Vivaldi

The browser you just might have been looking for

Announced today; April 6th 2016, was the 1.0 version of the new web browser Vivaldi. Made by more or less the same team that developed the browser called Opera.

The browser (Opera) we once loved has changed its direction. Sadly, it is no longer serving its community of users and contributors — who helped build the browser in the first place.
So we came to a natural conclusion: we must make a new browser.
—Jon

Your browser, your way

Unlimited customizability!

Most of the web browsers today relies more on extensions or add-ons to further make one’s browsing experience according to what the s/he needs. Vivaldi boasts on its built-in capabilities to adapt to the user instead of the other way around. To justify this testimony, I’m gonna show you my own screenshots when I first launched the application.

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These screenshots just show the tip of the iceberg; it’s the layout settings! Don’t bother if you don’t quite understand it much yet. You can even skip the screenshots entirely so I wouldn’t spoil your first experience with Vivaldi!

My favourite features

I’m sure you’ll like them too!

Vivaldi has tons of rich new and updated features. Here are my personal favourites!

Quick commands

Looking for something? Hit F2

I’m a shortcut/keyboard guy. When I am programming on my IDE’s, I memorize every important shortcut almost unconsciously. But what happens when you jump from a development environment to another? Well, you mix up the shortcut keys, that’s for sure. And they tend to do different stuff from the other. Luckily, Vivaldi solves this problem by giving you the power to have all shortcuts in one key!

F2

Yeah, that’s right! F2! I LOVE customizability, and just like Sublime and Atom, Vivaldi has a smart search tool that allows to search for itself for any intrinsic function. (You can even bind or rebind a key for that function!)

Built-in Notes

Hey look, something awesome. Gotta save that ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

Where do you usually keep your bookmarks? or important links? or save-for-later-but-I-always-forget links?

To answer that question, I put them wherever I find the most convenient. But sometimes, in the heat of the moment, I just tend to summon my favourite text editor, paste that link, and close it, or click on the bookmark icon, take a screenshot of it or something like that. Most of the time, I forget that I even saved those things.

There is a similar feature in Microsoft Edge called Reading List. I used to save any cool stuff I want to read later there, and then remove it afterwards I finished reading it. And honestly, this is the only feature that makes me come back to Edge from time to time.

Edge also has a Make a Web Note feature but it’s too clunky for me; a PC user. Edge is best used for a 2-in-1 like Surface  devices which is really designed for a more tactile experience. However, Vivaldi’s approach combined both of these 2. So, I got my 2 favourite features in one! And Vivaldi has done it actually better.

As a first time user… uhhh.. how do I make a note again? Oh right, F2. Everything is in F2. *wink*

Download Vivaldi

Still not sold? Come on!

I could go expanding that list on and on until the team announces a new build, but if you are not sold with even just those features, you can see all of them in their official website!

What? I’m lazy?

Nooo! Of course I don’t want to spoil everything to you! Now go child! What are you waiting for! Download it now! (I don’t want to put the download link here for security reasons) On their official website!