and a remake of the tab stacking functionality of the classic Opera web browser. All it takes is to drag and drop tabs on top of each other to create stacks. These stacks take up a single spot on the tab bar and are ideal for bundling sites together. Up until now, Vivaldi displays a small bar on top of the stacked tab that users could click on to switch to another tab of the stack. Version 3.5 introduced a visual representation of the stack that displays automatically when the mouse cursor hovers over the tab stack. The newest snapshot introduces yet another tab-related feature: the option to display a second tab bar that displays when a tab stack is selected. The feature is not enabled by default, and users need to make two configuration changes in the snapshot to enable it. One of them will likely be removed when the feature lands in the stable version. Load vivaldi://experiments/ in the browser's address bar. Locate Two line tab stacks on the page that opens and check the box to enable the feature. Load vivaldi://settings/tabs/ in the address bar next; this displays Vivaldi's tab management settings. Scroll down to Tab Stacking. Switch to "Second row of tabs" to enable the new feature. You may optionally check "use dotted tabs to visualize the stack" if you want. Create a new tab stack or switch to an existing one afterwards to see the effect of the change. When you select a tab stack, a second row of tabs is displayed automatically; this tab displays all tabs of the stack so that you may select these tabs directly as if they were displayed individually. Closing Words The option to display a second tab row for tab stacks is really helpful; users of the browser who use tab stacks regularly may find it useful, even if it means that there is a light visual disruption whenever users switch between tab stacks and regular tabs. Vivaldi adds two-level tab stack to the web browser
  9. Vivaldi 3.5 for Android introduces new privacy and usability features Vivaldi 3.5 for Android is now available. The new stable version of the Vivaldi web browser for Android introduces new privacy and usability features among other changes. The new mobile browser version is available already, but it may take some time before updates are pushed to user systems because of how updates are delivered via Google Play. Privacy is one of the main areas of improvement in Vivaldi 3.5. The browser includes two new features related to privacy. The first enables users to disable the leaking of IP addresses when WebRTC is used, the second enables them to clear select types of data when the browser is closed. Both of these options are found under Vivaldi Menu button > Settings > Privacy. The option "Broadcast IP for best WebRTC performance" is enabled by default; this is the default on most browsers, and users may tap on the toggle to turn it off. The second feature can be accessed with a tap on "clear session browsing data on exit". A new page opens that displays a toggle to enable the feature, and to select some of the data types that are cleared if the feature is turned on. These are: Browsing history -- this clears the list of visited sites and auto-completes in the address bar. Cookies and site data -- clears all cookies and site data (including first-party). Cached images and files -- clears these browser cache items to free up space. Close open tabs -- closes all tabs open in Vivaldi to start with a blank tab. Bookmarks and Notes sorting Vivaldi 3.5 introduces support for sorting Bookmarks and Notes in multiple ways. The available sort options differ between bookmarks and notes. For bookmarks, the following needs to be done: Open the bookmarks from the New Tab Page by tapping on the icon in the bottom left corner of the screen. Select Bookmarks to display the bookmarks interface in the browser. The four horizontal bars at the top display the sorting options when you tap on the icon. Vivaldi supports: Manual By Title By Address By Nickname By Description All with the exception of manual are self-explanatory. Manual gives you free control over the order, as you may move bookmarks up and down individually when you select that option. You may switch to Notes by tapping on the third-icon in the bottom toolbar while bookmarks are open. Tap on the sort icon to find manual, by title, by content, and by created options. Closing Words Vivaldi Technologies continues to add usability and privacy features to its products. While new sorting options may not be for everyone, those users who have hundreds or more bookmarks or notes will surely appreciate the new options. As for privacy, it is always good to get more options. Vivaldi 3.5 for Android introduces new privacy and usability features
  10. Vivaldi 3.5 includes media playback and usability improvements Vivaldi Technologies released Vivaldi 3.5 for all supported desktop versions on December 8, 2020. The release comes days after the release of Vivaldi 3.5 for Android. The new version of the Vivaldi browser improves the browser's media playback in regards to DRM protected media and introduces more usability improvements. You can check the installed Vivaldi version by selecting Help > About in the interface. Select Help > Check for Updates to run a manual check for updates; the browser should pick up version 3.5 and install it automatically. Vivaldi 3.5 Vivaldi users who encountered issues playing DRM protected media on certain sites won't run into these issues again after the update to Vivaldi 3.5. Vivaldi developers added Widevine certificate keys to the web browser to; Widevine is a DRM technology that sites may use to protect media streams. The addition of the certificate keys improves the user experience significantly according to Vivaldi Technologies: This means media sites using Widevine DRM that previously did not work in Vivaldi will now deliver the content smoothly. For example, if users frequent Amazon Prime HD, Spotify, Netflix, Disney+, and Peacock TV in your browser, they’ll have a better experience than before. Amazon Prime HD requires the clearing of data after the update to Vivaldi 3.5. Select the lock in the address bar while on Amazon Prime, then Site Settings > Clear Data. It is necessary to sign-in to the account again afterwards. Tab Management improvements The browser's tab stacking feature has been improved in the new version. The tab stacks feature allows users to stack tabs on top of each other so that multiple sites occupy a single slot in the