Vivaldi Snapshot 1.0.303.32 “Beta Candidate” released
Vivaldi has released a new version of its web browser.
The latest build is Snapshot 1.0.303.32, but the developers have termed it as a beta candidate.
Apparently it is still not a beta quality version, and still needs a bit of bug fixing and tweaking.
Jon Stephenson von Tetzchner, the founder of Vivaldi, and the former co-founder of Opera, announced that the browser now has typed history support in the search box. It can be accessed by clicking the small drop-down arrow icon at the end of the box, and also by using the key combo, SHIFT + Down arrow key.
This feature is also available in the the address bar of Vivaldi, where you just need to press the Down Arrow Key, or click on the down-arrow icon at the extreme right of the address bar.
In addition to that, you can quickly view the list of the search providers in the browser’s search field, by clicking the arrow icon on the left edge of the search box, with the magnifier icon. Alternatively, just tap on the Down Arrow key on your keyboard to view the list.
A few days ago, Vivaldi shipped in a bunch of bug fixes in a prior snapshot version of the browser, which corrected issues related to incorrect auto-complete in history, slow tab animations, tabs size reduced when many tabs are opened, and more.
The latest version of Vivaldi, includes fixes for missing tab thumbnail previews (the feature similar to what Microsoft edge has). Custom startup pages are working once again, and so is the Settings page, which earlier caused issues with the URL being changed when you switched to a different tab.
Vivaldi is yet to tweak its most annoying bug, the Tab bar’s navigation system. Unlike in most browsers, Vivaldi puts the tabs on the left of the tab bar, and when you switch to a different tab, it isn’t being displayed in the top center, and still remains on its original position on the left.
Download Vivaldi Snapshot 1.0.303.32 for Windows (32-bit and 64-bit), Mac OS C 10.6 and above (64-bit) and Linux (32-bit and 64-bit) from the official website.
The browser is still based on Google Chromium 45, unlike Chrome which has moved on to version 46. A few weeks ago, Vivaldi added native support for HTML5 and MP3 media formats.
I did test the latest version, and have to admit that it is incredibly smooth. One notable feature missing from Vivaldi, is the Mail app. The tab for the app has been present in the browser since the very first version, but it still says “coming soon”. And from what we have observed, Mail doesn’t seems likely to make an appearance in the beta version, which could be released in the next few months.