Testing for "No Flash" situation

31 Jan 2008 - 11:39am
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Marty DeAngelo
2007

I'm doing some reviews of a site and I need to be able to test what
happens if someone doesn't have Flash Player, has an older version or
has it disabled (for whatever reason). I would love to be able to get
some SnagIt's of the screens I see, but I need to find a reliable way of
simulating the experience, preferably with a Firefox add-on instead of
having to turn to Browsercam or a similar service.

Removing and reinstalling Flash Player isn't an option, and we don't
have any test machines without Flash on them. Anyone know of a plugin
or method I could use?

Marty DeAngelo
Sr. Information Architect - D I G I T A S H E A L T H
Email: mdeangel[at]digitashealth[dot]com

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31 Jan 2008 - 2:34pm
Todd Warfel
2003

If you're on a Mac, which I'm assuming based on the company you're at,
you have some there, you can simply go to:
/Library/Internet Plug-ins/Flash Player.plugin and dump that file.
Viola, no more flash player and you'll be able to see what it looks
like. Or just pull it out, then you can put it back in.

On Jan 31, 2008, at 12:39 PM, Marty DeAngelo wrote:

> Removing and reinstalling Flash Player isn't an option, and we don't
> have any test machines without Flash on them. Anyone know of a
> plugin or method I could use?

Cheers!

Todd Zaki Warfel
President, Design Researcher
Messagefirst | Designing Information. Beautifully.
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31 Jan 2008 - 2:38pm
Todd Roberts
2005

http://www.browsercam.com

I've not used it but it looks like it may do what you need it to do, and has
a free trial for at least some of the functionality.

On Jan 31, 2008 12:39 PM, Marty DeAngelo <mdeangel at digitashealth.com> wrote:

> I'm doing some reviews of a site and I need to be able to test what
> happens if someone doesn't have Flash Player, has an older version or
> has it disabled (for whatever reason). I would love to be able to get
> some SnagIt's of the screens I see, but I need to find a reliable way of
> simulating the experience, preferably with a Firefox add-on instead of
> having to turn to Browsercam or a similar service.
>
> Removing and reinstalling Flash Player isn't an option, and we don't
> have any test machines without Flash on them. Anyone know of a plugin
> or method I could use?
>
> Marty DeAngelo
> Sr. Information Architect - D I G I T A S H E A L T H
> Email: mdeangel[at]digitashealth[dot]com
>
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31 Jan 2008 - 2:47pm
Anonymous

I use this:

http://www.browsertools.net/Flash-and-Pics-Control/

On Jan 31, 2008 2:34 PM, Todd Zaki Warfel <lists at toddwarfel.com> wrote:

> If you're on a Mac, which I'm assuming based on the company you're at,
> you have some there, you can simply go to:
> /Library/Internet Plug-ins/Flash Player.plugin and dump that file.
> Viola, no more flash player and you'll be able to see what it looks
> like. Or just pull it out, then you can put it back in.
>
>
> On Jan 31, 2008, at 12:39 PM, Marty DeAngelo wrote:
>
> > Removing and reinstalling Flash Player isn't an option, and we don't
> > have any test machines without Flash on them. Anyone know of a
> > plugin or method I could use?
>
>
> Cheers!
>
> Todd Zaki Warfel
> President, Design Researcher
> Messagefirst | Designing Information. Beautifully.
> ----------------------------------
> Contact Info
> Voice: (215) 825-7423
> Email: todd at messagefirst.com
> AIM: twarfel at mac.com
> Blog: http://toddwarfel.com
> ----------------------------------
> In theory, theory and practice are the same.
> In practice, they are not.
>
> ________________________________________________________________
> *Come to IxDA Interaction08 | Savannah*
> February 8-10, 2008 in Savannah, GA, USA
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31 Jan 2008 - 2:48pm
Anonymous

Here's another one:

http://www.flashswitch.com/

On Jan 31, 2008 2:47 PM, Mike Scarpiello <mscarpiello at gmail.com> wrote:

