Here is great news for all Vivaldi users. Vivaldi, an innovative browser reached another milestone in the stable branch. The team behind the browser released Vivaldi 2.1. Let's see what has changed.
Vivaldi was started with the promise of giving you a highly customizable, full-featured, innovative browser. It looks like its developers kept their promise - there is no other browser on the market which offers the same amount of options and features. While Vivaldi is built on Chrome's engine, power users are the target user base, like the classic Opera 12 browser. Vivaldi was created by former Opera co-founder and developed keeping in mind Opera's usability and power.
Many user interface elements and options of Vivaldi will be familiar to Opera 12 users.
Quick Command Improvements
Vivaldi now supports Quick Command parameters. You can use them with both Page and UI Zoom. They will allow you to quickly change the zoom levels to any value you like (you are no longer limited to setting increments). For example, to zoom the opened page to 150%, fire up Quick Commands (F2/⌘E) and type “Page Zoom 150” (“Page Zoom 100” or “Page Zoom Reset” will bring it back). This is a really powerful way of controlling the browser.
Also, you can create a new note directly from Quick Commands. Press F2 and start typing your note, then select the "Create Note" quick command from the list. Vivaldi will automatically open the Notes side panel to show the added note.
Here is the official guide for Quick Commands in Vivaldi: https://vivaldi.com/blog/quick-commands-guide/.
Open Media, Video 1 (AV1) support
AV1 is the latest and greatest of the open video formats. It is designed as a successor to VP9, that competes directly with the proprietary (and costly) HEVC/H.265 codec. It is intended to be paired with the Opus audio codec in a WebM container for HTML5 web video. It is royalty free and backed by a number of industry giants (Amazon, AMD, Apple, Arm, Cisco, Facebook, Google, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Mozilla, Netflix, Nvidia, etc.), who together formed the Alliance for Open Media (AOMedia).
If you want to try AV1 out, go to youtube.com/testtube and enable AV1. Once enabled, certain videos will now play in AV1. You can check if AV1 is being used by right clicking on the video, selecting “Stats for nerds” and looking at the codecs line for “av01…”.
Tip: See how to enable AV1 in Mozilla Firefox: Enable AV1 Support in Firefox
Picture-in-Picture mode allows opening videos that play in the web browser in a small overlay window which can be managed separately from the browser's window.
In Vivaldi, you can right-click on a video and select Picture-in-picture from the context menu. For certain sites like YouTube, this is not yet possible via the their custom context menu (though double right clicking works around that).
You can download Vivaldi 2.1 from its home page.
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