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Maxthon Troubleshooting & Tips and Tricks

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

This is a basic troubleshooting guide for users to try and find the cause of issues. Following the guide should allow you to hopefully fix the issue, or at least figure out the source that is causing it so that when posting on the forum users have more information available to offer help.

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Are you running the latest version of Maxthon? Check the forum for any new releases and update/reinstall. Most issues will generally be resolved in new builds, or just by the reinstall process. Also ensure you have the latest version of any plugins you might be using.

2 /
Do a forum search. Chances are someone has had the issue before you and a fix has been found.

3 /
Try changing to Retro Mode. A great feature of Maxthon that allows you to view a site using the Internet Explorer renderer in case the site has issues with Webkit/Blink.

4 /
Connection error? (eg. unable to resolve domain name or can’t connect error) try with another browser to see if it also has the same issue. Use a site like http://isup.me to check that the site is in fact online. Also check there isn’t a problem with your DNS servers. You can try testing with Google (8.8.8.8) or OpenDNS (208.67.222.220) servers.

And always provide a link to the site/page in question when posting so others can check to see if the problem is more widespread.

5 /
Try disabling AdBlock Plus. Sometimes overly aggressive blocking can cause issues on a site. If this fixes the problem some of your rules may need to be revised. Post on the forum and someone should be able to offer a solution.

6 /
Try deleting/clearing cookies There might be a corrupt or invalid cookie causing the problem. Deleting them will ensure new ones are created.
Option 1: (Ctrl-Shift-Del) or from the Main Menu > Clear Browsing Data menu option, or toolbar. [Images here]
Option 2: To delete cookies for only one site you can use the Developer Tools. [Images here]
Option 3: You can also use the following 3rd party programs: -
CookieSpy which can show Maxthon cookies, and DB Browser for SQLite which offer more advanced means of working with cookies. [More details here]
NOTE: Only option 1 is recommended. Options 2 & 3 are only for advanced users.

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Try disabling all extensions. If disabling extensions fixes the problem then one of your extensions is causing the problem. Enable them one by one testing after each until you find the one causing the problem.

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Check the advanced options. Ensure you are using the default UserAgent (should be unchecked), and check with GPU acceleration on/off. These can be found by going to the Main Menu > Settings > Advanced.

If the above steps don’t resolve the issue, follow the next steps which should help determine if the problem is with Maxthon, your account settings or system related and hopefully lead to the cause of the problem.

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Sign out of your Maxthon Passport. Check to see if the same problem still occurs. If not signing in fixes the problem, then it’s more than likely a settings related issue. Disable all sync options from the menu then enable them one by one, testing for the problem until it occurs again. Once you know which settings are causing the issue make a post on the forum with the details for further assistance.

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Test with Maxthon PortableDownload & extract to any folder, run, check for the issue. DO NOT SIGN IN to your Maxthon Passport account. If this works then it’s more than likely related to your install. Doing a clean install should fix the problem.

If going through the above doesn’t fix the problem, then start a thread on the forum to see if someone can help out. Offer as much information as you can, especially the following:

 - Any error messages;
- What version of Maxthon and operating system you are running;
- Any out of the ordinary programs (network related like firewalls, or downloaders like Orbit);
- What you have tried to fix/find out what the issue was. Otherwise people will offer solutions that you may have already done;
- And if applicable link some screenshots if it will make things easier for others to understand the problem.

The best case scenario is you will find and fix the issue without having to wait hours or days for a response on the forum. At minimum you will narrow in on the issue allowing others to offer a quicker and more appropriate response for the problem. And you may learn something as well :-)

Happy troubleshooting!

Maxthon Cloud Browser for Windows V4.4.5.1200 Beta Released!

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

Hello Maxthons,

Today we are excited to publish the Mx 4.4.5.1200 Beta version. This beta version mainly added new functions that you will find in the changelog below. Please, help yourselves  and let us know what do you think! :) 

Thanks for your continuous support!

Downloads:

Install Version:
http://dl.maxthon.com/mx4/mx4.4.5.1200-beta.exe
MD5: 6dfea47e12949236d9c5c79c42a5ff89
Portable Version:
http://dl.maxthon.com/mx4/maxthon_portable_4.4.5.1200-beta.7z
MD5:d647a761402393737ac6f8f42db99248

 

Changelog for 4.4.5.1200 [2015-04-28]

New features:
+Address bar pre-opening when typing in
+Baidu search supports HTTPS
+ActiveX automatically switch to Retro mode.

