Vivaldi – ever since it began – has always been about experimenting with new ideas; the browser was developed by a team of people who worked at Opera, after all.
Today’s update bumps the version to 1.7; in December, last year, Vivaldi 1.6 added several new and interesting features as well. Vivaldi 1.7 is a smaller update when compared, but the features are quite significant nonetheless.
This is the main highlight of Vivaldi 1.7 – a screenshot tool. It’s not easy to take screenshots of web pages as they can scroll vertically or horizontally; extensions make this possible on most browsers, but Vivaldi has decided to build the functionality right into the browser.
The new screenshot tool enables users to share an entire web page – no matter how long or wide it is – as an image; the browser will capture a screenshot of the entire webpage.
Alternatively, users can also use the selection tool to capture only a part of the page rather than the entire page; though, this was already possible with the tools built into Windows and other operating systems.
Once captured, it’s possible to save the screenshot as a PNG or JPG or simply copy it to the clipboard.
The internet is a strange place, and many web developers often do strange things; random advertisements can play audio at the least expected times, which is quite annoying, to say the least.
In the past couple of years, several browsers have added visual cues for users, highlighting the individual tab generating audio. These cues help, but Vivaldi is going one step further.
Whilst it was possible to mute individual tabs in Vivaldi 1.6; Vivaldi 1.7 now lets users mute all tabs; this is especially useful for users who often have a lot of tabs open at the same time.
Additionally, the feature is now available via the Quick Commands prompt – certainly one of Vivaldi’s most handy features.
The Other Stuff
In addition to the two new features, there are a few other minor updates as well.
Vivaldi now supports native macOS notifications, for example; hopefully, the next update will add support for the Windows 10 Action Centre on a similar note.
The browser will now also warn when non-HTTPS websites prompt for passwords.
You can read about the features in detail and check out the other minor updates at Vivaldi’s blog.