It’s been a few years since the co-founder of Opera Software started a new company and launched the Vivaldi web browser aimed at power users. Today the team is releasing Vivaldi 2.0.
The new version of the browser comes more than two years after the launch of Vivaldi 1.0, and it brings a lot of new features and enhancements.
Among other things, Vivaldi 2.0 brings new tools for customizing the look and behavior of the browser and a new Vivaldi Sync feature that keeps your data synchronized across multiple computers.
The new Vivaldi Sync tool makes it easier to use the web browser on multiple computers. Data including bookmarks, history, passwords, and autofill information can be synchronized, and all the data is encrypted so that Vivaldi never has access to a plain-text version of your data.
Most other major web browsers already have some sort of data synchronization feature, so this is a welcome, but long overdue addition to a browser that’s supposed to be designed for power users.
Some of Vivaldi’s other new features are definitely aimed at folks who want to do more than simply surf the web though.
For example, there’s a new browser history feature that lets you sift through your history in a calendar view, see statistics about your browsing habits, and use keyboard shortcuts and mouse gestures to navigate your history.
There’s support for toggling adaptive browser themes that can change colors depending on the websites you’re visiting, and an option to schedule themes so that they change during the day.
Vivaldi 2.0 also has built in tools for capturing screenshots, annotating websites using Markdown, and viewing image properties without leasing the browser.
The browser also lets you position the tab bar so it’s vertical instead of horizontal. And speaking of tabs, there was already a tab tiling option that let you view two tabs side-by-side in the same browser window. Now you can resize those tabs just by dragging the edge.
You can find a run-down of more new features in Vivaldi 2.0 in the official release announcement.