Maxthon or Firefox
As more and more people recommend Firefox I have felt increasingly that I am a stuck in the past by continuing to use Maxthon, which use to be MyIE2.
However Maxthon is not a browser to give up lightly. It’s had the greatest affect so far on my productivity, especially when doing blog initiated research. When I go back to using IE, the experience is literally painful (so much mouse movement affects my arthritic hands and wrists). The following Maxthon features make all the difference for me:
- Tabbed browsing
- Double click tab closing
- The ability to open a new tabs with a scroll button click on a hyperlink, left mouse clicking re-uses the current tab
- The ability to make new tabs open in the background so as not to disrupt the current activity
- The ability to change these behaviours as required with a single click on the toolbar
- The ability to create groups of URLs
- The ability to open a group of tabs as a set
- The ability to customise the names of the tabs in a group
- The ability to save a whole load of tabs as a temporary group and re-open later, great when you have an unplanned reboot, or need to send a group to a friend
- Ability to close all tabs, all tabs to the left of current, or right of the current tab
- Ability to control where new tabs open, my preference is normally at the end of the list, (allowing first in first out browsing)
- The ability to open all entries in a favourite list as tabs
- Popup and ad blocking
These features are especially useful as I scroll through my RSS/ATOM/Newsgroup feeds in NewsGator clicking away on links of interest, which appear on my second monitor. When they open sometimes a second click is required to get to the real article of interest. Once I have gone through all of the feeds I mark ALL READ and switch to reading my web pages tab by tab, as more sites take my fancy I add these to the end of the list.
Sometimes a whole new topic of interest is identified, in that case I drag a URL over to another Maxthon instance and start a whole new collection of tabs. When I am shopping I have a group of tabs I open. When I am blogging I have a similar set of tabs
I have tried Firebox a few times as an alternative, but it’s a long way short of this behaviour. I recently came across this post and list of extensions that go some way to filling the gap:
My current list to duplicate most of MYIE2 (now known as Maxthon) functionality is
· Ie view
· copy image (cant find a url to install for 1.0)
· I tried it but it still did not compare. Looks like a lot depends on v0.7 of Tab Browser Preferences
Interestingly I do have one use on my system for Firefox. I use it to look at my blog as an un-authenticated user, just to make sure that no secured content has made it into the public view by accident!