> I use this:
>
> http://www.browsertools.net/Flash-and-Pics-Control/
>
>
>
>
> On Jan 31, 2008 2:34 PM, Todd Zaki Warfel <lists at toddwarfel.com> wrote:
>
> > If you're on a Mac, which I'm assuming based on the company you're at,
> > you have some there, you can simply go to:
> > /Library/Internet Plug-ins/Flash Player.plugin and dump that file.
> > Viola, no more flash player and you'll be able to see what it looks
> > like. Or just pull it out, then you can put it back in.
> >
> >
> > On Jan 31, 2008, at 12:39 PM, Marty DeAngelo wrote:
> >
> > > Removing and reinstalling Flash Player isn't an option, and we don't
> > > have any test machines without Flash on them. Anyone know of a
> > > plugin or method I could use?
> >
> >
> > Cheers!
> >
> > Todd Zaki Warfel
> > President, Design Researcher
> > Messagefirst | Designing Information. Beautifully.
> > ----------------------------------
> > Contact Info
> > Voice: (215) 825-7423
> > Email: todd at messagefirst.com
> > AIM: twarfel at mac.com
> > Blog: http://toddwarfel.com
> > ----------------------------------
> > In theory, theory and practice are the same.
> > In practice, they are not.
> >
> > ________________________________________________________________
> > *Come to IxDA Interaction08 | Savannah*
> > February 8-10, 2008 in Savannah, GA, USA
> > Register today: http://interaction08.ixda.org/
> >
> > ________________________________________________________________
> > Welcome to the Interaction Design Association (IxDA)!
> > To post to this list ....... discuss at ixda.org
> > Unsubscribe ................ http://www.ixda.org/unsubscribe
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>
>

31 Jan 2008 - 2:55pm
Todd Roberts
2005

Aaaaaaand I need to read more carefully since you stated you want a way
other than this.

On Jan 31, 2008 3:38 PM, Todd Roberts <trrobert at gmail.com> wrote:

> http://www.browsercam.com
>
> I've not used it but it looks like it may do what you need it to do, and
> has a free trial for at least some of the functionality.
>
>
>
>
> On Jan 31, 2008 12:39 PM, Marty DeAngelo <mdeangel at digitashealth.com>
> wrote:
>
> > I'm doing some reviews of a site and I need to be able to test what
> > happens if someone doesn't have Flash Player, has an older version or
> > has it disabled (for whatever reason). I would love to be able to get
> > some SnagIt's of the screens I see, but I need to find a reliable way of
> > simulating the experience, preferably with a Firefox add-on instead of
> > having to turn to Browsercam or a similar service.
> >
> > Removing and reinstalling Flash Player isn't an option, and we don't
> > have any test machines without Flash on them. Anyone know of a plugin
> > or method I could use?
> >
> > Marty DeAngelo
> > Sr. Information Architect - D I G I T A S H E A L T H
> > Email: mdeangel[at]digitashealth[dot]com
> >
> > ________________________________________________________________
> > *Come to IxDA Interaction08 | Savannah*
> > February 8-10, 2008 in Savannah, GA, USA
> > Register today: http://interaction08.ixda.org/
> >
> > ________________________________________________________________
> > Welcome to the Interaction Design Association (IxDA)!
> > To post to this list ....... discuss at ixda.org
> > Unsubscribe ................ http://www.ixda.org/unsubscribe
> > List Guidelines ............ http://www.ixda.org/guidelines
> > List Help .................. http://www.ixda.org/help
> >
>
>

31 Jan 2008 - 3:10pm
Jeff Seager
2007

Since you mention Firefox add-ons, you might try one of these:

Flashblock
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/433

Flash Switcher (for Windows only)
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/3649

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31 Jan 2008 - 4:01pm
Robert Hoekman, Jr.
2005

In Safari, you can simply go to Safari > Preferences > Security and uncheck
"Enable plug-ins."

-r-

7 Feb 2008 - 11:58am
Marty DeAngelo
2007

Sorry it took me so long to reply... got caught up in other issues (I'm
sure we can all relate). Thank you for taking the time to offer some
suggestions.

RE: Mac > I might have to keep the Mac option open, but I really needed
to see what it looks like on Windows browsers which means (mostly)
Windows.

RE: FlashBlock > I have AdBlock, but I need to see what happens when the
Flash is detected but can't load vs. having it hidden the way these
tools do. Ditto for the "Flash and Pics Control" feature.

Re: Flash Switcher > This looks interesting - I'll have to play with
this one, particularly if it has a "Flash Disabled" option or something
similar.

RE: BrowserCam > I was trying to avoid it, but that's what I eventually
used to get some screenshots. But it's not a good long-term solution.

Thanks again for the suggestions - I'll update if I do find something
that helps me simulate a non-Flash experience short of removing and
reinstalling Flash Player.

Marty

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