One of the many quirks about the iPad is its inability to play Flash, which include both streaming video and playing games made with Flash.

One common feature of these Flash-enabled web browsers is the way they stream content from a remote server. Instead of connecting directly to a website, these web browsers connect to a remote server, which then downloads the page from the original website. This server can then run the Flash program and send it back down to the iPad browser as a video stream.

To access RainmakerVT’s Flash-based content on your iPad, you’ll have to obtain a Flash-friendly browser and run it on that. Here are the two best options:

Photon Browser

The Photon Browser is easily the best solution for playing Flash videos and games on the iPad. Photon is a full-fledged browser with all of the added features one would expect in a web browser, including tabbed web pages, fullscreen browsing, private browsing, anonymous browsing, bookmarks and the ability to print.

But the main reason why people buy the Photon Browser is its ability to run Flash. This doesn't stop with just videos. The Photon Browser includes a number of settings to optimize the experience, such as separate Video and Game modes. A Flash game requires more scanning for input by the user and quicker refresh from the player, otherwise, the game can get choppy or laggy.  

The Photon Browser also allows you to use the on-screen keyboard for keyboard commands to the Flash app and to choose from different game controls. 

Download Photon Browser

Puffin Web Browser

The Puffin Web Browser has both a free version (linked above) and a paid version, which removes the advertisements from the free version. Not only does it have support for playing Flash video and running Flash games, it gives you the choice of a virtual Trackpad or virtual Gamepad in order to better control those games.

Unlike the Photon Browser, Puffin is a fairly good web browser. It is lightning quick with a strong user interface. Unfortunately, access to bookmarks is strangely hidden within the menu system instead of appearing on display on the main screen, which is enough for many users to run back to Safari. And if users need another reason to use another browser, it will be the advertisements, which can get annoying. Though the easy solution to that dilemma would be to purchase the paid version.

Download Puffin Web Browser