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deya 25. Feb 2013 05:11 PM

Maxthon 4.0.3.6000 Final
 
Maxthon have released v4.0.3.6000, which is a final version, the first for M4.

http://www.maxthon.com/

Installed it over the top of my existing version, no problems and it's running very well. Still no support for skins but there are a few changes to the UI, plus you can customise the look of it to your liking. Maxthon Settings/Options also enables you to control how the browser operates. It also supports many different languages.

It still uses WebKit and Trident, dual engined, and you can switch easily between the two and set whichever as default.

It has built in mouse gestures, screen capture, night and day mode, reader mode, split screen and full screen options. There's also SkyNote, a feed reader, download manager, a built in AdBlocker (which works very well) and a spell checker, plus speed dial and the cloud synch stuff. You can configure many of these features to suite your needs.

There are extensions, here;

http://extension.maxthon.com/

... although I haven't added any - and there's no WOT, apart from one called 'Maxthon Flag' which, amongst other things, shows the WOT scorecard. As mentioned before, I have the default search set to WOT-SurfCanyon which gives the WOT search ratings in your search results (coloured icons) but you can use DDG etc. with the same result. So, a combination of those should see you covered for safe searching.

Anyone installing it, I'd advise using the 'Advanced' options on the install screen (bottom left) and un-checking anything you don't want - especially the 'set as default browser' option.

Overall, I think Maxthon 4 is a good browser. It's fast, doesn't hog resources and renders pages quickly. As always, it's fair to mention that Maxthon is developed in China, so you have to draw your own conclusions to that before using it - each to their own, and you don't have to register or use the cloud features if you don't want to.

If you prefer you can download it from FileHippo;

http://www.filehippo.com/download_maxthon/

or Softpedia;

http://www.softpedia.com/get/Interne...axthon-3.shtml

... although the review is out of date and still refers to Maxthon 3.

Maxthon is always being developed and updates to the browser are frequent. The Maxthon help forum is here;

http://forum.maxthon.com/forumdisplay.php?fid=113

kendall.a 21. Jul 2013 07:34 PM

I installed Maxthon 4 last night. I really like it!

In the past couple of weeks, I've been trying out FF variants as I've found my FF getting way to slow to startup. I've tried Palemoon, Waterfox, and Cyberfox. All of them have their pro's and con's, but they all suffer from the same issue as FF on both my work and home computers--very slow (15-20 seconds) to start up from a cold start.

This Maxthon starts up as fast or faster than Chrome. And, yes, there now is a Last Pass plug-in or extension for Maxthon! (It's not perfect, but it works!)

No, there's no WOT extension or skins yet (at least in the traditional sense of downloadable skins) However, I have added DuckDuckGo as a search engine and you can change the existing skin through the use of several pre-set skins within the program and even change the color schemes.

I've only been using it for one day, but it may soon become my primary browser.

sicknero 21. Jul 2013 09:05 PM

I like Maxton :-)
 
I've been using Maxthon for quite a while now as my secondary browser, I'm currently on 4.1.1.1600 beta portable.

It went through a brief phase of being a bit buggy for me, but a lot of it seems to be sorted now although reading the forums it seems that some people do still have problems with it.

I like it, loads. True I'd very much like to see proper support for WoT, and proper script and cookie managers (java and cookies are pretty much On/Off at the moment), but other than these points I think it's excellent. It does at least have a Flash blocker which works fine whether you're using the Adobe plug in or Maxthon's own NPSWF32.dll.

I find it very smooth and fast, and stable - some sites which are noticeably laggy in other browsers run excellently in Maxthon.

It has several features that I really like a lot - the whole "cloud browser" thing, which means that extensions, preferences, bookmarks, history, and even the built in notepad, are synced wherever I use it. For instance it's a breeze to select a chunk of text that I want from a webpage, then right-click and "Send to Skynote" so that it's available for me whatever computer I'm on. No Xmarks support unfortunately, but I live in hope and it does at least have Pocket and bookmarks can be exported to html.

Also downloads can be sent straight to the cloud (2 gig of space, apparently) as well as which tabs and website content can all be "pushed" to the cloud.

The switchable webkit/trident is handy for one website that I use a lot at work which doesn't display properly on webkit.

The customisable "night mode" which is a one-click switch to a different colour scheme, is a nice touch.