Please note: This release is a trial version instead of a final release. Thus, it may have bugs or other potential problems. To better and more efficiently solve the problems you meet during the usage, for any suggestions or bug reports, you can either leave your suggestions and concerns in the comments section below or  go to our forum’s  ‘Product Support’ area and report/describe by a new separate thread for each problem/topic. We will read each thread and update the follow-up status then. Meanwhile, some problems are probably be left out if they are stated in other thread. Thanks very much for your cooperation! 

Maxthon Cloud Browser for Windows V4.4.5.1000 Officially Released!

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

Hi everyone, 

Today we are super happy to present  you  Mx 4.4.5.1000 version. In this official version we fixed several bugs and optimizations such as problem with display of blocked urls in ABP window and multi-search setting problem.. Please try out this version and feel free to let us know how you feel about it. Thank you all for your continuous support! We couldn’t have made it this far without it!

Downloads:

Install Version:
http://dl.maxthon.com/mx4/mx4.4.5.1000.exe
MD5: bb7aa46eab30296a155bafebc25f7e41
Portable Version:
http://dl.maxthon.com/mx4/maxthon_portable_4.4.5.1000.7z
MD5:6e7900a9cb5f6ed477f6086260a17c34

Changelog for 4.4.5.1000[2015-04-21]

Main Frame
-Optimezed malicious websites shielding
-Optimized Update Notification
-Fixed Multi-search setting compatibility problem
-Fixed one RSS leak

Core
*Fixed one flash filtering problem
*Fixed canvas can’t display SVG
*Fixed Popup block does not display blocked urls correctly
*Fixed Error after taking repeatedly screenshots

Changelog for 4.4.5.600 [2015-04-02]

Fixes:
-Popup block does not display blocked urls correctly
-Memory leak after after taking several sreenshot
-In some case canvas parts do not display SVG

New features:
+View ads filtering rankings

Optimizations:
*Improved cloud push contacts aquiring
*Homepage setting security
*Error occured when you click cancel in font customize

 

Maxthon Cloud Browser for Windows V4.4.5.600 Beta Released!

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

Hello Maxthons, It’s been a while. Today we are excited to publish the Mx 4.4.5.600 Beta version. In this beta, you’ll find that some problems, such as ” blocked urls are not displayed in ABP”,”Canvas parts do not display SVG” have been addressed. Some functionalities have been improved and new feature has been added as well. Please serve yourselves and let us know hot it tastes Thanks for your continuous support!

Downloads:

Install Version:
http://dl.maxthon.com/mx4/mx4.4.5.600-beta.exe
MD5: 4cdb56c20dc29ace66d7806c306e4b1e
Portable Version:
http://dl.maxthon.com/mx4/maxthon_portable_4.4.5.600-beta.7z
MD5:982b96005ca88d584dfe83b518eca839

Changelog for 4.4.5.600 [2015-04-02]

Fixes:
-Popup block does not display blocked urls
-Memory leak after after taking several sreenshot
-In some case canvas parts do not display SVG

New features:
+View ads filtering rankings

Optimizations:
*Improved cloud push contacts aquiring
*Homepage setting security
*Error occured when you click cancel in font customize

Please note: This release is a trial version instead of a final release. Thus, it may have bugs or other potential problems. To better and more efficiently solve the problems you meet during the usage, for any suggestions or bug reports, we do hope you may go to ‘Product Support’ area in our forum or comments section below and report/describe by a new separate thread for each problem/topic. We will read each thread and update the follow-up status then. Meanwhile, some problems are probably be left out if they are stated in other thread. Thanks very much for your cooperation!

The Newest official version of Maxthon Cloud Browser with AdBlock Plus V4.4.4.3000 has been RELEASED!

Monday, March 16th, 2015

Hello our dear users!

Today, We are very excited to announce the release of 4.4.4.3000 official version is available for you to try out. This official version optimize Https Certificate and Quit full screen for HTML5,  also fixes many bugs as detailed in the changelog. Please download, try it out and let us know what do you think.

