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ClickToFlash for Safari 5.1 Web Browsers
As most of us have discovered, Safari 5.1 drops support for WebKit Plugins, which unfortunately includes the very useful ClickToFlash.

Per Apple, as of 10.7 the legacy WebKit plug-in architecture is no longer supported. Going forward, WebKit plug-ins have to be converted to Netscape-style plug-ins or Safari Extensions.

Fortunately, someone has converted ClickToFlash to a Safari 5.1 extension: ClickToPlugin, with the support of the original author. This extension will actually block any plug-in, with the ability to create an exclusion list like the older version. There is also a ClickToFlash-only version available.

When I grabbed this, the only difficulty I had was in accessing the preferences. I found there was a default keyboard shortcut Option+, that brought them up. You can change the shortcut once you're in the preferences.

[crarko adds: This is a public service type hint, but ClickToFlash is too valuable a utility do do without, in my opinion. Thanks to Marc Hoyois and all others involved for providing the updated extension.]
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ClickToFlash for Safari 5.1
Authored by: Esquare on Aug 25, '11 08:09:12AM

I don't know where this is coming from, but ClickToFlash exists as an Safari extension for quite some time now. It can be downloaded from the same site as ClickToPlugin.



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ClickToFlash for Safari 5.1
Authored by: digs0 on Aug 25, '11 09:46:21AM

Am I missing something? A ClickToFlash extension has been available from Apple's Extensions page for quite a while now... I liked the old plugin better, but the extension also works (though it doesn't seem to remember your whitelist information, unfortunately).

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ClickToFlash for Safari 5.1
Authored by: crarko on Aug 25, '11 01:01:35PM

Well, not everyone may have noticed it, so I thought it would be a courtesy to let people know, now that it's required for Safari 5.1.



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ClickToFlash for Safari 5.1
Authored by: chabig on Aug 25, '11 10:19:14AM

Instead of trying to disable flash, just don't install it. My system is free of flash. If I need to use a flash-enabled website I simply open it with Chrome. It has flash built in to the browser instead of requiring it on my system.



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ClickToFlash for Safari 5.1
Authored by: lowbatteries on Aug 25, '11 01:20:53PM

+1

Disabling flash (via Safari > Preferences > Security > uncheck "Enable plugin-ins") or not installing it has the added benefit of being able to see fallback content.

Many web developers detect if you have flash, and if not, provide you with videos, animations, etc that don't require it.



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Options
Authored by: dronkert on Aug 25, '11 10:23:18AM

Get to them via the popup menu after right-click (option-click) on an empty bit of the page.



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ClickToFlash for Safari 5.1
Authored by: scottbayes on Aug 25, '11 11:32:40AM

> Get to them via the popup menu after right-click (option-click) on an empty bit of the page.

Thank you. The developer's docs explained WHAT to do AFTER you get to the prefs, but I couldn't see HOW to get there.

Also, even though the context menu is available on all windows right after installation, you apparently have to open a new window (or restart Safari) to get it to actually show the prefs. I saw mention of this while reading the developer's docs, but can't find it now on quick re-read.



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