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Old 04. Apr 2011, 04:46 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I hope you don't mind me keeping adding to this but....

As yours happens to be one of the best ongoing contributions here - er, no

I'm actually sad about the lack of spell check because as you rightly point out this should be standard with all browsers.

The WOT issue I can live with by using DuckDuckGo and just entering any separate links I might want to check as a search query.

The no-show spell check though is a killer for me. Hopefully this will arrive as an extension like ieSpell.
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Old 04. Apr 2011, 09:53 PM   #12 (permalink)
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The spell checker in Maxthon 2 is the same, or very similar to ieSpell so hopefully they'll add it in a later version of 3. When you compare the options in M3 at the moment to M2 there's still a way to go before M3 is anywhere near as configurable. Maxthon 2 is one of the most configurable browsers around, you can have tabs at the bottom with that, plus goodness knows how many more tab options via the Maxthon setup center, which in itself is a browser tweakers dream come true. And you have the option to launch external tools in M2, so I can launch PolyEdit, Tapin etc. from the browser toolbar, or any other app for that matter. You can turn it into a full browser suite, so I'm hoping that gets added to 3 as well, eventually.

Interesting looking through the program files of both browsers, they both have the MxSandBox folder in Modules, something that has always intrigued me a bit. In M2 there's something called Maxthon SafeBox which when enabled is supposed to do this, which I'll quote from the setup center;

"Maxthon SafeBox provides multi-protection: detect and stop malicious code; prevent trojan from attacking your computer; block spoofing and phishing sites and protect your online account." - although I've never seen evidence of it working.

So I think that's what the file is in the sandbox folder, MxSec.dll, but there is no option for the SafeBox in M3 at all - I'm still a bit puzzled by that, although reading through their forums I'm sure that's what it is.

I've decided to stick with stable releases on here, no Betas, but I installed M3 on my spare old XP Home machine at the weekend, only 512 megs RAM but M3 runs like a Lambo on it so I'll try the Betas on that, when I have the time, and see how it's going.
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Old 15. Apr 2011, 10:36 PM   #13 (permalink)
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A new version of M3 is out, v3.0.22.2000. It has a few different options and a couple more skins, and it's fast. Also, if you're using IE9 then M3 will utilise that to render pages faster. Don't use IE9 so can't check it.

Still no spell checker, MC - but one good thing is that you can better customise the UI in this version, allowing you to get rid of that stupid smiling face thing and letting the tabs sit nicely at the top of the browser. Looks much better, much cleaner. M3 is defenitely improving now.
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Still no spell checker, MC .

Awww Big shame. Maybe they'll adapt Speckie which sorts me just fine for IE9
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Old 24. Oct 2011, 09:26 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Interesting interview with the CEO of Maxthon on FavBrowser, here.

I'm still using it, updated every new release, Beta's and finals. It's getting better, still nowhere near perfect but there are many more options and features to Maxthon 3 now.

Still no add-on support so most people won't want to use it because of that, but some of the tools built in to M3 make up for that. Screen capture is much improved, as is the built in feed reader. You can now launch external tools/programs directly from the browser, which enables you turn it into a custom built browser suite - if you want to. There's also a very good page reader mode which has zoom and light features, plus page width settings.

The safe URL feature is interesting, sites are validated by Kingsoft, don't know how effective that is. No add-ons still means no WOT but DuckDuckGo will provide that if required, so that together with the Safe URL checker is better than nothing. There's also the built in ad blocker.

WebKit is the default engine but it switches very easily to Trident if you need to, the browser is now much quicker and works very well, but it has to said that some releases have been slightly buggy. There are more skins available, you can customise the GUI, although I still do find some of the designs to be a bit lacking somehow - maybe even a bit childish in appearence but there will be something to appeal to most users amongst the skins. I use the MX Modern skin which is ok - still don't particularly like the smiley face menu button but it has reduced in size so it's not too bad. You can moniter your system CPU, upload and download speeds, memory and IP address from the status bar. The display can be customised to suit.

It sometimes still seems to be the slowest developed browser around, it's taken ages to get it this far, but the changes each release are good ones, it runs light enough and there are many more features to the browser than I've mentioned here - the online notepad is another useful one and there is now a built in spell checker.

Not to everyones liking, I know. You can read more on the M3 site here, if you're interested.

Just thought I'd update this thread for those who might like to try something different now and then.
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Got me interested, will try it later.

Thanks deya
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Old 25. Oct 2011, 09:26 AM   #17 (permalink)
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Don't expect too much at first, Bo - but once you have it set up and you start to use it you'll be surprised at what it can do. Don't know how effective the Kingsoft site checker is, but at least it provides another layer of defence if you use DDG and a secure DNS.
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Maxthon Cloud Browser - (Maxthon 4) was released a couple of days ago;

http://www.maxthon.com/

Saw it mentioned so thought I'd give it a go. Installed it over my M3 install, it's not bad. The GUI has changed, it's quite easy to customise once you get the feel of it. Pretty much all of the Maxthon 3 features are still there, my bookmarks and external tools are still there.

There are no skins yet, although I quite like the default one, once I'd tweaked it a bit. Main difference is all the cloud stuff, which you have to sign up for the 'passport' to use. See here;

http://wiki.maxthon.com/maxthon/whatsnew16.htm

So far, I'm finding it to be very snappy. There are extensions, although not the ones I'd use, and no WOT - deal breaker for most I suppose. But I've managed to set WOT SurfCanyon as default search which works a treat. So all I'm missing is site blocking and, obviously, the WOT toolbar icon. I'm happy enough with that.

I like Maxthon, some of the built in features are very good and although this new release is only the first preview version it's very stable. I've not really tried the cloud stuff yet, I need to read more about that first. But as a browser, this latest version is not bad at all.

Probably only be me using it, geographic origin etc, which is fair enough, and you can read the privacy policy here;

http://www.maxthon.com/privacy/

Didn't think it was worth starting a new thread for it. Might interest some though, so thought to just bump this thread instead.
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i'll see your bump, even though it's no waterfox, i've d/loaded it . no difference in functionality between installed vs portable versions hopefully.
thanks deya, now i know who to pester with those annoying questions.

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No problem. Just bear in mind, as I mentioned in the Hot Finds thread, that Maxthon 4 is still not a final release, it's still at release candidate stage. But it's very stable for me, no problems at all when using it. If you have any problems just shout up and I'll help if I can.

You could also check their forum for info, updates etc, the page is here;

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

As yet, there is no dedicated Maxthon 4 section on that forum page - it's the Maxthon 3 Zone. But there is a new site, and although it's still in the testing stage, so not much info yet, it's worth keeping an eye on, here;

http://testbbs.maxthon.com/forum.php
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