ClickToFlash for Mac
• Price: Free
• Operating system: Mac OS X 10.6/10.4 PPC/Intel/10.5 PPC/Intel
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CNET editors’ review
ClickToFlash is a free plug-in for Safari that can — in the words of the developers — "block evil Adobe Flash…the scourge of the Web." Indeed, ClickToFlash does an excellent job of blocking unwanted Flash video while still letting you watch Flash when you want to, which can result in better browser performance, fewer crashes, cooler running temperatures (and hence lass fan noise), and in the case of laptops, longer battery usage (in both the short term and over the life of a battery).
ClickToFlash is easy to install and use. Once installed, ClickToFlash blocks all Flash video, instead showing a gray box with the word «Flash» and small settings icon in the upper left corner wherever Flash would otherwise appear. You can then load the Flash video by just clicking the word «Flash,» or you can access the settings and instruct ClickToFlash to load all Flash on the page or to add the video’s source URL to a «whitelist» (so, for example, if you don’t want ClickToFlash to ever block video from a site like YouTube or ESPN, you can just add that site to your whitelist and those videos will always load normally).
This functionality alone makes ClickToFlash worth installing, but this app adds a couple extras, too: you can set ClickToFlash to always load higher-quality H.264 videos from YouTube (the format used for YouTube on the iPhone), or you can even set it to automatically load HD video when available.
If you’re ever annoyed by Flash videos while surfing the Web (especially processor-intensive ads), ClickToFlash will be a welcome addition to your browsing experience. If you’re on a MacBook, ClickToFlash can also add to your effective battery life, making it definitely worth checking out.
From ClickToFlash Developers :
Ever wanted to get rid of the scourge of the web that is Adobe Flash, but still retain the ability to view Flash whenever you want? With ClickToFlash, you can! Using ClickToFlash, all of those icky Flash bits that have infected most webpages on the internets are replaced with a nice, smooth gradient and the word «Flash» set in a nice, pleasing font. When you want to view the Flash, just click on it!
The advantages of ClickToFlash are numerous. Since Flash isn’t loaded until you specifically ask for it, your CPU usage will stay at normal levels when browsing the web. This has tons of benefits: web browsing stays speedy, your Mac laptop won’t get as hot, and your Mac’s fan won’t come on as often. In fact, we guarantee* that ClickToFlash will quintuple your battery life and that it will protect those precious parts of your body on which you rest your laptop! (*note: not actually guaranteed)
Best of all, ClickToFlash even supports viewing all those ADORABLE meowing cat videos, annoying dog videos, and hilarious rickrolls from YouTube without using Flash at all! That’s because YouTube also offers H.264 videos, which are used when viewing YouTube on the iPhone. With ClickToFlash, you get access to those same, higher quality videos.
Come join us! The web is so much better without Flash.
• Block evil Adobe Flash
• Flash only when you want it. One-click Flash loading
• View blocked Flash with just one click. Higher quality YouTube
• Play H.264 videos in QuickTime. HD YouTube support
• No more crappy, blocky video. Website Whitelist
• Allow Flash on certain websites. Application Whitelist (beta only)
• Allow Flash in certain applications. sIFR Typography Support
• Load quality typesetting automatically. Automatic Updating
• Download updates when they’re ready.
Originally published on CNet. Read the original review here