Sunday June 12, 2016

Vivaldi is a fresh, brand new and promising web browser on the market - inspired by the best, legendary Opera features (see this post to deepen the story). Although it is very young, You may already notice the unique attitude involved. But first let’s go back for a while and explain the circumstances surrounding Vivaldi’s birth.

Like I’ve mentioned in another post, Opera Software has changed over time - and those changes didn’t fit the original vision out of which Opera was born. There were both users and members of the Opera team out there - who didn’t like this “new direction”. One of them was Jon Stephenson von Tetzchner: the man who co-founded the company (and its CEO at some point). As a result of changing Opera direction Jon decided not to participate in this any longer. Instead, he was willing to launch a new project - this time without risk to fail.

“I spent a lot of time with investors who did not share the same vision, and it was almost impossible to explain to them which way we think the product should be developed. Such pressure resulted in me leaving, and this is also one of the reasons why Vivaldi has only one investor.”
( source » )

Basing on what was most valuable and interesting in the original concept - and being richer in experience on the other hand - he has great capacity to lead the project the proper direction, right and firmly. Moreover, there are plenty of excited users vividly engaged in the development of this product - who make a vital community, dynamically supporting the project - which portends well for the future.

In the Vivaldi’s creators attitude there is a strong emphasis concerning Users and Community - but there is one more important thing: Vivaldi is also targeted to so-called “power users”: people of great computer experience and demands. Having this group Included within the target audience provides a tangible chance for Vivaldi to be real, powerful and highly customizable product - which You will be able to adapt to Your Own taste and needs - to a great, pleasant degree.

Here are some quotes about Vivaldi:

“It’s not just about productivity. It’s about helping people take control over how they want to experience and use the web. We believe in putting our users first.”
( source » )

“Our plan is to create a unique, fast and feature-rich browser that does not use too many resources like many of today’s solutions (...).” ( source » )

And here is a list of interesting features I find most appealing (regarding my taste):

Adaptive Interface.

This is definitely my favorite one:

Vivaldi’s color scheme will adapt as you browse the web, much like a chameleon adapts to its surroundings. A clean and modern look complements the content. Facebook turns Vivaldi blue, The Verge will make it orange – If you so wish.”
( source » )

Chromeless UI

Less distractions / more optimization while web-browsing. This is an excellent “life-hacking” feature, which provides more space for the websites You are viewing - which can be handy “when you want to avoid distractions and focus on one page, e.g. working with webmail, editing documents online or playing music and videos.” ( source » ) It’s worth noticing that Chromeless UI is more flexible in comparison with a classic full-screen mode, because it “allows you run your other applications (or multiple websites in Vivaldi) side-by-side. The Vivaldi window can still be moved and resized, allowing you to make the website the primary experience, while we do all the hard work in the background. ( source » )

Adjusting contrast of the UI.

Apart from themes Vivaldi offers even deeper insight on customization: enabling You to modify contrast of its interface (wow!) : “If you are visually impaired, or like me occasionally work in poor lighting conditions, enforcing minimum contrast can make Vivaldi more comfortable to use.” ( source » ) This is great that somebody keeps in mind such kind of things.

Come back of great features previously seen in Opera (but no longer available there).

Like one of my favorites: the tabs placed at the bottom or on the side of the window, smooth scrolling or... see below. It’s worth mentioning that Vivaldi isn’t supposed to be just a clone of Opera, Chrome - or a hybrid of those. Vivaldi Technologies plans to incorporate native synchronization system (Vivaldi Sync), as well as app market - a tangible chance for the browser to reach maturity . I’m glad that it seems that Vivaldi will be rather an independent piece of software, than another clone. I definitely pin my hopes on it, tracking carefully its growth.

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