The pop-out video player is a nice idea ... I can minimise the main browser and have the player in a screen corner, and the built-in "resource sniffer" works very well on the whole although the latest Youtube changes have defeated it for the time being.

The "Quick Apps" function is great ... essentially it lets you turn any tab into a stand-alone site-specific browser. This is perfect for a lot of sites like Youtube, iPlayer, Google Maps, Wundergound and so on which tend to lag in Firefox, some of them quite badly.

There's a very nicely made "Reader Mode", and built-in ad-blocking, system monitoring, shortcuts to system processes and files, and even a split-window function.

All in all it's a very different experience to Firefox, which has taken me a while to get used to. I don't right now see it ever replacing FF for me, but I do find myself using it more and more often.

There's a fairly good collection of extensions on the community forum some of which are very well made indeed, and there are some pretty neat mods floating around which can transform the look of the browser or just change a few basic elements. I kind of miss the sheer volume of add-ons that can be found for Firefox, but conversely a lot of functions that I need add-ons for in FF are built in to Mx as standard. By way of comparison, it's taken me several hours today to set up FF 23 portable the way I want it, along with the numerous plug ins that I want to get FF doing everything I want it to and before I even finished I was running into stability and compatibilty problems...

True, easy skinning isn't implemented for Mx 4 yet, but there's an unpacker/packer available so that you can extract the .dat files and if you know your way around css you can have it looking pretty much any way you like.

The actual forum can be very helpful with queries and/or problems - indeed it has quite a pleasant "cosiness" about it thanks to the smaller user base and lastly, the iMaxthon start page isn't half bad either.

http://i.maxthon.com/en-us/

My Mx home page and skinned/modded frame ...

http://img28.imageshack.us/img28/117/79cb.jpg

Gizmo's in "night mode" ...

http://img96.imageshack.us/img96/6977/zsw4.jpg

Gizmo's in "reader mode" ...

http://img41.imageshack.us/img41/5244/n4m7.jpg

and Dilbert in the pop-out player ...

http://img593.imageshack.us/img593/3125/syjg.jpg

kendall.a 22. Jul 2013 01:36 AM

Quote:

My Mx home page and skinned/modded frame ...
I'd love if you could tell me or teach me to have my theme look like yours!!! That's cool.

Secondly, what are all the apps/links on the left side? I think I have 4 or 5; most of which I'll never use. Can I get rid of the ones I'm not going to use?

CASD 22. Jul 2013 02:14 AM

The only problem I ran into is that each time I open the browser it reverses the tabs...Like yahoo-Drudgereport-facebook next time it's facebook-Drudgereport-yahoo, Drives me crazy

deya 22. Jul 2013 02:27 PM

@ kendall.a - click the settings icon - click extensions - and then un-check the extensions you don't want to see. Top of the extensions page 'Get More' to browse other available extensions. Once installed, new extensions show in your side bar.

sicknero 22. Jul 2013 06:01 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by CASD (Post 90039)
The only problem I ran into is that each time I open the browser it reverses the tabs...Like yahoo-Drudgereport-facebook next time it's facebook-Drudgereport-yahoo, Drives me crazy

That's curious, so does mine I've just discovered :) I'd never noticed before because I don't use browser histories as a rule. I'll mention it on the forum.

Quote:

Originally Posted by kendall.a (Post 90037)
I'd love if you could tell me or teach me to have my theme look like yours!!! That's cool.

Secondly, what are all the apps/links on the left side? I think I have 4 or 5; most of which I'll never use. Can I get rid of the ones I'm not going to use?

Add-ons from the top are... Maxthon Flag (which incorporates a WoT check plus McAffee Site Advisor and a few other things), Favourites (i.e. bookmarks) Manager, Skynote (cloud-syncing notepad), LastPass, Pocket (aka Read It Later), Gmail and Google Calendar utilities, Download Manager, Savefrom.net utility, Sudoku, GrooveShark, Chillout (an internet radio station), a Youtube-in-sidebar extension, Youtube Smart Search (very neat, one of its functions is that mousing over any thumbnail on a Youtube page gives you a preview of the vid), Turn Off the Lights (basically just dims the screen around on-line video players like Youtube, and a Close All Tabs button. You can find all of them on the Maxthon extensions pages which you can go to most easily by clicking the + button at the bottom of the sidebar.

