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Sunday, August 21, 2011

Viewing flash sites on the iPad now available through iSwifter app.

This isn't BIM related, but falls under the 'Don't tell me I can't do that' category.

One of the joys of being an Autodesk reseller is having to take 12 online classes and tests.  Not being one to want to sit at my computer and wanting some portability, I wanted to watch the training videos on my iPad. 

Of course, the training website requires Flash.  Of course, the iPad doesn't support Flash.  I found the start of the solution by accident.  I like doing the Jumble puzzle in the newspaper.  I can do them pretty quickly and maybe that explains some of my thought on BIM.  Anyway, while travelling a few weeks ago, I wanted to do the daily Jumble online. 

Of course, going to http://www.uclickgames.com/jumble/online/daily/tmjmf, the Daily Jumble site, only works with Flash accessible browsers.  But, after a little searching, there is an iPad app called iSwifter.  Guess what? It allows you to watch flash sites.


Description

Existing iSwifter users: As a token of our appreciation, we are making iSwifter 4.0 TOTALLY FREE to our existing users who bought iSwifter 2.10 or bought a subscription in iSwifter 3.0. You *DO NOT* have to make a purchase in iSwifter 4.0!

Try for free for 30 minutes and if you like what you see, buy the app using in-app purchase for a *ONE TIME* purchase price of $4.99

iSwifter is the world's first cloud-based Flash browser for Social Games and MMOs! In addition, you can still instantly browse any of your favorite shows, music videos, movies across the web using iSwifter! Why use browsers that only allow you to watch videos!

Note: iSwifter currently requires a Wi-Fi connection.
 
iSWiFTER 
 

They render the flash on their cloud and stream it live to you through the iSwifter app.  
I was able to log into the training website, but ran into a little hiccup.  To launch a class, I have to click on the launch button.  When I tried to do that, I got a pop up window stating that popups are blocked.  

I'm not exactly sure how I figured out their using a cloud version of Firefox, but that critical clue led me to the solution.  Basically, you can go into about:config and change a setting to allow you to allow pop ups and that solves the problem.

iSwifter is free to try, so here are the steps to get around the pop up issue.
After you launch the iSwifter app, 

1. Select the website you want to view. iSwifter will launch the website viewer
2. In address bar, type in about:config
3. In config search menu, type in 'message' and you get to "privacy.popups.showBrowserMessage" showing the status as false
4. double tap/click on 'false' to change it to 'true'
5. hit the back button and you're back at your original website.
6. tap on the link that gave you a pop ups are being blocked error
7. click on ok on error message 'your browser blocked the popup. disable popup blocker in your browser and try again.'
8. at top of the window there's now a yellow bar and you click on preferences
9.  click on 'allow pop-ups for www...'
10.  yeah...now you can use the iPad, Flash and pop up embedded web pages.

One last little pain....it's not permanent, so save about:config as a favorite website and launch it first.  You only need to do this for web page links that launch pop ups.  

No more having to think about getting an Android tablet for flash sites.  Someone needs to make a cleaner version of this little bug or maybe iSwifter can allow popups.  We'll see.

You can use iSwifter for free or get the $4.99 version for longer viewing sessions. 


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2 comments:

Anonymous,  March 6, 2013 at 12:06 PM  

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Anonymous,  March 6, 2013 at 12:06 PM  

you can download the free version of puffin flash browser for ipad and get it for a max of 1 year free if you refer it to friends. please use my code for the referring portion. thank you!

my code dhdkmgfjzeama

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