Thank you for your support!

Downloads: 

Install Version:
http://dl.maxthon.com/mx4/mx4.4.4.3000.exe
MD5: 34c5fdeaf663dd770e24059508e1b37e
Portable Version:
http://dl.maxthon.com/mx4/maxthon_portable_4.4.4.3000.7z
MD5:9859cdd3ab5f07bc44741dcafb528723

Changelog for 4.4.4.3000 [2015-03-12]:

Optimizations: 
[Main Frame]
+Optimized HTTPS Certificate

[Webkit Core]
+Support of Quit full screen for HTML5

Fixes:
[Main Frame]
Input Local address changes to search item
History Manager Titles may display errors
Some Web Notification display problem 
Adblock causes page refresh

[Webkit Core]
Extensions installation leak
Fixed RSS XSS leak
Playback problem when you exit full screen mode in Vimeo video
Trusted code path execution
Error in detection of Superfish
Repaired crash occured when you input special characters in the address bar
Unable to filter .MP4 format in the Adblock

Than you all for choosing Maxthon!

Maxthon Cloud Browser V4.4.4.2000 with AdBlock Plus is officially released!

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

Hello everyone,

It’s time to celebrate!

After a long time without a final version launch , today we are super happy to deliver you a Final version 4.4.4.2000 .

This final version addressed many problems, such as one core crash  problem, fixed login problem in session window, YouTube video slowness, security issue with extension center and so on.

Maxthon team is working hard and more new versions are currently underway and we look forward to sharing them with you soon Please download the latest version of Maxthon for your Windows.
Appreciate your great continuous support! Enjoy! 

Downloads: 

Install Version:
http://dl.maxthon.com/mx4/mx4.4.4.2000.exe
MD5: 2d0e88eaccabde05b1a4438895c718cf
Portable Version:
http://dl.maxthon.com/mx4/maxthon_portable_4.4.4.2000.7z
MD5:389efbc2cca2f96eedf106600ee8d100

 

Changelog for 4.4.4.2000 [2015-02-10]:

Optimizations:
[Main Frame]
+Indivudually display Custom filtering rules for pages
+Supported Security Alliance list certificate
+Optimization of Adhunter Menu Style when  Ad-Hunter is disabled
+Optimized ad-filters sharing
+Adblock Plus icon with ads filtering count
+Optimization of Adblock Plus Notication Style
+Support of Acceptable Ads, Allow Non-invasive Advertising

[Webkit Core]
+Support of Top level domain
+Optimized Pop-up blocking

Fixes:

[Main Frame]
Quick Access data reset issue
Filter rules being downloaded when ad-hunter is not enabled
“Subscription Rules Title” display issue.
Possible to add non domain name to filtering white list
When not maximized, the filter tip is not in the right position
Tool bar icons appear transparent
In some languages some Account panel parts are not completely displayed
Setting center security problem
One security issue in Extensions center

[Webkit Core]
Fixed one Flash filtering mistake
Fixed on core crash problem
Youtube video loading speed is slow
3D display effect problem on some websites
Unble to log into Session window under some specific conditions
When maximizing or minimizing a page on touck screen devices, the status bar value doesn’t change
Fixed page disorder problem when using Touch screen zoom and using ctrl+scroll.
On Touch screen devices touch scroll is not effextive on PDF Preview page and Multi-Frame pages
Under High DPI, Certicates and Certificates error dialogs Height and Size

Changelog for 4.4.4.1200Beta [2015-02-04]:

Optimizations:
[Main Frame]
+Indivudually display Custom filtering rules for pages
+Supported Security Alliance list certificate
+Optimization of Menu Style while Ad-Hunter is disabled
+Optimized ad-filters sharing
+Adblock Plus icon with ads filtering count
+Optimization of Adblock Plus Notication Style
+Support of Acceptable Ads, Allow Non-invasive Advertising

[Webkit Core]
+Support of Top level domain
+Optimized Pop-up blocking

Fixes:
[Main Frame]
Quick Access data reset issue
Filter rules being downloaded when ad-hunter is not enabled
“Subscription Rules Title” display issue.
Possible to add non domain name to filtering white list
When not maximized, the filter tip is not in the right position
Tool bar icons appear transparent
In some languages some Account panel parts are not completely displayed
Setting center security problem
One security issue in Extensions center

