Vivaldi, the Chromium-based browser designed for power users, underwent a massive change with every new iteration that the company headed by Former Opera CEO Jon von Tetzchner rolled out.
Switching itself onto a bigger platform, Vivaldi today officially rolled out its beta version, with a host of new features, customizations along with boosting productivity, efficiency and fun.
Vivaldi has always been about addressing issues of a power-user and not go for that mass-popularity product, which is in stark contrast to most other products churning out these days.
Vivaldi is a pretty similar in features, to the old days-Opera. While Opera somewhere lost its way in the middle and practically forgot its very purpose, Jon says that he aims to continue the work he started with Opera, albeit with a different browser.
Vivaldi comprises of features like speed dial, which is similar to what Opera offers so as to easily access your saved bookmarks. It also has a unique, ‘Quick Commands’ feature. which lets you forget your mouse, while browsing web. Above all, you can customize your browser in around 155 million ways. We can’t even think of that many options.
Quick command is for all those keyboard-stricken power users like me, who just wish to spend their entire computer-driven life in front of the keyboard.
With Quick Commands, Vivaldi gives you the option to virtually forget your trackpad and access all of Vivaldi features via keyboard. And even though Chrome and other browsers offer similar functionality, Quick Command is way too different , and a hell lot more diversified than what others offer.
Another noteworthy addition is Tab Stacks. Too many unorganized tabs can quickly become a bit messy, making it hard to find the tab you are looking for. Tab Stacks let you group multiple tabs under a single tab. Just drag a tab over to another for easy grouping.
Vivaldi also offers you a handy little feature called Page Tiling. If you’ve got a high-res display, and wish to compare two websites, you can simply stack them up side by side and have a look at both. This can be pretty handy while browsing through those numerous e-com websites to compare products.
Since Vivaldi is more of a modern-day browser, it ought to be responsive, snappy and in sync with current design trends. The team at Vivaldi kept in mind all of this, and designed the entire browser using web technologies.
The company hasn’t really marketed the browser much. But Vivaldi has still been able to gain significant traction, specially among power users.
Post starting to build Opera in 1994, Tetzchner resigned as the CEO some three and a half years back. He then came back with ‘Vivaldi’, almost a year back, as a forum for ex-Opera people to come and discuss. Well, it was and it is pretty clear that it wasn’t just a forum.
Vivaldi was rolled out in January earlier this year, followed by a series of a technical previews.
You can head over the exclusive conversation that we had with Tatsuki Tomati, COO at Vivaldi and get a better insight of the product.