Extensions that you don't want ... as Deya says you can use the Extensions Manager; you can just temporarily disable them by unticking them, or you can delete them completely.
You can also remove them permanently by right-clicking the button on the sidebar which opens a menu. Annoyingly though there's no way to hide an extension button but still keep the extension active ... I've added that to the forum wishlist.
Some of them can't be deleted permanently, like the Maxthon RSS reader, the Download Manager, Skynote and the Maxthon Community shortcut (takes you to the forums) but you can still untick them in the Manager so they will be inactive and hidden.

The GUI ... I just used the skins manager to load my own abstract pic and another for the Quick Access background (the page that looks like Speed Dial). To make Quick Access your home/start page, you just need to set "about:blank" as your homepage in settings.

I have two files modded ... ui.dat is modded so that my pic/colours also spread to the status bar. No idea why it doesn't do that anyway. And page.dat is modded so I can choose how many dials are in the Quick Access page (anything from 1x1 to 9x9), plus a few more options. You can do a lot by unpacking page.dat and ui.dat and editing the CSS but I'm still learning that. So far I've just managed to slim down the sidebar a bit...

You can download the modded page.dat here for the extra Quick Access options - page.dat modded - and the modded ui.dat here for the coloured status bar - ui.dat modded - although you might need different versions depending on what version of Maxthon you have. You might also want the en.ini language file to go with the new Quick Access options, although it's perfectly usable without. If you do get it, just find the Language folder in the Maxthon directory, and put it in there.
Just be sure to make spare copies of files (page.dat and ui.dat are both in \bin\) before you replace them with modded ones, just in case.

In fact if I were you, I would download the portable version of the latest beta (4.1.1.1600) from the forum - Maxthon latest beta. I've been using it since it came out, it's been perfectly stable for me. If you get the portable version, it's completely self-contained so you can mess it up to your heart's content and just unpack another if/when you break it :) It's also a handy way to check out new extensions.

Let us know how it goes anyway .... I've been using it a few months now, so I'm getting to know my way around it if you get stuck with anything.

I'd also have a good look around the forums, which you can get to from the top-right drop-down menu and "Maxthon Community", there are some useful discussions and links there such as other mods. I've yet to learn though how to combine different mods into the same file ... for instance there's one that removes bold font from the active tab, but as it's also a ui.dat file, I need to suss out how to combine it with the one that colours the status bar...

(I just noticed that I wrote "Gozmo's.." last night :rolleyes: Feel free to correct my typo please, any passing moderator...)

bo.elam 22. Jul 2013 06:37 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sicknero (Post 90059)
In fact if I were you, I would download the portable version of the latest beta (4.1.1.1600) from the forum - Maxthon latest beta. I've been using it since it came out, it's been perfectly stable for me. If you get the portable version, it's completely self-contained so you can mess it up to your heart's content and just unpack another if/when you break it :) It's also a handy way to check out new extensions.

Does the portable version comes with Flash?


Deya:cool:, like always, your reviews are complete and much appreciated. Thanks.

Bo

sicknero 22. Jul 2013 06:50 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bo.elam (Post 90060)
Does the portable version comes with Flash?


Deya:cool:, like always, your reviews are complete and much appreciated. Thanks.

Bo

Yes it does... it has \Core\Webkit\Npplugins\NPSWF32.dll as part of the portable package.

To force Maxthon to use installed Adobe SWF you have to delete or move or rename the dll. Personally I rename it to "NPSWF32.dll.disabled", in case I need it again. I've found no difference myself from using one or the other, but some users say it helps them play media on this or that website.

Thinking about it though, seeing as the flash dll is in the Webkit directory, I'm wondering now if that means that switching to the Trident engine means that Maxthon automatically switches to the Adobe dll.... gonna have to experiment a bit methinks :)


*Also, although Maxthon has no WOT plug in, it does do this -
http://img825.imageshack.us/img825/3359/9eya.jpg
Not sure what to make of that, it could be an artefact of the Maxthon Flag extension I guess...

bo.elam 22. Jul 2013 09:01 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sicknero (Post 90061)
Yes it does...

Thanks Nero. I have installed Maxthon sandboxed a couple of times in the past just to fool around with it a little. After reading this thread, your writeup on it as well as deyas are enthusing me into trying it again. I will, this time I ll try the portable version.