[Webkit Core]
Fixed one Flash filtering mistake
Youtube video loading speed is slow
Some websites 3D display effect problem
Unble to log into Session window under some specific conditions
When maximizing or minimizing a page on touck screen devices, the status bar value doesn’t change
On Touch screen devices touch scroll is not effextive on PDF Preview page and Multi-Frame pages
Under High DPI, Certicates and Certificates error dialogs Height and Size

Changelog for 4.4.4.600Beta [2014-12-30]:

New Features:
+ Ad-block Plus

 

Maxthon Cloud Browser for Windows V4.4.4.1200 Beta is Released!

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

Today, we have a beta version 4.4.4.1200Beta  available for you to try out . 


This beta version mainly focused on some features optimizations and on fixes of quite many bugs as detailed in the changelog.

Please try it out and any comments from you will be warmly welcome.
Appreciate your great support!
Enjoy!  

Downloads:

Install Version:
http://dl.maxthon.com/mx4/mx4.4.4.1200-beta.exe
MD5: 3c6dd0e539a9a9555ed89613a39f3dbf
Portable Version:
http://dl.maxthon.com/mx4/maxthon_portable_4.4.4.1200-beta.7z
MD5: a2dd82ed2c96ade329582dfcec64ec05

Changelog for 4.4.4.1200Beta [2015-02-04]:

Optimizations: 
[Main Frame]
+Indivudually display Custom filtering rules for pages
+Supported Security Alliance list certificate
+Optimization of Menu Style for Disabled Ad-Hunter
+Optimized ad-filters sharing
+Adblock Plus icon with ads filtering count
+Optimization of Adblock Plus Notication Style
+Support of Acceptable Ads, Allow Non-invasive Advertising

[Webkit Core]
+Support of Top level domain
+Optimized Pop-up blocking

Fixes:

[Main Frame]
Quick Access data reset issue
Filter rules being downloaded when ad-hunter is not enabled
“Subscription Rules Title” display issue.
Possible to add non domain name to filtering white list
When not maximized, the filter tip is not in the right position
Tool bar icons appear transparent
In some languages some Account panel parts are not completely displayed
Setting center security problem
One security issue in Extensions center

[Webkit Core]
Fixed one Flash filtering mistake
Youtube video loading speed is slow
Some websites 3D display effect problem
Unble to log into Session window under some specific conditions
When maximizing or minimizing a page on touck screen devices, the status bar value doesn’t change
On Touch screen devices touch scroll is not effextive on PDF Preview page and Multi-Frame pages
Under High DPI, Certicates and Certificates error dialogs Height and Size

 

Please, let us know what you think!

Why we called it Nitro

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

Naming a new product is always fun.  This was especially true on the Maxthon Nitro web browser project.  As we posted the other day http://www.maxthon.com/blog/nitro-speed-you-can-see-with-your-own-eyes/ our goals around Nitrous were simple to describe and the opposite to engineer: we wanted to create a stripped-down PC web browser that launched, fetched and loaded pages faster than anything out there.

This wasn’t easy considering that our flagship product, the Maxthon Cloud Browser (Mx4), was already a hair faster than the fastest out there — Google Chrome.   Nonetheless, the team set to it and proceeded to do the impossible. (If you haven’t tried it out yet you can download Nitro here.)  We soon reached the point where we had to come up with a permanent name.

In the early, pre-alpha to early beta stages, our working title for the browser was ‘Maxthon Lightning.’  That’s a good name, but even a cursory search of web browsers out there returned not one but two lightning web browsers already in existence. Both of them are bad and we didn’t want to align with that or add to the confusion.

We kept searching and ended up discovering a trove of poorly-implemented, 3rd and 4th party web browsers that were named after every fast noun or adjective you could think of: animals, electrical things, explosions, etc…etc…etc…

And then one day the perfect name hit us: Nitro. As in nitrous oxide.  Those of you who’ve watched the ‘Fast and Furious’ movies are familiar with what nitrous oxide does to a car’s performance: it speeds up the already fast to go wicked fast.  Here’s how they guys at autogearhead.com describe it:

What is Nitrous? Simply put, Nitrous (N2O) creates large amounts of horsepower by creating more oxygen in the engines combustion chamber while simultaneously introducing additional fuel. The added oxygen allows the additional fuel to burn which creates increased horsepower for short bursts of torque and speed.

