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Jedi Knight
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I found this on the Dealmac Forum-is it helpful to anyone?
Reduce Flash CPU with ONE Simple Fix
Posted by: Shuh (IP Logged)
Date: May 21, 2010 06:05PM

I have one Flash-based music streaming site I just can't do without. And like all Flash-based abominations, the CPU meter pegs every time I open the page. But I recently found I can cut the CPU usage to a fraction with one simple trick! All you have to do is add another tab to your browser window! When I want to "background" whatever makes Flash such a CPU hog, I just click on the other tab and leave the focus there. My web-streaming music continues to play on and my processor gets a reprieve from Flash Hell!

I've done tests with Activity Monitor, and as far as I know this is the only way to throttle Flash back. To review:

• Changing focus to a completely different web page— doesn't do it.
• Changing focus to an entirely new application— doesn't do it.
• Only placing another tab in the Flash page's Safari window and then switching to that tab— will do it.

Hope someone somewhere has learned something useful!

Browser: Safari 4.0.5
OSX: 10.4.11
CPU: G4



Edited 1 times. Last edit at 05/21/10 06:07PM by Shuh
 
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I usually keep the Tab bar open, and multiple tabs going. That's probably why I've never noticed a Flash CPU hit. This tip must work...


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Or upgrade to Flash Player 10.1 which was rewritten in Cocoa.


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Was using a non-cocoa version the reason for the CPU hit?


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Apple just recently allowed Adobe more access under the hood (GPU support for example) to leverage the hooks to make Flash faster, more stable and less CPU intensive. 10.1 is a huge improvement and 10.2 promises to be even better.


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And when will 10.2 see the light? Smile


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After 10.1 and before 10.3 Wink


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Those damn confidentiality clauses! Smile


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A good read about the performance gains in 10.1 here.


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