|Moving "back" to Vivaldi
In an article, that was included in the September 2018 newsletter, I
extolled the virtues of the Opera web browser in meeting my baseline
requirements for specifying the content of any new tabs, managing
At the time, one minor annoyance with the use of Opera was its
inability to display downloaded PDF files in an external PDF viewer,
even though there was a setting that should have allowed this
feature. Subsequent use of the browser identified a further,
even more annoying issue whereby the browser failed to retain the
window size on closing the program and reverted to a fixed window size
the next time the browser was run.
The final comment in my original article was that “Time will tell if
Opera remains my browser of choice.” In fact, time, and
further use of the browser, have determined that it’s now time to move
on – or perhaps move “back” – to yet another web browser.
My current choice of browser is Vivaldi
This is an interesting software
package since it is essentially a “retro” version of Opera.
Jón Stephenson von Tetzchner, one of Vivaldi’s co-founders, had
originally been a co-founder of the Opera web browser.
However, von Tetzchner did not agree with the direction taken by
Opera’s development team, and in particular the removal of many popular
features of the software. Vivaldi is intended to remedy such
deficiencies and to reproduce the features of earlier versions of the
Vivaldi (1678 - 1741)
This is one of the reasons for my indication of
going “back” to Vivaldi. Using this browser maintains many of
the features that I liked about Opera, but Vivaldi also provides past
functionalities that I find particularly useful.
The name chosen for the browser reflects Antonio Vivaldi, a well-known
Italian composer from the Baroque era. The name Vivaldi,
therefore, makes the browser easy to remember.
However, the name is also quite appropriate since many of the most
famous Italian opera composers (think Verdi and Puccini) lived and
worked in the 1800-1900’s, while Vivaldi dates from the
1700’s. Thus, the concept of “going back” from Opera to
Vivaldi seems to make sense. [I wonder if this is what the
program's developers had in mind when they named their browser?]
Vivaldi is easy to download and install, and it's cross-platform, so in
my case I can use the same browser for both Linux and Windows.
The first piece of good news is that browser remembers its window size
so that, once set, there is no need to continually readjust the window
to suit the user's preference. The second item is that, in
addition to being able to set the browser's home page, a built-in
feature allows this to be displayed whenever a new tab is
opened. Thus, there is no need to install a third-party
extension to provide this capability. In addition, a setting
to support the display of downloaded PDF files in an external PDF
viewer actually works in this browser. So, three out of three
Like in Opera, the print menu is "hidden" in the browser's menu system,
requiring clicking on the Vivaldi logo in the top-left corner of the
browser window and then selecting File – Print. Fortunately,
there is a Print extension available that provide a dedicated icon in
the top-right corner of the browser window that opens the print menu
Interestingly, Vivaldi uses extensions that are
available from the Chrome Store. So, the print utility is
obtained by navigating to Menu – Tools – Extensions, clicking on the
"hamburger" icon, selecting Open Chrome Web, searching for Print, and
selecting Print for Google Chrome.
off. However, a search for an extension related to
Toggle On and Off, the extension that I was previously using in Opera.
So, there we have it. All of the functionality provided by
Opera together with some useful additions available in
Vivaldi. It's once again time to say “Farewell past, happy
dreams of days gone by.” but, this time, perhaps we can add another
Verdi quote – "Let us turn to the past: that will be progress." (Letter
to Francesco Florimo, January 5, 1871).
Vivaldi Technologies AS [NO]
published: June 2019
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