Vivaldi continues to the browser that offers an insane amount of customization options out of the box, and every single update only makes the experience with the app even better.
And this is the case with Vivaldi version 3.3, which is live today on all supported desktop platforms, including Linux, Windows and macOS.
The biggest change this time is the introduction of a so-called Break Mode which aims to help users who work from home to take a break.
What this pause mode does is mute and stop all HTML5 audio and videos, hide tabs, panels and all other content on the screen. You can easily activate it by clicking the pause button available in the left corner of the status bar or by pressing Ctrl +. on the keyboard.
“When the browser is paused, you can interact with the physical world ̵
But while Break Mode should help users take a break, it’s also a pretty cool way to actually hide sensitive information quickly. For example, you can just use it to hide something you do not want others to see in the Vivaldi browser, such as a website (yes, even that kind of website) when someone enters.
When you are ready, you can resume your browsing activity right where you left off. Press play to cancel the browser via pause mode – everything will be visible again and audio / videos will restart, “says Vivaldi.
In addition, the new version also introduces theme support for private windows, a feature that was actually tested a few weeks ago as part of snapshots of the browser.
In addition to the brand new blur (a smooth mix of blue and purple colors) by default, you can also set unique custom themes for private window (s) – something no other browser offers. Otherwise, you can choose matching themes for both window types if it better suits your workflow, says Vivaldi.
Starting with this update, Vivaldi also comes with base domain highlighting, which is an incredibly simple tool for detecting fake websites that try to emulate others. For example, if you visit a site like google.fakesite.com, the highlighted section is now fakesite.com, so it’s much easier to tell that this is a malicious page. A warning is also displayed if the address bar has changed and it is more difficult to see the base domain.
And last but not least, the address bar now comes with clickable parts in the URL bar. The Vivaldi team explains:
A standout feature is the addition of highlighted, clickable parts to the URLs – a unique functionality – these can be easily cropped by pressing CTRL (Cmd / ⌘ on macOS) and clicking. When you hold CTRL while holding the cursor in the URL field, you can clearly see where the URL is being cut. This allows you to quickly move up directories and to new locations. ”
Today’s website also introduces a few other minor improvements, including support for full-page blocking and drag-and-drop folder selection.
Once again, this update makes Vivaldi an even better browser, so if Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox are not necessarily your favorite cup of tea, you really should give this a try. Since it’s based on Chromium, you’ll not lose anything by moving from Chrome to Vivaldi, but instead you will get lots of customization options and tools to improve your privacy.