Vivaldi Browser 1.13 update released
Vivaldi Technologies AS released a new version of the company's Vivaldi web browser today; Vivaldi 1.13 comes with a new Window panel and download improvements, but the main focus of the release was stability and the fixing of browser regressions and issues.
Installed copies of Vivaldi should pick up the update automatically thanks to the browser's built-in automatic update system.
You may run a manual check for updates by selecting Vivaldi > Help > Check for Updates. The new version of the browser is also available as a download for all supported operating systems -- Windows, Mac and Linux -- on the official Vivaldi website.
What's new in Vivaldi 1.13
The new Window panel improves the handling of multiple tabs in Vivaldi. It is a new option in Vivaldi's ever growing list of sidebar items that you can enable or disable individually.
You may need to click on the sidebar icon displayed in the leftmost position on the browser's status bar, or use the keyboard shortcut F4 instead to display it.
Select Windows from the listing afterwards (hover over the icons to locate it, it was the one just above the + icon on my system) to launch it.
Windows displays all open and recently closed tabs in the panel.Â Tabs are sorted by the windows they are associated with, and a click on any jumps directly to the tab. You can drag tabs to change the order in which they are displayed in the browser's tab bar using drag and drop operations.
You may run other operations using the Window panel. You
More interesting than that, probably, is the option to create tab stacks easily from a selection. You have two main options to do that: either right-click on any tab to create a tab stack based on the domain name, so that all instances of tabs of that domain are merged into a single tab stack, or, select tabs individually, to create a tab stack using all selected tabs instead.
You need to right-click the selection or tab, and select the "new tab stack" option to do so. Other options provided include:
- Pin, hibernate, or mute tabs from the menu.
- Use the tile tab stacks functionality to display multiple pages side by side in the browser.
The window panel's functionality is limited to individual browser windows right now. Vivaldi plans to improve the feature in future versions of the web browser however.
The development team of the Vivaldi browser improved the file downloading functionality of Vivaldi. Some features that have been added in Vivaldi 1.13 are catch-up features that other browser's support already. This is the case for a new warning dialog when closing the browser while downloads run.
Vivaldi 1.13 furthermore supports pausing and resuming of file downloads, and the display of the download speed in the downloads interface.
A major development focus was the fixing of issues in Vivaldi 1.13. Most snapshot posts by the Vivaldi team highlights fixes only. Here is a list of some important ones:
- IndexedDB not deleted when browser history is cleared
- Updated Chromium.
- Tab opening speed improvements.
- Fixed Flash and Netflix.
- Searches made on Search Field end up in address field typed history.
- Fast forward and Reader mode does not work in private windows.
- Private window does not respect UI zoom level.
- Not possible to copy just the domain part of long URL.
- Unable to use keyboard shortcuts when focus is in select fields.
- Vivaldi does not save window position and size in some cases on Mac.
Now You: What's your take on this new Vivaldi browser version?