How often do you guys run into flash problems while browsing on the ipad?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Platinumscythe, Aug 7, 2010.

  1. Platinumscythe macrumors newbie

    Jul 2, 2010
    I'm thinking of getting one and I'd primarily be using it for web surfing. I pretty much just stick to news websites/facebook/youtube.
  2. Don Kosak macrumors 6502a

    Don Kosak

    Mar 12, 2010
    Hilo, Hawaii
    I haven't noticed it at all.

    Once in a blue moon I might run into a new site with a video that won't play, but that's pretty rare. Most of the news sites have iPad friendly video.
  3. petvas macrumors 601


    Jul 20, 2006
    Mannheim, Germany
    It happens sometimes, but I don't really care. Many websites now offer iPad compatible videos, so the need for a flash plugin isn't that great...
  4. thelookingglass macrumors 68000

    Apr 27, 2005
    Morethan I'd like but not enough to make life unbearable.
  5. Tommeh macrumors member

    Jan 28, 2009
    Almost never. I actually was pretty surprised how many websites with embedded video work on the iPad when I first got it.
  6. j_maddison macrumors 6502a


    Mar 31, 2003
    Nelson, Wales
    It depends if you frequently visit porn or gaming sites, if not then I don't think it's a big problem
  7. Shannighan macrumors 6502a


    Jul 26, 2007
    Buffalo, NY
    it's really hard to tell since they removed the little blue lego. I'd say that, for every five different websites I view, one will have a problem. But it's usually something very insignificant like an interactive photo viewer or an ad.
  8. sers macrumors 6502

    Jan 11, 2006
    Out of all the websites that I've visited (which is many), I think there were 2 that I couldn't view some content. And even then it wasn't a big deal. I'm surprised to see how many iPad friendly sites there are.

    It's really not a problem.
  9. yyy macrumors regular

    Feb 10, 2007
    Try this: Set Safari to work as if it was mobile Safari:

    1. Open Safari Preferences.
    2. Click the Advanced tab.
    3. Select "Show Develop menu..."
    4. Click the Develop menu on the menu bar and select User Agent->Mobile Safari 3.2

    Now uninstall the Safari Flash Player plugin or install Click2Flash.

    After about a week you'll know whether you really need the Flash Player on the iPad or not.
  10. Doju macrumors 68000

    Jun 16, 2008
    Having had it for MONTHS there's a few times where it would have been nice, but off the top of my head I cant remember any time that it was problematic.
  11. Zazoh macrumors 6502a


    Jan 4, 2009
    San Antonio, Texas
    They have been few and far between. I don't even notice it anymore. Much of the "News" around this was media hype. Just like Multi-Tasking and folder organization, two other areas that don't really come into play in normal everyday use.
  12. Richdmoore macrumors 68000


    Jul 24, 2007
    Troutdale, OR
    The biggest issue for me with Flash has been a couple of video sites, mainly live streaming web sites (Red Bull Air Race, Indycar, AOPA.)

    It is annoying for those web sites that need it, on the other hand I see how poorly Flash works sometimes on my Macbook 2007 GMA 950, so I understand why they need to keep it of my iPad.
  13. d21mike macrumors 68040


    Jul 11, 2007
    Torrance, CA
    Once. I believe I was doing some research for something for my wife. Normally I hit the same sites over and over.
  14. tkermit macrumors 68040


    Feb 20, 2004
    Unfortunately, this doesn't seem to reliably be able to predict iPad compatibility on all sites, for whatever reason. One example would be the New York Times videos. They seem to be HTML5-based when the site is accessed from the iPad Simulator or the iPad directly, but accessed via Safari for OS X, with the iPad's user agent string activated, the video content is displayed in Flash. :confused:
  15. Night Spring macrumors G5

    Night Spring

    Jul 17, 2008
    The only time I've really missed flash is during the Tour de France, where real-time race info was displayed using flash. The New York Times also sometimes has nice interactive graphics that use flash. And there are the occasional restaurant and shopping sites that use flash. But those I find annoying even on desktop computers, they load slowly, and I can't enlarge the fonts, leaving me squinting to read any writing. So, yes, I run into flash every once in a while, but I'm not very bothered by not being able to view those site on my iPad, and if the iPad gets any of these sites to move away from flash, then IMO that's a good thing.
  16. mKTank macrumors 68000


    Jul 2, 2010
    As far as video goes, I don't run into any problems with flash, as most sites are slowly but surely adopting HTML5. As for menus and whatnot, that's what Frash is for. Runs great on my iPad.
  17. Macuser1628 macrumors member

    May 2, 2010
    Rarely. When it does happen, if it's important enough to me i'll email myself the link and then look at it on my iMac. Most of the time I just let it go.
  18. kaiak macrumors member

    Jul 22, 2010
    Never. The only thing I could imagine that would require flash that I would maybe use would be gaming websites, but I don't actually play online games; I just download them from the app store.
  19. Matthew9559 macrumors 6502a


    Apr 7, 2007
    Cleveland, OH
    I wouldn't say never but I barely ever have a problem with something requiring flash. Usually it's just an ad and the page looks a bit funky.
  20. Applenewstoday macrumors regular


    Aug 8, 2010
    In a computer... I'm like Kevin Flynn!
    Only once, and it's with my schools website. (I'm convincing them to switch to HTML5)
  21. MRU Suspended


    Aug 23, 2005
  22. BillyBobBongo macrumors 68020


    Jun 21, 2007
    On The Interweb Thingy!
    I've ran into problems much less than I thought I would to be honest. Most sites that value your business have provided a html version (if somewhat basic at times) so that you can still use it.
  23. 0sync0 macrumors regular

    Feb 8, 2008
    I think it probably depends on how large the site is. I just tried two small subscription sites that I visit every day and both require Flash.

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