It has been a while… (again)

Just like last year, my exams kept me from posting here or on Maxthon forum, I apologise for not leaving a note or something, you know when you keep thinking: “I will do it today” but you never do it? it was exactly like that, I spent more time trying to post a notice than studying, nah, just kidding. 😛

What happened during that quiet month? new Maxthon 3 public release and a final 2.5.2 version, just in case you were absent during June too.

Back to business now, see ya in my next post.

New Maxthon 3 release and Webware100 award

A lot has happened in the past few days in the world of Maxthon, one of the attention-worthy events was that Maxthon won the webware100 award for the second time in a row, which is really great for a browser that is not one of the popular “big players”. We all hope that the final release of Maxthon 3 would keep the awards coming. 

Mentioning Maxthon 3, a new update has been also released for it with no invitations needed to be downloaded! this is a bug-fixes update only. Don’t worry, once the alpha is stable enough the developers will go crazy with the features additions. 😉

Forum announcement of alpha 3 release (includes changelog and a public download link)

How to improve Maxthon’s compatibility with Internet Explorer 8

If you have installed the latest version of internet explorer already, you would have noticed that the compatibility of Maxthon 2 with IE8 is less than perfect, particularly when it comes to supporting IE8’s improvements like the faster speed and better websites designing standards compatibility. Also there are some IE8 problems and bugs that affects Maxthon.

So here’s a few tweaks that should bring the goodness of IE8 to your comfy Maxthon 2 installation and even fix some of IE8’s issues: Continue reading

Tip: “Magically” login to your favorite websites with one click

Maxthon 2 introduced a nifty feature called Magic Fill, this little tool can fill forms with pre-saved data either login information for websites or personal information in registration forms (from what you fill in the Setup Center).

Menu of the Magic Fill button

Play button opens the website then fill and submit the login form

Unlike Opera’s Magic wand (and a lot like Roboform’s feature “fill and submit”) you can with Magic fill save time opening a website, clicking the fill button and clicking the submit button by using the sub-menu of the Magic fill button to access your favorite websites, this way it only needs one click to open the site, fill the data and then submitting it.

Clicking the item itself opens the website and fill only while the little “play” button on the right of each item works as a “fill and submit” option.

 

 

 

 

You can choose what sites you would like to keep in this menu by putting a “tick” next to them in Tools > Maxthon setup center > Magic Fill

Maxthon Setup Center's Magic fill section

Maxthon Setup Center's Magic fill section

Vote for Maxthon in 2009’s Webware100 Awards

Another year, another nomination for a “Webware 100” award, a contest ran by CNet to choose the best 100 programs and services by public voting.

Last year, Maxthon has received an award in the browser category. This year, we hope we can do it again, excited about recent Maxthon 3 news? then go and vote for Maxthon to become a winner again:

http://www.cnet.com/html/ww/100/2009/poll/browsing.html?tag=mncol

You can also put a badge in your forums’ signature or in your site to spread the word:

Vote for Maxthon

[Updated] Beta 2 of 2.5.2 released

Another bug-fixes update for the 2.5 branch, version 2.5.2.3272 Beta 2. This one has received very positive responses so far for its speed and stability.

And no, the popular show window frame option is still not back, patience is a virtue, guys.

Update: If you have downloaded this release before 15/3 please redownload as the “No focus on address bar when new tab is opened” issue was fixed in a new silent update (with the same version number).

Download | Announcement & Changelog

Maxthon 2.5.2.2801 beta

A new version has been released a while ago that includes fixes for the “Isolator” feature introduced earlier in 2.5. Nothing fancy, just a bunch of “underhood” fixes, but that’s a good reason to upgrade anyway If you are already using the 2.5 branch.

BTW: The ability to show window’s frame rather than the custom one is not back (yet), rest assured though, the team are looking for a way to add it back while keeping the new framework.

Download | Announcement

Maxthon 3 to feature both Trident and Webkit!

More information about the upcoming major release has been revealed in the last two IRC channel meetings with Maxthon’s main developers, and as expected, Johnnylegend (you should have read this name several times by now) posted both logs on his blog.

If you have been following this blog you would know that a new engine will be available to Maxthon 3 in addition to Trident (IE’s rendering engine). the new engine is “faster and more [compatible with] standard[s]” and opensource, this means we were left with two choices: Webkit and Gecko, this time we know that it’s officially Webkit and this is definitely good news. 😀

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