The past few weeks, there’s been a lot of talk about Adobe’s Flash. The iPad doesn’t run it, and neither does the iPhone, which is either the best thing that’s every happened or the biggest catastrophe since WWII. Me, I’m on the fence. I never really thought that I ran into Flash frequently on the iPhone, but then again, I don’t use my iPhone for web surfing.
Recently, I discovered ClickToFlash. It’s a free plugin for Safari that turns off any Flash animations on the browser and replaces it with a little box that reads “Flash.” Click that with your mouse and the animation fires right up.
The install is fairly seamless, in fact, I wasn’t sure it had installed correctly at all. Then I fired up Safari and started surfing around for content. What I noticed almost instantly was a huge speed jump when browsing. Sites that used to take forever to load now flew onto the screen, with lots of little ClickToFlash symbols popping up everywhere. If I want to view these sites, I just click on the box and I’m golden. It’s a handy little plugin, that’s for sure.
If you’re looking to speed up your browsing time, yet still keep all the functionality, you might want to check this one out. Now I wonder how I went about the ‘net without it.
Screenshots of the plugin in action after the jump.