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Maxthon Cloud Browser

By Maxthon Free Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Apr 9, 2011

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.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 5.3.8.2000

  • Official new core version
  • Fixed page crashes under some circumstances
  • Fixed the crash issue when dragging the link under some circumstances

General

Release October 31, 2019
Date Added October 31, 2019
Version 5.3.8.2000

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 10, Windows 2003, Windows 8, Windows Vista, Windows, Windows 7, Windows XP
Additional Requirements None

Popularity

Total Downloads 272,211
Downloads Last Week 19
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Developer's Description

Maxthon Cloud Browser for Windows frees people to share and send files among different devices and platforms, easily. Maxthon Cloud Services: Cloud Push: Supports sending text, images, websites/links and tabs to Mac, Android and Windows operating systems. Cloud Share: Supports sharing text, images, websites/links and files with friends. Cloud Download: Supports downloading files in various formats and uploading them to 'My Cloud' for backup on any device. My Cloud Tabs: Lets you pick up where you left off by automatically syncing your tabs to Android, iOS or Mac devices. Cloud Sync: Syncs account data (Favorites, Settings and Magic Fill data) to other devices. Easy-on-the-Eyes Reading: Reader Mode: Makes it easy to view articles by adjusting font sizes and removing ads and other distractions. Night Mode: Adjusts the brightness of the screen for low-light reading. Features that Make Web Browsing Less Annoying and More Convenient: Magic Fill: Securely saves the names and passwords of websites you visit and then fill in that information when you return. Adblock Plus: Removes all annoying ads. To support websites and free content, a few unobtrusive ads are unblocked by default. This can be easily disabled in the settings. Read more: New Session: Users and gamers can simultaneously log into the same website with different accounts. Source Sniffer: Extract all photos, embedded videos and audio files from a web page and download them with one click. SkyNote: Save and access text notes anywhere, anytime. You can also sync them across Windows and Android. "Do Not Track": Protect your privacy by preventing ad networks from tracking you. Extension Center: Maxthon has a diverse selection of extensions for entertainment, information and social media. Extensions are easy to install and manage with just one click. Easy Screen Grabs with Maxthon 'Snap'. Click the camera button in the toolbar to easily and quickly capture a screenshot of the entire web page in one click. Watch the video tutorial now. Security and Privacy Safe site technology identifies websites you are about to visit and lets you know if they are safe and secure. Maxthon blocks malicious websites and phishing attempts for you, automatically. Easily launch a private browsing session that does not track history.