In applications for vehicle racing, nitrous oxide (often referred to as just “nitrous”) allows the engine to burn more fuel by providing more oxygen than air alone, resulting in a more powerful combustion.

That’s what Maxthon Nitro does — speeds up the already-fast to wicked-fast. The analogue works quite well for the Maxthon Nitro web browser in 4 ways.

Oxygen —> Oxygen is the pre-existing element in automobile combustion, elemental and required. For our browser analogue, oxygen in engines is like a rendering engine (webkit) in web browsers. Just as nitrous oxide pushes a bunch of extra oxygen into the engine, so does the work we’ve done to make webkit faster for Nitro.

New fuel —> In the car context, we’re talking about additional nitrogen.  In the Maxthon Nitro analogue the additional ‘performance fuel’ is the work we’ve done to close and otherwise tighten up and remove background features and processes in the web browser, which results in faster times across the board.

Additional strength —> For cars, the big problem with nitrous is that it adds so MUCH power it can destroy the engine; like blow out cylinder walls or melt pistons.This requires adding more bulk to the engine to enable it to withstand the additional explosive force. In the Maxthon Nitro analogue the ‘additional strength’ comes in the form of our team doing much, much more to engineer stability into the Nitro browser. It has the lowest crash rate of any of our PC browsers.

So what’s the fourth way? It is in the relationship nitrous oxide has to a car engine.  Nitrous oxide is a unique and out-of-the-box way to generate massive horsepower without fundamentally changing how a combustion engine works.  That’s very analogous to how we approached Maxthon Nitro. We didn’t fundamentally change the architecture of the web browser — just found out of the box ways to make it go faster.

All in all, it’s a great name for an even greater product. Hope you like it. :)

Live Chat with VP Karl Mattson Highlights

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

WEDNESDAY JAN. 21st 11 AM

Alrighty…I’m going to start with this one.

What is the future RSS reader and SkyNote built in Maxthon Browser? Are these services will be further developed? Are there any specific plans? Skynote application was not updated since March 2012, is it going to change?

We will be doing sporadic, light updates of the RSS reader to maintain the feature, as with Skynote.  Right now we have no plans to do much more to SkyNote other than to keep it updated and working.

What is the future Maxthon Kid Safe Web Browser? Does it receive some updates in the near future?

We are currently considering a major update to the Kid Safe Web browser to make it more useful as a mobile app. The plan is to take it beyond just the browser. Can’t say much more than that.  Working out the timing and details of that project as we speak.

Why Poland is constantly ignored by the team Maxthon? Why Home Maxthon.com still does not support the Polish language?

I wouldn’t say Poland is constantly ignored by Maxthon. Our Polish customers have created a very vibrant and active community.  Localizing the news pages is something we will be doing more of in 2015 — starting with an updated Russian start page — and then the UK.

Kind of like fast.maxthon.com and usa.maxthon.com/nitro … When he lived to see the Polish language?

Localizing start page is something we are beginning to do much more of  – it’s a function of time, # of potential users and resources — as you probably know.

Whether and when to move Maxthon Nitro translation?

Nitro just officially launched. We will be localizing it into more languages as the weeks progress.

And finally, the last question: What plans do you have for the current year in terms of Maxthon Browser and other services?

The current year is one of fairly significant change for Maxthon. We will continue to update and improve our browsers but will also be exploring the creation of separate apps — including games.  Look for some cool new products coming out in the next couple of months. Some have been in development since Q2 of last year.

Is the current year will be just as exciting as the previous?

All I can say is, If you thought last year was exciting 2015 will be more so…

PS: One more question, more a curiosity. What actually keeps the company Maxthon, since almost all services gives us for free? What brings you the most profit? What now is the state of your finances?

