June 20, 2021
by Dan Delong
This latest Version 4 has many additions and improvements. Among them are alternatives to Google Translate, Mail, Calendar and Feed Reader. Use the Mail, Calendar and Feed Reader features with your existing services, or make an account with Vivaldi for their Fastmail service. Vivaldi, depending on the layout you choose, stops 'watchers' from following you, with a myriad of preference choices to fine tune the browser, including end-to-end encryption, ad and cookie blockers. Vivaldi servers are located in Iceland, free from foreign laws.
The first screen you'll see after installing Vivaldi will offer you three default choices; - Essentials (simple layout), Classic (more features) or Fully Loaded (the kitchen sink). No matter which level you choose, all preference menus will still be available. Instead of asking, "How much Vivaldi do you want?" the first screen should have asked, "How much self-learning do you want?"
The Mail client's storage happens on your own computer, and includes as many accounts as you wish, with all of them nicely organized in a 3-column GUI, with a pre-view panel. (Much more has been left unsaid here. However, Vivaldi bloggers have made a "HowTo" for just about every new feature, here. )
Of course, Vivaldi plays well with other browsers, offering to import various settings from them. Unique to Vivaldi, it adapts background colours to match the theme colours of the current Windows view.
Notice (below) that tabs can be displayed left, right, top or bottom, and stacked into collections of tabs.
While browsing other web pages, these other web pages can run in a resizable sidebar window. In other words, at least two simultaneous web windows run side-by-side - maybe more?
For those who prefer keyboard commands, they are plentiful and editable. (More details here.)
Note taking has been added to the browser, for typing notes and for local and offline access to screen grabs, along with links and the importation of image files. Use the camera icon to capture a selection, or the entire web page, then save it as jpeg or png (or send to the clipboard, or a note you wish to start / add to). Image grabs save directly to Pictures... Vivaldi Captures.
Synchronizing between devices requires a free Vivaldi account, similar to Firefox. Get it here. It also gives you access to the Forum and the ability to write a personal blog (But you must provide a valid recovery e-mail address and a verifiable phone number, and enter an acceptable adult age.) I did this, by entering 'my age' and the access codes sent to both the recovery e-mail address and the cell phone, followed by a final request to create a 12 character encryption code, for the synchronization process itself. Vivaldi offers to remember these passwords for you. (In total, that would be two passwords, each 12 or more characters long). By default, synchronization includes all Vivaldi data, or you can tick off just the data sets you wish to share with your other devices, like: - Bookmarks and Speed Dials, Settings, Passwords, Autofill, Remote Sessions, and Notes. All seemed to work well, between my Windows laptop, Linux laptop, and an Android phone.
It was at this point I again noticed the new Beta feature - Feed Reader. Create your own feed reader to share favourite content with readers of your feed, using Vivaldi Mail to manage and display all feed reader items.
Platform: Windows all, Linux, Mac, Android 5 and higher, or Chromebooks.
Language: English, Russian, Japanese, German, Portuguese, French, Italian, Spanish, Polish, Chinese and Turkish
Download Size: 76.4 MB for the Windows 64-bit version
Installed Size: will vary as features are added, about 518 MB
Download Site here.