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Puffin App- Play Flash Websites on the iPad


Picture is linked to the app on itunes

Have some great websites you wish you could use on the iPad but they require flash? The Puffin app ($2.99) solves that problem. The app is a web browser that you use just like safari, except when you visit a site that requires flash it works! Well worth the price if you ask me. The image above is from the National Geographic ebooks webmix (find it here) and it should not work on the iPad, but with the Puffin App it does! Another example is all the Starfall pages work with this great app. It even includes a special trackpad tool so the kids can click and drag if the site requires that (see below.)

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17 Responses to Puffin App- Play Flash Websites on the iPad

  1. I like photon as well. It is $4.99. It allows you to split the screens or use tabs and you can turn the flash component on or off depending on the website you are on to save data.

  2. Kristin says:

    Thank you for bringing this app to our attention! I just tried it out and I am beyond thrilled. Can’t wait to use the RAZ Kids site with the iPads in my classroom! Thanks again–you consistently share fantastic resources.

  3. Matt,
    I use a similar app called Rover. I don’t know how it compares to Puffin, but Rover is free and I like free!

    • Matt Gomez says:

      Camille, Rover is what I had been using but they only allow a few websites now. Since they made that change I switched to Puffin because all websites are available. Rover works great if the site you want is on their list. I agree, free is always better. Thanks for the comment.

  4. Melissa Hunt says:

    Which puffin app is it? Could you post a picture?

  5. Rita says:

    Is there any other apps like puffin that r free

  6. Here’s also a tutorial on “how to play flash on iPad”.

  7. Jon says:

    The school I am teaching at right now has just purchased a pretty awesome math series. The entire book is online, along with a plethora of other content such as itools, interactive games that pertain to the specific skill they are learning at that point in time, real-life math videos, etc. I would love to use this, however the school will not allow the use of “puffin” because it somehow by-passes the security, which would allow students to free-roam the web. I think the administration is afraid something might happen if they allow the students to do this. I am going to try rover tomorrow but if that doesn’t work then I would love to hear your ideas!!! Thanks a million!!!

    • Matt Gomez says:

      Last time I checked rover it only allowed a few select websites. I know there have been some concerns with puffin but my understaffing is that if you are on a monitored/restricted network the kids still have the same security as they would on any browser on the network.

  8. Courtney says:

    I have brought this question in up in my district because we are unable to use Puffin for security reasons too. The answer I received is that Puffin is a proxy server…therefore, anything goes. They are unable to filter Puffin.

  9. Gregory says:

    Correct, Puffin is unfiltered and therefore NOT a solution to be used on iPads. It actually violates board policy (any that are good) to be using Puffin in the educational setting.

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