Browser

Maxthon 2.0 Web browser: The Right Tool for the Job?

Maxthon 2.0 Setup

By: Anthony Sullivan

A few years ago, I stumbled upon a plug-in for Internet Explorer called MyIE2 that added functionality similar to that of Firefox. Tabs, ad blocking, and autofill features were just a couple of the features that it touted.

Maxthon 2.0, from the same developers as MyIE2, seems to be intended to replace the older product and hopefully add maturity that the plug-in lacked. Is it the Right Tool for the Job?

You can download Maxthon from the TechRepublic Software Library.

Once you've installed Maxthon, you'll be presented with a brief configuration. Initially, you're asked to create a personal account. This account is what will be used to store your favorites online rather than locally. This seems handy to me as I have lost an extensive favorites collection in the past because I forgot to back them up.

Click Create Account to setup your Maxthon account.

41 comments
hercules.gunter
hercules.gunter

I'm a little puzzled. If you want Firefox functionality, why not simply install Firefox?

Genera-nation
Genera-nation

I did and it crashed my PC meaning a complete reinstall. 4 Thumbs up 23 Thumbs Down OK - A joke but you know what I mean...

TheGooch1
TheGooch1

I would hope the online data is encrypted with a user-created passkey so that no one besides the end user can access it. Second, why use this instead of Firefox? IE is old technology.

nicoleta.lorelei.lungu
nicoleta.lorelei.lungu

Does anybody knows how to enable the Google toolbar with Maxthon 2.0? Thanks a lot! Nicole

flyboyanderson
flyboyanderson

I still use Netcaptor (about 7 years now) but I'm slowly migrating to Maxthon. To bad Netcaptor is no longer being developed it has become buggier with each new update to IE. Netcaptor was years ahead of all the tabbed browsers.

Warinpiece
Warinpiece

I have used Maxthon in the past, even the current version, but found it still too buggy for my liking. A great product otherwise. But I think I've gone just that one better by using Avant Browser. It has basically all the features that Maxthon has, plus more. Current version 11.5 build 20 is sleek, reasonably fast and hasn't crashed on me yet. Aside from also being able to backup your favourites online, you can also have several "Home Pages" load up at start. It has all the bells and whistles from skinning to rss/atom feeders to re-opening last closed pages. Plus remember your last pages if for some reason the browser was shut down. I recommend at least 8 or 9 out of 10.

sbosque
sbosque

I love Maxthon 1 especially the ad filtering. Version 2 seemed even better, in particular that you keep your profile on various machines, however I found out it doesn't work properly on multiple monitors.

kamau.john
kamau.john

I used maxthon for a around a year, and it was fine at first but now its just horrid. God, I've never seen an app as buggy as Maxthon. I was forced to switch to Avant, which is just as good (if not better) and not as buggy.

willi_wutz
willi_wutz

>> The boss key is funny. I didn't test it ... What the heck is so difficult to test the Boss key? You didn't test it, but yet you find it funny? What qualitity of testers are writing nowadays here?!

crusader_9619
crusader_9619

I've been using Maxthon for a few years now and can't see using any other browser. It's easy to use and has great features, i haven't updated to 2.0 yet but i doubt i'll be dissapointed.

josullivan
josullivan

I have used Maxthon since it was launched and I have had no problems with it, I think it is an excellent tool.

kimenator
kimenator

One of the main reasons I use Maxthon is the drag and drop tab management. I haven't seen this done in any other browser and it's the feature I can't do without now. What is it? You can open any link or highlight any text and very easily get it to open in a new tab. 1 - hold the left mouse button down while on a hyperlink and drag it anywhere (even a millimeter) and let go of the mouse button - It Immediately opens in a new Tab 2 - highlight a bit of text on the web page, then follow the same procedure as 1. AWESOME!!! In other browsers its some kind of right-click J-stroke or mouse gesture which I can't make as simple as in Maxthon.

big-b
big-b

Some of us are forced to use an IE - engine. For example: there are web applications at my work that simple will not work in any other browser than IE (we've tried). Browsers like Maxthon give us the functionality of Firefox and the compatibility of IE.

big-b
big-b

Every one has different experiences. For those that have claimed Maxthon to be buggy, which version are you using? I've found 1.x to be rock solid while version 2 can use some work on stability. I use two because I love the changes they made despite the occasional crash that I experience.

big-b
big-b

I would ditch IE if I could. At my company we use a number of web programs with ActiveX controls that are not supported in any non-IE browser (I tried, they won't work). To make IE an easier pill to swallow, I installed Maxthon. I love it's features and look with the default skin for version 2.

voxel.jorz.xssi
voxel.jorz.xssi

ok got you all... here's one question that probably you'll answer a lot, what should a user consider of using browser? i've never been with maxthon, avant, etc. have tried IE, Firefox, Netscape... but i prefer using Firefox - having tabs, extensions, plugins, etc. IE - got tabs, got holes and flaws sssshhh! netscape? never use it for a long time. I'm some kinda curious, want a try for Maxthon and Avant, but i don't want a lot of browsers in my desktop.

fncatsailor
fncatsailor

Whew! I just finished reading through all subject posts. Left me with a sure-fire-success title for a book . . . ?Listen To The Experts and The Art Of Confusion?! However it was a fun & informative read.

kamau.john
kamau.john

I agree. Avant is (in my opinion) way better than maxthon. i couldn't go a day without maxthon crashing on me. Avant is yet to crash on me, even once, after 2 months of use, an outstanding piece of software I must say. Plus the coolest feature ever, mouse gestures, you hold down the right mouse button, drag it a bit up and to the right and the next tab opens, unbelieveable. Once you get used to mouse gestures you'll wonder how you used to browse without them.

big-b
big-b

I'm curious as to in what way it doesn't work. I use Maxthon and haven't a problem with it and multiple monitors. I can open two windows and have them in different monitors. Are you trying to span a single window across the two monitors?

naritcom
naritcom

I have been using (MYIE2) Maxthon for a few years now, tried many of the others, Firefox, Safari, Avant, Crazy Browser, etc. Always come back to Maxthon, its stable uses Tabs, can be skinned etc. In short there is nothing better available today.

ckizziar
ckizziar

I believe he was being funny by saying that he did not wait for his boss to come up behind him to "test" it.

