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Old 16. Dec 2014, 05:57 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Maxthon Releases MxNitro Beta, the Fastest PC Browser in the World

http://www.maxthon.com/blog/press-re...-in-the-world/

I just downloaded it tonight. I'll install and try it out over the next couple of days. I'm looking forward to trying it out.
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Old 16. Dec 2014, 10:34 AM   #2 (permalink)
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There's a portable version now if people want to give it a test drive without installing it. Post #7 on this thread - http://forum.maxthon.com/forum.php?m...ighlight=nitro

I've been trying it, I'm not greatly impressed so far. It loads quickly from a cold start but other than that I can't see a huge improvement over other browsers.

It's extremely minimal, it doesn't even have an options dialogue as far as I can tell and naturally it lacks Maxthon extras that make their standard browser so useful in my opinion ... e.g. incorporated video pop-out, bookmarks and browser syncing and a few useful extensions etc.

It basically seems to be something along similar lines to site-specific browsing, but standard Maxthon has that option anyway with "Quick Apps".

Some "heavy" sites like FB and Gmail are a little bit faster to load up, but not enough to make up for the trade-off imo. FB scrabble for example still takes forever.

Resource-wise there doesn't seem to be much in it either really. It's a bit lighter on RAM maybe but CPU seems to be about the same.



Maxthon standard is prone to CPU spikes now and again, and also after prolongued heavy use (e.g. several hours on Youtube) the root process seems reluctant to quit and I often end up terminating that manually.

I'll probably give Nitro some more thorough testing but as it is there's nothing much about it that makes me think it's really worth the extra speed, such as it is.

It's also somewhat ugly, to my eyes

I mean for a browser that seems to depend on and promote leanness and minimalism, it doesn't half take up a load of screen space with that hideous top bar and "Back" button.


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Old 16. Dec 2014, 12:50 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Excellent observations sicknero!
They had asked their users what they wanted most in a browser and they got it!
Hope they're happy now.
What they've built so far is like a car with no doors, no hubcaps, no colors...
Fast but boring.
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Old 16. Dec 2014, 01:23 PM   #4 (permalink)
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After a little more playing today I've discovered that a website we use at work, which is often very slow, is noticeably faster and smoother in Nitro. Which probably makes it worth keeping for that alone... I frequently seem to spend half my office day watching a "wait " cursor

I've noticed that image rendering seems to be faster too in general.

Three more minor annoyances though ...

1 - When you single-click in the URL box you get a pop-out with a choice of shortcuts. The usual suspects ...FB, Twitter, Google, Amazon, Youtube, etc. But while you can remove defaults if you wish, there seems to be no way of adding your own which is a real shame.

(*edit. The default "speed dials" are restored if you clear history and restart Nitro :/ )

It seems to be something like speed dial that operates as a pop-out, but it bears no relation to your favourites/bookmarks.



2 - No way to change the default search engine : (

3 - Right-clicking the "Back" button is supposed to open your browsing history. It doesn't, but I presume this must be a bug so I'll post it on their forum.


In keeping with previous Maxthon practise, Flash is included in the browser's own folder so doesn't need to be installed on the host system.

In Nitro however they seem to be using one called "pepper flash", which a quick google tells me to be something to do with Debian. I'll look into that in more detail later. Youtube does seem to load vids faster but I'm so accustomed to standard Mx's pop-out player now that I wouldn't like to do without it really.

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Old 16. Dec 2014, 03:03 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Good observations, nero. I've been using the Beta version for a while, I thought maybe the Final version would have a bit more to it than it has - no settings etc. I think that will put a lot of people off to be honest. No extensions either.

I've come across a few sites that just won't load in Nitro as well, it's very hit and miss. Can't quite work out blocking Ads either, it seems to block them on a couple of sites I've tried, but not on others. Weird.

It's fast to load, no doubt about that. A very basic browser. Not quite sure what they're trying to acheive here to be honest, but I'll keep using it and see where it goes. Early days I suppose.

On a side note, another new browser I'm using now is the new Yandex;

http://browser.yandex.com/future/

But it's still in Beta at the moment, although very stable. Similar kind of simplistic layout to Nitro but with all the options - extensions etc. This one, to me, shows a lot more promise than Nitro. It uses Opera extensions - some pre-loaded, including WOT - and also Opera Turbo. Takes a bit of tweaking at first but it's worth a try for those here who like to dabble with the new stuff. Help page is here;

http://help.yandex.com/newbrowser/

The new look browser competition might just be warming up
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If there's one thing i can say about Maxthon, they never can seem to pull through any of their browsers. They start a new version, bugs are reported but they never finish the job!
Maxthon2 was a gem but... i don't want to be redundant but like, well...
Another example of this lack of "perseverance" is Maxthon 4: if you want to add new skins it sends you to Maxthon 3 compatible only ones? You have to go to their forum and dig out for yourself a few that are compatible with 4. etc. etc. etc.

Get your act together Maxthon!
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Old 16. Dec 2014, 06:13 PM   #7 (permalink)
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That's a very good point, danielson. Maxthon do jump from project to project without ever really finishing what they started in the first place. I like Maxthon 4, many people do, it's a good browser. But I fail to see what they're trying to do in releasing Nitro in such a basic form.

I understand the minimalistic approach, totally, but if they want people to use it seriously then they have to offer more in the way of options/settings etc. Even though they've stripped it bare, it still doesn't perform astoundingly better than anything else out there - in fact it performs worse than some from what I can see.

I dunno - maybe being a bit too judgemental in the early stages of a new project is a little unfair. However, being fair, I did expect more from this release. Also, just my opinion, but they really do need to move forward and give users more choice with extensions. To me, that's always been a huge mistake and one that puts many people off of using their browsers.
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I noticed today that Nitro does respond to mouse gestures, even though there appears to be no option for editing these.

I'm not entirely sure, as I was running Nitro portable alongside Maxthon portable at the time and although they should be entirely separate I wondered if there might be some kind of cross-talk going on.

I shall investigate further

I do appreciate the comment re; extensions, but given that Mx extensions are a third party concern it's difficult to apportion blame. I think there is something about Mx coding though that makes the browser inaccesible to some kinds of add-on ... for example adding items to the browser context menu.

My own pet peeve is the lack of any detailed cookie/script blocking, but I'm learning to live with and work around that.

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Nitro Latest Stable Version 1.0.1.2000;

http://forum.maxthon.com/thread-15330-1-1.html

What's New from 1.0.0:

Address Bar Input Auto Complete
Auto Import Favorites from current default browser (chrome/firefox/IE) on fresh install
Tabs allow drag
Support forward/backward history menu (right click forward/backward button)
Allow non-admin install Nitro
Uses Homepage as StartPage
UI adjust
Crashed process will be recovered automatically
Resolved a lot of crash issues and bugs

Still nothing in the way of settings, though.
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