Vivaldi Vertical Reader Mode, a first for browsers.


Vivaldi recently launched version 1.14 on its third anniversary since the browser's first public technical preview. With this update, Vivaldi becomes the first browser to introduce a vertical reader mode. This version also includes Markdown support for Notes, rearrangeable Web Panels, and the ability to reorder search engines.

Vertical reader mode

The Vivaldi browser is the first browser to support a vertical Reader View. This feature reflects the priority on individual needs of users that has driven innovation at Vivaldi over the last three years.

With Vivaldi's Reader View, users can access content and enjoy a clutter-free reading environment. They can change the font, adjust the line height, column width and switch to dark or light background while in Reader View.

With the introduction of vertical reader mode in this release, Vivaldi caters to users of Chinese (simplified and traditional), Japanese and Korean languages. A vertical display is one of the default ways to view written text in these languages. Users can now read texts in these languages comfortably with no distracting page elements. They can choose their reading preference by accessing Webpages in the Settings and clicking on vertical text direction.

"The needs of our users come first, no matter where they live or what language they read, write or speak. The vertical reader mode gives them more flexibility to access content on the Web on their terms," says Jon von Tetzchner. "We are confident that with this unique feature, users of the East Asian languages all across the globe will have yet another reason to choose Vivaldi."

Markdown support to Notes

With each release, Vivaldi improves its differentiating features without relying on add-ons. Notes are one of the most popular features along with Tabs Stacks, Tab Tiling and an extensive History function. Users can create notes in the browser's sidebar, annotating websites and attaching Screenshots while they browse.

In 1.14, the note-taking feature gets an upgrade with Markdown support, a natural and intuitive way of applying formatting which is used by many sites including GitHub and Red d it.

Users can now add formatting like headers, holding and bulleted lists to their notes while surfing the web. This is a great way to organise notes, compose emails, to-do lists and more. In addition to markdown formatting, they can also use this option to preview simple HTML.

From a productivity standpoint, the Markdown support is useful...

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