First Mac - flash question

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by moveright, Apr 18, 2012.

  1. moveright macrumors member

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    Just picked up my first Mac, the MBA 13" 128MB. I have read that OSX ships without flash, and, I've also read that flash is, mostly antiquated at this point. Fair enough however, one website I visit constantly requires flash. Khan Academy requires the ability to display flash content. I installed flash and it works but I'm concerned with flash helping to drain my battery from old websites loaded, etc...

    What can I do to break ties with flash yet still use this website?

    Thanks!
     
  2. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    Install a flash blocker like ClicktoFlash, etc. for your browser(s)
     
  3. halledise macrumors 65816

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    the difference Flash Player makes to battery usage is precious little.

    ClicktoFlash is an option - if one can be bothered
     
  4. bogatyr macrumors 65816

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    Flash ads can tie up a lot of processing power when you're just reading online. It makes a pretty big difference in my opinion. Normally if Safari is using a large amount of CPU, it's because I have a page with Flash running.

    A lot of people have commented on Flash causing their fans to run full blast (i.e. YouTube) vs HTML5 equivalents.
     
  5. robopath macrumors regular

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    Agree with the other posters. Having flash on your computer will not harm your battery life. Using flash for video will crush your battery life.
     
  6. digitalhen macrumors regular

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  7. moveright thread starter macrumors member

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    I appreciate all the feedback! I'm going to look into this flash blocker. Thanks!
     
  8. lukekarts macrumors regular

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    It is an option, but for what it's worth, you could try Google Chrome. IMO it's a better browser than Safari, and it has Flash integrated into the browser. So you could uninstall flash from the MBA but it will still run in Chrome.

    It's a different option, but if you're happy with Safari then Click2Flash would be a good option.
     

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