browser's tab bar. When you hover over a tab stack in Vivaldi 3.5, you get a visual list of the open sites in the new version. Each site is listed with a thumbnail, root domain and page title. Sites with media playback display a mute/unmute toggle next to that to quickly change the state of audio playback. Three additional options have been added to the browser's extensive tab management functionality. Users may configure Vivaldi so that new tabs and cloned tabs are opened in the background by default; last but not least, there is a new option to always display the close button in Vivaldi to improve touch screen device usability. Other improvements Vivaldi 3.5 includes a QR code generator that users may use to generate QR codes for website addresses for sharing. QR code URL sharing needs to be enabled under Settings > Address bar > Address Field Options > QR Code Generator. A new icon is added to the address bar of the browser that you may activate to display a QR code for the current URL. Options to copy it to the clipboard and to save it are provided. Vivaldi allows users to customize most menus of the browser. Menu items that have shortcuts displays these shortcuts now when added via Settings > > Appearance > Menus. to better highlight these shortcuts when the menu is selected. The developers have fixed a long-standing issue in Vivaldi that affected single-key shortcuts. Vivaldi supports so-called single-key shortcuts that are activated with a single-press. These shortcuts don't require the use of additional keys, e.g. Ctrl or Shift. Users could run into issues using these keys when they typed into forms, e.g. when a field required a credit card number and users pressed "1" as 1 is mapped to switching to the first open tab in the browser. Vivaldi 3.5 includes a new option to add and order multiple languages that websites should be displayed in. Load vivaldi://settings/languages to open the language settings and use the menu to add or remove languages, and to change the order (ordered from top to bottom priority-wise). Another new feature in Vivaldi 3.5 brings support for disabling certain Google features in the browser. Search for Google in the Settings and look under privacy. You find options to disable certain Google Services and Extensions, e.g. Chromecast Media-Router, Cloud Print, or Form Autofill Assist. Closing Words Vivaldi Technologies continues to add more customization options and other options to the browser; it is still refreshing to see these being added instead of being removed as most browser makers streamline their browsers instead and that often involves removing features. Vivaldi 3.5 includes media playback and usability improvements [ FrontPaged here... Vivaldi 3.5.2115.73 ]
  11. Vivaldi Mail, Feed Reader and Calendar can now be tested What a surprise. Vivaldi Technologies, maker of the highly customizable Vivaldi web browser, have released a first technical preview of the long awaited mail component. When we interviewed Vivaldi CEO Jon von Tetzchner in 2018, he revealed that Mail was something the company did work on to close another feature users liked about the classic Opera web browser. Today, Vivaldi Technologies announced that Vivaldi Mail is ready for public testing. Launched as a technical preview, it is integrated into the latest snapshot of the Vivaldi web browser. Users need to enable the mail component manually for the time being to start using it. Here is how you enable Vivaldi Mail right now: Load vivaldi://experiments/ in the address bar of the browser. Check the Calendar, Mail, Feeds experiment. Restart Vivaldi. Select Mail from the sidebar panel and click on the button to add your first account. Adding an account is quite easy, all it takes most of the time is to enter the email address and in the second step the account password. You do get a handful of options, e.g. to enable prefetch or add a sender name and signature. The new component combines a mail client, a feed reader and a calendar. Vivaldi Mail supports IMAP and POP3, and that means that you can integrate any email client in Vivaldi Mail provided that it supports one of the two standards. The option to create a Vivaldi account and integrate it in Vivaldi Mail is also provided. The mail component supports multiple email accounts that you can all add to the client, similarly to how you can add multiple accounts to Microsoft Outlook or Mozilla Thunderbird. Vivaldi Mail uses a layout with three panes. The left sidebar, called the Mail panel, displays mail folders and accounts, and feeds. All mails of the selected folder are listed at the top and the selected mail is displayed at the bottom of the interface. Options to change the default view modes are provided, e.g. to switch to a horizontally split layout instead of the default three-columns layout. You can toggle a lot of what is displayed by default to hide certain components; this is true for custom folders, mailing lists, Feeds, junk and trash buttons. Additionally, you may select to only display unread emails by default to better focus on these. The Mail Panel displays unseen and unread counters for all folders that it displays; the difference between the two is that unseen refers to new emails that you have never seen before while unread refers to seen emails that you have not dealt with yet. In other words, unseen is the number for all new emails, unread for all emails that you have not marked as read yet. Vivaldi Mail supports saving searches as filters; useful if you run the same search over and over again and want to speed things up a bit in the future. Labels are supported as well and they do get synced, even if you use a different client, e.g. Thunderbird, on another device. Adding feeds is not as intuitive as it could be, as this can only be done in the Settings and not directly from the mail interface. Another thing that needs to be supported is the importing and exporting of OPML files so that users can migrate from another feed reader to Vivaldi Mail or export their feeds. Since it is a preview, it is possible that these smaller usability issues will get addressed in future versions. The feed reader works really well and is easy to use. Some features of the mail component can be used here as well, e.g. to add flags to specific feed posts or labels. The engineers have added keyboard shortcuts to Vivaldi Mail to speed up things for users who prefer to use the keyboard. You can reply with a tap on "R", forward emails