With the September 4th release of Chrome, you may have heard that Google is changing the way it handles Flash, requiring that permission to run Flash be allowed for every new browser session.
What this means is that every time Chrome is restarted, sites you have allowed Flash to run in (including iDashboards) will need to be re-allowed.
However, while not widely publicized, there is a way to modify the settings in Chrome so that Flash permissions are retained. To make this change, open a new window or tab in Chrome and copy/paste the following line:
This will take you to a new page where you will see a setting called Enable Ephemeral Flash Permissions highlighted in yellow. There will be a dropdown menu to the right of this setting that says Default. Click the dropdown and change this to Disabled.
Once you have made this change, you can close the tab. Chrome will now remember when you have allowed permission for a site to run Flash, even if the browser session is closed.
Please note: This only pertains to the Chrome browser. Internet Explorer and Firefox still retain Flash permissions in the same manner they always have.
For instances where changing this setting in Chrome could be an inconvenience or is not possible, iDashboards has a ready solution in place, which is to use the iDashboards Desktop Application.
For those of you not familiar with our Desktop App, it is a lightweight application client that uses Adobe AIR in place of Flash and can connect to your existing iDashboards installation, whether it is installed locally or on a server.
Installing and configuring the iDashboards Desktop App is a quick and simple process that we will guide you through here.
Installing the iDashboards Desktop App
The first step will be to download the app installer from the following location:
Once the download has completed, run the installer, which will take care of installing the app itself, Adobe AIR, and add a shortcut to your desktop.
Now that we've got the app installed, the next step is to connect to your iDashboards installation. Launch the iDashboards App from the desktop shortcut or start menu and click Add Server. You'll want to click this even if you are running iDashboards from your PC or laptop.
Next, you'll give your server a Display Name of your choosing and add the URL you normally use in your browser to connect to iDashboards.
You can also choose to have the Desktop Application connect to your iDashboards installation automatically when it is launched, by ensuring that Connect on Startup is checked. Once you've entered a Display Name and your URL, click Save to return to the main screen.
Now you'll see the iDashboards installation you have added. Click the switch on the right to launch it, and you're all set!
For More information on the Desktop Install and our HTML5 movement please reference iDashboards Desktop Application