rick.lane

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  1. 10 hours ago, 16465825 said:

    So all my tiles would be on one page?

     

     

    You can group tiles together instead of having separate pages using drag and drop. Play with it and set it up to accomplish what you want. I have the 8 across the top for my most often accessed sites and then I have 16 groups below, plus a few single tiles, which correspond to the various pages I used to have in MX4.

     

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  2. 10 hours ago, Secret-HQ said:

    So I say "real world" only to mean the way that fits with the rest of my daily workflow, the way I'm likely to graviate toward when I'm not in a testing/experimenting mindset.  There are definitely advantages to the portable version.

    Fair enough.


  3. 35 minutes ago, Secret-HQ said:

    I like having the installer versions of betas available because (as I described above) I like to run with the beta in real-world use as much as possible.  

    Maybe you have a wrong impression of just what the portable versions are. They are every bit as "real world" versions as the install versions.  They are all that I use any more and they perform just as the install versions do such that I can not tell the difference while using them. I haven't installed a version for my regular use in over 2 years; I installed one to help a user with a question to see if the installed version acted differently than what I was experiencing with my portable version, but found that that user's problem was not related to which type of version was installed and then I simply deleted the installed version. I also never get warned that my desktop icon is abnormal using the portable version, an added benefit. Please don't let the title "portable" turn you away from using it in "real world use".

     


  4. 2 hours ago, Secret-HQ said:

    Is the pre-release channel mostly dead these days, @7twenty?  Is that why the 5.3.x betas are out here on the public forum alongside the 5.2.x betas?

    What you are referring to as the "pre-release channel" is formally called the "Early Access Area" and it still exists, and is only accessed by those that have special clearance. Unfortunately, the developers are not using that area as much as they used to and in my opinion that is where the first versions of the 5.3.8.x releases should have been posted so as not to confuse regular but knowledgeable and concerned users, like yourself. Also in my opinion, there have been way too many complaints concerning these versions but the only ones that seem to understand what is going on and how to deal with betas are from long time testers and insiders that know not to install betas such as these onto their computers. Most non-tester users aren't aware that when one installs a new version of the MX5 series that one's previous version is over written or even if one installs it into a new folder, the previous one is deleted, so there is no going back without re-installing the older version, hence my suggestion to use portable versions for testing. 
    So, you are correct that the Early Access Area  is most of the time these days mostly dead and it is disappointing that these 5.3.8.x versions were posted on the public forum way before they were ready, without having first been posted on the Early Access Area, and unfortunately many users joined the ranks of those that have left Maxthon behind. 

     

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  5. I am using 5.2.7.2300 portable and do not have that problem, though I purposely log out of most sites when I leave them for security reasons. But the sites I stay logged into remain so when I restart the browser. Plus I also use Passkeeper which auto fills my user name and passwords on those sites that require a new sign in.

    Possibly your data file at %appdata%/Maxthon5 has been corrupted during your testing of the various beta versions. That is why I always use the portable version to try beta versions since the data file is contained in the folder for each version and not used by other versions, as the installed versions do. And also, if using just portable versions and one encounters problems such as this, one still has the version that they were using to simply go to and use instead with no necessity of reinstalling an earlier version.

     

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  6. I seem to stay logged in on the very few sites that I do that with. Like Karajan says, I log out for security reasons on most sites that I need a password for to log in and on many they log me out automatically if I haven't made any moves in a while. But I just checked on the two sites I don't regularly log out on, and after 3 days since I went there, I was still logged in. So now the question is, why does it happen to you, Tony? And why does that make it "unusable"? Passkeeper works for me on most sites so logging back in isn't a big deal. 


  7. 5 hours ago, Tony said:

    the last 2 versions in each branch is unusable - even as beta releases they take the prize as the worst release for some little time

    How are the 5.2.7.2100 and 2200 unusable? They both work fine for me and I am using 5.2.7.2200 portable right now to write this and view the forum.


  8. And a little bit more information: The 5.3.8.x versions are developed using an updated core and still have many items to be worked out. If you desire to test it out, I recommend that you use the portable version. Install versions, regardless of their version number, all use the same data file found at %appdata%\Maxthon 5 so installing a beta will also use that folder for it's data and could possibly add some data that one might not want added there. Each portable version has it's own data file so testing a beta version only affects the User Data folder of that particular portable version. With Maxthon 5 installed versions, one can only have one version installed at a time for this data folder reason, so it is much harder to go back a version if one finds that they have trouble with the installed version but the data folder has been changed to reflect entries made by the last installed version. I use only portable versions now so that I may have multiple versions on my hard drive at the same time and can choose which one I want to use. (I'm also a tester and can use the version of a questioner to attempt to help them out) In that way I can test a beta but be able to easily go back to a version that is more ready for prime time without worrying about the data file. Once you have at least one portable version installed and brought up to date, you simply copy the User Data folder from the last version into the folder for the new version and go from there. Sounds complicated but once you've done it, it's common sense from then on. Hope I didn't confuse you even more.

