We all love a fresh user interface from time to time. Since the Internet browser is the single most used computer application in the world, the interface is very important. With great user base however come diverse requirements. Well, a band of developers from Reykjavik (and other places) have developed a browser that tends to everybody's need.
Vivaldi is a re-invigoration both in terms of community and adaptability. As the My Opera website was shut down by Opera ASA, The contributors reunited under the project named Vivaldi. Thus appeared a new browser that aims higher than ever before. Vivaldi is made made with a lot of taste. The composition sticks to complementary colors and strong contrasts. Buttons are also very visible and clear.
With Vivaldi, the developers try to accommodate a large number of individual preferences. Besides reorganizing the bars and other elements, there is power given to users who forgot what a mouse is. Namely, by pressing the <F2> key, you can type in whatever action you want performed. This is done to the highest degree of stubbornness. For example, instead of pasting a link directly into the address bar and hitting <Enter>, you can press <F2>, type "paste and go" and then press <Enter>. The written commands are automatically suggested as you type, so there's never the need of typing in the entire string.
A cool feature is the "Page Actions" button. While viewing a web page, you can select from more than a dozen filters and visualizations, from adding a sepia filter to skewing images by 45 degree angles.
The Web panel bar hosts the bookmarks, download and notes buttons as well as custom buttons for any website you want quick access to. The trick is that opening a website from here, will only display it in an extended panel, keeping your current web page visible. This is great for checking up tweets, reading a column or any type of content that does not require the entire browser window.
Vivaldi also features the speed dial, reminiscent of Opera. This is fully functional and reliable, unlike the similar feature in Firefox or Chrome.
- Speed dial
- Page actions (filters etc.)
- Web panels
- Typed commands
- Highly customizable interface
- Page view can be customized
- Tabs can be stacked
- It is still in Beta, and some things don't work as they should
- Panel & blur filter
Vivaldi is very tempting for a switch over. As long as the work on it doesn't stop, this browser might become not only a replacement for Opera but a very powerful slice in the browser share pie.