New Update Vivaldi 5.4 launches with Rocker Gestures and Web Panel improvements

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Vivaldi 5.4 for the desktop introduces several new usability features. Web Panels are a central feature of the browser. They are displayed in a small sidebar on the left side by default, and may be used to display websites. The sidebar itself links to other features, such as the recently introduced email client, feeds, notes, downloads or bookmarks.

Vivaldi users may display websites there, for example, YouTube or other media sites, that are displayed next to the main site that is open in the browser. Handy also for comparing mobile and desktop versions of a site, for research purposes, or just for playing music or videos while browsing the web using a single browser window.

In Vivaldi 5.4, users may now mute a web panel. Just right-click on the icon and select the new "mute panel" option to mute any sound.

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Rocker Gestures​

Another new option in Vivaldi 5.4 is the ability to customize rocker gestures. Rocker gestures are part of the browser's mouse gestures system. Rocker gestures are enabled by default; they give users options to go back and forward using just the mouse.

To go forward, press the left mouse button followed by the right mouse button. To go back, reverse the sequence and press the right mouse button first before pressing the left.

Up until now, Rocker Gestures could not be customized. Now, with the release of Vivaldi 5.4, comes the option to assign different actions to the actions.

Go to Vivaldi > Settings > Mouse to get started. Scroll down to the Rocker Gestures section and use the menus next to either one of the actions to assign a different action to it. You may map actions such as "mute all tabs", "translate page", or "create bookmark", and dozens more.

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Other improvements​

Vivaldi 5.4 includes several other improvements:
  • Copy link to highlight is a new feature to share a specific highlighted part of a web page quickly with other Chromium-based browser users. Just select part of the page, right-click and use the new Copy Link to Highlight option copy a link to the part to the Clipboard.
  • Always use secure connection (HTTPS) is found under Settings > Address Bar > Security Features. Enables automatic HTTPS upgrades for HTTP sites and displays alerts if a site does not support HTTPS.
  • Vivaldi Mail, Calendar and Feed Reader updated to 1.1. No new features but a lot of fine tuning and under the hood improvements. Vivaldi Technologies mentions speed and performance improvements specifically.
 

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I used to really like this browser, but unfortunately I feel there are better alternatives out there with better tracker protection such as Brave and Firefox. Also, Brave has fingerprinting protection which Vivaldi does not at all. The worst thing, is if you use this browser these days you could be putting yourself at risk since the latest Chromium updates can take weeks/months, in this case, to get pushed to the browser. Also, my opinion too, it has become extremely bloated. I know though this browser can be very useful for some users who like a lot of features and a very nice UI.
 

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I used to really like this browser, but unfortunately, I feel there are better alternatives out there with better tracker protection such as Brave and Firefox. Also, Brave has fingerprinting protection which Vivaldi does not at all. The worst thing is if you use this browser these days you could be putting yourself at risk since the latest Chromium updates can take weeks/months, in this case, to get pushed to the browser. Also, in my opinion, too, it has become extremely bloated. I know though this browser can be very useful for some users who like a lot of features and a very nice UI.
I agree. It has become bloated indeed. Also, they should have designed their settings following the Chromium browser's design language. It's easy to get used to the settings of Edge or Brave for example. Vivaldi is totally different and often hard to find what I'm looking for.
Believe it or not, Google Chrome is the least bloated Chromium browser among the popular ones. It used to be Edge when it came out but not anymore.
 

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This update includes a fix for pre-populated search engines being re-added on upgrade.

Autoupdate is temporarily disabled because a new build will be issued shortly with a fix for “[Address bar] Does not get focus on new window (VB-90852)”. If you do not want to wait, download manually via the link below.

The following improvements were made since the initial 5.4 stable release:
  • [Downloads] The search section of the download button states “Your download history is empty” (VB-90845)
  • [Panel] Cannot type characters using dead keys into the downloads panel (VB-90844)
  • [Settings][Search] Pre-populated search engines are re-added on upgrade (VB-90892)
  • [Tabs] Cannot select multiple tabs after certain steps (VB-90881)
  • [UI][Languages] Translation updates
  • [Windows][Installer] Stop adding elevation service entry to the registry (VB-90860)


This update includes a fix for the address field not being correctly selected in newly created windows.

The following improvements were made since the first 5.4 minor update:
  • [Address bar] Does not get focus on opening a new window (VB-90852)
 
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Vivaldi Technologies released a new version of its Vivaldi for Android browser. Vivaldi 5.4 for Android makes a number of changes, including improved privacy statistics, a new close other tabs option, and a restructured menu.

Vivaldi 5.4 for Android is available already. It is distributed via Google Play, but direct downloads are also provided on the company's website.
 
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This update fixes several Mail/Calendar/Feeds issues and resolves a problem with private windows.

The following improvements were made since the third 5.4 minor update:
  • [Calendar] Cannot open .ics file directly (VB-91078)
  • [Dev Tools] Color picker pipette fails (VB-90728)
  • [Feeds] No message found if travelling between time-zones (VB-90171)
  • [Languages] sr-Latn choice of UI language was converted to sr [Cyrillic] (VB-80833)
  • [Linux][Media][Arm] Problems playing proprietary media for new users (VB-91211)
  • [Mail] All mail can be permanently deleted with a single key stroke (VB-91143)
  • [Mail] Signature disappears when switching between accounts, with signature on top (VB-90908)
  • [Mail][Notes] Editing link in composer doesn’t work (VB-89143)
  • [Panels] Cannot type characters using dead keys into the reading list (VB-90974)
  • [Window management] Can not close private window intro tab (VB-90896)
 

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This update includes fixes from the Chromium project and a couple of other small changes.

The following improvements were made since the sixth 5.4 minor update:
  • [Address bar][Security] Low severity issue which could cause the address field to fail to update (VB-91252)
  • [Chromium] Upgraded to 104.0.5112.126
  • [Search] Update Ecosia favicon for new installs (VAB-6221)
 

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