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  9. I'm starting a new post so as not to be lost if I edit a previous post. Wilser, I have found that applying your "Alpha Tab Bar below The Bookmarks Bar" skin to Mx 5.1.0.1400 causes my Maxthon Multisearch to display improperly. It displays the proper results but it is only in the right hand side of the results window and can not be moved via the lower scroll bar or stretched by dragging. Using a single search such as Google or Bing results in a properly displayed search result, filling the whole window. Hope this screenshot helps explain the issue. Not sure why this happens only when I apply your skin. I discovered that the skin affects this because I was testing a newer 5.1 internal release and Multisearch worked fine right after installing. But after I decided it was okay to apply your skin, that's when I discovered this issue was still there. I can post some other screenshots if that helps with your being able to diagnose this issue. Thanks as always for your skin work.Maxthon Desktop with Multisearch.jpg


  10. On 4/18/2017 at 2:40 PM, BGFun said:

    I have tried. in 4.9 it always saved but for some reason MX5 isn't saving it. Maybe Maxthon needs to add a save button for saving changed setting. I notice when I make changes in 4.9 a message is dislpayed that changes were saved. I don't see that message in MX5 which leaves me wondering if they are being saved, so I exit out of settings and come back in to make sure anything I changed is actually saved. Thanks for the reply.

    After pasting in the new updated UA, uncheck the box to Use Customized User Agent and then check it again; the settings are saved message will appear at the top of the page


  11. 22 hours ago, Wilser said:

    I'll work on it after the maxthon team updates the core of mx5

    Chiming in with something that occurred to me and I see that there has been some recent activity on this thread. I was curious if you, Wilser, or anybody else knows if the folder and files used in these skins (start;UIHuge.dat;UIMain.dat) have significantly changed in their original form in these 5.1 versions such that using one of your skins (I like to use the Alpha-Tab Bar below the Bookmarks Bar one) by replacing these files with your modified files and folder might remove a new feature or something that I won't see if I use your skins? I haven't dug into these files and folder to know just what they do control so I'm just curious if these files and folder are updated in these new core versions, 5.1.0.x, which I have been testing for a few weeks now and that have now been released in beta to the forum, and subsequently will need to be updated for your skins. The skin I like to use appears to work fine for me in this latest beta, 5.1.0.1400, but I don't know if something new is being left out by using the old modified files and folder. As always, your skin work goes above and beyond and are greatly appreciated. Hopefully you are able to shed some light on this issue.


  12. Just updated  to skin version 1.0.1 with tabs below address bar. Works fine with new beta 1400. Though I have to admit, I haven't yet seen what you may have updated from 1.0.0 and 1.0.1. I did notice something I had not noticed before and that was that the External Tools icon is not appearing in the toolbar even though I have it checked and links added to it. So, I went back to the original UI.dat etc and checked to make sure that it wasn't your skin that caused that and it is missing even in the original, so I guess I should post that somewhere where it will be noticed. Your skin is not the culprit and I haven't found anything that it doesn't render correctly, so again, good job and Thanks.

     


  13. Thank you so much Wilser for also making a version with the tab bar below the Favorites and Address bar that I and Snow Leopard had requested. Works just fine with the new 1400 beta. Just to be clear and certain, these new skins are just cosmetic skins and I'm not missing some other changes to the menu or other modifications elsewhere that some earlier version skins that some others, maybe even you, had made earlier. I am not in need of any other changes/modifications but was just wondering as I do remember some other skins in earlier versions did modify other settings and menus. Good work and thanks again for addressing users requests.


  14. 8 hours ago, Wilser said:

    Thank you all again for the welcome. :) 

    @rick.lane @SnowLeopard Thanks for commenting and letting me know your wishes, but to make them come true, I would like to know the number of the skin they want with the eyelash bar at the bottom.

    @Magdalene Will be back, please be patient :wink:

    Wilser, thanks for replying. Right now, I am using a modified UIMain.dat that Tony, our other skins guy, made and posted to achieve the tab bar being below the address bar. I found that with this file mod, if I do turn on the Favorites bar, the tab bar appears between the Favorites bar and the address bar. It seems to work just fine for me right now. However, that is all it accomplishes (as that is all it was intended to accomplish) and it would be nice to be able to add it as an option (this mod is just for this with no option to turn it on or off as Tony intended) to any or all of your skins, especially if you include some other modifications in your skins. Your choice and option to do with your skins as you desire; just putting my 2 cents into the discussion and I am sure that I will more than appreciate whatever you come up with as this is not my strong point. Thanks again.


  15. Welcome back. I "Liked" them  so that the count will go up, but I won't be using any of them as the only skin change I would like is the tab bar able to be the bottom bar in the top group, below the address bar and the favorites bar (which I don't use anyway) and the last tool bar above the content window. I'm sure that when you get enough "likes" and go ahead with this project, that you will be able to incorporate something along those lines down the road. Good work nonetheless. Thanks.

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  16. still does not work in french language : it still deletes all content (latest maxthon version 4.4.8.1000)

    English language here, same maxthon version. Same problem and it's been around for some time now. I use the spell check to see what to change then change it manually as I lose everything if I click to change. This is getting to be a drag because I am such a sloppy typer and have to make corrections all of the time.