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Avant Browser

CNET Editors' review

For those who like their customization in-house, the Avant Browser's latest update might appeal to you. Built on an IE-rendering engine, Avant takes off in a different direction--IE if it were being produced by a small firm instead of Microsoft.

The browser is sufficiently fast, preloaded with two dozen similar skins as well as tabbed browsing and modular toolbars that let you move around and hide the Status bar, Toolbar, Search window, and navigation controls. The Menu bar, though, is counterintuitively pinned to the upper-right corner, and icons for proprietary functions, such as an in-page search term highlighting toggle, aren't instantly comprehensible.

Avant can save personalized data online, making bookmarks and form content accessible from any machine. Around the same size as Firefox, Avant includes many features that are available to Firefox users only through plug-ins--such as automatic form fillers. The Full Screen view autohides all menu bars, a nice touch, but certain plug-ins--notably Flash--didn't work on Windows Vista.

Avant is a good browser with some nice built-in features and interface-customization options, but the lack of extensibility and Vista problems don't help. We recommend it to users who want a Microsoft-based engine but think that Internet Explorer 7 is a pain.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    4.3 stars

    out of 3,248 votes

    • 5 star: 2084
    • 4 star: 662
    • 3 star: 211
    • 2 star: 84
    • 1 star: 207
  • Current version:

    4.2 stars

    out of 16 votes

    • 5 star: 9
    • 4 star: 4
    • 3 star: 2
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 1
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  • 4.0 stars

    "Non capisco"

    September 26, 2008  |   By guidotv

    Version: Avant Browser 11.7 build 12

    Pros

    Molto semplice

    Cons

    pochi colori

    Summary

    sicuro e funzionale

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Almost perfect browser for me."

    September 25, 2008  |   By akong44

    Version: Avant Browser 11.7 build 12

    Pros

    Very effective.

    Cons

    None so far.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Oh dear and I was expecting great things"

    September 25, 2008  |   By gbswales1

    Version: Avant Browser 11.7 build 12

    Pros

    Its a nice clean interface, fast and lots of good points

    Cons

    Cant use tabs and open another window at the same time - absolutley useless for anyone like me using two screens and copying stuff between web applications.
    Very quirky when handling outlook web access (so is firefox)

    Summary

    I loved avant when it first came out - then I found it crashing a lot so gave up - thought it would have improved by now but oh dear it hasnt. Might be great for simple web browsing but the inability two have two browser windows each using tabs is a big no for me. Also I would have epected that being based on the IE code it would have handled the outlook web interface better than firefox - it doesnt - cant seem to tell he differenc between pop ups and new tabs - a crazy quirky product that doesnt seem to work very well

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Best Browser Ive been using it now for the last 2 years"

    September 25, 2008  |   By cellspy

    Version: Avant Browser 11.7 build 12

    Pros

    Like the way the tabs work
    The ablity to upgraded and not lose your work is great

    Cons

    None that I have found yet

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Easy to use. Love the interface."

    September 24, 2008  |   By mybigshoe

    Version: Avant Browser 11.7 build 12

    Pros

    If you can use IE, this is a breeze. The tab browsing is quite nice as well as the ability to use left or right clicks to move back or forth while surfing.

    Cons

    Some issues with removing data from Temperory internet files.
    Sometimes browser locks during search.

    Summary

    This is a great option for Windows users. The transition is seamless. Most hotkeys are similar.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Bookmark search & stroll"

    September 24, 2008  |   By anthonychinnis

    Version: Avant Browser 11.7 build 12

    Pros

    cool! brower love it works beter than Bill's one Bill's crashes and is sometimes slooow! also you can go back to the last version but no go with bill's your stucked

    Cons

    I have alot of bookmarks so many that they fill the page I would love to open my bookmark in a single list and just stroll to the web address that I want also it would be cool if when you opened your bookmark there was a search box @ the top & you

    Summary

    could find & open your bookmark from there

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  • 3.0 stars

    "previous build better"

    September 24, 2008  |   By oregonnerd1

    Version: Avant Browser 11.7 build 12

    Pros

    Fast. Doesn't use a lot of resources. "Lightweight" browser with many features variously accessible. Cleaner than current builds of IE.

    Cons

    Display has gone downhill on this build. The previous build was extremely clean.

    Summary

    Use Orca instead, currently. Which even tips the hat to Avant. I expect Avant's next build to be better. I had no problems with Avant until this build on either XP (which I had and will have, once I buy another...something, most likely power supply, could be board, could be CPU and/or...) or Vista (which isn't bad once the scheise has been stripped).
    --Glenn

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  • 5.0 stars

    "I love it, its the best."

    September 24, 2008  |   By gemimorales

    Version: Avant Browser 11.7 build 12

    Pros

    I like everything about this browser i've ever since it came out.

    Cons

    The only problem i have ever come across is that the last update took forever to download.

    Summary

    Buttom line is this browser is the best and i recomended to everyone to use it. THE BEST

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  • 5.0 stars

    "RELIABLE FORMAT AND EASY TO USE"

    September 24, 2008  |   By JOHNHAMILTON1971

    Version: Avant Browser 11.7 build 12

    Pros

    RELABLE AND UPDATED FREQUENTLY

    Cons

    NONE SO FAR

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Where is Build 12?"

    September 21, 2008  |   By 101000111101011001

    Version: Avant Browser 11.7 build 12

    Pros

    Best Browser I ever used and just getting better.

    Cons

    Can't think of a single thing?

    Summary

    I use Avant all the time and firefox as a backup browser for when a glitch in IE happens like Java doesn't work of flash is out to lunch for whatever reason.

    (?) ? \(?)¿(?)/

    Updated on Sep 21, 2008

    Well since my actual question did not seem to get asked I'll try again.


    For the build 12 it says build 11, so where is build 12 or is that a missed type"O" in the title line for this build??

    (?) ? \(?)¿(?)/

    Updated on Sep 23, 2008

    One thing I think needs to be fixed is the Auto Fill password screen. This needs to be set to "ALWAYS ON TOP" as when clicking to edit a P/W, the screen stays behind the auto fill drop down and if you have lots in the auto fill you can't even see that the screen has come up behind the dropdown and you get a beep saying you can't do anything else until you input your password or close that screen.

    I was just lucky enough to be able to see the very right edge if the P/W screen to click the (X) to close it, or I would still be staring at it wonder why everything was frozen? It should also be set to cancel if no P/W is entered and you press "RETURN" or "ESCAPE" So it would always be better if ALL password screens were defaulted to "ALWAYS ON TOP"
    Hope to see that corrected soon.
    Thanks for a really great browser.

    \(?)¿(?)/ ? (?)

    Updated on Sep 23, 2008

    I'm not updating the Browser until I see BUILD 12 up there, not BUILD 11??

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