iSwifter app allows unlimited flash content to play on iPad.. For free.

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    yes, but it does play flash! four stars!
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    I downloaded swifter today and tried it with farmville but it was too slow to be of any use. Is there anyone else out there that plays farmville that has found a browser that it loads on quickly and responds quickly?
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    That is the million dollar question. :(
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    Questions about method

    I downloaded the app today, and used it using wifi to browse my website. My site contains over 300 interactive animations used for explaining automotive parts and systems.

    Apart from a couple of random crashes, the browser worked very well, until I left the conference location I was at with its fast wifi connection and started to browse using a Virgin MiFi device. Then, I was still able to use the browser, but the animations played very slow and jumpy.

    The way iSwifter works is this - in reality, it is not a browser at all - it is a streaming video / remote control program. When I enter my website address, a computer at a company called Blue Box Group LLC in Tacoma Washington (I looked up live usage on my site and saw that this was the IP address that actually accessed the animations I was viewing) opens the page. The app is designed so that any time I touch the screen, that screen touch (or keyboard tap) is transmitted to the remote computer. My screen displays a live feed of what is on the display of the remote computer.

    The program will work very well when you have a fast internet connection, and are viewing a site that works well with Firefox (I'm pretty sure that is the browser used on the remote computer). If you have a slower connection, your experience will be considerably less good. This method of viewing flash is very bandwidth intensive I think.

    The person earlier in the thread who was unable to view the UK Channel 5 web-player got the region error because it was the remote computer (in Tacoma) that was actually accessing the page - therefore it was outside the allowed region, even though the end user with the iPad may have been in the UK.

    Nice app though - I'm impressed with the concept and the execution.
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    Can anyone else connect to iswifter web browser today? Is the server down?
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    Ah it looks like someone is having problems :confused:

    I have just downloaded the APP and it is telling me my connection has slowed down and it is trying to adjust the quality then it times out?
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    Are you able to get to starting web page- google? Seems like iswifter runs on multi-mini virtual private server VPS units...when too many people subscribe or some users overload that same server you are on, you can't even start the web browser.
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    iSwifter turned into an oxymoron.
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    Tried again this morning 0700 UK time and it loaded fine. Watched the short highlights of a football match, good quality stream with the odd jitter here and there but viewable considering.

    Sent from my White 32gb Wifi & 3g iPad 2 using iPF
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    Spoke with the dev who said this is being worked on. I hope it does as it is the one drawback for me using this app. Some kind of proxy or similar or a remote server in your location to do the heavy lifting would be good.
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    Iswifter Help

    Does anyone get a time out message? After about 10 minutes of video playtime, I get the message to tap the screen or the video will stop playing due to inactivity. After I tap the screen, I get the message "Unable to connect to iSwifter". Anyone else have this experience?
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    I think you have to tap a key every 5min or so, to avoid the time out.
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    Iswifter help

    Yes, and when I tap the screen an error message appears in the middle if the screen saying "unable to connect to iswifter". The message block appears in the middle of the screen. If I tap on it, the video stops and I am returned to the main menu. If I don't tap on it, the video continues to play, but is blocked by the error message.
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    I get that too. iSwifter seems a little buggy. These stops are not conclusive to watching videos or playing online radio. I'll wait before buying.
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    Same problem here. Keep hoping an update will correct this. Will also wait before buying.
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    anyone know of a better flash player, even if i pay for it. iswifter works but slow
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    They are all pretty much sluggish and unpredictable. Sorry!
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    iswifter is crap
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    Totally agree! I use it only when it is necessary to see the flash content of a page..without minding the quality/speed of the playback..
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    I use Puffin to watch videos in Flash. I have one site I have to watch training courses in and it is all flash so I found Puffin works best for me. It is not flawless tho. :confused: I'm sure one of these talented developers will get this one tuned up or someone will come out with an awesome one. Just waiting . . .

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