Maxthon Surges Forward with Release of Max-3 Alpha (

July 28, 2009

BEIJING, July 28 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — Hardly a week after announcing the
public release of the alpha 4 of it’s new browser, Maxthon today released alpha of Max-3, the Internet’s first automatic drive hybrid browser.

The free alpha of Max-3 is available for download at

Max-3, expected to be officially released early next year, will contain
two rendering engines. One is the Trident engine already used in the current
version of Maxthon, as well as in Microsoft’s Internet Explorer: the second
rendering engine that is used by Max-3, known as Webkit, is also used by
Google’s Chrome and Apple’s Safari browsers.

The hybrid browser will automatically switch between the two engines,
depending on whether a webpage was created using the original HTML formatting
or was designed with the newer cascading style sheets (CSS).

Faster DNS Information

One of the major improvements featured in alpha is the
prefetching of domain name system (DNS) addresses, a change that improves
browsing speeds. When a link is clicked, a browser has to contact one of
several DNS servers on the Internet that maintain lists of domain names, such
as www.maxthon.com, matched up to a DNS numerical address (for example, The browser has to retrieve the numerical address before it
can download the page’s contents.

With DNS prefetching, while a webpage is loading, Max-3 resolves links it
finds on the page and stores the information in the background. Then, if a
users clicks one of the page’s links, Max-3 begins downloading the new page
without having to request the address information from a DNS server. alpha also contains updates, fixes to the Webkit core, and
improved support for keyboard shortcuts and mouse buttons.

Shifting Gears

In Maxthon’s hybrid rendering engines, running display commands through
Webkit is called Ultra Mode in recognition of its extreme high speed and its
ability to work with the latest Web design fashions. Ultra Mode significantly
improves JavaScript execution and page loading speeds. It also has a much
better support for the W3C standards, as evidenced by Max-3′s passing of the
W3C’s Acid2 and Acid3 tests.

Most of the time, Max-3 will operate in Ultra Mode. Max-3 may encounter
pages, such as certain online banking sites, that Webkit cannot display. When
that happens, Max-3 automatically suspends Ultra Mode and engages the Trident
engine to put the browser into Retro Mode. As the name suggests, Retro Mode
will function to display correctly webpages that have used the same design
commands that originated some 20 years ago. The switch from Ultra to Retro is
seamless and ordinarily goes unnoticed by the user.

If the browsing mode is not switched automatically, the user can make the
switch manually by clicking the Browsing Mode button next to the address bar.
Maxthon makes a data entry about the mode selected by the user, and
automatically activates that mode during return visits to the page.

    For more information, please contact:

    Western Hemisphere
     Ron White
     Tel:   +1-210-683-1444
     Email: ron@maxthon.com


    Eastern Hemisphere:
     firs73 a.k.a Selena
     Tel:   +86-138-1027-3713
     Email: firs73@maxthon.net


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