Puffin, the mobile browser with a little extra

Puffin is a mobile browser available for both Android and iOS. It is especially interesting for iOS users thanks to the support of - yes - Flash.

In principle, the standard browser Safari is fine in iOS. If only because all other alternative browsers running under this mobile operating system are required to use the same underlying engine. In short: it doesn't matter in terms of rendering the pages whether you use Safari or an alternative. Unless you do it very cleverly, as they did with Puffin. In this browser, Flash content is played live on a server elsewhere and then streamed to Puffin. In other words: you can now simply use Flash components on a website.

Because although Flash is dying out, you unfortunately still come across it a lot on sites. Sometimes, for example, forms or other parts of a page or site cannot be used. Very annoying. And as far as we're concerned, that's not due to the browser that doesn't support Flash, but to the web designer who should have converted the outdated technology into something more modern long ago. Anyway, with Puffin you get a PC-like browser. In addition to the support for Flash, there are some other useful extras such as a virtual mouse. Or a virtual keyboard, sometimes necessary if an input field on a 'difficult' page is not recognized as such by the browser.

To work

Puffin is available in both a free and paid version. In this last variant, you are kept free of advertisements, among other things. The way Puffin works is simple. You don't have to notice the extra functionality. Flash works right out of the box. If you want to see a trackpad for mouse control on your screen, tap the button with the three lines at the top right of the screen. In the opened menu, then turn on the switch behind Mouse at. Do you run into a field on a page where no virtual keyboard appears on your device after tapping? Then tap Keyboard in the same menu. There is an option for every privacy-conscious surfer New incognito tab.

The Theatermode leads to a full screen browser with no distractions. In this mode you can also set the quality of the Flash components. To do this, tap the button with the three dots at the bottom right of the screen and use the slider. Less quality naturally results in a less attractive image, but it also saves data. That's something Puffin does anyway: save data. Web pages are optimized on servers elsewhere, which should lead to fast loading times - also on slower devices. Finally, don't forget to go through the settings (cogwheel) of Puffin to fine-tune the whole. Accessible via the three-lined button in the normal view, at the top right of the screen.

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