with "F", mark emails "K" or entire threads "M" as read, or perma-delete emails with the shortcut Shift-M. Another handy feature is that Vivaldi keeps track of the history so that you can go back and forth in mail folders using the history buttons. Mails can be send right away, or you may queue them to bulk-send once you are done. The calendar is the third and final component of Vivaldi Mail. It supports syncing through a Vivaldi account or any other CalDAV calender. Users may select to keep all the data local, but syncing is supported if required. The calender supports a number of useful features including inline editing, simple creation of events, different layouts to view the data, a handy year overview option, full keyboard accessibility and more. You can check out the very detailed blog post on the Vivaldi blog for additional details. Closing Words Vivaldi will be one of the few web browsers with a mail component once it launches in stable; this alone sets it apart from major browsers who don't offer these components. While you can add feed support via extensions to some, mail is not something that you may add using extensions. The technical preview looks good already and it works fine. The feed reader is fast, but it needs a bit of work on the usability side, and it remains to be seen if it is capable of managing hundreds of feed subscriptions without performance issues. All in all, it is a very promising start for Vivaldi Mail. Vivaldi Mail, Feed Reader and Calendar can now be tested
  12. Vivaldi 3.6 for Android introduces Page Actions feature ivaldi Technologies released the first major version update of 2021 for the company's Vivaldi browser for the Android operating system today. Vivaldi 3.6 for Android follow's last week's release of Vivaldi 3.6 for desktop operating systems. The update is already available on Google Play and as a consequence as a direct update on devices that support it. Vivaldi 3.6 introduces a number of new features including one that is called Page Actions. Page Actions allows users of the browser to modify the appearance of sites by applying preset filters. A tap on the Vivaldi menu and the selection of Page Actions from the menu that opens displays the available filters. Available filters range from grayscale and black & white to inverting colors and a page minimap that is displayed next to a site's scrollbar in the Vivaldi browser. Vivaldi users may apply one or multiple filters on a page, and these are applied instantly when selected. The selection is remembered by the mobile browser for the entire site. Filters are applied to any page you visit on the site in question, even across browsing sessions. Filters may be reset by toggling them in the Page Actions menu while you are on the site they are applied to. Vivaldi 3.6 for supports other new features besides Page Actions. The developers have added a QR Code scanner to the application which users may launch by long-tapping on the Vivaldi app icon and selecting Scan QR Code, by selecting the option in the URL field, or through the search widget. The scanner uses the device's camera, and you need to give Vivaldi permission to use it. Once done, you are able to scan QR codes with the device's camera. The new mobile version of Vivaldi introduces support for external download managers, which can be configured under Vivaldi Menu > Settings > Downloads > External Download Manager. A third-party program needs to be installed, and it may then be selected in Vivaldi to handle file downloads. The last new feature introduces a medium size option for Speed Dial tiles on the start page and new tab page of the web browser. Vivaldi is available for free for devices running Android 5 or higher. The first version of the Vivaldi web browser for Android was released in 2019. Closing Words Vivaldi 3.6 is a usability update first and foremost. The new Page Actions feature provides users with options to change the appearance of a site. The available filters are limited in this release. A filter to turn off images or media files on a specific site would come in handy, among other things. Source: Vivaldi 3.6 for Android introduces Page Actions feature
  13. Vivaldi 3.7 with major performance improvements released Vivaldi Technologies released a new stable version of the company's web browser. Vivaldi 3.7 focuses to a large extent on improving the performance of the browser in several areas. One point of criticism that Vivaldi faced ever since it introduced the browser was that the performance of the web browser was not as good as that of Google Chrome or many other Chromium-based browsers. Vivaldi 3.7 is already available. It is offered via in-browser updates, which happen automatically on most systems, but also as a direct download from the official Vivaldi website. vers Vivaldi 3.7 is the first stable version of the browser that supports Apple's latest ARM-based M1 processors natively. The new chips give all applications a performance boost, and Vivaldi Technology states that users who run the browser on M1 processor hardware will get two times the performance on Mac devices. Performance has improved in several other areas. All desktop versions of Vivaldi open tabs (up to) twice as fast as before according to the release notes when compared to Vivaldi 3.6, the previous version of the browser. Opening of tabs is faster now — facilitating a better user experience and increasing speed up to 2x as fast as the previous version (based on our internal benchmarks*). Vivaldi itself loads faster as well in version 3.7. The company notes that the browser opens new windows 26% faster on average than before. Mileage may vary depending on the hardware of the machine Vivaldi is run on and the operating system. Engineers have added other features to the browser, many of the amp up usability in one department or another: The periodic reload feature is now also available for Web Panels. Web Panels are displayed in the sidebar in the browser when used. Tabs featured the periodic reload option already, automating page refreshes. Ideal for auction sites, news sites, and sites that post new content regularly. A new tab stack creating option; this one creates tab stacks by host, ideal to put all those pages from Ghacks into a single tab stack for easier handling. The right-click context menu that appears on web pages can be customized now, similarly to how other menus of the browser can be customized. Just open Settings > Appearance, select one of the new menu options under Menu Customization, and add, remove or edit the menu entries. The menus are divided into types, e.g. audio and video, links, or text fields. Quick Commands bold the keyword that you searched in the new release, and it is possible to use the periodic reload feature here, by typing "periodic reload 2" to reload the active tab every 2 minutes. The process of updating silently on Windows has started. Closing Words Vivaldi Technologies is listening to its user base by improving the performance of the web browser and adding more customization options to it. The ability to edit context menu items in the browser is a welcome addition, as it allows users to create custom context menus that are perfectly suited for them. Source: Vivaldi 3.7 with major performance improvements released
