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Vivaldi 4.0 is here, with the biggest new features in years

Oslo, Norway, June 11 2021: Vivaldi  has unveiled the fourth iteration of its browser for desktop and mobile – its most  substantial upgrade yet.

With versions for Windows, Mac, Linux computers, and Android devices. New features include  Vivaldi Translate, a built-in, privacy-friendly translation service, powered by Lingvanex and hosted by Vivaldi, keeping translations out of the reach of companies like Google or Microsoft.

Also offered now are beta versions of Vivaldi Mail with Vivaldi Feed Reader and Vivaldi Calendar  on desktop. While Vivaldi Mail Beta works with existing mail and calendar services, users can also choose to set up an account on vivaldi.net or add a trusted third-party service, such as Fastmail.

Vivaldi  continues to act on its mantra that everything that a user does in the browser is no one else’s business — which is why Vivaldi never tracks its users, collects their data, or willingly compromises on privacy. Vivaldi is committed to rejecting every privacy-invasive technology, such as Google’s FLoC, because collecting unnecessary personal information online is not only wrong but dangerous.

Vivaldi’s end-to-end encrypted Sync keeps users’ browsing data safe, helps to limit unnecessary tracking, and block annoying ads with its built-in Ad and Tracker Blocker on both Android and desktop versions.

Translate

Ever wondered what happens to the texts that are translated when using a translation service like Google Translate? Are they “confidential”? No, because the translations don’t just vanish when closing that tab.  Says Vivaldi: Google has access to every piece of text that is translated. And they have been able to get away with it due to the lack of reliable options.

Together with Lingvanex, Vivaldi offers a translation feature built into the browser that’ll help millions of users globally read translated pages in their preferred languages — safely and securely.

The Lingvanex translation engine is hosted on Vivaldi servers in Iceland. Because there are no third-party servers involved, users don’t have to share what they read with ‘prying eyes’. The Translate icon appears in the right corner of the desktop browser’s Address Field by default, almost immediately when the web page loads, signifying that translation can be activated on the page.

A full web page can be translated with a single click to either your OS language (by default) or choose from the languages in the drop-down. Translation can also be customized with these options:




  • Always translate – always translate the current language.

  • Never translate – never translate the current language.

  • Never translate this site – never be asked about translation on that particular site again.

  • Offer to translate pages – disable the automatic translation of pages and pop-ups that show automatically. The button remains in the address field to reverse the action.



The translate feature works on Android devices and Chromebooks, with the same functionality as on desktop. Vivaldi Translate is a rare feature in mobile browsers as most do not offer a translation feature and if they do, your translation activities aren’t private. To translate a page, open the Vivaldi Menu and select Translate. (Additional options appear at the bottom of the screen, right above the bottom toolbar.) Find translation settings in the Vivaldi menu > Settings > General > Language settings.

Vivaldi Mail

Limited choices have locked many into the ecosystems of a handful of corporations. But Vivaldi Mail, now in its beta, offers a true alternative.Most mail clients bundle all different types of mail, forcing users to manually untangle email from mailing lists, conversations, and work-related email into folders. They also often separate out each personal mail account, so users have to keep jumping around to see all of their mail at once.

Unlike traditional mail clients, Vivaldi Mail does all the heavy lifting for you, even in its beta version. By automatically detecting mailing lists and mail threads, automatically categorizing mail to make it easy to find, and offering a powerful search feature, Vivaldi Mail takes the weight off your shoulders, allowing you to enjoy their mail experience again”, Vivaldi CEO, Jon von Tetzchner, says. And It does all this on the user’s computer, rather than on a remotely operated webmail server. So users aren’t tied to a specific service provider or forced to trade access to the contents of all their mail in exchange for searchability.

Vivaldi Mail Beta lets users change email providers as often as they like, without losing email filters, so they can search through the mail just like before. All while maintaining privacy and online freedom.

Existing users can enable Mail from Settings > General. New users can enable Mail by selecting the Fully Loaded layout on setup.Once enabled, the Mail Panel, a sidebar, appears with All messages, Custom foldersMailing listsFilter and (searches), Flags (starred), Synced LabelsFeeds, and All Accounts.

The three-panel default layout shows accounts and folders on the left, messages received in the middle, and currently open messages on the right. But, as with everything in Vivaldi, different layout options, such as a horizontally split layout, are available from the Settings Menu.

Vivaldi Feed Reader

Since Vivaldi does not believe in tracking online behaviors of users, it builds the Vivaldi Feed Reader differently. Here the user is in control. If users choose to subscribe to feeds from sites they enjoy and trust, news from those sites will appear, not from companies pushing their agenda on them. Users can enjoy their customized feed, with no fluff – and no spying.

Vivaldi Feed Reader Beta uses Vivaldi Mail to display feed items. Users can choose to view and rename the feed items within the Mail Panel, or alternatively view from the dedicated Feeds Panel.

The integration with Vivaldi Mail has huge benefits. It allows sorting, indexing, and searching of feed items, and even marks them as read without deleting them. It is a unified system where all messages can be viewed in one place, instead of having to find and view feeds separately from mail.

Use Vivaldi’s Feed Reader Beta to follow almost any modern newspapers, blogs, galleries, and more including these:




  • YouTube channels without an extra visit to YouTube: Subscribe to a feed any time when visiting a channel. For user privacy, Vivaldi extracts the video content (using a no cookie URL) from the feed and displays the video inline, rather than linking to the video. Any updates, like “1 person liked your video”, will not trigger feed updates.

  • Podcasts: As Vivaldi supports several versions of RSS and the powerful Atom web standards, the audio and video of the podcast is glitch-free when received as a feed.



Vivaldi Calendar

While there are many options available, the most popular calendars are made by some of the Big Tech companies, with business models based on data collection.

Vivaldi’s focus is building a simple, powerful calendar that allows users to fine-tune their schedules, so they never miss a thing.

Choose private or shared: Data can be kept locally from a privacy point of view, as events won’t be stored on third-party servers. But Vivaldi is about options. It gives the ability to access and manage events from online calendars. New calendars can be added on the user’s server or any other CalDAV servers. Also includes improved support for several online calendars such as Fastmail, Zimbra, iCloud and more.

What is unique here is that all the data is visible in every view, while other calendars show only one or two lines per event. There are three different layouts as follows:




  • The minimal view only shows the event title.

  • The full view shows all the event data in the main view.

  • The compact view gives the best of both worlds, putting a cap on the text in the events.



For the best overview of events, users can choose the zoom level of their data. Day and Week views show data by the hour, Multi-Week and Month views are more compressed and show events one after another, and the Year view shows the events for that day. The Agenda view lists 6 weeks’ worth of events grouped by date.

Users can even look at the calendar in their panel while browsing to get a better overview and organize their schedule.

Vivaldi 4.0 download link: https://vivaldi.com/download/