Vivaldi official version (1.1) is out, and almost full Chrome extension support is available!

This is our third post on Vivaldi progress in building an awesome new web browser.
We write about it again, because we love what they do, how they do it, and how the final result looks like.

From day one, the Vivaldi team told us that they will support Chrome extensions, because Vivaldi is a browser for power users, and power users love their extensions.

After using the latest official version, we got a few insights regarding extensions, and Vivaldi in general.

General:

  1. Vivaldi is awesome, especially if you’re tired of Chrome.
    It’s fast, the most customizable browser we have ever used, and you see that they built it based on real users’ insights.
  2. Like going from PC to MAC, you’ll need patience (not much though) and a few minutes of learning and customizing. Switching browser is a hard, even if the total experience is better in the end.
  3. To do anything on Vivaldi (including finding your extensions), you can easily click F2 and type what you are looking for. Very smart, useful and totally upgrades the user experience.

Extensions:

  1. Yes. You can install any extension from the Chrome web store, as usual.
  2. Yes. You can manage your extensions just like you’ve managed them on Chrome, including activating the “developer mode”.
  3. When using Vivaldi, you’ll actually gonna uninstall some of your existing extensions, because they’ve added many features that until today were available to use, only with extensions.
    We’re talking about features like Notes, Tab stacks, Browser themes, and more..
  4. No. It’s not perfect, yet.
    We tried a bunch of extensions and found that most of them worked just like on Chrome, without any glitches.
    But, we did encounter some issues, some were critical.

Here are 2 examples of 2 extensions we love and use on a daily basis, that still needs to improve on Vivaldi-

  • Awesome Screenshot: When we tried to capture a screenshot of the current tab, we got it captured with the Awesome Screenshot extension menu open, instead of quickly closing the menu and only then taking the screenshot (like on Chrome).  This screenshot, was obviously useless.
  • Muzly: When we tried Muzli, we saw that it can’t take over the “new tab” function.
    This means that to change the new tab, we had to go to ‘settings’ and manually change our home page. This takes out the whole idea of “new tab” extensions…

So, the bottom line is that we’ve officially switched to Vivaldi, although they still need to have better support for Chrome based extensions.