The new version of the Vivaldi browser for the desktop contains the mail client Vivaldi Mail 1.0, a calendar and a feed reader. The whole thing is available on Windows, Mac and Linux. If you already use the Vivaldi browser, you can activate “Mail, calendar and feeds” under “Productivity functions” in the general settings for the e-mail function – otherwise a download of the browser is required. Image 1 of 15
E-Mail-Client in Vivaldi (Bild: Vivaldi)
Vivaldi Mail supports IMAP and POP3. If you don’t have an email account yet, you can set one up at vivaldi.net. Signing in with the Google account is possible for both Vivaldi Mail and Vivaldi’s calendar function. The “Mail Panel” then contains sections such as “All Messages”, “Custom Folders”, “Mailing Lists”, “Synced Labels”, “Feeds” and “All Accounts”. The Junk, Trash, and Archive inboxes are hidden by default in most views. The default layout shows accounts and folders on the left, received messages in the middle, and open messages on the right. Other layouts and Co. are also possible in the e-mail settings.
For offline access to messages, Vivaldi indexes mails locally on the computer and not on a webmail server – this means that mails are retained even after a change of provider or if they have already been deleted from the server. With this, Vivaldi wants to enable independence from different providers – for example without “exchanging access to the content of all your e-mails in exchange for using the search function”. A mail can also appear in different folders or views.
Sixteen configurable shortcuts are designed to help users write emails. With “E” all e-mails of a sender of a current message can be displayed. Users can navigate to the next unread email with “G”. However, keyboard shortcuts for emails can be customized. The “Back” and “Forward” buttons within an email window allow users to scroll back and forth in the email folder. In addition, flags for identifying important emails should be able to be synchronized with other email clients. Searches can also be saved as filters. The themes introduced for the browser can also be applied to the e-mail client. Mail drafts can be queued.
Integrated feed reader
In addition to the mail function, Vivaldi has integrated “feeds” and a calendar into the browser. Like the mails, the feed elements can be indexed, searched and sorted without having to be read first. In order to limit user tracking, the videos of subscribed YouTube feeds can be played directly inline. Vivaldi extracts the video content from the feed using a cookie-free URL.
With a calendar where the user can choose between “local” and “online”, Vivaldi wants to simplify the planning of events and show more data per event. In the minimal view only the title of the event is displayed, in the full view all event data and in the compact view also the event text. The calendar can also be displayed in a tab and via the calendar panel in the sidebar of the browser while browsing the Internet – to keep appointments at a glance.
The appointment can also be added to the calendar as a task by ticking the box. The tasks can then be displayed in an agenda view for an overview. In addition to various notification tones, there should be visual and customizable effects for the appointment reminder – such as “Melt the browser” or “Burn the browser”.
In addition, events can also be imported directly into the calendar and also created directly in the browser. This works with a right click on the selected event and the menu item “Add event as calendar”. An “inline editor” allows adding more appointment details and is divided into several tabs such as Date, Time, Recurrence, Location, Description and Attendees. Pop-up windows can also be activated in the settings for the calendar.
Different views and shortcuts
The window size for created appointments adapts to the amount of text and takes up more or less space in the calendar view as required. There are also keyboard shortcuts for the calendar functions that allow you to switch between different display modes. With the arrow keys, users can navigate between the days. Events can also be searched for and filtered. In addition to a daily view, there is also a weekly and annual overview.
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