  14. Vivaldi explains how it managed to speed up the browser Vivaldi Technologies released version 3.7 of its Vivaldi web browser recently. Vivaldi 3.7 included major performance boosts, specifically in regards to tabs and windows in the browser. Performance benchmarks released by the company suggest that the browser opens tabs twice as fast as before now and that windows open 26% faster than before. One question that arose from this was how Vivaldi's engineers managed to integrate the speed improvements in the browser, considering that it is based on Chromium, the same core that many other browsers, including Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Brave and Opera use. The company published a blog post on its site explaining how it integrated the improvements in the browser: We have essentially reworked the PageStore, a component we like to think of as the beating heart of the Vivaldi UI. The PageStore is where tabs store information about their state so that they can access the information later. Engineers changed the logic of PageStore, a major component that is part of Vivaldi. The improved PageStore will ignore change scenarios that don't change anything effectively; this reliefs the user interface from having to react to these changes and that in turn improves the performance. Vivaldi Technologies made the changes to the parts of the browser that are specific to the Vivaldi browser, and not to the Chromium core. If the improvements would have been made to the Chromium core, all browsers based on Chromium would benefit from these improvements. By focusing on improving the performance of these unique parts of the browser, Vivaldi Technologies managed to give the browser a performance boost that is significant and only applies to it and not to other Chromium-based browsers. One criticism that Vivaldi faced in recent years was that it was a bit slower than other Chromium-based browsers. While it is still very fast, it is probably the Chromium-based browser with the highest level of customization options, and that impacts performance somewhat. Vivaldi users will benefit from the improvements made to the performance of the web browser, and the changes, implemented in Vivaldi 3.7 and future changes, may attract more users to the browser as well. Source: Vivaldi explains how it managed to speed up the browser
  15. Vivaldi 3.8 takes care of annoying cookie dialogs for you Vivaldi Technologies have released Vivaldi 3.8, the latest version of the company's web browser, for all supported operating systems. The new Vivaldi version introduces a new option that Vivaldi calls Cookie Crumbler, options to change language settings independently from the operating system on Android, and a firm confirmation that Vivaldi won't include Google's FLoC. The update is already available, and most installations should receive the update automatically thanks to the program's built-in updating functionality. You can check the installed version by loading vivaldi://about/ in the browser's address bar. Vivaldi checks for updates when the page is opened and will download and install any that it finds during the scan. The latest version of the Vivaldi browser can be downloaded from the official project website as well. Cookie Crumbler Cookie Crumbler is a new option that is introduced in Vivaldi 3.8. It is a feature of Vivaldi's built-in content blocker, and needs to be enabled before it is taking care of cookie prompts that you may get when you visit websites on the Internet. To enable it, go to Vivaldi Menu > Settings > Privacy > Tracker and Ad blocking - Manage Sources -- Ad blocking sources, and check one of the available "remove cookie warnings" lists on the page. Vivaldi supports two filter lists that take care of cookie dialogs, courtesy of EasyList Cookie List and I don't care about cookies. Once enabled, Vivaldi will block cookie dialogs on sites, provided that a filter on the activated list matches the site or the cookie script that is used. The developers note that some sites may not work properly or at all if consent is not given. The team recommends disabling the functionality on these sites if they need to be accessed. The new functionality is available in desktop and in the mobile version of the browser. Other changes in Vivaldi 3.8 Vivaldi engineers added the FLoC component in the new Vivaldi version to the blacklist, which means that it won't be included in any future version of the browser. Previously, FLoC was prevented from working by making sure that a hidden setting was not enabled. On the desktop, Vivaldi Panels received a refresh with new options: Enable opacity for the panel background (also affects Speed Dial title background) Frosted Look option by enabling blurring. Transparent tab bar. Users who prefer the old way need to make sure that the opacity is set to 100% and that the Transparent tab bar is disabled. A new shortcut to add bookmarks to Vivaldi without dialog has been added in the desktop versions. Just press Ctrl-D or CMD-D (on Mac) to add a bookmark without need to open the dialog. The dialog has several new options; it can be displayed with a click on the bookmark icon or by invoking the shortcut twice. New options include creating new folders in the dialog, browsing the full tree-view structure of bookmarks, and quick filters between regular bookmark folders and speed dial folders. Two new features are available in Quick Commands. First, the ability to toggle mouse gestures on or off, and second, to display extension pop-ups by typing the extension's name. The mobile version of the Vivaldi browser, available for Android, has a new feature to set a language for Vivaldi that can be different than the system language. Go to Settings > Language Settings > App Language to set one of the 41 supported languages as the default. Vivaldi users who display the address bar at the bottom of the page may now add a Start Page shortcut to it under Vivaldi Menu > Settings > Appearance. Source: Vivaldi 3.8 takes care of annoying cookie dialogs for you
