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 Post subject: Re: You keeping an eye on 'Maxthon Cloud Browser'?
PostPosted: Sat Jan 04, 2014 6:00 pm 
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Hrm...

Maxthon, at this stage of the game, has been adding a new user profile every time I login/logout of their cloud. Put another way, when I'm logged into their network, all of my custom settings magically appear -- but when I log out all of my custom settings disappear, and it creates a new butt fugly user profile.

I don't want to stay logged in, all of the time, but I do want to retain my settings, bookmarks, passwords, et cetera, I just want to start up Maxthon with my custom settings, but not be logged into their cloud -- you know, the same way I do with the Chromium/Google twins. Soooo...

I deleted all of the profiles, except 'Default' (which now contains my custom setting).

Then, I changed the 'Desktop Entry' (.Exec' line) in 'maxthon.desktop' to read...
Code:
Exec=/usr/bin/maxthon --profile-directory=Default %U

Thus...
Code:
[Desktop Entry]
Categories=WebBrowser;
Name=Maxthon
Icon=maxthon-browser
Exec=/usr/bin/maxthon --profile-directory=Default %U
StartupNotify=true
Terminal=false
Type=Application
Name[zh_CN]=傲游浏览器
Name[zh_TW]=傲遊瀏覽器
GenericName[zh_CN]=用浏览器连接世界

Categories=Network;WebBrowser;
MimeType=text/html;text/xml;application/xhtml_xml;image/webp;x-scheme-handler/http;x-scheme-handler/https;x-scheme-handler/ftp;
X-Ayatana-Desktop-Shortcuts=NewWindow;NewIncognito
[NewWindow Shortcut Group]
Name=New Window
Name[zh_CN]=新建窗口
Name[zh_TW]=開新視窗
Exec=/usr/bin/maxthon
TargetEnvironment=Unity

[NewIncognito Shortcut Group]
Name=New Incognito Window
Name[zh_CN]=隐私浏览
Name[zh_TW]=新增無痕式視窗
Exec=/usr/bin/maxthon --incognito
TargetEnvironment=Unity

I *suspect* it's a bug in the Maxthon beta, or possibly a design feature -- who knows -- but this should make it more livable, until they change it.

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 Post subject: Re: You keeping an eye on 'Maxthon Cloud Browser'?
PostPosted: Sat Jan 04, 2014 6:15 pm 
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Only had a quick look so far, and haven't really come across w2shat it does that chromiu doesnt (besides a few interface tweaks) ?

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 Post subject: Re: You keeping an eye on 'Maxthon Cloud Browser'?
PostPosted: Sat Jan 04, 2014 6:56 pm 
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PCNetSpec wrote:
Only had a quick look so far, and haven't really come across w2shat it does that chromiu doesnt (besides a few interface tweaks) ?

I haven't taken it apart yet. They've made some major changes to the 'Customize & Control' menu, but otherwise it still looks n' feels like Chrome/Chromium.

That's a good thing, IMO. The profile-thing aside, I haven't experienced anything negative.


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The coup d'état is going to be when they install their cloud add-ons: 'Cloud Push'. 'Cloud Sync', 'Cloud Download', 'Split Screen', and so forth. The way I'm reading it is... when they get that stuff in place, you should be able to move seamlessly from device-to-device and be sitting at the same browser screen (just different res/format size). For instance, I could have multiple tabs open, working on my laptop, go home, start up Maxthon on my desktop box, and be sitting at the same screen as my laptop. Maybe I'm wrong about this, but that's how I'm reading their marketing hype.

All of my favorite Chrome extensions work. It'll be interesting to see if it lives up to expectations.

Even if that dream doesn't come true, the other cloud features alone should make it a natural fit for the Peppermint model.

I'll keep tabs on them (no pun intended) now that I've got a workable profile...

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 Post subject: Re: You keeping an eye on 'Maxthon Cloud Browser'?
PostPosted: Sat Jan 04, 2014 9:47 pm 
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I'll have to make time for a closer look, and read their blurb :)

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 Post subject: Re: You keeping an eye on 'Maxthon Cloud Browser'?
PostPosted: Sat Jan 18, 2014 11:36 pm 
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I upgraded to the latest beta (bug fix) tonight...


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So far, so good.

Humble, aren't they? LoL! :D

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 Post subject: Re: You keeping an eye on 'Maxthon Cloud Browser'?
PostPosted: Sun Jan 19, 2014 10:18 am 
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Will be interesting to see how they're going to deal with Google dropping support for the Adobe (NPAPI) flash plugin.

As they're based on Chromium they'll then only have the Pepperflash (PPAPI) plugin available .. but that's ONLY distributed as part of Chromium and can't be distributed separately legally.

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 Post subject: Re: You keeping an eye on 'Maxthon Cloud Browser'?
PostPosted: Thu Jan 30, 2014 7:24 pm 
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V0.9.1.0 [2014-01-27]
New features:

1. In Settings, you can decide the tab to be activated after closing current one.
2. In Settings, you can force to open links as inactive tabs.
3. For extension settings, now we have "Option", "Permissions" and "Visit website" links.
4. If you click "Restore" button to open a closed page, then you can go forward and backward.
5. Right-click on the page, you can set the encoding for this page.
6. We have added the repository so that you will receive reminders for new versions. Anyone who installs beta versions will get reminders for all new versions. And those who have official versions installed will only be reminded of new official versions.

* Requires the removal of your older beta version, before installation.

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 Post subject: Re: You keeping an eye on 'Maxthon Cloud Browser'?
PostPosted: Thu Feb 20, 2014 7:05 pm 
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Nice!

Maxthon just updated itself via 'Software Updater' - no more manual download/install required.

Code:
Version 0.9.2.0 beta


So fresh, I can't even find a news release. Don't know which features they added yet.

Getting better every update... ;)

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 Post subject: Re: You keeping an eye on 'Maxthon Cloud Browser'?
PostPosted: Sat Feb 22, 2014 12:10 pm 
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Heh...

I didn't notice it until I closed Maxthon, the other day. A dialog box was waiting for me, asking if I wanted to add
a Maxthon icon to my desktop (Line Item #3 below). Pretty slick.

Anyway, the official news release finally hit their forums today.

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Today, we are very excited to announce the availabilities of V0.9.2.0 Beta for you to download.

There are some optimizations in this release:

    1. Upgraded to chromium 34, now you can see the Apps by clicking on the icon at the upper left corner.

    2. Will use chrome's flash plugin if it's installed, otherwise will still use version 11.2 from Adobe.

    3. Will ask if you want to create the Maxthon icon on your desktop when closing for the first time after
    installation. Wont's ask on gnome in Fedora.

    4. Pre-installed Adblock

Funny! I didn't remember installing 'ABP' in Maxthon. Guess I didn't - it's integrated into the Maxthon package
now (Line Item #4 above). LoL!

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 Post subject: Re: You keeping an eye on 'Maxthon Cloud Browser'?
PostPosted: Sat Feb 22, 2014 12:40 pm 
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And there's another reason it's unlikely to ever make it into a distro as the default browser .. distro's tend to get a small amount of financing for development by adverts on their home pages and forums etc.

I'm not saying Peppermint gets money this way .. I have no idea, but it's IMHO a fair method for generating development income.

I'm not against ABP .. just sayin ;)

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