Vivaldi 1.3: Find out what is new
Vivaldi 1.3, a new version of the up and coming web browser, is now available for download and as an automatic update for all supported operating systems.
If you are new to Vivaldi, we suggest you check out or Vivaldi web browser review, and our reviews of Vivaldi 1.1 and Vivaldi 1.2 released earlier this year.
Vivaldi 1.3 ships with new features which we have sneak peeked at already as they were integrated in development versions of the browser prior to becoming available in release versions of it.
New Theme capabilities
One focus of Vivaldi is customization. This includes giving users control over various browser features, arguably more control than the majority of Chromium-based browsers offer, but also more options when it comes to themes.
Vivaldi 1.3 ships with additional themes that users can switch to, and better options to customize themes. You may create themes directly in the browser.
- Load vivaldi://settings/themes/ to get started.
To create a new theme click on the plus icon after selecting the theme that you want copied. This creates a new theme that you may rename and customize.
The following customization options are provided:
- Change the background, foreground, highlight and accent color. Changes take effect immediately for easy previewing.
- Apply accent color to window.
- Accent color from active page.
- Transparent tabs
- Corner Rounding.
Check out our initial review of Vivaldi's theme capabilities in version 1.3 here.
Vivaldi 1.3 supports more than 90 browser actions that are either mapped to mouse gestures by default, or can be mapped to mouse gestures by you.
- Load vivaldi://settings/mouse/ to open the mouse settings.
You may enable or disable mouse gestures on this page, add the Alt-Key modifier to it, and preview any existing mouse gesture as well.
New mouse gestures are created with a click on the plus icon. You select a command first, e.g. new window or open extensions, and draw the gesture in the second step.
Vivaldi records the gesture and a click on save gesture adds it to the mouse gesture repertoire of the browser.
Vivaldi supported quite a few privacy settings already. The new version of the web browser gives you control over WebRTC, and here specifically if IP addresses are leaked to sites you connect to.
- Load vivaldi://settings/privacy/ to open the privacy setings.
To disable the WebRTC broadcasting of IP addresses, uncheck the "broadcast IP for best WebRTC performance" preference on the privacy page.
Tip: while you are at it, go through the other privacy settings on the page and adjust them according to your requirements.
If you have used Vivaldi before, you may have experienced that the settings page opens rather slowly and with delay. This has been fixed apparently, as there is no lag anymore at least on a test machine when opening the settings.
Search got a new setting as well. Vivaldi supported search suggestions when typing in the address field for some time. The new feature limits suggestions in the address bar, so that suggestions are only displayed when you use search engine nicknames (keywords).
Vivaldi optimized the browser for Linux users by addressing Linux-specific issues. This includes a fix for Tab Hibernation -- works now -- and support for "some" proprietary media embedded in HTML5 content.
Support H.264, AAC and MP3 on OpenSUSE and Slackware if suitable libraries are available: Use libs from chromium-ffmpeg and AlienBob's Chromium packageSupport
Other features of interest include:
- Middle-clicking on navigational elements (back, forward, home) opens the site in a background tab.
- Performance improvements across the board.
- Alt-Enter and Ctrl-Shift-V work in search field now.
- Speed Dial can be set as the homepage.
You find all changes listed on the official Vivaldi blog post announcing the new release. Existing Vivaldi users may check for updates by selecting Vivaldi > Help > Check for updates. Downloads are also provided on the Vivaldi website.
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