Vivaldi is a new, feature rich web browser that combines an Opera-like interface with a Chromium open-source platform.
Vivaldi is very similar to the Opera browser in many ways. There are some pretty cool features which are nice, such as the interface, which fades colours to match the dominant colour on the page as you navigate between sites.
Aside from the snazzy effects, the browser has clearly been designed with power users in mind, as the Quick Commands tool shows. This helps the user to search or run commands in much the similar manner to OS X’s Spotlight feature.
Vivaldi supports browsing with mouse gestures, and the ever-familiar ‘speed dial’ interface, which shows your favourite tabs on the new tab page is also a great, albeit old, feature that is present in this new web browser.
Key Features include:
- Quick Commands.
- Tab Stacks.
- Adaptive Interface.
- Spatial Navigation.
The layout of Vivaldi looks great too. Inside the left toolbar is the bookmarks menu is the Bookmarks and Downloads menus and a Notes tool as well. There is a lot housed here, however the interface manages not to feel at all cluttered. Items are placed in logical places and are all kept small and out the way giving you a fresh, clean feel.
Overall, Vivaldi has a crisp, sharp-edged interface, which uses simple but effective fonts and icons. It is clearly aimed at power users as the different features and tools show. It is relatively small (for a browser) and is not that hard on system resources. If you feel like a change from Chrome, Safari, Opera or Firefox then why not check it out?