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ClickToFlash may break Google Street View in Safari Web Browsers
Google Street View had stopped working for me in Safari. It turned out ClickToFlash was the culprit. The ClickToFlash web plugin stops Flash objects on webpages from loading. Unless you add the pages/domains to its whitelist or temporarily allow them.

I had not realized ClickToFlash was stopping Google Street View because I did not get the usual blank Flash box where I could use the options to add a site to the whitelist or temporarily allow Flash to load for a page.

To resolve the issue, in Safari navigate to a different page that uses Flash. Doing so will place the ClickToFlash sub menu in the Safari menu. Go to the Safari Menu and select ClickToFlash » Settings....

In the Settings window that pops up, click the + (plus) button on the bottom left. A new entry field will appear at the bottom of the whitelisted sites. If you can not see it, scroll down. Double click the new entry field, and enter the top level URL (without the leading http://) of the site you want to add (e.g. maps.google.co.uk in my case).

Importantly, you MUST deselect the entry. Do this by clicking on one of the other entries in the list. Doing so will set the entry. Just closing the window without deselecting the new entry will not set it.

[crarko adds: I didn't experience the problem with the U.S. Google Street View site. Perhaps they are feeding alternate H.264 video here.]
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ClickToFlash may break Google Street View in Safari
Authored by: jdfrankl on Oct 12, '10 08:35:45AM

Unlike crarko, I have had this problem with the U.S. street view. This tip solved the problem for me. Thanks.



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ClickToFlash may break Google Street View in Safari
Authored by: blackketter on Oct 12, '10 08:43:38AM

If you still want to load the Street View flash manually, you can do the following:

click the Street View link
then under Safari -> Click To Flash -> Load Flash For Frontmost Page
click the Street View link again



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ClickToFlash may break Google Street View in Safari
Authored by: lemac on Oct 12, '10 08:51:31AM

Great! Thanks for the info. I had the same problem in both Safari and Firefox. Updated the whitelist in each browser and street view is back in both. (In Firefox the extension is called Flashblock)

Edited on Oct 12, '10 08:54:12AM by lemac



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ClickToFlash may break Google Street View in Safari
Authored by: diamondsw on Oct 12, '10 09:15:36AM

ClickToFlash as a plugin is obsolete. It's been converted to a Safari Extension available here:
http://hoyois.github.com/safariextensions/clicktoflash/



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ClickToFlash may break Google Street View in Safari
Authored by: asmeurer on Oct 12, '10 09:20:29AM

The same applies to the ClickToPlugin Safari extension, which is like ClickToFlash, only it blocks all plugins. You just have to add maps.google.com to the whitelist. I kind of suspected that this was the problem for a while now, but this hint finally got me to actually do something about it.

And street view is not a video, so I kind of doubt it would be in H.264. It would be awesome if they would rewrite it in javascript, though.



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ClickToFlash may break Google Street View in Safari
Authored by: garythemacguy on Oct 12, '10 10:05:50AM

Hurrah - thank you.



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ClickToFlash may break Google Street View in Safari
Authored by: dronkert on Oct 12, '10 10:26:13AM

The ClickToFlash Extension page says to also whitelist maps.gstatic.com. Made no difference for my problem in Safari 5: the little navigation rectangle (bottom right of the Streetview screen) is either transparent, empty or it is below the Streetview layer.

Edited on Oct 12, '10 10:31:05AM by dronkert



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ClickToFlash may break Google Street View in Safari
Authored by: David Allen on Oct 13, '10 09:13:10PM

I figured this out a few weeks back, but it never crossed my mind that others may be having the same issue.

Great hint!

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Monterrey, NL, Mexico



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ClickToFlash may break Google Street View in Safari
Authored by: scotty321 on Oct 15, '10 07:43:51AM

I think it's hilarious that the original poster installs a Flash-blocking plug-in, and then complains that that plug-in blocks Flash! Um, and your point is....?



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ClickToFlash may break Google Street View in Safari
Authored by: mark hunte on Oct 15, '10 11:32:43AM
scotty321:
I will make the assumption that you took the time to read the Hint. But did not grasp what others have!
And I actually think it is embarrassing that you show the world your intelligence. I suppose you most likely think you are being smart.

I will spell out the point for you in as simply as I can.

Me use plugin to block flash.
Me choose which flash to block.
Google Street View not work??.
Me confused.
Me discover plugin not work properly.
Plugin not tell me it block Google Street View!.
Silly plugin.
Me fix problem.
Me tell others
Others fix problem

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ClickToFlash may break Google Street View in Safari
Authored by: philostein on Oct 15, '10 04:19:28PM

Well said sir, I think this should be required reading for everyone who uses this site.
(And I was also confused by Street View's disappearance.)



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ClickToFlash may break Google Street View in Safari
Authored by: GoLo on Oct 26, '10 01:01:35PM

In the Safari Extension, I found that I had to set:

Allow Flash on locations - maps.google.co.uk, maps.google.com

and

Allow Flash from sources - maps.gstatic.com

Working like a treat now.



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