Vivaldi 1.8 transforms the browser 'History' section, gives more control to users

Vivaldi, a relatively new browser in the market has revamped the 'History' section of the browser in its latest release.


Vivaldi, a relatively new browser in the market has revamped the 'History' section of the browser in its latest release. The revamped section gives much more comprehensive information to users about the number of pages they visited and the number of times the user has viewed the pages. The section gives users a 'Month' view along with options to view history according to 'Week', 'Day', or 'List'.

Vivaldi 1.8 transforms the browser History section, gives more control to users

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In the 'Month' mode, the browser shows a Calendar view with the most visited domains on any particular day on the corresponding dates. This view also shows the number of page views and visits. Clicking on any particular day will open the 'Entries' view detailing the websites visited according to the time.

The interesting thing to note here is that the colour of each date is a heat map varying from white to orange with white signifying no activity and orange pointing heavy activity. The section also comes with a dedicated 'Heat Map' button that only shows the days with coloured indications on the most web intensive days.

Image Credit: Vivaldi

Image Credit: Vivaldi

This section also gives a chart plot of the number of websites visited with the time axis and the number of websites visited in the 'Browsing Activity' panel towards the right. You can also select a range of dates, to sum up custom usage. This section also includes 'Link Transition Type' which details the number of URLs that you visited directly, typed, linked, reloaded or formed.

Image Credit: Vivaldi

Image Credit: Vivaldi

This allows the users to quickly and easily find any link that they did not bookmark by recalling the amount of web activity they engaged in on that particular day along with the 'Link Transition Type' information.

Last but not the least, the browser also allows quick access to the history section in 'List' view by clicking on the clock icon in the panel on the left.

The browser is developed by Vivaldi Technologies, a company formed by Jon Stephenson von Tetzchne, the founder of Opera Software. On the launch of this new update, he starts by adding, "We want to make browsing history more useful than ever before. Instead of having to scroll through hundreds of lines, Vivaldi gives a comprehensive overview of the history, presented in a visual way. This lets our users analyse their online activity and helps them find what they are looking for."

Image Credit: Vivaldi

Image Credit: Vivaldi

The company added that it does not collect any history data and this data is 'strictly personal and local' to all its users. The company has also added a 'Create notes with drag-and-drop' option where users can take notes in the Panel to the left by simply selecting the text and dragging and dropping in the 'Notes' menu. This feature works from any other app on the computer and is not limited to Vivaldi itself. This update also comes with 'Advanced tab muting' and ability to show hibernated tabs in grayscale also with other smaller improvements.

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