Great question — and one I get all of the time.  Regarding how we make our money, Maxthon is like all other browser companies — we have partnerships with major search engines that drive traffic to the engines. In return for driving search queries we get a certain amount of money (different by country) for a 1000 queries sent to the search engine.  We have partnerships with Google, Baidu and Yandex.   That’s a big part of our overall revenue. But it isn’t the only part. In fact, we have diversified our revenue into other streams – including profitable web portals.  www.maxthon.cn works like ‘yahoo.com’ — the content and e-commerce partnerships drive revenue.  Also, we have moved more aggressively into games as a business, which also helps. To sum up, Maxthon’s finances are great.  We have several, active and growing sources of revenue and spend our money conservatively.  The company is solidly positioning to grow as mobile grows.

Hello Karl, We in the Linux community are wondering where development stands with Maxthon for Linux.  Some of us are concerned that development for Maxthon’s Linux browser might have stopped.  Needless to say, we’re hoping this is not the case. Are there any insights you might like to share with us who prefer using Maxthon Cloud Browser for Linux?

Hi — First, thank-you for using our Linux product. You are correct, Linux development has slowed.  We haven’t yet gotten much traction on that plaform re: users. As such we’ve scaled back update frequency.  It’s a software chicken/egg conundrum – hard to justify resources if the users aren’t there and growing — but it’s hard to get users without adding more value to the product.   Having said that, we will keep the linux product stable and current.  We will also do some digging to get a more detailed understanding of upcoming linux updates.

I would like to know what is the status of development for the Windows Phone application.  Last version on the Windows Phone Store is from 09/15/2014.  As a Global Moderator, some of the functions I use produce an error and the Dev’s have been notified a number of times, yet nothing is done to rectify the problem.  Has development for Windows Phone also stopped?

Development for Windows Phone has not stopped, we are simply looking for a new product manager to drive that platform.

Can someone please get onto the dev team about making the UI a cohesive experience. Almost everything has it’s own style dialog. See this thread for more details. Is it possible to have someone spend a little bit of time just cleaning things up, update some icons, consolidate the dialog/tab/chrome types to one style.

Well, first off, the dev team does not do the UI/UX of the browser, our product managers and designers do.  Good news though, throughout 2015 we will be implementing more of Google’s ‘material design’ guidelines in our products. That will standardize the experience a bit more.

Any details on the updated extensions system that BugSir007 hinted at here?

No updates on that.  As I mentioned at the time, I strongly think we should be investing in making our entire extension effort more robust. It’s a no-brainer as far as I’m concerned. But that decision is also not mine.

What’s going on with the talk of being “more proactive about WHY a specific feature is not in the browser”. I think it’s fair to say that hasn’t been the case. The general response is “thank you for your request, we’ll pass it on to the team…” and it will never be discussed again till someone post about it again.

We can’t do every feature request, as you well know.  We can do a better job about informing why. In most cases the decision is a combination of, ‘that’s more time-consuming than one might think to implement and, of our millions of monthly users, only 3 people have requested it.

Any update on a universal store app for Windows, especially now with win 10 around the corner?

We’re taking a wait and see on that question.

Any update on creating a web portal/micro site for skin/extension developers?

No update.

What is your take on Microsoft introducing a new browser using a forked version of Trident to be released alongside Windows 10?

My take is that Microsoft, following the lead of Maxthon, realized there was a real market need for a stripped-down, minimalist browser. The timing is pretty uncanny. (See this blog post – http://www.maxthon.com/blog/nitr … with-your-own-eyes/) My guess is the bigger thing driving it was that to add support for things like Cortana, offline reading and the page annotation, it was easier to start from scratch than wrestle with IE’s bloated code base — and fix a few long-standing problems from IE at the same time.

Given the lack of updates of Maxthon on a number of platforms, in hindsight do you think it was a mistake using resources to create these versions that may have been better utilised on bug fixing/tweaking/adding features for MX for PC/Android?

Hindsight is always 20/20, but we do not think it was a mistake to branch into different platforms. The key metrics that drives our decision-making around resource allocation to any one platform are:  # of DAU/MAUs; uninstall rate and crash rate.   For both PC and Android, MAUs continue to go up while the uninstall rate has remained low (and within what we could call normal. And, the crash rate has actually gone done for both platforms. Also, the resources required to add new platforms did not come from either our Android or PC teams. The question of adding new features remains balance between user-desire/usage rate of the proposed feature against any performance or stability hit adding such feature generates. Unlike the old days, we are a lot more careful and judicious regarding adding new features to any of our browsers — mainly because we don’t want to impact performance.  We do that because every user test, survey and in-person test we do tells us the same #1 priority — make the browser as fast and stable as possible.

