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Old 09. Jan 2015, 11:20 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Maxthon 4 + ABP

The lastest version (4.4.4.600, still beta) now has AdBlockPlus built in, replacing Maxthon's own "AdHunter".

This is a great instance of "You can't please everyone" ... users have been asking for AdBlock for a long time, but now it's been implemented it's generated quite a lot of unhappy comments in the Maxthon community forum.

The main complaints appear to be that it has been implemented as a permanent fixture rather than an optional extension, and that it apparently lacks the fine-tuning configurability of AdHunter.

I can't see this myself; ABP has an options dialogue where individual rules can be edited/added but from the comments it seems to be something to do with CSS. That's beyond my technical knowledge though so I can't comment. Maxthon does seem to attract a lot of users who like to code though, and the majority of unhappy comments appear to be from such users.

Also "Block-by-click" was a fairly recent addition to AdHunter and this feature is missing in ABP.

There have been some comments about a performance hit but I've been browsing for a couple of hours now (with Maxthon List and EasyList activated) and I can't honestly say I've noticed much difference ... RAM usage is higher (about 1Gb right now with four tabs open - I have 2Gb RAM total) and page loading is possibly a little slower at times but all in all, browsing seems to be pretty much unaffected.

I don't often do much multi-tasking though, so performance might well be an issue for users who like to have lots of tabs open while running other tasks at the same time.

I can't much comment on its effectiveness either ... I always found AdHunter to work pretty well (with the addition of rulesets that can be downloaded from the Mx forum) and so far I've not noticed a difference with ABP. There are already some user-rule lists available on the forum, along with the usual AB lists.

I did have an ironic chuckle when after blocking its first 100 ads, ABP popped up an ad asking me if I'd like to share this achievement with friends on FB and G+ etc

(Apologies if I should have posted this in the existing Mx 4.0 thread.)

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Old 09. Jan 2015, 06:03 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Pretty much have come to the same conclusions as you, nero. I've been using 4.4.4.600 beta since its release, there is a bit more resource use - memory, CPU, but it's a Beta so that may change in the future. Using an ad blocker like ABP will cause slight page loading delays in which ever browser you use, and depending on page content. Always a small price to pay in that regard.

I much prefer this, AdBlock Plus, to the Ad Hunter version. I don't think you should have to add scripts from a forum just to make it work effectively. If you're going to have an ad blocker it should do just that, block ads, and with minimal user input. Most people don't even know how to do that anyway, which is why lots of users probably find the Ad Hunter a bit hit and miss.

It does seem odd that they've integrated ABP into the browser, as opposed to making it available as an extension. I suppose it would be nice to give users the option, as with other Maxthon extensions, but who knows the reasoning behind that? Doesn't bother me at all, though.

As for those complaining about this new arrangement, well, you've hit the nail square on the head. You can't please everyone. They're the same kind of crowd you find on Opera forums, nothing is ever right for them. They seem to think that, somehow, the browser is theirs, and that things should be incoporated into it just to suit them. These browsers are free to download and use - for everybody, and there's plenty of choice these days.

Don't like it? ... use another.

Developers have to cater to the average user to make the product more attractive to them, ease of use. Way of the world. And I reckon most people will prefer an easy to use ad blocker, built in. I know I do, plus you can disable it if you don't want it.

I think this move has made Maxthon a better browser to be honest. You can still customise it in many, many ways if you want. There are some really good skins available from various sources, you can alter the GUI to suit your own needs, and if you want to code there are extensions available to let you do that as well. It's still a good browser.
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I just installed the latest version and was disappointed to see they configure the Sweetpacks search site to populate on a new tab when you select home. Fortunately it's only a reference and Sweetpacks doesn't install on your system but I'm not so sure that wouldn't be the case if you used the browser. Anyway Sweetpacks can be removed by selecting settings, general, and changing the homepage settings. Overall I still like the browser and I don't notice any performance issues.
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I hadn't noticed the sweet packs thing. I use the Maxthon sign in so every time I upgrade my prefs don't change.

I've started to notice some page loading problems, but our internet has been a bit erratic in general lately so it might just be that.
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Just discovered that the proprietary name of the Maxthon sign in service falls foul of Gizmo's post filter as a censored word
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Maxthon Cloud v4.4.4.3000 released;

http://forum.maxthon.com/thread-14823-1-1.html
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Maxthon Cloud v4.4.5.1000 released;

http://forum.maxthon.com/thread-15576-1-1.html
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