Vivaldi web browser shows how good can become even better2 min read . Updated: 12 Aug 2016, 05:39 PM IST
The latest update makes this an even more compelling alternative to other web browsers for your PC, including Google's Chrome
In a PC web browser space where Google’s Chrome, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer and now the Edge browser, Mozilla Firefox and Opera are already struggling for supremacy, it was never going to be easy for a new arrival to carve a niche for themselves. But that is exactly what the Norway-based Vivaldi Technologies have done over the past few months. And with a new update to the Vivaldi browser (version 1.3) now rolling out for computing devices running Windows 10/8.1/8/7, Mac OS X 10.7 or later, Linux, the experience is even better.
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The Vivaldi web browser now allows you to switch between multiple themes. Users can now change the theme and select one from any of the predefined 9 themes. There is also the flexibility to edit of themes on parameters such as background colour, foreground colour, highlights and accent colours. If you want to start with a clean canvas, there is the option for creating new themes as well, though most of the parameters available to you remain the same as when tweaking a preset theme. This option can be found in Vivaldi browser -> Tools -> settings -> Themes.
A lot of users are now beginning to prefer using specific gestures (either on the mouse or the touchpad) to execute some tasks in a lot of apps. Vivaldi browser now adds more than 90 actions that can be configured with specific gestures. For example, swiping down on the touchpad while keeping the right mouse button pressed opens a new tab.
The WebRTC (Web Real-Time Communication) application programming interface enables services such as peer-to-peer (P2P) and instant messaging in web browsers. But the drawback is that your IP address gets disclosed. Vivaldi now adds the option of turning off the IP address broadcast.
Apart from this, the Linux version of Vivaldi will get an extra set of goodies—tab hibernation bugs have been solved while HTML5 content issues have been ironed out as well.
From our experience with the Vivaldi browser so far, what has stood out is the fact that the clean design and the small footprint in terms of using the system’s resources such as the RAM. The Hibernate Tab feature turns off auto-refresh to save system resources as well as battery life on laptops and hybrids, the Notes access from the left side panel and the ability to Stack Tabs are some of the things that stand out.
Chrome web browser users who get annoyed on a daily basis with the browser hogging a lot of the system resources and slowing all other apps down, should consider taking Vivaldi 1.3 for a spin. It was good before, and with the latest update, has become even better.