Last week I posted about Opera ad/content blocking functionality and some time after I got surprise on newish feature I missed. I noticed this page linking to my Opera flashblock post and reply there saying that it is now obsolete.
Wait, what did I miss? Turns out Opera had recently got in its not-really-mainstream-tweak On Demand Plugin mode that is essentially native flashblock.
What it does
Opera Turbo is a feature that came into desktop version of Opera from mobile. It is integrated proxy service that compresses and cuts down pages to reduce traffic and increase speed on slow connections. On fast connection it is not recommended to use because of quality loss and increased latency.
When enabled all content powered by Opera plugins is replaced with Play placeholders. Nothing is downloaded or run until you explicitly click play.
Yep, exactly how various flashblock implementations usually work! Native and no hacks!
How to enable
Sadly Opera tends to bury deep some quite useful features. On Demand Plugin mode can be enabled on preferences page:
I also highly recommend this awesome post that tells how to toggle mode with custom interface button, keyboard shortcut and menu option.
Blocking is not limited to Flash. Anything plugin-powered is blocked – very comprehensive.
Using it for several days and no issues – everything works just fine and no content is broken by block. Hit play and it just works.
Content on some sites (like Kongregate) tends to slip through blocking. I am not sure what it depends on, maybe on specific types of loading or something.
Smooth and native implementation of flashblock concept. Some hoop jumping to enable, but awesome anyway.