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Old 25. Feb 2013, 05:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default 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 although the review is out of date and still refers to Maxthon 3.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
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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.
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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 ...



Gizmo's in "night mode" ...



Gizmo's in "reader mode" ...



and Dilbert in the pop-out player ...


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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?
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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
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@ 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.
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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.

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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 Feel free to correct my typo please, any passing moderator...)

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

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Does the portable version comes with Flash?


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

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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 -

Not sure what to make of that, it could be an artefact of the Maxthon Flag extension I guess...

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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.

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