  16. Vivaldi introduces ad-blocker in latest browser snapshot Vivaldi continues its work of integrating protective features into the company's web browser. The company launched tracking protection in a recent snapshot to block known trackers automatically when the feature is enabled. The latest snapshot goes a step further by introducing a full-blown ad-blocker in the web browser. Vivaldi announced the change last week on the official desktop snapshots blog. In an earlier snapshot, we introduced a tracking blocker. Today we take this a step further and offer a more complete, built-in ad blocker for those who want it. We are adding this because many of you are already using ad blockers, in the form of extensions, but would prefer something maintained by us. Vivaldi notes that the ad-blocker complements the tracking blocking functionality but does not supersede it. Users of the browser who want both protections need to enable the full blocking level in the browser's settings. Vivaldi does not reveal information about the ad-blocking functionality that it integrated into the browser. It appears to be list-based but it is unclear which blocking list or lists it uses. A quick test showed that it blocked advertisement on the majority of sites visited while the feature was enabled in the browser. Vivaldi users need to enable ad-blocking in the settings as it is disabled by default. Here is how that is done: Select Vivaldi Menu > Tools > Settings. Open the Privacy tab once the Settings window opened. Scroll down to the Tracker and Ad Blocking section. Switch the Blocking Level to "Block Trackers and Ads". The changes take effect immediately, a restart is not required. Management of the feature is limited at the time of writing. The only option that is provided is to create exceptions for sites. If you want to exclude Ghacks from the blocking, you'd need to click on the Shield icon while on the site and switch the blocking level to no blocking or tracker blocking. All exceptions are listed on the Settings page underneath the Blocking Level preference. There it is possible to remove sites from the exceptions list. Note that you can also add sites to the block list this way if the blocking level is not set to block tracking and/or advertisement. Closing Words The native ad-blocking worked well during tests and it may persuade some users to switch from using an extension for that to using the built-in functionality. Some users may skip it for now as it offers less features than extension-based content blockers such as uBlock Origin; theser offer features such as custom filters, blocking list managements, additional protections, or options to block certain elements on sites which Vivaldi does not support at the time of writing. Source: Vivaldi introduces ad-blocker in latest browser snapshot (gHacks - Martin Brinkmann)
  17. Vivaldi 2.11 released with new keyboard tricks and pop-out video improvements Vivaldi Technologies has released Vivaldi 2.11 for the desktop a moment ago. The new stable version of the Vivaldi web browser is available as a direct download from the official company website and as an automatic update from within Vivaldi provided that automatic updating has not been turned off. To run a check for update in the browser select Menu > Help > Check for Updates. The browser queries the Vivaldi server to find out if an update is available, and if it is, downloads and installs it. Vivaldi 2.11 Vivaldi 2.11 introduces several usability changes including focus shifting when using the keyboard, support for dark and light settings of the operating system, and pop-out video improvements. Operating System Theme support improvements Vivaldi's rather unique theme scheduling feature, introduced in Vivaldi 1.4, allows users to change themes automatically based on the time of day. The company introduced a new option to the theme scheduling feature that honor the theme setting of the operating system. Just open the Settings of the web browser and check the "Use Operating System Theme" option under Scheduled Themes. There you may select a light and dark theme that you want applied to the browser. Focus Shifting If you use keyboard shortcuts in Vivaldi, which is without doubt one of the strengths of the web browser, then you may like the new focus shifting feature when using the keyboard. Vivaldi engineers mapped functions to the F6 key to cycle between major interface elements. Tap on F6 to cycle between different areas such as the webpage, bookmarks bar, tab bar, and address bar. From there, it is easy to use the keyboard to navigate to certain elements, e.g. by using the arrow keys. F6, and Shift-F6 which reverses the direction of activation, are enabled by default in Vivaldi 2.11. Pop-out Video The pop-out video allows you to watch videos in a dedicated frame by moving the video content to its own video. Vivaldi has supported the feature for a long time but up until now, it was a bit cumbersome to activate it. Vivaldi displays a pop-out icon in the video interface when you hover the mouse over it. A click plays the video in its own frame, another moves it back to its original location. Other improvements Vivaldi 2.11 comes with upgraded developer tools according to the release notes. Another change improves fullscreen tab casting. Tip: find out how to speed up the Vivaldi web browser. Source: Vivaldi 2.11 released with new keyboard tricks and pop-out video improvements (gHacks - Martin Brinkmann) [nSane Software & Updates post... Vivaldi 2.11.1811.33 ]