Anything you can tease about upcoming features etc that users might have to look forward to?

Well, you’re probably aware of the new PC and now Android versions of Maxthon coming with ADBlock Plus integration.  Our own Ad Hunter is pretty good, but Ad Block Plus is the best, most comprehensive and most globally supported, ad block solution on the web, We’re excited about that. We also have a new Android browser that we will release in Alpha form later this week. I spent a good hour pounding on it yesterday — it’s slick, performs well and is really easy to use on an Android device.

When will be translated registration process in the Maxthon Passport to another languages?

Can’t give you and exact date but know that we are pushing hard to do it this year.

Can you make new build with updated languages for Maxthon for Linux (you forgot update languages in the last version) and Maxthon Kid Safe Web Browser?

Yes. We will look into that and get back to you.

 

If you have any questions, leave them in comments section, we will be more than happy to answer them!

 

Maxthon Nitro: how it all started

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015
Here, at Maxthon’s San Francisco office, when we saw this: http://www.zdnet.com/article/microsoft-is-building-a-new-browser-as-part-of-its-windows-10-push/  we did a double take. That was the second major browser company touting a ‘lighter, simpler and more minimalist browser’ project in less than 6 months. The first was Mozilla, leaked in August just after Chris Beard was named its new CEO.  Here’s a link to a cache-d version of their blog that was unpublished within 24 hours of it being published on August 7, 2014. http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:bmtHpXU_mXIJ:https://blog.mozilla.org/verdi/463/lightspeed-a-browser-experiment/+&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us&client=aff-maxthon-newtab
Let’s check and see who started what first…
Maxthon —> ‘Nitro’, started in March of 2014
Mozilla —>  ‘Lightspeed’ started in July of 2014
Microsoft —> ‘Spartan,’ started Fall of 2014.

Yep. Mozilla and Microsoft are copying Maxthon. We started the lightweight/spartan browser trend. In March of 2014 we kicked off a project to create a *very* lightweight browser with minimal feature set and SUPER performance.  We knew that if we simplified the UX load and all of the processes that needed to exist to support skins, plug-ins and tons of other features we could make the core speed faster. In a March 21, 2014 email one of our engineers summarized the concept of Nitro to me this way, “It will not be feature rich, in fact, I would go as far as it is “bare” minimum. What it lacks in feature set size will be made up for in:

start-up speed
fetching
rendering speed and stability.”

This is an important distinction to remember.  To reap gains in start-up time, page fetching and rendering and stability something had to give. And that something was a large list of features and tools. Things like the screenshot utility, split-screen, cloud services and add ons. All of these come with a significant performance and stability hit. But, we were OK with it — as we knew from looking at our detailed user data pool that *most* web browser users do NOT use most of the features. We mention this now because as the more traditional Maxthon users discover Nitro, the more they are asking for the favorite features to be added.  You can’t have all of that super speed without sacrificing some of your favorite features.  (Even Chrome acknowledges that limitation.) Here’s a very short side-by-side to help you decide which version of our PC browsers to use and why…

If you want… Maxthon Nitro Maxthon 4 Cloud Browser
Fastest start-up time X
Fastest page rendering X
Smartest caching and pre-fetching X
Minimalist UX X
Cross Platform Cloud Services X
Add-ons/Plug-ins X
Screenshot capture X
Mx Notes X

Bottom line, if you’re the sort of browser consumer who likes to customize, tinker and use a combination of skins and add-ons, Nitro was not made for you.  You should stick to Maxthon 4 — our Cloud Browser.  It’s feature rich, cross-platform and still incredibly fast. BUT – if you’re a more minimalist browser user you should give Nitro a try.  It’s so clean and fast you sometimes forget you’re browsing the web. It feels almost like you’re looking at locally-hosted webpages. Having said that, you can bet that, as we have before ,we are now looking at Nitro and seeing which of our most popular features we may be able to add back to Nitro without sacrificing any of its speed.

Stay Tuned!