Here we are recommending the must have Flash Player for iPad apps, why you ask? When do iPad users wake up on the wrong side of the bed? Each time they see Apple and Adobe promising to become BFFs and wake up to realize it was all a dream. Cupertino’s intolerance to Flash has always been the stuff of legend and the way HTML5 seems to be progressing, there’s hardly any hope for iPad users who find the current web browsing experience incomplete without Flash support. This naturally brings you to our Flash Player for iPad post. What we’re trying to say is that when all hopes falter, apps prevail.
1. iSwifter: YouWeb has put out the bait for Flash Player seekers in the form of iSwifter. It may be listed as free in iTunes, but read the fine lines and you’ll see that holds good for only half an hour of browsing. After that, you’ll need to shell out $4.99 for the app. Apart from supporting Facebook games, the latest version accommodates Google+ Games too. Though it boasts of being a cloud-based Flash browser for social games and MMOs, regular websites working on Flash can be accessed with it too.
2. Skyfire Web Browser: Want something at $2.99 that can soothe your iPad’s issues with Flash? iTunes hosts the Skyfire Web Browser which claims to support over 2,00,000 websites and counting. What’s more, the application is apparently keen on video compression technology, meaning you save a lot of bandwidth while streaming videos and trying to toe your data plan line. At the same time, games and apps built around Flash will not run on Skyfire since it is optimized only for Flash video viewing.
3. Splashtop Remote Desktop: Now this next one in our list is not your average utility which simply lets you play Flash content on the slate. Instead, Splashtop Remote Desktop connects to the user’s PC or Mac and permits them to interact with PowerPoint, Word, Excel, Outlook, Quicken, IE, Firefox, Safari, World of Warcraft and other PC or Mac applications over Wi-Fi or 3G, or 4G networks wherever applicable. On sale for $4.99 when we last hit up the iTunes link, the app can reel out Flash-based videos and games.
4. Cloud Browse: Designed to bring the full desktop browser experience to iOS devices so users can access Flash and Java content, Cloud Browse encompasses a hosted desktop Firefox browser. It saves search history and login information and runs the desktop browser on the company’s very own secure servers. Marked at $2.99, the basic service which arrives with the app purchase proffers 10 minutes of ad-supported browsing per session.
5. Photon Flash Web Browser: Yet another applicant to the Safari alternative is the Photon Flash Web Browser application. It should permit you to play Flash games, utilize Flash apps, watch Flash videos and even listen to music streamed via Flash Player. It blends in native browsing for normal websites and remote browsing for Flash sites, while enabling users to switch between both modes or peruse them simultaneously in multiple view mode. You can download the app from iTunes for $4.99.
So those of you who thought there was no way to get your iPad to play nice with Flash may want to think otherwise. See which one of these from our compilation of Flash Player for iPad works for you. Or you could just sit around and grumble about iDevice users being forced to interact with the web the way Apple wants them to.