At a time when Mozilla has made its intentions clear about fighting back in the web browser space with Firefox 57 which is now available for download, Vivaldi Technologies too has fired warning shots with the latest update for the Vivaldi web browser. Labelled as version 1.11, the Vivaldi browser brings improved Reader Mode, controls for GIF animations, and advanced accessibility features to the table. It is available for Windows and MacOS, and remains free to download and use.

The improvements to the reader mode will appeal to a lot of users. The essence of the reader mode is that it strips away all the advertisements and distractions from a web page and lets you just focus on the text you wish to read. It’s particularly useful for web pages if you visit websites for reading long-form stories and don’t want to be interrupted by auto-playing videos or banner advertisements. The updates to the reader mode add the ability to choose the font type and size of the text you are reading, set the column width as well as line height, and select a dark or light background.

Animated GIFs are becoming rather common, and while they are fine and fun on Facebook and Instagram apps, they can become really annoying when you may be focused on some serious work. Vivaldi 1.11 now has the option to toggle animated images to load every time, load only once on a web page or never automatically load.

There are now editable mouse gestures too. The Vivaldi browser lets you execute a command with a simple movement of the mouse, and these can be customized the way you want it. With the 1.11 version, users get even more control. You can now customize the minimum stroke length for the gesture to be registered, which helps reduce accidental swipes from being registered as a gesture. The default minimum stroke length is set to 5 pixels and can be increased to up to 100 pixels—these options are available in the settings menu of Vivaldi 1.11 browser.

Last but not the least, the app icon has been updated as well.

We feel that Vivaldi browser remains a solid alternative to Google’s Chrome browser, which still struggles with performance on PCs that are perhaps not the most powerful.