  18. Vivaldi 2.10 is out with compatibility improvements A new version of the Vivaldi web browser was released on December 19, 2019. Vivaldi 2.10 features compatibility improvements and usability enhancements. Vivaldi 2.10 is already available as an in-browser update. Vivaldi users may select Menu > Help > Check for updates to run a manual update check or wait until the new version is pushed to the device automatically. The new version of Vivaldi is also available on the official company website for all supported operating systems. Vivaldi 2.10 Vivaldi Technologies noticed that some sites on the Internet would block access to the Vivaldi browser outright or modify functionality instead; this is caused by sites using user-agent sniffing to determine the browser that is connecting to the site. Vivaldi is based on Chromium and it should work on all sites that Chrome and other Chromium browsers work on. While that is the case, some sites did block Vivaldi in the past nevertheless. To improve compatibility, Vivaldi engineers decided to drop the Vivaldi part of the user agent string to prevent sites from discriminating against the browser. Vivaldi uses the classic user agent only on a certain number of sites including several search engines and the company's own website. The latest Windows version of Vivaldi returns the following user agent at the time of writing: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 10.0; Win64; x64) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/79.0.3945.94 Safari/537.36 Vivaldi created a video that explains the concept further: Another new feature in Vivaldi 2.10 introduces support for matching the browser user interface to the color scheme used by the operating system. The feature needs to be enabled under Settings > Themes > Scheduled Themes > Use Operating System Theme so that any pre-installed or custom theme may be used in light or dark mode. The last stable Vivaldi release of 2019 features a number of additional improvements. The browser's Quick Commands feature should perform better than before. Additionally, users may notice address bar and extensions improvements (toggle) in the new browser version. As is the case with every Vivaldi release, the browser's core has been updated to a new Chromium version. Closing Words User agent sniffing is abused in this day and age, sometimes by large Internet companies that operate browsers of their own. The change should improve compatibility significantly and reduce the likelihood of Vivaldi users running into sites that don't load properly or block access outright. Tip: find out how to speed up the Vivaldi web browser. Source: Vivaldi 2.10 is out with compatibility improvements (gHacks - Martin Brinkmann) [News & Updates post... Vivaldi 2.10.1745.21 ]
  19. Vivaldi 2.10.1745.23 Download Page - https://vivaldi.com/download/ Download: 32-bit: https://downloads.vivaldi.com/stable/Vivaldi.2.10.1745.23.exe 64-bit: https://downloads.vivaldi.com/stable/Vivaldi.2.10.1745.23.x64.exe
  20. Vivaldi releases second Beta of its Android browser Vivaldi Technologies, the company behind the Vivaldi web browser, released the second Beta of the upcoming Vivaldi mobile browser for Android on December 5, 2019. The company released the first, long-awaited, version of its Android browser back in September and has been working on improvements since then. The new version is already available on Google Play. Users who have installed the previous beta may notice that it is updated automatically eventually; users who don't want to wait can force the update in the Google Play application or the browser's Play Store webpage. Vivaldi Beta 2 for Android is a big update that introduces new features and changes to the mobile browser. As is the case with most Vivaldi updates, a lot of development time went into improving the browser's usability. Users of the Android version of Vivaldi find a whole assortment of new features in the Settings: Swipe to close tab -- Can be enabled in the Settings to quickly close open tabs in the Tab Switcher by swiping them to the left or right of the screen. Show scrollbars on internal pages -- The option displays scrollbars on Vivaldi's internal pages which provides a position indicator. Always show desktop site -- When enabled, tries to load the desktop version of visited sites automatically instead of mobile pages. But there is more. It is now possible to delete all bookmarks and notes marked for deletion with a single tap on the "empty trash" icon. The browser's Start page received several improvements as well. Vivaldi added drag & drop support to the Speed Dials to allow them to be rearranged by the user. A long-tap displays a context menu with options such as edit or delete, and a tap on the plus icon adds a new Speed Dial to the current folder. The Vivaldi Search widget may be placed on the home screen to run searches directly from it (without opening Vivaldi first). Additionally, there is support for running the beta 2 of the browser on Chromebooks, improved stability, and thinner icons in the UI. Closing Words It is too early to give a final verdict but if Vivaldi Technologies manages to add as many features and options to the Android version as it has added to the desktop version, it could easily become as successful. Not all Internet users want customizations and options but those who do, may have something to look forward to. Source: Vivaldi releases second Beta of its Android browser (gHacks - Martin Brinkmann)
  21. Vivaldi adds a clock with alarm and timer to browser The latest snapshot of the Vivaldi web browser displays a clock in the status bar of the browser that supports alarm and timer functionality. One of the things that I like about Vivaldi is that its developers add all kinds of useful but optional usability features to the web browser. One of the latest feature is a clock which the developers added to the browser's status bar.The status bar is actually one of these usability features. Most web browsers, Firefox and Chrome, dropped the status bar or never made use of it. Vivaldi has a status bar and it displays lots of options to the user, e.g. changing zoom, disabling images, capturing the page, and more. The clock is another optional feature. While it is displayed by default, it can easily be hidden from the status bar if it is not required. We’ve added a built in clock to the status bar. This also gives you the ability to quickly set alarms, either in the form of a count down or to a specific time in the future. Vivaldi's team added timer and countdown functionality to the clock that you may activate when you left or right-click on the time. A left-click displays the countdown and alarm options. Both options are self-explanatory: use countdown to have the clock count down the specified hours/minutes, and alarm to set an alarm for a specific time of the day, e.g. for meetings, lunch, or breaks. You may assign presets to both options to re-use these with the click of the button instead of having to configure them each time you plan on using them. A right-click displays options to set countdown or alarm presets right away, to change the display of the clock in the status bar including its style and label, and to hide the clock on the status bar. Closing Words A clock in the status bar may not be a revolutionary feature but it may be useful to some users of the browser. Those who have no use for the feature can hide it easily using the right-click context menu. Source: Vivaldi adds a clock with alarm and timer to browser (gHacks - Martin Brinkmann)
