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kimmer
post Jun 3 2017, 12:09 PM
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https://www.macobserver.com/tips/quick-tip/...utoplay-safari/

Even though it requires using the Terminal, I'm tempted.


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post Jun 3 2017, 05:08 PM
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I think Click to Plugin or Click to Flash has a setting for that. Maybe even Flash Player? I'm not at home right now, so...

While you will have to open Terminal (assuming you're not using Pathfinder), these kinds of use are pretty tame. Just make sure you copy and paste the instructions into a text document first. That way, if you make a misteak, you won't need a browser to undo your commands.

Another 'security blanket' is that you don't do any actual typing. That whear most peeple mayor ererz. All you do is copy the commands and paste them into a Terminal window. Don't forget to press the 'return' key. wink.gif


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post Jun 3 2017, 10:09 PM
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My biggest concern is what if I hate the hack? Or it interferes with something else? How do I reset what I've done?

And this is from experience: I did a terminal thing for TextEdit and had a dickens of a time undoing it. wallbash.gif When Sneakers was here, he understood all this stuff and he could easily fix what I mucked up.


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post Jun 4 2017, 02:53 AM
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Firefox makes this so easy with its about:config page.

Anyway, here are other possibilities.

https://nerdily.org/wp-content/uploads/2017.../Debug-Menu.png

http://macreports.com/disable-auto-play-videos-safari-macos/

https://discussions.apple.com/thread/6626603?tstart=0


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post Jun 4 2017, 09:08 AM
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How do I reset what I've done?
Sorry, I didn't notice that MacObserver didn't include the "UN-Do" text/commands. OTOH, that's why these "hacks" are so safe. All you are doing is setting a value in the System's prefs to either TRUE or FALSE (while spelling is important, case is not). The last two words in all the commands on that page are "-bool" and "false". The rest of the command is simply telling the OS what part of the preference to change. That's why I suggested you copy the text from the page into a text editor so you can keep them for the future and not worry about finding the web page again.

The direct answer to you question is: Change the word "false" to "true", save the file, copy the entire command and paste it into Terminal again. Done.

You are using Terminal only to change a pref file, not actually mucking around with the OS code. I don't even consider this as "hacking". The only reason you have to use Terminal (in this example, anyway) is because Apple hasn't included this setting in any normal user pref dialog; it's just not a normally available setting for users.

The "Debug" option is certainly another, non-Terminal method and completely approved by Apple. Many of their apps have either a "Develop" or "Debug" menu enable option. some have both.


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post Jun 4 2017, 08:44 PM
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Thanks, xABD and Krissel. I opted to use the 'Debug' menu, and tried:

Debug > Media Flags > Disallow inline videos

and found that really messed up a lot of sites where I wanted to be able to actually view a video.

So I unchecked that and went to:

Debug > Media Flags > Video Needs User Action

and that works like a charm.


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post Jun 4 2017, 10:25 PM
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Great! I always enable Debug and Develop menus when given a chance. You can't have too many menus... Unless you want to memorize them. Still, I like the way most Apple menus at least make an attempt to be mnemonic as opposed to demonic like another OS... laughhard.gif

On the other hand, I get the impression that some people never get past command c, v, x, z and s... rolleyes.gif


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post Jun 5 2017, 01:03 PM
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QUOTE(Xairbusdriver @ Jun 4 2017, 08:25 PM) *
On the other hand, I get the impression that some people never get past command c, v, x, z and s... rolleyes.gif

I know a lot of folks who don't get those commands at all. Nor do they understand hitting reply to an email, instead they create a new one and say whatever, and often it makes no sense without the original email; and then let's talk about a group email where most hit reply instead of reply all. rolleyes.gif


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post Jun 6 2017, 01:01 AM
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Kimmer, you will be happy to know that the new High Sierra now improves Safari so it has control of those autoplay videos. smile.gif

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Maybe even more thrilling to the world’s internet surfers (and less thrilling to advertisers), Safari will be able to auto-block auto-play videos. Now, no video will begin playing unless you click it. (You can grant certain sites permission to autoplay every time, if you like.)


Lots of other little but appreciated improvements, too.

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/apple-polish...-223828310.html


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post Jun 6 2017, 07:45 AM
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Sounds great! clap.gif


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post Jun 6 2017, 11:33 AM
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QUOTE(krissel @ Jun 5 2017, 11:01 PM) *
Kimmer, you will be happy to know that the new High Sierra now improves Safari so it has control of those autoplay videos. smile.gif


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Lots of other little but appreciated improvements, too.


WOW! I hadn't read all of those little improvement. The update to Photos looks fantastic! I'm hoping to stretch my budget to include a couple of new Apple hardware items. Can't do them all wink.gif , but I'll spend my technology budget and have fun.


Edited to clarify that I'm looking to purchase hardware, as the software upgrade is free.


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post Jun 6 2017, 11:55 AM
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Budget won't be a consideration with High Sierra. I'm sure that, as with other OS upgrades, it will be free.


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post Jun 6 2017, 11:59 AM
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I'm just now reading this weeks TidBITS which covers the new OS and how it affects Mail, Safari, etc. Of course, words from the horses mouth always seem exciting! I mean, how many talking horses do you know?!! laughhard.gif


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post Jun 6 2017, 12:45 PM
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QUOTE(jchuzi @ Jun 6 2017, 09:55 AM) *
Budget won't be a consideration with High Sierra. I'm sure that, as with other OS upgrades, it will be free.


I clarified: I'm looking to purchase hardware, as the software upgrade is free.


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post Jun 6 2017, 03:58 PM
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Sell your car! I'm sure you'd get enough to cover a maxed out iMac(taxes and handling not included). Wait, OR doesn't have a sales tax, does it? Thinking.gif You might even have enough left over to buy one of those two-wheel carts to take on your shopping trips! thumbup.gif


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post Jun 9 2017, 05:36 PM
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QUOTE(kimmer @ Jun 3 2017, 01:09 PM) *
https://www.macobserver.com/tips/quick-tip/...utoplay-safari/

Even though it requires using the Terminal, I'm tempted.
You can also enable Debug with Cocktail and OnyX.


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