New features in Maxthon 2.0
- New layout
The default buttons and menus have changed. The developers have tried to
make the user interface simpler, and easier to use.
- New customization options
It's now possible to fully customize the interface. You can even add/remove
menu options on the menu bar, or change their position.
It's also possible to dock every toolbar wherever you like, create your own
toolbars, move the sidebar to the right side of the screen, have multiple
sidebars, and more!
- New default icons
The default style is completely updated. The icons are modernized, they're
not the same as the icons from Internet Explorer 6 anymore.
- Multi-user support
Maxthon 2.0 uses profiles, so one Maxthon installation can support multiple
users. You can get a welcome screen first, where you have to login (password
can be saved if you trust all your computer users).
Plugins, favorites & feeds and your Maxthon settings are stored in a
separate folder, but skins are shared at this moment.
Your favorites & feeds are stored encrypted, so other computer users
can't access them.
- Content blocker
Maxthon contains a very powerful content blocker that works about the same
way as filtering software like admunchen and proximitron.
You can remove or replace any content from a website, using regular
expression based rules.
This content filter can also be used to create a local cache, that redirects
links to stylesheets and scripts to a local cache of that page, really
speeding-up specific web pages.
Maxthon can install content filters for you, if you download a content
filter with the '.m2f' extension.
- Maxthon Security Updates
Maxthon 2.0 can protect you against certain Internet Explorer exploits,
using the Content blocker mentioned above.
These updates do not replace official patches, but them do make it more
difficult for malicious websites to harm your computer.
- Link validator
Maxthon 2.0 can check all your favorites for dead links or website
redirects. This features makes sure you'll never have a dead link in your
- Improved favicon support
Internet explorer doesn't have good support for favicons (those little
images visible on the tab bar) shown in your favorites. Maxthon 2.0 solves
this issue with a separate favicon cache. Now all favorites can have
favicons, making them easier to find.
It's also possible to download all favicons from your favorites at once.
- Improved favorite search
You can now quickly search for a favorite using the new searchbox located on
top of the favorite sidebar. Your favorites will be searched as you type
- Favorite + Feed manager
Maxthon 2.0 contains a new favorite and feed manager that makes it easier to
manage all your favorites and feeds.
- Automatic online favorite & feed syncronisation
With the new automatic favorite/feed syncronisation feature it's possible to
access your favorites from any computer. Just login to your Maxthon account
and your favorites will be loaded in the browser. With this feature you'll
also have a backup of your favorites & feeds available, useful in case
your computer crashes and you don't have a backup available. This feature is
fully automatic, no need to remember to sync them yourself.
For privacy reasons you will be asked to activate this feature when you
start using this browser.
- Page find tool
Maxthon 2.0 contains a new search tool that allows you to search for
keywords on the page you're currently visiting. This tool can search as you
- Plugin installer
Maxthon 2.0 can install plugins much easier that Maxthon 1.x. No need to
extract plugins manually anymore!
- Plugin + Skin updater
You can now automatically check for plugin and skin updates using Maxthon
- Improved proxy support
The proxy module supports password authentication, and it's interface has
been redesigned, to make it easier to use.
- Tab manager
View a preview of all open tabs with this feature. Double click a preview to
view the tab. Right click a preview for more options.
- Frameless mode
There is a new option called 'frameless mode' that will remove the frame,
with the browser name + minimize/resize/close buttons. Instead these options
will be shown next to the menubar, thus saving space, leaving more room for
- Webtools toolbar
There is a new toolbar called "webtools", displayed under the
tabs, useful for fullscreen mode and when you have two tab rows side by
By default the installed toolbar plugins will be displayed on this toolbar.
- Zoom button
Another small but useful feature is the new zoom button. If you click the
main button it will toggle 3 different zoom levels ( 100%, 125% and 150%),
but you can also open a menu where you can set the zoom level yourself.
- Information Display
There is a new part of the statusbar where you can set display information
like the incoming/outgoing internet traffic, data & time, number of
tabs, available system memory or the number of blocked items by the
This is fully customizable.
- Tab Groups
You can create horizontal and vertical tab groups in Maxthon 2.0. They have
separate tab bars and can be used to view 2 websites side by side. Useful
for comparison, or when you have to drag & drop information from one tab
- New Configuration Interface
The 'Maxthon Options' (also known as 'Maxthon Setup Center') has been
redesigned. It's now displayed as a normal website inside a tab. Giving you
more room to overview all options.
- Sidebar Split
If you like to view two sidebar panels at the same time, you now have the
choice to use two sidebars (on the left & the right side of the screen),
or to split the sidebar into two parts.
- There are also a lot of new smaller features and improvements, including:
- Multi threaded tabs (improves performance & stability)
- Firefox bookmarks import
- Drag & Drop link to favorites
- Drag & Drop text to other inputs works with super drag & drop
- Favorite sort by visit count
- Tab history will be saved for tabs in "undo" list
- Customizable keyboard shortcuts
- Server supplied Search engine list + Web Services list
- 'Sessions', that work about the same way as groups did in Maxthon 1.x
- RSS export to OPML
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