Bo

deya 22. Jul 2013 10:28 PM

sicknero; dunno how you've got it displaying WOT icons like your image shows, it can't be Maxthon Flag because I installed the extension but the icons don't display here. It got me thinking back, and I remember I once had it doing that, can't remember which version of the browser it was, maybe M3, but I remember it showed the WOT icon at the side of forum links. It worked briefly, then stopped doing it. Could never quite figure that out.

I still use WOT-SurfCanyon as default search because it displays the WOT ratings as default without having to change settings like you do with DDG - although I do also use DDG.

I like Maxthon, another example of what can be done re built in features and functions. I like the UI as well, nice and clean looking, options to customise it to what's best for you. It won't suit everyone, I always used to think some of the earlier UI designs were a little bit childish, kind of juvenille in appearence. Perhaps a cultural thing - and that's not to be unkind or rude in any way, that's just how I saw it. And I think that perhaps, over time, they've taken onboard comments from their user forum because it doesn't strike me like that now, they changed it to a more polished, professional look.

A very fast browser, not a resource hog. SkyNote is invaluable to me, especially with the quick launch keys because I don't like having the sidebar showing.

It's taken a while with M4, getting it right, and as sicknero pointed out there have been a couple of buggy releases along the way. But they seem to have ironed them out now, at least I don't see them in the previous few releases.

Bo, .... cheers :)

deya 22. Jul 2013 10:35 PM

Ahaaa! .... just noticed that the WOT icons at the side of the forum links show, but only when I'm logged in. Log out - they're gone. .... freaky :D

sicknero 23. Jul 2013 12:58 AM

Huh so it does! Sign in, there's WoT, sign out and it's gone... you're right it's not Maxthon Flag either, I uninstalled it here and cleaned up and I still have the WoT symbols and score card.

Also, one of the links I posted on the previous page is identical to a link in the Maxthon forums, and even though I'm signed in there, there's no WoT. So maybe it's something specific to Gizmo's?

Anyway I'm in total agreement... for fast and functional browsing Maxthon really is the bees knees. Most of the really useful stuff that I have to add to Firefox is already here as standard - no faffing around to find compatible extensions which are broken by the next update. Basic tab functions like Duplicate, Close Left/Close Right and Auto Refresh. Split Screen, Ad Blocking, Screen Shots, a decent Resource Sniffer, Translation .... no doubt others that I've forgotten too. Fair enough Maxthon can't download from Youtube at the moment but that's no great hardship, there are enough easy work-arounds.

A couple of things I miss - grab and drag for page scrolling, and auto show/hide for the toolbars and sidebar (even manual show/hide), I think would be a definite improvement. And I know what you mean about the GUI :) I'm impatient to learn my way around the page and ui dat files, so I can slim down the tabs and toolbars a bit. Otherwise though, after the initial acclimatisation, it's really grown on me.

Skynotes I'm still a little wary of ... when I first tried it a few months back, it wasn't working properly and lost a couple of test notes that I put into it. It seems fine now but I'm not inclined to trust it with anything important. Not that I would anyway really, but it is very useful. I've used Resophnotes for ages, but the Maxthon option to select text and "send to Skynote" is great. I'd love to see that integrate with Windows Explorer as well as the internet.

I've put a few requests up on the forum for stuff that I think would be a genuine improvement without sacrificing the functionaity. And you get that sweet reply from "BugSir" or "BugMiss" :-D Ditto with problem reporting. Don't know if they actually go anywhere ... I reported a problem with Quick Apps in a previous version which is now fixed but whether that had anything to do with my input in anybody's guess.

I see some feature requests on the forums, like thumbnail tab previews, and think "No, please don't!". The bare bones functionality is what I really like about this browser.

And one of the best things, is that it is genuinely and completely portable. I can set it up here and transfer it to my office pc and everything works. Unlike a certain other browser that I spent most of yesterday setting up at home only to find that the "portable" version lost half its extensions and prefs when transferred to flash drive :( (Well, maybe not half, but even so...)

WoT Search ... when I first tried to use it as the default search engine, I just copied the MyWot searchpage address into the Maxthon engines page, which is quite funny because when you then try to search from the url box, you get this...

http://img841.imageshack.us/img841/7706/7url.jpg

(The correct URL, if anyone's actually read this far, is "https://search.mywot.com/?q=%s")

Joe A.TT 23. Jul 2013 04:26 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sicknero (Post 90070)
Huh so it does! Sign in, there's WoT, sign out and it's gone...