  22. Vivaldi Technologies has just released Vivaldi 4.3 for the desktop and for Android. The new version of the web browser is a significant upgrade, as it improves several key tools and features of Vivaldi, and improves user privacy further at the same time. Vivaldi 4.3 is already available. The browser should pick up the new version automatically and install it. Users who don't want to wait can go to Vivaldi Menu > Help > Check for Updates to run a manual check for the update on desktop systems. The browser should pick up the new version and install it at that point. Vivaldi 4.3 Vivaldi engineers have disabled the Idle Detection API in the browser on desktop and in Android versions of the browser. Google introduced the API in Chromium and Google Chrome recently. Websites need to request permission to access the API. If they do get permission, they may check for idle activity, e.g. for interactions with the keyboard or mouse. Mozilla and Apple announced already that they won't implement the API because of privacy concerns and no real-world scenarios that justify implementing it. Vivaldi 4.3 has disabled the API, which means that sites can't ask for permission to gain access to the API. Vivaldi users may enable it by visiting Settings > Privacy, and changing the status of the Idle Detection field from Block to "Ask" or "Allow". Ask displays prompts in the browser whenever a site requests permission to use the Idle Detection API, allow gives it that permission without user interaction. Vivaldi Translate Vivaldi introduced translate functionality in Vivaldi 4.0 earlier this year and improved the functionality in Vivaldi 4.2 when it added options to translate bits of text on webpages (and not just the full website). The self-hosted solution is privacy-friendly, as communication happens only between the user's system and Vivaldi's servers. One point of criticism was that the number of supported languages was comparatively low; this changes with the release of Vivaldi 4.3 as the number of supported languages has been increased by 68 to a total of 108 languages. Vivaldi Translate offers two main functions: Right-click on selected text to translate the selection to another language. Translate the entire webpage with a click on the translate icon or interaction with the translate prompt. Other changes in Vivaldi 4.3 Improved and visually refreshed screen capturing tool with ability to resize screenshots right in the browser. Sync setup has been improved in the new browser version: "Now more intuitive, the revamped Sync is polished with icons and colors that draw attention to key features and options and improves account setup and recovery". Download panel displays a graph now that displays download speed over time visually. Also, new buttons to restart downloads or find downloads on the system. Mail and Calendar OAuth login has been changed to be exclusively for the Mail and Calendar tool, and not the browser anymore. It prevents sign-in to all Google services when users access Gmail in the Mail tool (and sign-in to access the data). Also, new drag & drop support for attachments. Vivaldi' Feed Reader supports subscribing to YouTube channels without being signed-in to a YouTube or Google account. Vivaldi 4.3 supports the installation of PWA. Vivaldi 4.3 for Android supports the new Tab Stack Toolbar feature. It allows users to change tabs within a Tab Stack while they are on a webpage. Vivaldi 4.3: translate, usability and privacy improvements
  23. Vivaldi released a new version of its Vivaldi web browser for Android on August 4, 2021. Vivaldi 4.1 is available via Google Play for devices running Android 5 or higher. Existing users may select Vivaldi Menu > About Vivaldi to display the application version that is installed on the device. Vivaldi 4.1 for Android Stay in Browser Stay in Browser is one of the features that is introduced in Vivaldi 4.1. The option attempts to keep the browsing in Vivaldi, even if an application is installed on the device that would pick up the browsing. Take eBay or Amazon as an example; if you have installed the official apps, links in browsers that point to these services will be opened in the installed apps and not in the browser. May not be a problem for some users, but if you like to browse the different Stores, e.g. eBay's UK, United States and German stores, you will notice that you cannot do so on mobile with the app installed. The same is true for myriads of other service links, e.g. those pointing to YouTube videos, Twitter or Reddit. Vivaldi's Stay in Browser feature blocks these external navigations. It worked fine for eBay in a quick test, the app was not opened when I opened links on eBay's UK website. Do the following to enable Stay in Browser in Vivaldi: Select Vivaldi Menu and then Settings to open the Preferences. Scroll all the way down and toggle "Stay in Browser". Vivaldi blocks the opening of pages in external applications "when possible" if the feature is enabled. Simply toggle the feature again to disable it. New Tab Settings Vivaldi 4.1 introduces several new tab settings, which give users more flexibility when it comes to working with multiple tabs in the browser. Vivaldi is one of the few browsers that may display a tab bar, usually only shown on desktop browsers, in the mobile version. Here are the mobile browser's new tab settings that define how new tabs are opened: After Active Tab (default) -- opens a new tab after the active tab. After Related Tabs -- links are opened next to their "parent" tab. As Last Tab -- opens new tabs at the end of the tab bar. As Tab Stack with Related Tab -- creates a new tab stack with the active tab and the new tab. You find the new options under Vivaldi Menu > Settings > New Tab Position. Also Tab related, is the option to enable Tab Stacks functionality in Vivaldi for Android. The feature works similarly to how Tab grouping works in Chrome for Android and other Chromium-based browsers. Tab Stacks are not yet displayed in the tab bar, if enabled, it appears. Closing Words Vivaldi continues to introduce usability features in its mobile and desktop browser. Stay in Browser is a mighty useful feature for users who prefer to keep using the browser when opening links, even if a dedicated application is installed. Sometimes, you may not want the dedicated application to open, and Stay in Browser is perfect for that. One downside is that you don't have an option currently to open links in external applications if you want to. The only option is to disable the feature before activating the link. Vivaldi 4.1 for Android: stay in browser feature and tab stacks support
