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(Update) Vivaldi 1.10 has been released.

(Update 15/06/2017): Vivaldi 1.10 has now been officially released. All notable changes and improvements are outlined below. The full release notes are available here.

Vivaldi 1.10 is already being developed, after the recent release of v1.9, and several improvements have been revealed in the first snapshot. The biggest change, as of May 4th, is the ability to dock the developer tools. "We have had a long standing request for the ability to dock Developer Tools," said Ruari Odegaard, a Vivaldi QA tester. "Of course, if you prefer them undocked, that still works too," he continued.

The second improvement in the appearance of Speed Dial folder thumbnails. Instead of displaying the same icon, the folders will now give users a preview of what's inside.

A second snapshot (1.10.834.9) has now been released. In this update, users can now sort their downloads by a range of options like the name, the size of the file, or the date that the download commenced. Alternatively, users can also manually re-arrange their order. A second improvement now allows users on Windows (Windows 8 or newer) to automatically set their desktop wallpaper as the Vivaldi start page background. This feature will be available for macOS users later on.

A new snapshot (1.10.838.7) introduces the ability for users to modify the new tab page using extensions. "With this feature, you can put that new tab real estate to use in any way you like. We know a lot of you love using Start Page / Speed Dials as default here, but we’ve also heard from many users that they miss being able to install third party extensions to customise this space," said Vivaldi QA engineer, Maria Popova.

Snapshot 1.10.845.3 has been released. This update gives users more freedom regarding images on a webpage. It gives users the option to choose whether they would like to always load images, never load them, or only load from the cache. This feature was previously available in the Status Bar; however, it has been added in the View menu to improve accessibility. Finally, this snapshot also updates the browser to Chromium 58.0.3029.114.

After almost two weeks of silence on the new version of Vivaldi, snapshot 1.10.856.16 has dropped. This new snapshot makes improvements to Quick Commands – ten of them to be precise. It also fixes some regressions and makes other minor alterations.

We have another snapshot on our hands from the Vivaldi team. Version 1.10.862.6 brings more customisation to the Speed Dial thumbnails. Users can now change the thumbnails to anything they like, including GIFs. Arguably the more useful improvement in this snapshot, is the ability turn off history and bookmarks from the address bar dropdown list. "It’s a nice little feature that lets you be in control of what you want to see when you start typing," said Maria Popova, QA engineer at Vivaldi.

After giving users the ability to customise thumbnails for Speed Dials in the last snapshot, the new version (1.10.867.3) now allows users to change the thumbnail for Speed Dial folders. The browser has been updated to Chromium 59.0.3071.90 and fixes a bug where refreshing the page would remove the custom Speed Dial thumbnail.

Snapshot 1.10.867.27 has been released and it's all about patching up the browser ready for the final release. It fixes several regressions for the final version 1.10 which could land as soon as by the end of this week.

A major update to Vivaldi is released approximately every six to eight weeks, therefore the stable v1.10 should drop in the second half of June. However, it should be noted that the Vivaldi team were particularly fast releasing v1.9, with just 20 days between the first snapshot and the stable release.

 

(article originally written 04/05/2017, last updated 15/06/2017)

Last modified on Thursday, 15 June 2017
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Sebastian Marcinkiewicz

Journalist and technology enthusiast specialising in smartphones and online security.

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