Macworld Masterclass: Visit Flash-based websites with iSwifter

If your favourite website uses Flash iSwifter may be the answer

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  • iSwifter1 Step 1: Play videos embedded in web pages 1
  • iSwifter2 Step 2: Flash-based websites 2
  • iSwifter3 Step 3: Multiple Flash components 3
  • iSwifter4 Step 4: Playing Games 4
  • iSwifter5 Step 5: Chat clients 5
  • iSwifter6 Step 6: Cautionary tale 6
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Step 1 of 6: Step 1: Play videos embedded in web pages

Many websites contain video which comes in different formats, but one common video format that the iPad notoriously can’t play is Flash (Apple claims that it is buggy and runs down the battery). With the iSwifter app, you can play Flash-based video content within the web page.

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Many websites contain video which comes in different formats, but one common video format that the iPad notoriously can’t play is Flash (Apple claims that it is buggy and runs down the battery). With the iSwifter app, you can play Flash-based video content within the web page.

 

Step 2 of 6: Step 2: Flash-based websites

Enter the URL for a website (or use the Google search to locate the one you desire). The iSwifter app correctly displays the website, although it does take much longer for the screen to appear than normal. Click on the play button in a video clip and the video should start playing.

 

Step 3 of 6: Step 3: Multiple Flash components

iSwifter displays Flash animations as well as video. You can interact with these animations (if they are designed to be interactive) by using two-fingers, which mimics a mouse click and drag over the animation.

 

Step 4 of 6: Step 4: Playing Games

Games such as PopCap’s Bejewelled are available as downloads from the App Store; but started as web-based games via their website (www.popcap.com). You can play these Flash-based web games on your iPad with help from iSwifter. The response is a little slow, but still very playable.

 

Step 5 of 6: Step 5: Chat clients

Flash-based chat clients, such as Penguin Chat, appear to work: however you will need an external wireless keyboard because the on-screen keyboard doesn’t recognise a text box when it’s been implemented in Flash.

 

Step 6 of 6: Step 6: Cautionary tale

Having Flash available on your iPad will not bring everything Flash-based to your iPad. Some of the games at www.arcadepanic.com, for example, rely on a mouse to be truly playable and don’t adapt well to the touch screen.

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