With all of the talk about Adobe Flash, I’ve become more aware of how it affects my Mac. Ignoring the security risks posed by Flash, the cost of having Whack-a-Mole show up is significant in clock cycles, stability, and battery life. Put simply, I grew tired of the heated Mac, noisy fans, and other tell-tale signs that Flash was having its way with my Mac again. I began looking for solutions.
Because I primarily use Safari, the first weapon in my anti-Flash arsenal is ClicktoFlash. Once installed, ClicktoFlash blocks all incoming Flash animations. When a Flash component tries to load in your browser window, you instead see an empty box with the word “Flash.” If you want Flash to load in that box, you click it once and ClicktoFlash lets it through. If you contextual click it, you can set behaviors, blocking or allowing, on that specific site for the future. It is remarkable how rarely you will find the need to click and let Flash through. ClicktoFlash also strips the Flash out of YouTube.
My second tool for dumping Flash is BashFlash. This menubar application keeps track of how much Flash is hitting your Mac’s processor and, when things get out of control (the app defaults this to 30%), the icon turns red. You can then click on the icon to kill all running Flash.
In the few months I’ve been using ClicktoFlash and BashFlash, my browser stability has dramatically increased. My only regret is not figuring this out sooner.
Great tip David, thanks.
I’ve been using ClicktoFlash for sometime now, but didn’t know about BashFlash and will try it out.
ClicktoFlash reminds of the great ad masking feature from OmniWeb; it cleans up the page, makes it more readable and yes, saves resources on your Mac.
For your readers who may not be aware of it:
when using ClicktoFlash, YouTube will show you most vids in the H.264 format. It loads quickly and sometimes looks better that its Flash counterpart.
Love the blog, it’s actually in my Mail.app RSS feed, above everything else 😉
I’ve been using ClickToFlash for a couple of weeks and love it too! Thanks for the tip on BashFlash!