Vivaldi – a new web browser for demanding users

Vivaldi Technologies has launched the first major release of its desktop browser – Vivaldi 1.0.

Vivaldi originally aimed to target users who struggle to fit multiple open tabs on one screen.

“We set out on a mission to make web browsers powerful again,” said Jon von Tetzchner, Vivaldi head and Opera Software co-founder.

Vivaldi is built on Chromium, Google’s open-source browser project on which Google Chrome is built.

The browser supports Chrome add-ons, though the company said you shouldn’t need too many thanks to its standard features.

Key features included in Vivaldi 1.0 are listed below.


Tab Stacks, Tab Stack Tiling, and Sessions

Tab Stacks lets you create groups of tabs by dragging one tab onto another.

You can then tile the stack, which will display all the tabs in a stack on the screen at the same time.

You can also save your favourite set of tabs.

Vivaldi tab stacks and tab previews


Notes

Mark a quote and save it as a note.

Vivaldi Notes interface


Quick commands, gestures, and shortcuts

Access open tabs, bookmarks, history, and settings through a command interface.

Users can also type a character to specify a particular search engine they want to use.

Typing “w List of common misconceptions” will take you to the English Wikipedia, for example.

Vivaldi also supports mouse gestures and keyboard shortcuts that remove the need to click on buttons or traverse a context menu.

Vivaldi quick commands interface


Speed Dial

Vivaldi lets you add websites to a dashboard, automatically creating a thumbnail image from a screenshot of the site.

Vivaldi 1.0.151.7 Speed Dial showing a folder and site screenshot


Web Panels

View websites in your Vivaldi sidebar.

Vivaldi Web Panel showing Twitter alongside MyBroadband


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