Questions re flash on MBA

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by tim100, Dec 16, 2011.

  1. tim100 macrumors 65816

    May 25, 2009
    1) how many air owners have flash installed?
    2) how does battery drain from flash compare between macbook air vs macbook pro, is one better or worse?
    3) click to flash no longer works? any other ways to avoid flash?
  2. AIR-S macrumors newbie

    Dec 2, 2010
    hey there,

    I did have flash installed but since google chrome has flash built in its not needed!

    I use safari mainly then if there is anything i need to see or use that uses flash then ill just jump onto chrome!

    You get the best of both worlds then!! no flash at all when using safari but its still there and built into chrome if you need it!

    can't really comment on the macbook pro Q as i don't have one but hope the above helps s bit :D

    Rich :cool:
  3. orfeas0 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 21, 2010
    Athens, Greece
    1) Make a poll. Does it really matter though?
    I do have it installed, if that helps.
    2) No clue, it's probably the same thing.
    3) ClicktoFlash works for me. There's also ClicktoPlugin, try that if CtF doesn't work.
    It's not like it's gonna kill your battery by the way...
    First of all, sites that use no flash spend the same amount of energy with or without flash installed.
    Secondly, if you do visit sites with flash, use 1 of those addons/extensions I mentioned (they work, if it doesn't work for you, ask for help and it will) and you won't see a single flash unless you click on it. No battery consumed.
    Thirdly, I strongly suggest safari as a browser if you are running lion. It has great gesture support, great full-screen support (it works a little better than google chrome/firefox).
    Before you ask me about the difference of full-screen on different browsers, here's a little example. Whichever link you click, may that be on purpose or an annoying advertisement, safari will open it in a new tab. Google chrome won't. And if you're on full screen on chrome, it will open the advertisement BEHIND your main window, which means you need to exit fullscreen, close the ad, re-enter fullscreen. Kinda annoying.
    Some people also say that safari is a memory hog, but I haven't had any problems even with 10 tabs open, and I only have 2gb of ram (2011 base macbook air model). Even if you don't have free ram, the SSD does the job for it ;-)
    Anyway, I got off-topic, but the answer to your question is: Install those plugins and you'll be fine.
  4. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    If I don't have Flash installed, how else am I to stream porn videos on a certain site?

    In answering you question, I think the drain is about the same as the on both the MacBook Air and the MacBook Pro. The Air CPU has to work harder, but overall it draws less power. The Pro CPU works a lot less, but it needs to draw more power. So overall I would say the Pro runs cooler, but in terms of performance and rate of power usage, would be about the same.
  5. Bob Coxner macrumors 6502a

    Mar 24, 2011
    Chrome has flash when you need it. For porn, even. :)

    No flash installed here and I never miss it. For those rare times, Chrome is the answer.

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