Vivaldi is the new contender to join the race of powerful web browsers. With recent announcements of the Spartan project by Microsoft, it seems it’s gonna be a tough competition. Tetzchner the Co-founder and former CEO of Opera after leaving it in 2011, builds Vivaldi in December 2013 along with Tatsuki the co-founder.
Tatsuki on being asked by TNW, why did they build a new browser as there’s already many in the market, said that “We feel that there’s need for more powerful browsers for people who actually want more” and also added “most browsers in the market today are offering similar, non differentiated and are relatively simple.”
Vivaldi is available as a Technical Preview, which you can download from their site. It runs on the same rendering engine as of Chrome, called Chromium(Blink) and is built using modern web technologies like React, Node.js and many other Node modules. The whole development is community driven and features being added on user demands.
I’ve been using it for more than 4 days and here are some of it’s power features that urged me to download it.
1. Tab Stacking
Tab stacking is one of the brand new feature. As shown in the above GIF. I’ve stacked 3 sites into 1 tab. When Hovered over the tab I get 3 small windows popped out for particular sites. You can also use shortcut ctrl+3 for previous tab and ctrl+4 for next. Tab switching is smooth, they’ve made it simple but extremely productive. One of the great features for researchers to stack sites with specific topics into 1 tab. I’d like an option to gives names to the Tab stacks to easily identify them if there are 3 or more.
2. Quick Commands
Press F2 and you get option to search for commands, press enter and it’s done. Just like OS X’s Spotlight. You also get ability to customize shortcut for all the commands. It looks like their community is powered by Geeks to have such features come into their browser.
3. Speed Dialing
Speed dialing, a feature adopted from Opera, indeed makes vivaldi more productive. You can create new folder to group sites. While adding you also are suggested from your most visited sites. Good feature.
4. Page Actions
Page actions provides webpage specific features which other browser might need an extension or plugin to get them working, but, vivaldi has it built-in. Page actions such as content blocker blocks all the Ads across all the opened sites. You get options to filter the site in different forms. You can create outlines around content, helpful for web developers to study a site and also remove transitions from the site to make it run faster. Page actions option is available in the bottom right corner along with zooming and specific icon to disable images on a webpage.
Another built in feature which most browsers need a plug-in to run. Notes in vivaldi help you remember things about sites by adding urls and taking screenshots with just a click. It’s fast and easy and searchable. You can also create folders. There’s whole different panel for bookmarks, downloads and stuff, as you can see above. You also get ability to add contact and it also have Mail feature which will be coming soon.
The browser is community driven, user demand are fulfilled that’s the greatest point. Let’s see, does Vivaldi stand out from other browser or does it get added into the category of “Just another browser”. With Microsoft’s Spartan coming in, it’s gonna be a fight to watch.