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Maxthon Browser – Full-Featured Browser

16 Aug

I had never really noted the Maxthon Browser before. Had you? It comes in two varieties at the moment: Classic (which I am currently using) and a fancier version, which I have also downloaded. The latter looks good, but it seems that only the Classic, at the moment, enables the Windows Live Writer plug-in, which I am also using right now. (Firefox, my default browser, also allows WLW, which is my blog tool of choice these days, having much more to offer than the Flock Browser’s blog tool, and some advantages over using WordPress.com directly — the ability to do things like this, for example, and it is great with pics… The exception there is that it is best to use WP direct to embed YouTubes, and to insert PDF files or Powerpoints.)

Maxthon is originally Chinese, it appears. You can give yourself a very Chinese-looking skin, if you want to…

MaxthonClassic

Maxthon Classic

Maxthon2

Maxthon 2.1.3 — the fancy one.

The really good thing about both of them is that they don’t strain my Toshiba’s resources the way IE7 does.

Not bad at all, so far as I can tell, and worth considering.

 
3 Comments

Posted by on August 16, 2008 in computers, web stuff

 

3 responses to “Maxthon Browser – Full-Featured Browser

  1. Bruce

    August 18, 2008 at 3:23 am

    I’m not wanting to even touch IE7 and Firefox 3 is very unstable for me of late. May give this a go.

     
  2. Neil

    August 18, 2008 at 9:28 am

    I settled on the lighter Classic version of Maxthon eventually and have now made it my default browser. I am finding it very good. Maxthon 2 occasionally hiccuped on me. That it does not at this time allow Live Writer also helped determine my choice.

    BTW, if you think the pictured skin is a touch bizarre you will find there are many other choices.

    The only time I use IE7 is when doing Windows Updates; Firefox 3 I gave up on some time ago; I have Firefox 2 as my current version. I also like Flock. Until yesterday I had Opera as well and have some affection for it, but it does eccentric things in display at times. Safari I tried last year but found it excessive in resource demands. I am operating with a 2-year-old laptop at the lower end of specs — 1.4 GHz Celeron + Windows XP Home SP3.

    One eccentric feature of Maxthon –which you can turn off — is that it runs unobtrusive hints in the status bar, and every now and again a joke! The status bar also has a small box telling you how much RAM you currently have — a nice feature.

    There have been no Secunia Security Advisories on Maxthon since 2005.

    UPDATE

    I have decided to run Maxthon 2 as default for a while. I think those hiccups may have been solved; they occurred mainly on Facebook. M2 really is one of the best-looking browsers around.

     
  3. MikeF

    August 21, 2008 at 11:06 pm

    I have to say that I keep on coming back to Maxthon 2 – it’s just so darn nice to use – everything I find I want to do is right there. It makes a great platform for Web 2.0 thingys, and it has one of the simplest, lightest and most practical feed-readers already nicely built-in. Much as I admire the Mozilla Foundation in some ways, they do irritate me with their all-pervasive culture but, and anyway, I’m just happier using Maxthon 2!

     
 
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