Here’s my deal. I. Hate. Flash. There will come a day when the world is rid of Flash and it’s innate ability to drain a MacBook Air’s battery faster than Wall Street hands out bonuses.
Safari is more crash happy when using the Flash plugin. Without it, my MacBook Air runs cooler and the battery lasts longer.
Is there a way for Flash to coexist on the Mac without disrupting my Safari browsing? Here’s what I’ve been doing. No Flash plugin. That means no Flash movies or advertisements in Safari or Firefox.
If I need to look at a video, and the video is Flash, I use Google’s Chrome browser, which has Flash built-in, and doesn’t seem to suffer from the same inherent crash happiness or battery draining issues.
The problem is moving back and forth between Safari and Chrome whenever I encounter a Flash video.
Switch to the rescue.
I came across this nifty little Mac Menubar app that switches easily between Safari and Chrome. It’s bi-directional, too. So, I can use Safari for my browsing, and when I see a Flash video that I want to watch, it’s a mere click away.
No longer do I need to copy the Safari URL, switch to Chrome, then paste in the URL to view a Flash video.
Whatever page I’m viewing in Safari gets transferred to Chrome (or the other way around) with a click. It’s simple, easy, clutter-free, and free.
And it comes with a great icon. Also free.