Can I view Flash sites on an iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch?
How to View Flash on the iPad (…and other iOS Devices)
How can I view Flash sites on an iPad? I have been asked this question often enough. I have recommended iPads to many individuals and schools and occasionally someone asks this very question. Competitors pointed out the inability of the iPad to view Flash at its release, and have tried to make its inability to view Flash as a weakness or fault. Most educators familiar with the iPad realize the new standard for video is and will continue to be HTML5 which nearly everyone is adopting. Flash has been viewed by Apple as old, outdated code that hasn’t even tried to keep up. Flash just isn’t good for tablet devices, some say, citing battery consumption and other problems. Still there are those that would like to view Flash on an iOS device like the iPad and it can be done.
For those seeking possible solutions for viewing Flash on the iPad we have a variety of solutions for you and one Wired Educator recommendation.
Wes Fryer, a speaker, writer, and Apple Distinguished Educator, recommends the Puffin Web Browser for .99¢ cents on a recent Speed of Creativity Post. Wes states that Puffin allows the viewing of Flash-format videos on many sites unlike other browsers which just support Flash videos. He also likes it because it is inexpensive. Please read Wes’s article here.
Craig Nansen, also an Apple Distinguished educator, has recently curated a wonderful list of alternative browsers for iOS devices that allow the viewing of Flash along with their prices and download links:
Craig Nansen’s Curated List of Alternative Browsers for the iPad:
- Diigo Browser (free) – Chrome-like, with annotation and offline reading (formerly iChromy) - http://itun.es/iLX8hF
- iSWiFTER (Free) - http://itun.es/iLX87k
- Atomic Web Browser ($0.99) – Browse FullScreen w/ Download Manager & Dropbox - http://itun.es/iLX87F
- Cloud Browse ($2.99) - http://itun.es/iLX8h9
- iCab Mobile (Web Browser) ($1.99) - http://itun.es/iLX87h
- Grazing Web Browser ($1.99) - http://itun.es/iLf2j5
- Skyfire Web Browser ($4.99) - http://itun.es/iLf2DJ and $2.99 for the iPhone.
- Puffin Web Browser ($0.99) - http://itun.es/iLq4ky
- Opera Mini Web browser (free) - http://itun.es/iLq42r
While Skyfire has been the most popular of the Flash enabling Web Browsers it is also the most expensive and has its own limitations.
Wired Educator Recommends: the Puffin Web Browser based on the combination of factors: it has the greatest range of viewing Flash styled sites, you can practically view any Flash file, it works on ANY iOS device, and it is only ninety-nine cents. Still it is not without it’s limitations. It works best on a WiFi network and doesn’t “yet” support Flash games. It’s always best to check each link and compare its strengths and weaknesses for your device and planned usage.