Vivaldi Technologies released Vivaldi 3.3, a new stable version of the company's desktop web browser, for all supported platforms on Monday.
Vivaldi users may select Menu > Help > Check for Updates to run a manual check for updates. The browser will pick up the new version and install it on the device.
The big new feature of Vivaldi 3.3 is a Break mode that is designed to provide users with options to take breaks while working in the browser.
Once activated, break mode "mutes and stops HTML5 audio and videos, hides all tabs, panels, and other content leaving the screen clean".
Just click on the new break mode icon on the left side of the browser's status bar, or use the designated keyboard shortcut Ctrl+, to toggle it.
The main idea behind break mode is to power down the browser for the time being; ideal for taking a break without browsing Internet sites or watching videos, or chatting with others without any distractions on the screen.
Break mode offers another interesting option. Remember boss key applications that hide program windows on the desktop when activated? Since Break mode hides everything that is happening in the browser, it can be used for a similar purpose. Not necessarily to hide activity from your superior, but ideal when someone else approaches you or is about to walk by you.
Last but not least, Vivaldi notes that Break mode may reduce the browser's resource usage so that other programs may use the freed-up resources.
Vivaldi 3.3 comes with a number of additional new features and changes. If you use the browser's private browsing mode, you will notice that it features a new theme
The new theme uses a blue and purple color scheme to distinguish private browsing mode better from regular browsing mode.
Vivaldi developers added options to set a custom private browsing theme in the Settings under Themes > Private Window Theme. Just head over there and pick any of the available themes for that. Vivaldi supports creating new themes directly in the browser, and these themes will also become available for selection.
Another new feature highlights the base part of the Internet domain in the browser's address bar. If you read an article here on Ghacks in Vivaldi, you will notice that ghacks.net is highlighted in bold while the remaining parts of the URL are less visible (but still displayed in full).
You will be drawn towards the core part of the URL while the rest of the URL will be visible and lowlighted. This way you can recognize which company controls the domain and prevent scams and phishing attacks.
The browser displays a warning icon if the address bar is very narrow so that the base domain is difficult to read.
The new Vivaldi version supports another new feature that has been added to the browser's address bar. The different parts of the URL can now be highlighted easily using the Ctrl-key (Command-key on Mac).
Vivaldi highlights the parts of the URL that will be selected when you hold down the key on the keyboard. You may use it to go up directories quickly.
Vivaldi highlights two additional improvements on the official company blog: users may drag & drop Speed Dials to folders on the desktop, and the browser supports full-page blocking with options to set custom rules.
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