Adobe’s Flash has become the industry-standard for creating interactive web
sites and streaming video. As such, it is used nearly everywhere—from simple
site introductions to numerous per-page advertisements to web sites that are
built entirely in Flash—and it is this overuse of Flash that is problematic.
A few years ago my browser started to crash at least twice a day—and all the
tabs I had open were lost alongside the crash as well. These crashes were,
largely, the result of Flash failing and taking the browser with it. With the
introduction of Internet Explorer 7, and its new Manage Add-ons feature, I began
disabling Flash on a regular basis—and, as a result, my browser stopped
crashing. Disabling Flash also benefitted me by reducing CPU utilization,
providing protection from recurrent security vulnerabilities in Flash
eliminating Flash-based advertisements and many of the annoying moving things on
various social networking and similar sites, but it also prevented me from watching the
occasional Flash-only videos—so I would have to regularly enable Flash too.
I found myself really enjoying a Flash-less web, but I was annoyed with the
process of enabling and disabling Flash and decided to make a simple toolbar
button that would make this a quick one-click deal—and
Toggle Flash is the result. It’s an extremely simple tool that does nothing more
than enable and disable Adobe’s Flash.
If you like Toggle Flash, feel free to support it by
sending a donation
drop me a note
saying thanks, a little less flash can be good.