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Top 4 Alternatives to Adobe Flash Player on Mac System

It is a known story that Steven Jobs hates Adobe Flash Player for its vulnerabilities and closeness. Therefore, he has decided to block the accesses to Adobe Flash Player in almost all iOS devices. Since Adobe Flash Player never makes its influence in mobile field, this move does little harm to iOS users. However, when it comes to computer field, even the Apple CEO dare not kill Adobe Flash Player immediately. With deep-rooted influence, Adobe Flash Player turns out to be used in most online video sites and gaming fields. Therefore, even though it frequently brings risks to Mac systems or leads to the crash of Safari, Mac users still have to tolerate it.

Alternative to Adobe Flash on Mac

In fact, though there are various alternatives to Adobe Flash Player on Mac, none can be compared with Adobe Flash Player in terms of helping users play Flash on Mountain Lion. However, when alternatives to Adobe Flash Player become powerful enough in the future, things will be different. Therefore, this post will cover top 4 alternatives to Adobe Flash Player on Mac system. Generally speaking, some alternatives to Adobe Flash Player are available in the market, some will come out soon and some are still under development.

1. BBC iPlayer

Alternative to Adobe Flash on Mac: BBC iPlayer

It is true that BBC iPlayer used to be a Flash Player based media too. However, shortly after Adobe Flash’s quitting from Android market, BBC iPlayer has replaced the role of Adobe Flash Player with Adobe AIR. Therefore, with BBC iPlayer, users can enjoy Flash contents on websites even under the absence of Adobe Flash Player. However, this alternative to Adobe Flash Player on Mac can merely be employed in UK. Moreover, it only enables users to play limited Flash contents provided by BBC channels. Therefore, BBC iPlayer is definitely a favored choice for Mac users who happen to be BBC fans.

2. ClickToFlash Plugin

Alternative to Adobe Flash on Mac: ClickToFlash Plugin

As a plugin for Safari, ClickToFlash Plugin enables Mac users to take full advantages of Flash animations without installing Adobe Flash Player.  Moreover, as an alternative to Flash Player on Mac, ClickToFlash can used to prevent the automatic loading of some Flash contents. In this way, the Mac system turns out to be safer and securer. After it has boxed the Flash content, users only need to click the box to release the content. Moreover, ClickToFlash can also try to convert Flash-based content to HTML5 based video using the decoding technologies of Safari or other media player plugins.  

3. Firefox

Alternative to Adobe Flash on Mac: Firefox

As the most favored web browser only second to IE, Firefox is well-known for its good compatibility and fast running speed. In recent years, Firefox has done heavy researches on the HTML5. As a consequence, a few weeks ago, the latest Firefox for Windows are capable of supporting HTML5 based H.264 video directly. In a foreseeable future, the identical update will also come to Firefox for Mac. When the day comes, Firefox will become one of the best alternatives to Adobe Flash Player on Mac with which users are allowed to stream HTML5 version of Flash contents directly. Of course, the more rapidly HTML5 develops; the promising future Firefox gets.

4. Gianduia

Alternative to Adobe Flash on Mac: Gianduia

Apple gets its own alternative to Adobe Flash Player on Mac and it is named Gianduia. Apple decided to work on it in as early as 2007. However, the pasting years had witnessed no further information of the rumored Adobe Flash alternative on Mac had been spread. Even though none has much knowledge about Gianduia, everyone believes it will be the best alternative to Adobe Flash Player on Mac when it is released. According to the rumors, Gianduia can be of equally powerful as Adobe Flash Player in supporting Flash contents but is much safer and faster.

As Adobe Flash Player Sandboxed, Chrome Vulnerability Disappears

Vulnerable program as it is, Adobe Flash Player is still too important in Internet field to be ignored by web browsers. In fact, the current market is not only hunting perfect Adobe Flash Player alternatives for web browsers but also trying to figure out methods to make Adobe Flash Player more secure in web browsers. To improve the security level of Chrome, Google has announced that Adobe Flash Player will be sandboxed in newly-released Chrome 23 running on desktop platforms like Windows, Mac, Linux and Chrome OS. To some extent, the sandboxed Adobe Flash Player may lead to the disappearing of Chrome vulnerability.

Chrome and Flash

Sandbox, as a security mechanism, is used to run vulnerable program like Adobe Flash Player. Sandbox a program is just like trapping a man in a virtual world that is highly supervised. He can only act when permission is granted. Moreover, whatever happens to him has little influence to the real world. Theoretically speaking, sandboxing Adobe Flash Player will prevent the automatic installation of malware, stop the downloading of hostile programs existing on malicious web pages and cease the leaking of privacy information caused by Adobe Flash vulnerabilities. Therefore, sandboxed Adobe Flash Player may symbolize the ending of Chrome vulnerabilities caused by Flash Player flaws that may lead to buffer overflow, memory corruption and even security bypass.

This is not the first time Google tries to help Chrome take full advantage of Adobe Flash Player in a safe way. As the owner of YouTube, the largest online video website in the world, Google has to add support to Adobe Flash Player in Chrome. For one thing, Adobe Flash Player is a necessity for Chrome users to watch YouTube videos; for another, HTML5 needs more time to win the battle of HTML5 vs Adobe Flash Player. Chrome first employed Adobe Flash Player as a third-party app. However, Adobe Flash vulnerabilities often got Chrome users in a situation where their computers might be affected by virus or controlled by hackers. Then Google tried to use Adobe Flash Player as a plug-in for Chrome. However, shockwave frequently refused to response to users’ requests, making Chrome an easy-to-crash web browser. Even when new Chrome vulnerabilities caused by Flash flaws were found, users could only fix them by waiting for the new updates from Google. Now, it comes to Google’s sandbox trick.

However, the story of Google and Adobe Flash Player in mobile field is a totally different one. As the developer of Android system, which is a mainstream mobile system at present, Google cooperated with Adobe Flash Player for quite a long time. Android devices running systems from 2.2 to 4.0 can take full advantage of Adobe Flash Player. However, things have changed in Android 4.1, which is also known as Jelly Bean. Google designed Android 4.1 as a system incompatible to Adobe Flash Player. Even the Chrome preinstalled in Jelly Bean devices like Nexus 7 is banned the use of Adobe Flash Player. As a consequence, Adobe Flash Player decided to retreat from Android market on August 15.