Jun 10, 2009
ClickToFlash is a nice little Flashblock-type plugin for Safari with one big problem. Two, actually.
- you can’t leave feedback for the developer without creating a (free) account on the project website. Dude, I just wanted to tell you about #2…
- the only way I could find to get into the whitelist and preferences for the plugin is via a page with Flash that isn’t already blocked (there’s a little control on the blocker that gets you in). However, if you’ve already whitelisted the page there’s no way to get back in and un-whitelist it without going to another site with Flash. Worse, if you’ve whitelisted it in Fluid (a single-site browser application instance of Safari) there’s no hope at all of making any changes. You are stuck.
You need to get a preference pane in the main application fast.
One thing about ClickToFlash compared to Flashblock: as I’ve cranked about a few months ago, the Flash media player on MySpace doesn’t load properly in Firefox when you tell Flashblock to unblock. However, with ClickToFlash in Safari there’s no such problem. You click, it appears. Flashblock developers say this is a known bug in the Mozilla code which I should point out nobody seems to be working on. The Flashblock bug was logged October 2008, the Mozilla bug March 2009 and the feedback comments run in circles. It’s also suggested that the problem is with the Flash player but ClickToFlash on Safari doesn’t have the same issue.
Score one more for Safari.