Category Archives: Vivaldi

Vivaldi 1.12: bug fixes and some useful improvements

In response to frequent requests from users, the folks who make Vivaldi have finally added an Image Properties feature to the browser. Right-click an image on a web page and select ‘Image Properties’ to display a dialog showing the image’s URL, dimensions, binary size, and more.

Download management is somewhat easier in Vivaldi 1.12: the list of downloaded files can now be sorted by type, name, size, date added, date finished, and address. There’s a new panel at the bottom of the download sidebar that shows the details for a selected download.

Vivaldi’s Accent Color feature changes the browser’s colour scheme to match the web site currently being viewed. I personally find this kind of thing distracting, but there’s no accounting for taste. If you use this feature, you’ll be happy to know that Vivaldi now has a setting that determines the intensity of the accent color effect.

Vivaldi 1.12 includes fixes for about fifty bugs from earlier versions. None of the changes appear to be related to security. You can see all the details in the release announcement.

Vivaldi 1.11

The latest version of Vivaldi includes numerous bug fixes, as well as useful improvements to Reader Mode, and a setting for disabling animated GIFs. It also sports a new icon.

None of the bug fixes in Vivaldi 1.11 are related to security, so this isn’t a particularly urgent update. To update Vivaldi, click its menu icon, then Help > Check for updates...

Vivaldi 1.9

Vivaldi’s selection of search engine choices has a new member: Ecosia, which bills itself as “the search engine that plants trees with its ad revenue.” Sadly, it appears that Ecosia is very easy to manipulate, since searching for a nonsense word will show at least two ads trying to sell it to you.

Vivaldi 1.9 also fixes a few bugs, including several related to security. The release announcement provides additional details.

Vivaldi 1.8

The latest version of Vivaldi sports a reworked browsing history, and better control over audio, as well as several bug fixes. The release announcement lists all the changes. None of the changes appear to be related to security.

Vivaldi 1.8’s new history interface is a real improvement over what’s available in other browsers. Anyone who spends a lot of time reviewing their browsing history will appreciate the new calendar view.

Despite the improvements, I’d rather the Vivaldi development team spend their time fixing issues with the user interface. The sidebar bookmark editor is still weirdly difficult to use, and it’s also now apparently impossible to remove. There are still inconsistencies in the way links and bookmarks are handled, and the browser still lacks options that would allow complete control over whether links and bookmarks open in new tabs.

Update 2017Apr05: the full version number is 1.8.770.50.