the vivaldi browser
… is impressingly user-friendly.
Takes something extra to impress this old power-user, and for a number of years now the people behind the Vivaldi browser have been on track to deliver just that little extra and then quite a bit more, of what I like to have in a web browser.
I may have special interests in how various browsers behave – especially how they render web pages, as figuring out their strengths and weaknesses and what to do about it from a web developer's perspectives, have been important parts of my activities out here for decades3 4
Familiarity counts when choosing browser, and the following example of rendering on a wide screen is right down my alley… … with minimal deviations from Vivaldi's own default appearance.
Vivaldi's settings are otherwise covering just about anything most user may want and/or need for
customization, and I have gone through all to set them to my personal preferences and surfing
This freedom to personalize is quite an important point, and reason, for my choice of web browser. I do not like to be told how to use neither software nor hardware when performing digital activities, and Vivaldi does not push much of anything on me.
power-users' dream browser?
Vivaldi's minimalistic browser chrome provides necessary control without unnecessarily taking up space. That I can zoom this interface is a definite pluss, as I often prefer smaller chrome-details and even more space for web pages.
Being used to Opera on Presto, I do not like being slowed down because too many tabs are in active use. Other browsers I've used since Opera switched engine years ago, slow down conciderably as more tabs get opened. Vivaldi however manages quite well with a huge number (in excess of 30) of tabs up for a long time.
How, or why, Vivaldi appears to manage so much better than other browsers built around the same rendering engine (Blink) in some areas, is for others to twist their minds about. I am just grateful that it works as well as it does, so I can get my jobs done more or less the way I like.
The lines from (old) Opera are historic5, and explain lots about Vivaldi's development strategy up to present time and into the future.
I usually do not feel like promoting, or bragging about if you like, a particular piece of software over its competitors. However, sometimes the “what browser” question is brought up by others, and when asked I do of cause tell which one I prefer, and, there are noticeable differences.
Most browsers can handle most basic issues pretty much in the same or similar ways these days. It has however become more and more clear to me that some browsers can handle more issues better than others right out of the box – without extensions, and simply work better both at work and for leisure.
I do not find it strange that many web-surfers have not heard about Vivaldi, but that their browsers can not deliver what I have grown accustomed to, does sound strange sometimes. Especially when it comes to (for me) important areas like security, privacy, and “overall user-friendliness”.
I do value security and privacy high – on and off line, and although one can hardly be alive and observe perfect scores in these areas today, at least my preferred browser does something right in that respect. I have pretty mixed experiences with other browsers…
Yes, quite a few things, but so far less than for other browsers in areas I prioritize. I see that the development of Vivaldi goes in directions I can agree with, and see no reason to complain just because not everything is complete and perfect yet. Some more may be ready for release next week, and some may come next year.
I have done my bit of programming over the years – not related to browsers though, and know how priorities
and bugs affect the processes. Thus, no reason for me to bug those who are hard at work with creating a browser that
is more and more to my liking with every new major version release.
Just keep up the good work with Vivaldi, and I'll be happy.
whatever you like…
This is where I will make it perfectly clear that anyone can aim their browser preferences whichever way they
like, without hearing a negative word from me. It is well known that what lines up best with an individual's
personal preferences, tends to work best for that individual.
No different around here, and – for the time being at least – Vivaldi is closest…
last rev: 14.jun.2020