...So maybe it's something specific to Gizmo's?

Yes. I believe it's specific to Gizmo's. The same sign-in/sign-out thing happens to me with FF. (BTW, I haven't tried Maxthon, but it sounds good ;)).

kendall.a 23. Jul 2013 05:19 AM

Ok, I've got a minor issue/inconvenience....

I have made Maxthon my default browser (clicked box within Maxthon settings). However, when I click on a link in my email program (Outlook), it still opens up Firefox.

I'm not sure where else I need to go to change this; possibly within the email program?

Any suggestions?

sicknero 23. Jul 2013 09:33 AM

Is it working as your default browser aside from with Outlook? I don't know Outlook, but if Maxthon is working properly as your default browser otherwise, perhaps Outlook does have its own preferences setting for what browser it opens.

Otherwise, if you're in Windows 7, I'd start with the Default Programs dialog (Control Panel - Default Programs - Set Your Default Programs) and check that Maxthon is in the list and "has all its defaults". You can also look in the same dialog to see what defaults FF is set for.

If you're using Maxthon portable, there's a neat program you can get called Register Firefox Portable which is written to add Firefox to the Default Programs editor in W7, but actually works fine with any portable browser.

Edit; An afterthought - Register Firefox Portable needs to be run as admin I think, and it occured to me that if you have the installed version of Maxthon, perhaps you need to run that as admin, just one time so you can get W7 to accept the changes to default programs.

deya 23. Jul 2013 03:42 PM

Yes, thats the search URL for WOT-SurfCanyon. Once entered into the search engine manager your search results show with the coloured WOT icons automatically, as opposed to having to change settings in DDG. Not sure which engine delivers the best results, personal choice I suppose. I use both.

SkyNote works fine for me, I don't use it for anything too important either but once locked they stay as they are. Haven't lost anything yet, I don't sync them but have saved them as text documents just in case.

I installed the Flash Block extension today, it seems to work ok, gives you the plug-ins on demand option. I'll keep using it and see how it goes. It would be nice if that particular function was an option in the browser settings though - I'm sure it used to be. Can't remember.

As far as the GUI goes, I don't mind it. I'd like to see an option to narrow the bars a little, something similar to FF with 'Use Small Icons'. That would be enough for me. Maybe when there are more built in skins options, without having to unpack files all over the place etc. I've done that before with previous versions but can't be bothered now, I can live with the available options as they are. I prefer the default tabs above the address bar but you can change it to tabs below. Personal choices again.

Recent change to their forum is also good, plenty of help and info if required - not as many sparkling pink ponies, flashing signatures and OMG!!!!!'s as there used to be. It's a much better layout, easier to find what you're after - less painful on the eyes :)

sicknero 23. Jul 2013 11:54 PM

Well Maxthon does also have a pretty powerful multi-search function too... I've not used it a lot but it makes it very easy to flick between a huge variety of searches. Another definite point in it's favour.

Syncing was my problem with Skynote ... I tried a couple of test notes but they disappeared from the cloud with no trace :)
That was several months ago now though, and I suspect it might have been a case of user error anyway, as I was new to cloud browsing at the time and it's quite possible that I wasn't using it properly... whatever the case, it seems fine now.
The issue I think is when you have a new installation or newly extracted portable version, to give it time to sync itself on first use. Although having said that Skynote was definitely having one or two problems before.

I've been exploring the dat files this evening and had some limited success in altering bits and pieces of the GUI, not to mention destroying various parts of it :D

I thought I'd post this anyway to show people...

http://img534.imageshack.us/img534/5122/1hlk.jpg

It isn't mine, I got it from the forum and to be honest don't really like it much - for me it's gone too far to the other extreme, but I thought people might be interested to see what can be achieved by editing ui.dat.

My plan is to compare this modded ui.dat with the standard one and hopefully from that learn which parts of the file I need to edit to make the browser the way I want it. It's going to be a bit time consuming though, it's quite surprising how much code goes into a few basic elements and I don't know anything about css.

The flash blocker works ok for me, and also seems to work per site as well if you use the hotkeys. There's a global setting in Maxthon for "Allow all sites to run plug-ins", but oddly this doesn't seem to stop Youtube working so I'm not sure about that... maybe the Flashblock permission over-rides it.

