Don’t tell some of the designers around here, but I really hate Flash content embedded into Web pages. Sure, its great when you’re watching YouTube videos or listening to streaming music on sites like Pandora Radio. When you get to things like animated images or (worse yet) banner ads, however, its “No Thanks” for me. Don’t even get me started on those evil, evil designers who do their whole sites in Flash – there should be mandatory prison sentences for that sort of thing.
As one who’s still using G4 Macs, Flash’s drain on my system resources is quite a pain. It also eats up bandwidth. This may be fine if you have a fast connection, but it slows things down tremendously for those of us with slower connections.
Is there a point to this short little rant on Flash? Of course there is!
I recently came across ClickToFlash, a plug-in for Safari (or any Webkit-based browser, such as Opera) that simply and cleanly blocks Flash content from automatically loading. When the plug-in is installed, wherever Flash content is located on a Web page, a simple translucent gray box appears instead. If you want to see the Flash content, all you need to do is click the gray box and the content loads. You can even set up a whitelist so that content you do want (such as the aforementioned YouTube or Pandora) is automatically let through.
Of course, there’s the matter of price… How does “free” sound? All it costs you to get is the time it takes to download it.
Take back control of your browser and bandwidth, and install the plug-in for your favorite browser.
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