Vivaldi Snapshot 1.0.344.24 brings several bug fixes and performance improvements, Beta 2 coming soon
Vivaldi has released a new Snapshot version of its browser, which brings the version to 1.0.344.24.
The developers have hinted that this version, could be one of the last Snapshot candidates before the next Beta version is released.
The latest snapshot update focuses on fixing a plethora of bugs which have plagued the browser. These fixes include improvements for site compatibility, issues related to thumbnails, and non responsive tabs, especially those which didn’t update when discarded and ended up with a black screen. The tab muting problems on Windows and Linux should no longer happen, thanks to better placement of the speaker icon.
Spatial navigation issues (links, forms etc), keyboard shortcuts for Mac OS X and Linux installer packages of the browser have also been fixed in the latest snapshot build. Support for NPAPI has been re-enabled on Windows and Mac OS X, yet Java based plugins don’t seem to be working as expected, although Flash does.
Download Vivaldi Snapshot 1.0.344.24 for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux from the official servers now to give it a whirl.
Oddly though, despite being termed as a Snapshot release, the Vivaldi About page reads 1.0.344.24 Beta. Even the installer said the same thing too, so it is likely, that this version could indeed be rolled out as Beta 2 soon, possibly with a few more bug fixes.
Filecritic’s take on Vivaldi:
I have been following on Vivaldi, ever since the browser made its debut in Januay 2015. While the browser certainly does impress with its brilliant UI, and customisation options, it does have some major issues, mostly in terms of performance. But these are likely because of the terrible RAM and Disk Usage optimization in Chromium, the open source project on which Vivaldi is based.
Our most recent test run with the browser (Beta 1), which lasted a whole week of usage as the default browser (with many Chrome extensions), did see the computer slow down to a crawl at times. In comparison, Mozilla Firefox and its clone, Waterfox, performed remarkably well on the same PC, with more tabs opened in the background than what had caused Vivaldi to stutter. But don’t get me wrong, despite its shortcomings, Vivaldi is still so much better than Google Chrome, which to be honest has been going downhill performance-wise.
Hopefully, Vivaldi will patch up the RAM leaks issue, before the first stable release of the browser, which we think, should arrive in the first quarter of 2016.