Sparkling pink ponies hehehe. Total War Centre has been infested with those for a while.

deya 15. Aug 2013 08:54 PM

v4.1.2.2000 Final released;

http://forum.maxthon.com/thread-3828-1-1.html

sicknero 16. Aug 2013 12:03 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by deya (Post 91170)

Great stuff, I've been using it this evening and it seems smooth and stable.

They've fixed a couple of bugs that I was experiencing with Quick Apps, and have also now caught up with the recent (ish) Youtube changes.

It's good to have it back as a secondary browser, it seems to be of a similar quality and speed again to when I started using it about six months ago. Several updates since then have been disappointing and buggy, but (touch wood) they seem to be on track now. I see that they have implemented some of the users' requests as well. Nice.

kendall.a 16. Aug 2013 12:31 AM

I too am enjoying this browser very much! I have it installed at home and I am using the portable version at work. It opens fast and the Passport syncing feature means that you do not have to worry about any of your extensions or bookmarks or anything, because it's all saved in Passport. You can do a completely fresh install and be back to "normal" in literally seconds.

P.S. I encourage all you Firefox users out there to give it a try. You'll be surprised how much faster this browser is than FF! I should know, I was a FF user for lots and lots of years.

sicknero 16. Aug 2013 01:25 PM

Reading the Maxthon Community forum this morning, it seems that many users are finding the latest release to be just as buggy as previous ones, yet it's working fine here so far. Curious. I'm on a fresh insstall of W7 though, which is helping perhaps.

kendall.a 16. Aug 2013 06:51 PM

I would recommend NOT upgrading or updating to the latest portable version! At least for me, I'm finding the new portable very buggy. The previous version was, in my opinion, much better!

In other words, stay away from 4.1.2.4000.

I am not having any issues with the installed version at all.

sicknero 16. Aug 2013 07:45 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kendall.a (Post 91199)
I would recommend NOT upgrading or updating to the latest portable version! At least for me, I'm finding the new portable very buggy. The previous version was, in my opinion, much better!

In other words, stay away from 4.1.2.4000.

I am not having any issues with the installed version at all.

Do you mean 4.1.2.2000? I can't find any mention of .4000 on the forums.

I'm running 4.1.2.2000 Portable here and it seems fine so far, much less buggy in fact than the few previous releases. Several problems I was having before seem to have been fixed.

One of the things I've noticed with Maxthon though, through reading the forums, is that some users might have this or that problem with it, while other users have none.

Edit; What problems are you having with it in particular?

kendall.a 16. Aug 2013 08:43 PM

Quote:

Do you mean 4.1.2.2000? I can't find any mention of .4000 on the forums.
Yes, you are correct. I got a little dyslexic I think....

The new portable has crashed on me a number of times. In fact, I've had to go into Task Manager to "end process".

Question--when you extract the new portable, do you install it over top of the old one or do you do a total fresh install?

kendall.a 16. Aug 2013 08:52 PM

I am such an xxxxx! I extracted the Maxthon portable (newest version) into my old Maxthon portable location. So, now I have "Portable Maxthon" folder under my "Portable Maxthon" folder.

But, guess what?! I already had the latest portable version already. So, when I try to run the Maxthon.exe file under the layered "Portable Maxthon", it locks up. But, if I run the same Maxthon.exe under the upper level or top level, it runs fine.

I can't explain it. All I know is that I have 2 of the same portables copied over to my C drive, one layered below the other. The top layer one works fine and the one in the c:\Mathon Portable\Maxthon Portable doesn't!

No big deal. I'll just deleted the layered folder and I'll be fine.

sicknero 16. Aug 2013 09:30 PM

I just unpack the latest version to a new directory and attach the version number to the folder name (e.g. "Portable Maxthon 4.1.2.2000") so I know which is which. I usually keep the older versions for a while in case the new one has any problems. So yes, each new version I run as a fresh "install".

No idea why it doesn't like running from Portable Maxthon\Portable Maxthon : ) I'd just delete the whole lot and start again if I were you, and you can still find the older versions on-line if you need them.

deya 16. Aug 2013 11:37 PM

No problems here, with the full install. Very quick.

