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danielson 25. Oct 2015 03:09 PM

1.0.303.32 almost beta!
 
https://vivaldi.net/en-US/teamblog/6...beta-candidate

Tab preview is much more responsive on this version.

deya 25. Oct 2015 05:51 PM

Blimey .... releasing updates on a Sunday.

Did a clean install with this version after messing it up changing stuff in flags, my fault. Just wish it'd let you export boookmarks to HTML and re-enable the other bookmarks manager. I saved a copy from when you could do that. Makes things a bit simpler.

It's looking good though, and I'm noticing it running lighter on memory. Still get a weird minimised/maximised kind of effect when starting the browser but sure they'll fix it.

Agree about the tab preview, very snappy now. Still a few little niggles but it's getting there. Looking forward to the Beta version.

danielson 25. Oct 2015 09:19 PM

"Blimey... releasing updates on Sunday", i agree.

Have posted over there about importing data issues from Firefox and Google Chrome.
Beta here we come!

danielson 26. Oct 2015 08:44 PM

First time i've noticed "add selection as new note" on right-click.

Interview with Jon Von Tetzchner (podcast)

deya 26. Oct 2015 09:31 PM

Thanks for the podcast link :)

Managed to get the SurfEasy extension installed from Opera add-ons, signed in and working, so that's a nice bonus. I think that this is the best version of Vivaldi so far. It's running really well.

danielson 26. Oct 2015 11:08 PM

You are quite welcome Deya!

Have one issue... would like Vivaldi to open without sidebar in last position at previous session.

Can i ask how you installed SurfEasy (probably should know by now)?

deya 27. Oct 2015 06:36 PM

For SurfEasy, go to the extension page;

https://addons.opera.com/en-gb/exten...ny/?display=en

Click the button, 'Add to Opera' ... in the box, click on the small writing 'get it anyway' ... save the file to your desktop or wherever.

Open Vivaldi extensions page and enable developer mode. Drag and drop the SurfEasy file into the page and it will install the extension. Sign in to SurfEasy via the extension icon.

danielson 27. Oct 2015 07:55 PM

You're on my friend, thank you!

deya 27. Oct 2015 11:27 PM

It's not a bad extension and if you use the 'rewards' via your account you can build it up to around 1 gig a month allowance for free, which is enough for me. I've not been using it long with Opera so thought to try it with Vivaldi.

It kind of makes up for the lack of turbo mode in Vivaldi, as a proxy for torrent sites which are blocked by ISP's here. I don't use them much but if you're paying for the internet then you want the internet, don't you? ... all of it, and not what they dictate you can have.

Nice that it works with Vivaldi.

deya 28. Oct 2015 05:12 PM

Snapshot 1.0.303.37;

https://vivaldi.net/en-US/teamblog/6...l-improvements

"Beta Candidate with Thumbnail improvements" .......

torres-no-tan-magnifico 29. Oct 2015 12:31 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by deya (Post 114737)
For SurfEasy, go to the extension page;

https://addons.opera.com/en-gb/exten...ny/?display=en

Click the button, 'Add to Opera' ... in the box, click on the small writing 'get it anyway' ... save the file to your desktop or wherever.

Open Vivaldi extensions page and enable developer mode. Drag and drop the SurfEasy file into the page and it will install the extension. Sign in to SurfEasy via the extension icon.

I followed your instructions deya, but on the extensions page the SurfEasy extension is not showing after using drag 'n' drop and neither is the icon; developer mode is enabled so I'm a tad mystified1 :eek:

deya 29. Oct 2015 06:52 PM

Snapshot 1.0.303.40;

https://vivaldi.net/en-US/teamblog/6...t-improvements

"We have another beta candidate with tab fixes and support for more import options" ....

@ torres; not sure why it doesn't work for you, that's the way I did it and the extension installed as soon as I dropped the file into the extensions page. SurfEasy is working - I'm using it now.

I'll re-install it and see what happens then post back here.

Edit; Just reinstalled SurfEasy, no problems. Used the exact method as I described. Scratching my head a bit as to why it's not working for you. I've logged in to my account and enabled the extension. It's working perfect.

danielson 29. Oct 2015 07:21 PM

It's nice to see Vivaldi improving pace to beta.
Note taking integration is interesting but still falls short of what it used to be in Opera.
You can't drag/drop a note yet. Is it something in the works?

deya 29. Oct 2015 09:27 PM

You mean highlight text then drag and drop it into notes? .... if so then you can do that. Highlight the text for your note, click the + symbol for new note then drag and drop the text into the note.

