Vivaldi 2.0 Released
Vivaldi has always honored its users’ rights to data privacy and protection. There is no need to collect your personal information. We don’t track you. Period.I’m not saying they’re taking a veiled shot at Google, but they probably are.
Vivaldi SyncIf you use Vivaldi on more than one device, you can now opt in to Vivaldi Sync which does about what you’d expect it too. Privacy advocates need not freak out just yet, though. You can choose exactly what data you want to share. For example, you can share passwords, but not history, or vice versa. You get pretty granular control. What’s more, it’s all encrypted end-to-end, so Vivaldi—barring some enormous mistake or bug—never gets to actually see what’s in your data. And like I said, it’s opt-in. Signing into Gmail will only sign you into Gmail.
New VisualsThere’s been an overall visual refresh, the addition of several new themes and background images for new tabs, and of course it’s all very customizable, with easy ways to make your own themes. One interesting little feature of note is that you can schedule themes. That is, the browser can actually change its whole appearance at any time of day you specify. Plus, the current default theme feels compact, which I like very much.
Improvements to PanelsLike Opera before it, Vivaldi comes with a sidebar by default. It holds various panels for things like bookmarks, your recent history, file downloads, and more. There’s a custom note-taking app, and custom web panels that can keep any website you want handy. One of the recent additions to this feature is suggestions, which basically just suggests commonly-visited sites for inclusion in your web panels. The panels can also float over your current web page, instead of using the split-screen approach.
Improvements to TabsThose who like Tab Tiling and split screen views: rejoice; you can now resize the various tabs by clicking and dragging. They’ve also made some additions to their Tab Cycler feature to help you find the tab you want faster.
Try ItI could go on, but I really shouldn’t. If you haven’t already given Vivaldi a look, do it. Give it a ten minute tryout, then clear your schedule a bit if you find something you like. If you spend a lot of time on the Internet, I bet you will.
Ezequiel Bruni is a web/UX designer, blogger, and aspiring photographer living in Mexico. When he’s not up to his finely-chiselled ears in wire-frames and front-end code, or ranting about the same, he indulges in beer, pizza, fantasy novels, and stand-up comedy.