Interesting looking at their forum. The thread, Q & A with their CEO, which mentions Maxthon changing over to Blink in the future;

http://forum.maxthon.com/thread-3480-1-1.html

kendall.a 18. Aug 2013 05:51 PM

I found this quite interesting, though, I'm not sure I completely understand it:

Quote:

By Karl Mattson

At Maxthon, security and privacy aren’t terms to be thrown around, they are a promise. We have the xxxxnal of security systems and processes to keep you and your data safe as you freely enjoy your web the way you want it, when you want it, wherever you want it. We look the question of security in three major areas:xx(1) Encryption for over the air (OTA) processes; (2) Data management in the Cloud and (3) Personnel practices.xx

Let’s look at the 3 areas using the Maxthon Cloud browser, starting with number one. In most browsers and websites most of these requests aren’t encrypted.xxDevice encryption is based on the concept of cryptography, a method long used to keep information secret. User information such as favorites and browsing history is translated into an encryption algorithm and spread out amongst several different web servers, turning it into unreadable text.

If you’re in a place using an insecure WiFi network and passing unencrypted requests to the web someone could easily be ‘listening’xxto every http request you make and reading the un-encrypted strings of text – which could include your personal information and conversations.xxYou don’t have to worry about that when you use the Maxthon Cloud Browser.xxEvery time you share, send or sync something with our product it’s encrypted – to the AES 256 standard.xx

In our second area of protect, we look at how Maxthon manages your data in the Cloud. Once you make that request and our Cloud Browser encrypts it and sends it to your Cloud account we add another wall of defense. Your (now-encrypted) data is then cryptographically ‘hashed’ and distributed to different servers in our architecture. Basically, it’s chopped up into many chunks, which are separately encrypted.

Finally, we take a serious approach to personnel practices – especially around who can access our infrastructure and the reasons justifying sporadic access.xxLong story short, there are a very small number of Maxthon network operations team members who can even access any of the servers your data (now-encrypted and now-hashed) is now spread out on.

Finally, there’s the ‘key’ – which is how to unlock this data.xxSome cloud services maintain the customer’s ‘key’ in their cloud. Maxthon chose to keep that limited to the physical device – meaning you would have to have physical possession of the device in question to access decrypted Cloud content.xx

We don’t make it easy for hackers. Simply put, if an unauthorized individual or government agency tries to hack your browser looking for data or files, they will be met with a wall of mumbo-jumbo and your information remains safe.

Joe A.TT 19. Aug 2013 12:03 AM

It seems they are saying if you are concerned about the NSA and other such bodies spying on you, then you should use Maxthon.

sicknero 24. Aug 2013 11:05 PM

Maxthon 4.1.2.3000 released.

It seems extremely quick to me, compared to previous versions. I've not checked out all the functions, e.g download manager which has been having one or two issues lately, but page rendering is very much improved for me.

Also they're reminding us that Blink is coming very soon. I don't even know what Blink is really, other than an alternative web engine. I hope it won't be a case of "It wasn't broken but we fixed it anyway. Oops."

: -)

sicknero 25. Aug 2013 10:21 AM

... there are some nice skin mods on the Chinese forums, I'm quite liking this one with slimmed down tabs and sidebar, although the navigation bar is still a little large for my taste and I will edit the Chrome-style tabs for something a bit more firefoxy and probably do something with the colour too.

http://img692.imageshack.us/img692/5513/gtgx.jpg

sicknero 05. Sep 2013 04:58 PM

Maxthon 4.1.2.4000
 
Released yesterday, apparently the last of the 4.1.2.X series. There's also talk of a Linux version being developed.

Going by today's posts this latest version still hasn't got all the bugs ironed out, but I still like it a lot as a secondary browser and its QuickApp capabilty is the best SSB I've found so far.

kendall.a 05. Sep 2013 06:44 PM

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but I still like it a lot as a secondary browser and its QuickApp capabilty is the best SSB I've found so far.
For me, it's not a secondary browser; it's now my primary browser! This browser is fast; much, much faster than FF and even faster, imo, than Chrome. It seems like it is constantly being improved, updated, and bugs addressed.

It, at least, has a forum or community where you can post questions or issues and get relatively quick responses. It syncs bookmarks, add-ons, etc. across multiple PC's and platforms. You have 2 different engines to choose from.

I had an issue with it and Sandboxie, but I wrote about them in the Sandboxie forums and Tzuk fixed the issue.

On my work PC, Maxthon opens in literally 3-4 seconds, while FF takes almost 15-20. And, page rendering is much faster. What's not to like?!

