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If you open many tabs in Safari for webpages that have Flash content, you've probably noticed Safari's processor usage skyrocket. clicktoflash is an open source Safari (WebKit) plug-in which prevents Flash loading unless you click the graphic representing the Flash content. I find Safari is much more stable as a result and quicker at loading webpages.

[robg adds: An earlier hint discussed using SafariStand to do the same thing. SafariStand, however, is a complex add-on that many users may prefer not to add to Safari. clicktoflash does just one thing, and after testing it for a day or so, I can say it works quite well. In Firefox, I use the FlashBlock plug-in to do the same thing.]
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Toggle flash in Safari via plug-in
Authored by: dombi on Feb 12, '09 08:10:06AM

I am a bit confused on how to install it?

When I go to the project's homepage and click on the download link I get a folder with a bunch of files that look like the source code. There is an installer folder, but that also has .h and .m files.

How do I get this thing installed? Do I need XCode for it?



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Found it!
Authored by: dombi on Feb 12, '09 08:15:55AM

Nevermind... I had to scroll down on the page and the binary version was there.

If someone else feels lost too, look for the link that says: "Download Leopard Only ClickToFlash here".



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Toggle flash in Safari via plug-in
Authored by: rajington on Feb 12, '09 08:20:56AM
The link you want is lower in the page:

"Download ClickToFlash 1.3 Here" or click here

The installer will put the plugin into your "Library/Internet Plugins" folder.

It still needs some work but in it's core ability I like it better than flashblock, it makes it look nicer and allowing sites using flashblock in firefox made the browser crash for me sometimes.

In this however, the whitelist editing is a little weird, and there really is no "menu" yet. In order to allow flash there has to be a flash part on the page for you to click, quite a few sites use 1px x 1px squares for flash content so it's nearly impossible. I don't know of a good way to temporarily turn it off either. Once they add manual additions to the whitelist with wildcard support, I'll enable it again. Sites like lala.com won't work.

That being said there's an AMAZING developer community working on it and they use great sites for the open source projects and issue tracking. They have a list of sites that it doesn't work on that people can add to.

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Toggle flash in Safari via plug-in
Authored by: redfood on Jan 24, '10 01:41:22PM
LaLa works you just have to white list a 2nd domain (which actually serves up the flash). s.pplala.com. (You can find it if you dig through the HTML.)

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Toggle flash in Safari via plug-in
Authored by: mkhaw on Feb 12, '09 11:24:15AM

This hint should be marked 10.5 only. The project's page says "Currently equires Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard."

Before I knew that I downloaded ClickToFlash to my Tiger MacBook. It crashes because it needs a dynamic library which Tiger doesn't have.



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Toggle flash in Safari via plug-in
Authored by: cw2k8 on Feb 13, '09 11:35:05AM
Toggle flash in Safari via plug-in
Authored by: asmeurer on Feb 12, '09 03:59:09PM

I downloaded this after someone posted it in the comments of another hint (probably this hint's submitter), and browsing has been great since. You don't realize it, but except for YouTube videos, just about all flash you come into contact with is advertisement, and it slows down your browser the most.



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Toggle flash in Safari via plug-in
Authored by: Spartacus on Feb 12, '09 05:15:14PM

The difference between SafariStand and ClickToFlash is more pronounced than Rob suggests. The former is an InputManager-based hack whereas ClickToFlash is a WebKit plugin, taking advantage of a supported API.



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Toggle flash in Safari via plug-in
Authored by: abyone on Feb 13, '09 05:48:02AM
The former is an InputManager-based hack whereas ClickToFlash is a WebKit plugin, taking advantage of a supported API.
I prefer clicktoflash over safaristand because I would rather stay away from input manager hacks. But.... clickToFlash is kinda hackish too, it's not really using the features of the webkit's plugin architecuture in its intended way. Who ever figured it out found a sneaky way to get it to work. Thanks who ever you are.

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Toggle flash in Safari via plug-in
Authored by: corienti on Feb 14, '09 03:28:44AM

I use a simpler method.
I use Safari as my "stable", "serious" browser, and simply have plugins disabled completely (tickbox in preferences).
This gets rid of all videos.

When I hit a page that has a video I actually want to view (youtube, apple trailers, etc) I simply copy the URL and switch to Firefox and load the page in Firefox and view it there. I then close the page afterwards, and simply restart Firefox if it gets sluggish (as it normally has no windows open except when I'm watching something).



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Toggle flash in Safari via plug-in
Authored by: fud on Feb 20, '09 01:18:50PM

I do something similar, except I don't launch another browser. Just open Safari prefs and click "enable plug-ins" and reload page. Keyboard shortcut CMD-COMMA makes it quick, and Prefs opens to the last tab so it stays on Security.

Anybody have a thought on how to create a visible flag showing the "enable plug-ins" checkbox state, and then click to toggle it?



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Toggle flash in Safari via plug-in
Authored by: palahala on Feb 14, '09 05:30:06AM
If you open many tabs in Safari for webpages that have Flash content, you've probably noticed Safari's processor usage skyrocket.
...and you may not like the Flash Cookies ("local shared objects"), which are shared across all your browsers, and are never deleted unless you do so yourself using the online settings manager...

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Google video chat doesn't work with Click-to-Flash
Authored by: bioadam on Feb 20, '09 11:51:47AM

I could not get Google video chat to work by clicking to run the video or adding it to the whitelist.



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