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Mar 8th, 2013 at 12:13am
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It looks like the latest version of Chrome doesn't allow flash which means any videos posted using can not be viewed on the forum, just like users of iPads and other apple product.


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			<br /><br /><object classid="CLSID:D27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000" width="600" height="516" codebase="http://active.macromedia.com/flash7/cabs/swflash.cab#version=9,0,0,0"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/EK448h_C4x0" /><param name="loop" value="false" /><param name="quality" value="high" /><param name='bgcolor' value="#FFFFFF" /><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/EK448h_C4x0" width="600" height="516" loop="false" bgcolor="#FFFFFF" quality="high" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/shockwave/download/index.cgi?P1_Prod_Version=ShockwaveFlash" /></object>
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I know there is nothing that can be done but this is really gone to hurt YaBB.
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Reply #1 - Mar 8th, 2013 at 12:39am
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It isn't just YaBB that has problems embedding Flash items. I know of a number of commercial websites that cannot be navigated at all using Chrome because their navigation is all Flash driven and they have no fall-back position. (They are also not at all useful for the visually impaired.)
  

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Reply #2 - Mar 8th, 2013 at 4:31am
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The video you reference works for me using the latest version of Chrome.



For those of you who can't see the video
above, click here to see it on YouTube.

It also works in our forum just fine.


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Reply #3 - Mar 8th, 2013 at 5:47am
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And I just got an upgrade notice for Chrome. And I can confirm that Bill's embedded video works just fine in the version of Chrome that I have (Version 25.0.1364.97 m)
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Reply #5 - Mar 8th, 2013 at 10:05pm
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I'm glad you found a fix so that your Chrome browser works properly with flash videos. This should be very helpful for people who need it.
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Reply #6 - Mar 8th, 2013 at 10:30pm
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Doncha just love it when the big guys 'upgrade' things into oblivion?
  

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Reply #7 - Mar 8th, 2013 at 10:49pm
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Dandello wrote on Mar 8th, 2013 at 10:30pm:
Doncha just love it when the big guys 'upgrade' things into oblivion?

I know! It can be very frustrating. Huh

  

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Reply #8 - Mar 9th, 2013 at 12:55am
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Dandello wrote on Mar 8th, 2013 at 10:30pm:
Doncha just love it when the big guys 'upgrade' things into oblivion?

Urgh!

I'm lovin' the subscription based software that the big boys are trying to sneak past us. (Mircosoft and Adobe to mention 2)

Bill Myers wrote on Mar 8th, 2013 at 10:05pm:
I'm glad you found a fix so that your Chrome browser works properly with flash videos. This should be very helpful for people who need it.


I use FireFox, it was a few members on my forum this brought it to my attention. I keep Chrome on my system just for these special fun-filled occasions.

BTW, my forum turns 11 next month (I've only been running it for that last 4 years) I think it started with Yabb SE
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Reply #9 - Mar 9th, 2013 at 2:00am
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Firefox is also my browser of choice. Our forum turns 11 this May.

As for videos, our forum is only a secondary place to view them as the main pages of our site include the same videos. Bottom line, we have options.

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Update: Even though videos in our YaBB forums don't play while using an iPad (their fault; not YaBB's), I just realized they do play just fine while using an iPod. Go figure.

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Reply #10 - Mar 9th, 2013 at 2:03pm
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My Forum has 265 topics with videos, some with as many as 5+ videos in a series. I wouldn't be surprised if there where over a 1000 videos in all. Many are posted by members about techniques they developed or found on youtube.

While having separate page(s) for videos is an excellent idea, I don't think I could keep up. But maybe this is something I should consider enlisting a few members to take on.

BTW I have a Galaxy tablet and the videos don't show on YaBB either

I took a quick look at your website, I didn't find any forum there. I wanted to see how you set up the videos.
  
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Reply #11 - Mar 9th, 2013 at 4:07pm
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Obviously, embedded video support  (or having secondary links to the videos) is one of the things that needs to be looked at - especially we we start moving toward proper mobile support.
  

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Reply #12 - Mar 9th, 2013 at 4:49pm
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------ wrote on Mar 9th, 2013 at 2:03pm:
I took a quick look at your website, I didn't find any forum there. I wanted to see how you set up the videos.

Our YaBB forum serves another website on our server. It's been active since 2002. I'll be happy to give you the address if you contact me privately. It's not appropriate to list it here. My email address is public. I have a couple of movie screenings to attend to this afternoon, so expect a delay in getting back to you, but I'll check my email messages afterward.

As or maintaining separate pages for videos, the site with the YaBB forum on it has been online since 1997, so in practice, YaBB is actually the "separate" area that showcases videos (as well as photos, stories, etc.). Our YaBB forum compliments the website, not the other way around, although I do like the idea of exclusively using YaBB for the entire website.

As for keeping up with the broadcasting of videos, it's like anything else that's part of maintaining a website. Depending on how much needs to be done each day, yes, having other people help can sometimes be part of it.

I should point out that not every video in our forum uses the media tag, and that's simply because there are times when it doesn't work (not really a YaBB problem). In those cases, I post a linkable video thumbnail, or as I used to do it in the past, I simply post a link to the video.

If the videos you're broadcasting in your forum are from YouTube, all you need to do for people who can't view them is to add a simple link that opens up the video in YouTube. Place that link underneath, and/or above the video in your forum, and everyone will be able to see the videos.

Example:
Bill Myers wrote on Mar 8th, 2013 at 4:31am:


For those of you who can't see the video
above, click here to see it on YouTube.



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Reply #13 - Mar 9th, 2013 at 9:29pm
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Yes, that is a easy way, its just that I've have this problem directing people away from my forum.

Email Sent, thanks Bill

Dandello wrote on Mar 9th, 2013 at 4:07pm:
Obviously, embedded video support  (or having secondary links to the videos) is one of the things that needs to be looked at - especially we we start moving toward proper mobile support.


Absolutely
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Reply #14 - Mar 10th, 2013 at 10:26am
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------ wrote on Mar 9th, 2013 at 9:29pm:
Yes, that is a easy way, its just that I've have this problem directing people away from my forum.

Email Sent, thanks Bill

Ron, I'll get to your email later on today after I get some sleep ... had a very long day that ran into the evening. Oh yeah, and we lost an hour because of the time change.

In any case, and I had somehow forgotten about this, iPad users can actually view videos that are in your forum using a free app called OPlayerHD Lite. I just confirmed this with my iPad while viewing a flash video in our forum.

So maybe all you need to do is to let people know they can view videos in your forum while using their iPads if they want. They can simply download that free app from their iPad (click the link below for information).

"OPlayer HD is used to boost your iPad's media abilities, you can also use it to streaming audio and video over the internet."

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As for directing people away from your forum, they would simply be going to a new window; not actually leaving. But that shouldn't matter anyway. You have a great looking site, and an active forum, so no matter how many times visitors may go elsewhere, you'll surely have them coming back.

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