P.S. Yes, you can now call me a Maxthon "fanboy"..... ;)

sicknero 05. Sep 2013 07:03 PM

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Originally Posted by kendall.a (Post 92114)
For me, it's not a secondary browser; it's now my primary browser! This browser is fast; much, much faster than FF and even faster, imo, than Chrome. It seems like it is constantly being improved, updated, and bugs addressed.

It, at least, has a forum or community where you can post questions or issues and get relatively quick responses. It syncs bookmarks, add-ons, etc. across multiple PC's and platforms. You have 2 different engines to choose from.

I had an issue with it and Sandboxie, but I wrote about them in the Sandboxie forums and Tzuk fixed the issue.

On my work PC, Maxthon opens in literally 3-4 seconds, while FF takes almost 15-20. And, page rendering is much faster. What's not to like?!

P.S. Yes, you can now call me a Maxthon "fanboy"..... ;)

Well I do agree with all of that, for me though it's still too buggy to be my main browser and the lack of any equivalent to Noscript is another factor against it.

Extensions aren't very well supported either yet, some of my most-used like Xmarks, Pocket, Lastpass and so on are either absent entirely or present in the form of extensions made by community coders.

FF is still my "built for comfort not speed" main browser :-)

kendall.a 05. Sep 2013 08:20 PM

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Extensions aren't very well supported either yet, some of my most-used like Xmarks, Pocket, Lastpass and so on are either absent entirely or present in the form of extensions made by community coders.
I'm not sure I understand. I use LastPass in Maxthon and it works perfectly. I've also got Pocket installed but I don't use it much. In terms of Xmarks, who needs it? I just imported my favorites/bookmarks and now Maxthon syncs all my bookmarks across all my PC's and other devices.

All of the extensions/add-ons that I need work fine. But, you are correct, there is no NoScript.

sicknero 05. Sep 2013 09:19 PM

The LastPass extension is ok, but I often just get a white screen when opening the pop-out. Also it seems to get confused ... e.g. if I open a page that's already saved in LP with Firefox, in Maxthon it will often keep asking me to save it again.

The Pocket extension is also ok, but it only lets you add pages. You can't do anything else with it without opening the Pocket website.

For bookmarks Maxthon sync is fine of course, if it's the only browser you use. If you want to have a bookmarks base that's browser-independent then Xmarks is the only way to go imo. Plus it does a whole lot more such as profiles, duplicate finding, tabs and history syncing, site info and so on.

There's a new problem as well now, since Mx has introduced extension auto-updating. For some reason it means that some extensions don't sync properly... for instance after upgrading to .4000 several of my installed extensions disappeared and had to be re-installed.

Finally Mx is still having problems with many websites. For myself, Total War Centre just won't open, and if you look on the forums you'll see that other people are hving problems with a lot of other sites.

I do like the browser very much, but as it is so far it's not stable or well-featured enough to make me quit FF.

sicknero 30. Sep 2013 06:15 PM

Maxthon 4.2.x...
 
... has been released (a few days ago actually but I've not been on the site for a while).

The release is 4.2.0.800 beta Preview, with the Blink core, and it does indeed seem to be noticeably faster on first impression.

Maxthon 4.2.0.800 Beta

Also posted is an announcement about the development of Maxthon for Linux, though no time scale.

Maxthon for Linux

deya 30. Sep 2013 11:17 PM

Been using it, the preview version, since they released it. It works well, definitely quick, and I've had no issues with it at all - although taking a brief look at their forum I see one or two users reporting a few glitches. Nothing changed, appearance wise, no features lost.

I like Maxthon, it's a good browser. Just a shame the extensions are a bit limited compared to other browsers, which may deter some from using it. But to be fair, for me, that's not a problem. WOT would be nice but there are still ways to work around that with various search engines, and the built in ad-blocker works well enough for me.

deya 28. Nov 2013 02:18 PM

V4.2.0.3000 Final is released. First official version with Blink core.

http://forum.maxthon.com/thread-6783-1-1.html

Very good browser, very quick. No change to the GUI, all the built in Maxthon features are still there. If you'd rather, you can can download it from FileHippo;

http://www.filehippo.com/download_maxthon/

Been using the Beta's with no issues, but this final release is very snappy indeed. Great job. Shows what can be done with Blink - not everything has to be the same.


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