Category Archives: Browsers

Vivaldi Adds Docked Dev Tools

Vivaldi Version 1.10

Vivaldi released 1.10 to the stable channel. This release contains one of the items I have most desired; docking and floating the DEV Tools.  They have also included other nice updates to the Start Page and other items.  For me I really wanted to dock my DEV Tools.

You can read about the full release at Vivaldi Powers Up the Start Page and Adds Docked DEV Tools.

Why I Care

Personally I like being able to place my Dev Tool window where it is most convenient to me. Sadly this varies with what I am doing. Sometimes the default floating option is fine.  Other times I want it docked somewhere inside the page, even then not always in the same spot. Of course if you don’t use your DEV Tools that much then it probably doesn’t matter.

As a side note, this patch appears to have fixed my streaming issues. So I get to use Vivaldi as my default browser again with the DEV Tools working the way I like!

The freedom of choice with the DEV Tools was one thing I liked about Opera. Vivaldi replaced Opera as my main browser due to its ability to be easily customized.

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The Vivaldi Web Panel

Vivaldi

Before I get too far into the Vivaldi Web Panel you may not know about Vivaldi.  You may wonder what this has to do with Enterprise Web Development.

Vivaldi

Vivaldi is a great Chromium based browser that has been around since sometime in 2015. It was created by some of the original Opera developers. This is a great browser that really allows the user to customize it. Their story is best said in their own words at this link.

Nice, but Web Development?

What I want to talk about today is not directly related to web development. I could go on about the developer tools in Vivaldi but really every modern browser has those built-in. I could talk about the extensions that would help you but again you can get those in almost any modern browser.

What I want to talk about today is more of a convenience than a development thing. Vivaldi is very customizable, more so than other browsers. This level of customization could be overwhelming to some users, but trust me is worth it.

Among its many features is a thing they call Web Panels.

Web Panels

Web panels are like special bookmarks that open in a new frame next to what you are viewing in your browser. If the site you add as a web panel is properly designed it will nicely adjust to however wide you make the panel. This is great if you want to keep some kind of reference open while working or something like TweetDeck.

Here is a screen shot of my side bar showing all of my web panels.

My Vivaldi Web Panel

My Vivaldi Web Panel

I have links to Mozilla JavaScript Reference, HTML Color Names, TweetDeck, Dev Docs, C# Language Reference, T-SQL Reference, and Unity Manual.

You can read more about Vivaldi Web Panels on their site at About Panels. For me I find it quite helpful than using just a normal link. I would not use it for everything, as you can tell it is mainly reference stuff.

If you already use Vivaldi give it a shot, you might like them. I know it took me a little while to warm up to them. If you have not tried Vivaldi, give it a shot. Remember, it can be a bit overwhelming at first since they are so focused on making it your browser.

Enabling Power User Mode In Opera

Opera has a neat feature for its settings called Power User mode.  What is even neater is how you enable this mode.

  1. Bring up the settings tab
  2. Type in that old game code with your arrow keys Up Up Down Down Left Right Left Right
  3. Then type B A to finish the code

Just to be clear the whole code is the arrow keys for direction followed by B and then A, you don’t need to hold shift down or anything.

Up Up Down Down Left Right Left Right B A

One of the really cool things you can do in power user mode is remove the search box from the Speed Dial page.  Personally I prefer Bing but right now you cannot change this box from Google.  So removing it gives me more immediate space in my Speed Dial.