In early June, Vivaldi published his 4.0 update, which added features such as a translation tool for a privacy-focused browser. Its new 4.1 update is a smaller release, but still adds a handful of handy features, including a new way of organizing tabs.
Like Chrome, Vivaldi allows you to group multiple tabs to restore some illusion to the order on the tab bar. In Vivaldi, these groups are called piles. Before version 4.1, you had two ways to use them. You can opt for a compact display or a two-stage display. In the latter case, the browser adds a bar showing the tabs you have in that array. The compact view, on the other hand, only hints at the number of web pages you have pinned to the same group.
The new “Accordion” tables that Vivaldi presents today give you a third option, which is something of a compromise between two brothers and a sister. The icon representing the group will automatically expand when you click on it. Instead of the second bar, you will see all the included tabs to the right of that icon. This way you can get context about your tabs without taking up an entire extra interface element.
The other main feature that the company adds with 4.1 is called command chains. In Vivaldi, you can press “F2” (or “Command E” on a Mac) to open the command line interface, allowing you to quickly access most functions without digging through the menu for the appropriate option. Command chains allow you to group multiple actions and name them. By entering the chain name in the command interface, the included actions in the sequence will be performed. With over 200 actions available, you have great flexibility. For example, you can create one that allows both full screen and read mode at the same time. You can also assign sequences to create a custom keyboard shortcut or mouse movement.
Outside of these functions, 4.1 adds a timer the view of the reader which estimates how much time you need to go through the article. Finally, the Windows browser client will now automatically install new features in the background. You can turn off “silent updates” in the settings menu. You can try Vivaldi 4.1 today.
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