Is that what you mean?

danielson 29. Oct 2015 10:07 PM

No. Actually i meant, to drag/drop the note from the sidebar into another app like Word etc. or even into a reply box like for this thread.

Btw, trying to import data on this latest beta contender makes Vivaldi crash all the time.

deya 29. Oct 2015 10:51 PM

Ah, sorry, misunderstood you there. Don't know if that's something they plan on adding.

Haven't tried importing anything so no crashes here. Did you try installing SurfEasy at all? ... if you did then did it work? Just for reference for torres?

danielson 30. Oct 2015 01:59 AM

SurfEasy gave an error message when trying to install from Windows Explorer (download section) so i tried a second time via desktop and had no issues.

Thanks again deya!

p.s. for some strange reason, importing data from Chrome worked this time (3rd or 4th try).
In fact, bookmarks, passwords and history were imported in flash too!

deya 30. Oct 2015 06:48 PM

Snapshot 1.0.303.48;

https://vivaldi.net/en-US/teamblog/6...ing-on-restart

"Beta Candidate fixing tabs unstacking on restart" .....

Good that you got SurfEasy installed. I downloaded the file to the desktop and installed it from there as well ... bit strange but maybe that's why it didn't work for torres. Might be worth a try.

Still haven't imported anything here, just installed straight over the top. No problems.

danielson 30. Oct 2015 07:48 PM

Vivaldi has been pretty good at notifying updates.
Just tried to import Firefox passwords and everything went smooth there too so i guess that the importing feature issues have been resolved.

Hope torres can get it going.
Don't know if install was just a hick for me (just like crashes for trying to import data) but it worked!

Btw, i'm a fan of Cintanotes and in premium version it is simple to copy/paste with url and all in just a few clicks. It's the closest i can get to the old Opera 12 notes app (for now).

torres-no-tan-magnifico 30. Oct 2015 11:41 PM

Have just upgraded to Snapshot 1.0.303.48 and the drag 'n' drop for SurfEasy worked a treat: many thanks deya!

deya 31. Oct 2015 03:46 PM

Ah, you got it working. Good stuff. Maybe the glitch was in the build you were using previously.

danielson 01. Nov 2015 04:14 PM

Here are what i consider to be "Pros and Cons" of present pre-beta:

Vivaldi is lightweight vs. Google Chrome : pro
Vivaldi url box not as feature rich as Google Chrome or Slimjet : con
Vivaldi native skin (comparable or equal to Yandex) - no need for themes : pro
Vivaldi notes, a good initiative but still far from Opera 12 : con
Vivaldi has no Android equivalent to sync with : con
Vivaldi has excellent support via forum : pro
Vivaldi page zooming has limited options vs. G Chrome or Slimjet : con

Vivaldi i like but still too many "cons" to make it default.

CASD 02. Nov 2015 01:21 AM

For me...I'm a tab heavy user and any of the Chrome type browsers bog down my 8gb ram i7 computer
the only one that comes close to CyberFox is Opera and weird as it seems Comodo Dragon seems to use less resources which might be a fluke at that moment..
my biggest complaint with Opera is tab size...I've tried everything to make them bigger..

deya 02. Nov 2015 11:48 PM

I don't ever really have lots of tabs open - four or five at times but never more apart from the odd occasion. I have Opera and Vivaldi installed and out of the two Opera runs lighter, although not by a great deal.

Also, out of the two, Opera is by far the better browser for me at the moment ... which should only be expected given that Vivaldi isn't yet at Beta stage.

Even when Vivaldi enters Beta I still doubt I'd use it as default browser. Its very good, but for me Opera runs great on Win10. I've had my ups and downs with it but I really do like using Opera now and think that they've actually risen to the challenge from Vivaldi. It suits my needs well and so I see no real reason to change.

They're the only two browsers I've installed on Win10 and I don't plan on changing that. It's good to use Vivaldi and watch it develop, learn the ins and outs of it. I enjoy that and think it's a great product.

So I'm more than happy to use both but, to be honest, I now prefer the simplified Opera UI.

I kind of see the two working in tandem on my PC. Opera for daily browsing etc, and Vivaldi as a set of tools that will increase in usefulness as time progresses. I always used to like Seamonkey but don't use it now. I see Vivaldi as a modern replacement of that as well as the old Opera.

When the final version of Vivaldi is released I'll re-evaluate, and if I think its better than Opera then maybe I'll change. Until then Vivaldi will be my secondary browser. Edge is fast but no replacement for either at the moment.

danielson 10. May 2016 01:45 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by deya (Post 112648)
... and the side panel is always open on start up.
...

