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Vivaldi: New browser for power users (and most haven’t heard of it)

For people who use the hell out of their browsers and know it, there’s a new option on the market that no one seems to know about: Vivaldi.


Seek and You Shall Find (a new browser): Vivaldi

Vivaldi. Wow. Does the world really need another browser? Not for me to say, but it seems like there are so many browsers out there that the market has evolved into one of a niche product. 

Vivaldi is being marketed as a browser for the “power user.” You know, the person who wants to be in control of their experience and customize it to their liking. I’m not necessarily sure that type of segment exists any more. And if it does, it really narrows the scope of who Vivaldi is being marketed for, because Vivaldi boasts many features the average user is unlikely to need or even be aware of. But I don’t want to get ahead of myself.

What’s old is new again

Vivaldi works on Windows, OS X, and Linux (there are even .deb and .rpm downloads available for easy installation on Linux). Vivaldi is being touted as “a brand new Web browser that wants to bring back all the old features of Opera 12 and then some.”

That didn’t mean anything to me until I checked out Opera 12 and discovered that O12 was yet another browser that was being bandied about as fast, smart and unique. Vivaldi takes the Opera 12 template and looks to improve on it. Which is not that difficult as it is produced by the same group of people.

Customize, customize, customize

The big selling point of Vivaldi is customizing it the way you want it. For example, the Vivaldi web browser lets you do things your way by adapting to you and not the other way around. You prefer the browser tabs placed at the bottom or on the side of the window? You prefer a different address bar location? You can customize all your preferences be it your keyboard shortcuts, mouse gestures, appearance and so on. I’m thinking maybe you can do that with Chrome, Yahoo or MSN but it’s all about variety I guess.

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What is cool is that Vivaldi allows you to take notes and add screen shots of web pages while browsing, store attachments and add URL’s to easily organize and locate it later. Seriously, it’s the one that jumped out at me. As my memory gets worse with the passage of time it’s nice to know that I can see what the heck it is I saved to my favorites.

And a whole lot more

Based on my free download I will give Vivaldi an A for effort. Like a lot of new sheriffs that ride into town, the big V is going to need time to catch on. I’m not completely enamored with it. I mean, I like Google Chrome and I even enjoy going back to Yahoo every now and again. Vivaldi for its part offers users email, bookmarks and special navigation. Not to mention multi-computer synch capabilities. There’s also a split-screen mode that I am impressed with.

According to Opera Software co-founder and former CEO Jon von Tetzchner, “The browser we once loved has changed its direction. Sadly, it is no longer serving its community of users and contributors: who helped build the browser in the first place. So we came to a natural conclusion: we must make a new browser. A browser for ourselves and for our friends. A browser that is fast, but also a browser that is rich in functionality, highly flexible and puts the user first.

Kind of like being invited to private party. I hope they have onion dip.


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Written By

Nearly three decades living and working all over the world as a radio and television broadcast journalist in the United States Air Force, Staff Writer, Gary Picariello is now retired from the military and is focused on his writing career.



  1. Gabe Sanders

    January 3, 2016 at 10:38 am

    Thanks Gary. This may just be the browser solution I’ve been waiting for. I will give it a try.

  2. I.M. Pistoff

    February 10, 2016 at 8:24 pm

    I used Opera through 6.0.5, after which it went to hell, then again in the 9s, after which it went to hell again. Supposedly, one of the many reasons von Tetzchner started Vivaldi was that longtime Opera users were unhappy about the switch from Presto to Blink; yet, here we are at 1.0.344.37 (Beta 2), and still using Blink, making it not substantially (if at all) different from any other Chromium-based browser of choice, so what exactly is the point? I see nothing about it that would make me switch from SlimJet, which is not my primary browser anyway. Meanwhile, Pale Moon has further evolved from its progenitor Firefox by switching to the Goanna rendering engine; it’s performance equals or exceeds anything Chromium-based that i’ve ever used, with fewer quirks and less resource use.

    • RRR13

      May 15, 2016 at 4:15 pm

      I see why you are pistoff: you didn’t understand why and how Vivaldi was created.
      Vivaldi was not created because Opera went to Blink.
      Vivaldi was created because Opera dropped almost all the features that made Opera be… well… Opera, AND NOT INTENDING TO BRING THEM BACK.
      Vivaldi aims at bringing back those very features. The vast majority of them are not conditioned my the rendering engine used by the browser. Also, creating and maintaining a rendering engine is HARD BACK BREAKING WORK. That’s why Opera gave up on Presto. That’s why Vivaldi going with Blink is a good idea, at least for now (most likely forever, but, hey, the future is open-ended). Maybe when Vivaldi will become a one thousand people company, it will make sense to write their own engine, but now, they have to do with whatever is already available and will be MAINTAINED indefinitely. As Jon von Tetzchner himself said it, they “went with the safer choice”.

      There! Feeling better? 😀

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