  24. Vivaldi Browser 4.1 introduces Accordion Tabs and Automation Vivaldi Technologies released Vivaldi Browser 4.1 Stable on July 28, 2021. The new version of the Vivaldi Browser is the first major version of the web browser after the release of Vivaldi 4.0, which introduced beta versions of a mail client, feed reader and calendar among other improvements. Vivaldi 4.1 Vivaldi 4.1 is already available and it is distributed automatically using the built-in updating functionality. Desktop users may select Vivaldi Menu > Help > Check for updates to run a manual check and get the new version downloaded and installed right away; the automatic distribution may take longer. Accordion Tabs Ashwin reviewed Accordion Tabs recently already in a snapshot release of Vivaldi. The new browser version introduces a third Tab Stacking option. Vivaldi introduced support for tab stacks in the first release version of the browser and for two-level stacks in version 3.6. Compact displays a small bar on top of the tab that reveals if multiple tabs are stacked. Two-Level adds another tabs toolbar that lists all available tabs of a stack when selected. The new Accordion tab stacking feature introduces yet another option. It adds a small icon to the right of tabs with stacks. The default behavior expands the selection automatically when a stacked tab is selected, but this can be disabled in the options; if that is the case, users need to click on the tab to expand the selection of tabs that it holds. Accordion Tabs work similarly to Chromium's Tab Grouping feature. It uses a single toolbar and allows users to expand or retract tab groups in that toolbar to display all included tabs or make room for other tabs. The new tab stacking option is not enabled by default. Open the Preferences and go to Tabs > Tab Stacking to enable it. Vivaldi 4.1 supports command chains, an option to automate multiple actions in the browser using a single command. Command Chains need to be set up before they become available. Command Chains may be used to open multiple webpages with a single command, or you may combine that with the creation of a new tab stack, or open a site in fullscreen and Reader Mode whenever you execute a command. New chains can be configured in the Preferences under Quick Commands > Command Chains. You may assign keyboard shortcuts or mouse gestures to execute them with the shortcut or the gesture. Since Vivaldi's menus are fully customizable, you may also add command chains to one of the menus. Vivaldi 4.1 introduces silent updates on Windows to improve the updating behavior. You may disable the new behavior under Preferences > General > Updates > Show Update Settings > Automatically download and install updates. Vivaldi's Reader Mode displays articles in a distraction-free reading environment. The tool displays an estimated reading length now when you open it. Vivaldi Browser 4.1 introduces Accordion Tabs and Automation Frontpaged: Vivaldi 4.1.2369.11
  25. First Look at Vivaldi Browser's Command Chains feature Vivaldi Technologies is testing a new feature called Command Chains currently in the Vivaldi Browser. Command Chains allow users to chain commands so that all of them are executed when invoked. Sometimes, you may want to perform multiple actions in your browser of choice. A simple example is the opening of two or more websites, or deleting browsing history before closing the browser. While you can perform these one after the other, you may also use Command Chains for that, if you use Vivaldi. Command Chains can be configured under Settings > Quick Commands > Command Chains. You may configure as many as you want, and Vivaldi ships with three test chains that you may analyze to figure out how these work. Click on the plus icon to create a custom chain. Type a descriptive name and start adding commands to it. Vivaldi's quick commands can be used for that. Quick Commands, for those who have never used them, can be executed from the Quick Commands overlay, which you invoke with a tap on the F2-key (or Ctrl-E). The command fields support filtering; all you have to do is type part of the name of the command, e.g. open, and select one of the commands. You may also browse the entire listing without typing anything. Additional information may be required depending on the command. If you select "open link in new tab", you need to specify the link that you want the command to open. Click on the plus-icon to add more commands. Options to delay commands are available to delay the execution of the next command (using the sleep command). Once you are done with the chain, select the "test chain" button to run the entire chain and see if it works correctly. Chains can be executed from the quick commands menu. You may also assign keyboard shortcuts or mouse gestures to individual chains to execute them using these two options. Closing Words Command chaining is a powerful feature that enables you to run multiple commands quickly. It is a power user feature that needs to be set up before it can be used. Vivaldi users who set up command chains may improve productivity doing so. Besides common tasks such as opening multiple sites or toggling fullscreen mode and reader mode, advanced tasks may be created that perform a dozen or more commands. One of the preset chains opens multiple links, selects some of the opened tabs, stack the selection and tile them. An option to map chains to a button that you can place in the toolbar could be useful as well, but is not available. Command Chains are available in the latest Vivaldi development build. The next stable release will include the feature. First Look at Vivaldi Browser's Command Chains feature FrontPaged: Vivaldi 4.0.2312.38
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