Living Without Adobe Flash

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You may think that Adobe Flash Player is a must-have plug-in with Adobe saying that 90% of all internet users have Adobe Flash installed and 85% of the top websites, as rated by Alexa, use Flash. However, all is not lost living without Flash, especially since living without Flash hardly means less access to content.

Flash does not appear on Apple’s mobile devices including the iPod Touch, iPhone and iPad. Initially, they decided to stop Flash support as hardware acceleration was not available. However, it could end the monopoly Adobe has on multimedia as more users move towards Apple products sans-Flash.

There is little need to use Adobe Flash Player. After two weeks worth of no flash, it shows how surprisingly easy it is to not use any Flash content. First, I installed FlashVideoReplacer, a Firefox extension that does exactly what it says it will do. It selects the HTML5 video option automatically on YouTube and similar websites. An alternative is to install the user script, YouTube without Flash Auto, which requires a video plug-in if you are using Firefox. If you use cookies, then just join the YouTube HTML5 trial.

More websites are moving over to HTML5 including YouTube and Facebook, who are currently experimenting with HTML. Scribd, a document sharing website, has already moved all documents to HTML5. As well as that, Google will be phasing out support for Firefox 3.5, Internet Explorer 7, and Safari 3 to enable HTML5 features to be enjoyed in Google web apps.

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