You can always turn off the "Open Download Panel Automatically" setting in Menu/Tools/Settings/Downloads.

My panel is never open unless I want it to be.

https://vivaldi.net/en-US/forum/viva...-startup#47564

Better late than never hé!

danielson 10. May 2016 02:07 AM

Btw, haven't used Vivaldi in a while, but the ctrl+middle mouse scroll for zoom in/out doesn't work as it once did. Thought they had changed the default ctrl+/- bit.

danielson 11. May 2016 02:50 PM

This is a bit odd.
Wikiwand extension is installed on Slimjet, Chrome, Vivaldi, Opera and Firefox (which all have at least half a dozen addons) but only Vivaldi lets the ctrl+mouse click to have some info. on clicked on word.

deya 02. Jun 2016 06:09 PM

Vivaldi 1.2 is released;

https://vivaldi.net/en-US/teamblog/1...mouse-gestures

deya 03. Jun 2016 02:42 PM

Snapshot 1.3.501.6 - Customizable UI themes;

https://vivaldi.net/en-US/teamblog/1...able-ui-themes

"Today we are excited to open up a major new avenue for customization, by letting you make your own themes and completely change the appearance of Vivaldi"

deya 23. Jun 2016 07:09 PM

Snapshot 1.3.519.25;

https://vivaldi.net/en-US/teamblog/1...epage-and-more

"Colour picker for themes and more" …

deya 24. Jun 2016 06:10 PM

This blog post may be of interest to anyone using Vivaldi.

10 lifehacks for the Vivaldi browser;

https://vivaldi.net/en-US/teamblog/1...di-lifehacks-1

danielson 27. Jun 2016 02:19 PM

Do you know of an easy way to autohide url box (addressbar)?

One feature i've come to appreciate in Vivaldi is the fact that searching in url box also shows related materials from bookmarks and visited websites. Cool!

Also appreciate "nickname" feature for bookmarks which helps me to depend less on bookmarks toolbar.

Last, but not least, fan enthusiasm is constant, even the not so polite "posters" are welcome.
(not something you notice much of elsewhere).

deya 28. Jun 2016 03:13 PM

I've had a look through their forum, danielson. There are threads about customising the UI, auto hiding toolbars. But it involves using scripts so I don't know if you want to try that. Also, there are requests from users asking for the option to auto hide the address bar so maybe it's on the developers to-do list for future builds.

The threads are here if you want to take a look through them;

https://vivaldi.net/en-US/forum/sear...&childforums=1

I quite like the latest build of Vivaldi, especially being able to create custom themes. I've been able to get the speed dial looking better, for me at least. I'd prefer it if you could get logo tiles like you can with Opera, or Yandex Tableau, instead of the screen grab type that Vivaldi displays but I don't think it's possible at the moment - or maybe I missed something.

I stopped using Vivaldi for a while but I'm using it a bit more frequently now. When you've had it running a while, memory use creeps up and it does tend to be heavier in that department than other browsers at the moment. But I'm using the developer builds so maybe the stable version isn't so bad. Dunno.

danielson 28. Jun 2016 07:31 PM

Think you've got a point there on usage issues.

Also think i'll just wait for autohide feature to be incorporated.

Like you, have been testing Vivaldi more than before. ;)

deya 29. Jun 2016 09:32 AM

Memory use could be caused by extensions but whatever the reason it does creep up quite high at times. Think you might be right to wait for the address bar auto hide, messing around with scripts and stuff usually ends up breaking something else.

To be honest it's not something I notice too much, the address bar, because I have the background and accent colours set to white, foreground and highlight set to black. I don't see borders like you do with other colours, especially bright ones, just the URL. That way everything looks cleaner, to me. Personal preference, looking at too many gaudy colours does my head in :)

danielson 29. Jun 2016 11:48 AM

Having a glitch here... it's keeping previous theme instead of created one.
If we could make the V symbol disappear of change it too, that would be nice.
Never cared for that logo style. Even re-sizing it would be better (imo).

update: had to disable "accent" color.

deya 29. Jun 2016 04:05 PM

Are you clicking the save button once you've created or altered the theme? It won't keep it otherwise.

Yes, it would be good to be able to re-size the tiles, you can add curved edges to them, and the tabs, when you create or edit a theme. The screen grab style tiles are ok but, to me, they can look a bit messy, especially if you don't use an ad blocker because then the ads show in the saved tile. You mention the V symbol, and in the speed dial tiles, that's the one that shows for the Vivaldi site when you install the browser - the Vivaldi logo. That's what I'm on about, I prefer those to the site screen grabs. It's just personal choice.


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