The Vivaldi web browser is not one you hear of every day – it’s not even in the top three browsers by usage; what Vivaldi is, though, is an incredibly well-designed browser with an astonishing amount of options that you can customize at your whim.
An interesting fact about Vivaldi: the company building the browser – Vivaldi Technologies – was founded by the co-founders of Opera Software; they founded Vivaldi after Opera decided to disgruntle its users by moving away from its established way of doing things.
Vivaldi uses the Chromium engine – the same one as Google Chrome – so all the standards are followed just as they are in Chrome; using the Chromium engine also lets Vivaldi tap into the massive library of extensions available for Chrome.
All Chrome extensions work on Vivaldi with complete compatibility; making the switch between these two browsers couldn’t get any easier.
Vivaldi has tabs – just like every other browser – but there’s more to the tabs than you would find on Google’s Chrome.
The latest update brings users something Vivaldi is calling ‘Tab Notifications’ – a feature that, per Vivaldi, is a first in any browser.
The new feature isn’t a new concept, and the way it works is quite primitive as there are no standards built for it – but it does work.
If you often use a messenger or have things like Twitter or Gmail open in a tab all the time, Vivaldi will now show the number of “new things” that have happened within the tab.
Vivaldi is parsing this information from the title of the tab – Gmail, for example, shows the number of new emails in its title; there are no web standards to relay this information to the browser, so Vivaldi has to work around the problem to implement something like this.
Vivaldi also lets users stack tabs – something that a few other browsers like Opera and Firefox also offer; with today’s update, Vivaldi will now not only let you stack the tabs but also rename a stack.
In Vivaldi’s example, you could be shopping for a few Christmas gifts for this holiday season, and make a stack of these tabs.
The ability to name Tab Stacks might not be useful for many, but that’s not the point; Vivaldi offers many redundant features because it wants to be a browser for everyone – customizability is everything.
Vivaldi lets you select multiple tabs and move them around between different windows – as every other modern browser can – but today’s update also adds something new.
Vivaldi users can now simply hold the Ctrl or ⌘ button and click on a tab – all tabs on the same domain name will be selected automatically.
Vivaldi – in most cases – might not be a browser someone would like at first glance; it is, however, something of a haven for those willing to invest a bit of their time to customize it.
Vivaldi can’t be a browser for everyone by itself – everyone has to make Vivaldi into a browser for themselves; Vivaldi only offers the ability to do so, with its incredible layout customization engine and a mind-numbing amount of features that can be turned on or off with a click.
You can read more about the latest update on Vivaldi’s official blog; if you want to check out the browser, here’s the download.