Smokescreen App brings Flash on iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad?

by Jeffry on May 31, 2010

We all know that accessing flash on iPhone through Safari or via the new Opera Mini browser is not possible. Do you want to access Flash and Java on iPhone? Want to access flash enabled sites to view animation and play games? Well, you can easily do that now! Chris Smoak has developed a new plugin ‘Smokescreen’ that allows you to view Flash content on Apple iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.


The operation is very quick to explain, in fact Smokescreen works directly in the browser of the device and reads the SWF binary that gets converted and presented again in animated SVG. Here’s how Smokescreen Flash plugin is described by Simon Willison:

Chris Smoak’s Smokescreen, “a Flash player written in JavaScript”, is an incredible piece of work. It runs entirely in the browser, reads in SWF binaries, unzips them (in native JS), extracts images and embedded audio and turns them in to base64 encoded data:uris, then stitches the vector graphics back together as animated SVG.

The plugin is said to be working fine with simple animated banner ads, but was very slow when tested on iPhone 3GS with Flash content like video and games. The reason is simple. Smokescreen is written in JavaScript, which is slower than the Flash plugin and is limited in speed by the performance of the browser. Check the Smokescreen video demonstration.


The site developer has provided a number of examples, if you try, just click here from your iPhone or iPad for live demos showing Smokescreen in action, of course you have to take into account that this is a first version, premature, that may not work well or at least be jerky. Make sure to use the latest version of the web browser. Smokescreen currently works in Firefox 3.6, Chrome 5, Safari 4, and MobileSafari. Try your lick with other browsers too!

Alternatively, you can use Cloud Browse app to access Flash Content on iPhone & iPod Touch. This Cloud Browse browser can play both flash video and java applications on iPhone, both of which are not supported on the iPhone Safari browser. Stay tuned for more updates on flash content on iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.

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