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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.