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    Jun. 26, 2012
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Editors' Review


There are so many great Web browsers available today that the superpower struggle between IE and Netscape sometimes seems as distant as the Cold War between the U.S. and U.S.S.R. We recently became acquainted with Maxthon, a free browser that offers some unique advantages, such as its Dual Display Modes, Ultra and Retro. Maxthon automatically switches between Ultra Mode, which uses WebKit to render up-to-date sites, and Retro mode, which uses a legacy engine for older sites built with earlier tools. It also offers safe browsing; toolbar apps like notekeeping, translations, feeds, and screen capture; mouse gestures; smart drag-and-drop; autofill; multisearch; and ad and pop-up blockers.

Maxthon installed very quickly, a good start. Its tabbed interface, customizable toolbars, integrated search field, and Favorites menu give Maxthon a familiar feel that we quickly enhanced by importing our bookmarks, something Maxthon can do from IE or any HTML-based browser bookmark file. Like all contenders in the increasingly crowded browser field, Maxthon's look and features can be customized to suit your needs and moods. The highlighted Safe icon indicated we were visiting a validated Web site; clicking it opened information about the site. The Ad Hunter feature worked quite well, blocking ad pop-ups on the most annoying sites we visit without blocking content we wanted to see; in any case, it's easy to toggle on and off via an icon on the bottom right. There's even a mute button built into the lower frame to quickly silence noisy sites. In fact, Maxthon offers a full complement of features and options, and everything we tried worked well.

Now, on to the dual-mode browsing. It's, in a word, cool. To our knowledge, this is a unique capability that worked very well. A small square on the address bar changes from a yellow lightning bolt to a blue graph icon to indicate which rendering engine is in use. Browsing to a Web site rendered with WebKit tended to make the difference obvious, with crisp graphics that loaded with lightning speed. We could switch manually between Ultra and Retro Mode, too, for Web sites that didn't render perfectly in WebKit. Try it for yourself and see what makes Maxthon different before the others catch up.

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5 stars

"Very Good Browser"

July 09, 2012  |  By Araha

 |  Version: Maxthon


Fast browser! Attractive home page with lots of news and pics!


Not come across any so far!


Just downloaded ver and put to use. I have XP. I have had no prior experience with Maxthon. This is the first time, and I think I will stick to it. Browsing is fast when the grass is lush green!
It is more than a browser catering to the need of being up-to-date with the latest world news, weather, etc. like Yahoo or MSN home pages, with an easy access to CNN, BBC, NYtimes, and so on. Classification of variety of subjects and direct access to their respective sites! Attractive page layout! Import/export of bookmarks! I think nothing is lacking!

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Full Specifications

What's new in version [2012-06-19] Fixes: [Main Frame] * Crash problem when logged out Maxthon Account [Webkit Core] * Improved the support for the attribute of page input box [Extension Platform] * Extensions in Side Bar could not hide when they should do [2012-06-14] New Features: + New Quick Access + Supported playing .flv files + Supported HTML5 datalist + Updated JavaScript engine + Added right-click menu into Side Bar extensions + Added search suggestion into Search Bar + Proxy white list + "Always use Ultra Mode" option + Added "Don't track me" option Fixes: [Main Frame] * Search Bar did not work well sometimes * Some site icons did not display in Quick Access [Webkit Core] * It did not display the error page correctly * Gmail Spell Check problem * Some pages did not display well in Ultra Mode * Some buttons in the pages did not work * Could not view or open the folder after saving images by shortcut keys * The Chinese file names displayed as messy codes in Maxthon Downloader when downloaded from dbank * Improved the support for text-transform * Improved Magic Fill to support more pages well * It said that Maxthon did not support MPEG-4 in html5test page * Sometimes it did not work well when copied images * Improved Source Sniffer support for videos in cutv.com [IE Core] * Opening a new tab may cause the browser unresponsive [Extension Platform] * Improved Extension Platform
Publisher Maxthon
Publisher web site http://www.maxthon.com
Release Date June 19, 2012
Date Added June 26, 2012
Category Browsers
Subcategory Web Browsers
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP/2003/Vista/7
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 1.49MB
File Name mxsetup.exe
Total Downloads 162,989
Downloads Last Week 795
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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