JackOfAllTech
JackOfAllTech

Groups! I may have missed it in the other apps but Maxthon groups are great. I visit around twenty sites each day divided into 3 groups. All I have to do is click on the group name and many sites open all at once in separate tabs. I can't live without that now. Is this available in any others? Ralph

spaul940
spaul940

Have you tried using the IE plug-in for Firefox? Had the same problem but the plug-in cured it

hercules.gunter
hercules.gunter

As with anything, the one you want is the one which best does what you want/need. If you're developing cross-browser Web applications, you need to have each of your target browsers on hand to test with. If you want complete coverage, that's a lot of browsers. The overwhelming majority of users will use IE, Firefox, Netscape and Opera, pretty much in order of user numbers. The last I read, Opera was less than 3% of users, and beyond that you're looking at very small numbers of users. My personal preference is something that doesn't support ActiveX, since there is no limit on what an ActiveX control can do on your machine. That means that I reserve IE for running Windows Update, and otherwise will not use it on the Web. I develop for corporations which use IE as their standard (or only) browser, and use it on their networks, but won't on my own machine - there I use Firefox.

Warinpiece
Warinpiece

1. If your happy using Firefox then stick with it. 2. I like to try out new programs all the time (including browsers) to keep up with technology. 3. Try a new browser each month (for a month) and make your own conclusions as to what you like, you may be surprised. 4. When I install browsers, I opt out of the option to have their icons on my desktop. That way, they don't clutter it up. 5. The one true freedom we have left is to make our own decisions (Quote: Starship Troopers).

appredator
appredator

I will say I have been using Avant for some years now. It is not without its flaws. It also can be a memory hog at times. Overall though, it is what IE wanted to be. Tabbed browsing, and added features that IE7 tried to implement. If you can, donate to them....

quickcanary
quickcanary

Opera has mouse gestures built in, and (obviously) isn't based on the IE engine. It's more secure and the devs tout it as the world's fastest browser, though I can't tell a huge speed difference between the "Big Three" (IE/FireFox/Opera). I prefer Firefox to all others, for several reasons. Mouse gestures aren't a big deal to me, but there is a Firefox extension that will add them if you have to have them. I tried the Safari beta and was unimpressed -- lots of work left to do there for it to become a viable alternative IMO. It was stable, but lacked features. For me, Firefox is king. Just crossing my fingers that it doesn't eventually turn into bloatware (I remember how fast FireFox 1.0 seemed, but then again it lacked several of the neat features of 2.0.0.x)

sbosque
sbosque

I have a IBM T60 laptop and a Dell 19' that are up to date in term of drivers. It works well on the primary (laptop) monitor but if I move the window to the secondary one it will reduce the height of the window compare to the monitor capacity, even if I maximize it or manually resize it. Now I found out that the problem is linked to position/height of the second monitor when compared to the first one. So if both my screen were at the same height level and were the same dimension it wouldn't a problem. Basically, on the 2nd monitor, the height of the window can only be as much as the height that both screens "share" together. So if the screens are on top of each other the window will be reduce to the strict minimum, i.e. the toolbar. It's very strange. Not sure what to do about it though. How are your screens positioned?

big-b
big-b

sorry, I mis-spoke. I didn't open two windows (one on each monitor) cuz I can't. I was thinking of the previous version of Maxthon where I was able to. Unless there's an option I'm missing somewhere.

dal765
dal765

Acoo browser deserves a mention. It also offers 'super drag 'n drop. I tried Maxthon, but find Acoo more stable. www.acoobrowser.com However, I did like one of Maxthon's skins more! dalchina

big-b
big-b

Thanks for posting. I downloaded it but I won't be able to try it until I get back from my vacation. It sounds like this plugin will reproduce the visual effects of IE but will it run ActiveX controls?

big-b
big-b

nope, haven't heard of it. Sweet. Thanks! I'll have to check it out.

TheGooch1
TheGooch1

The features that other browsers are now touting, have been in Firefox for several years .

oromis
oromis

I have used Opera since the 90s, and enjoy the security and functionality features it has native. Firefox has the same features in plugins and is easily as safe. The MyIE2/Maxthon fdeatures look like what MS tried to incorporate in IE7 - and did a bad job of it. The crackers still write malware and spyware code for IE, so I just avoid using it entirely on my Win98 partition and don't have it in my Linux partition (while Opera and Firefox work in both Win98SE and Linux). I have no current plans to use later MS products; DRM stinks and activation protocol is a functionality hindrance. Both should be canned.

big-b
big-b

Yes, I do want to two sessions open, one on each monitor. I don't think the problem is the monitors as much as an option in Maxthon that I'm missing to open two sessions. I don't have the "Open in new window" option, and when I lauch another session (try) by double-clicking on the icon again, it doesn't do anything regardless of the monitors.

sbosque
sbosque

Actually you can open 2 instances of Maxthon and have one of each monitor, but anyway I guessed it's not what you meant, the question is: Are your 2 monitors side by side at the same level?

mismeshal
mismeshal

I am not here to say things that are out of track .. but I think that Safari is the best .. Maybe you should include Mac browsers as the subject is "is it the right tool for the job" not only windows. Thanks, Regards,