BLINK – Great integration with Chrome and Firefox

BLINK – Great integration with Chrome and Firefox


I am a huge Google Chrome fan and the fact that Adobe has chosen to integrate Flash content into their browser, makes me very happy.

Now, thanks to some clever coding by Markus Eichinger we finally have Blink available for Firefox. It's not just an addon which will allow you to watch YouTube videos in flash (if they support it), but also works great with other flash based sites such as DailyMotion and Vimeo (again if they support it).

Why is this so cool? Well lets say you want to use two browsers; one for work and one for home. Using Blink allows you seamlessly switch between them without having to open/close multiple tabs or windows within each browser. You can install both versions of Blink on different devices and use the same usernames and passwords to access any content you like.

What is Blink? Wikipedia says: "Blink is a web browser engine developed by Google and used in the Google Chrome web browser. It was first introduced in the Beta release of Chrome 5, on 25 January 2011."

Basically, it's the code that lets Chrome open Flash based content (such as games) while still allowing other browsers like Firefox and Safari to function normally (without Flash).

Well, if you do want to try this for yourself from within Firefox, here's how:

1. First download this file  (You can also clone/download from Github if you prefer) 2. Now save the file somewhere you can easily access it, remember where you save it though. 3. Open up Firefox and go to Tools > Add-ons 4. Select the gear icon at the top right and then select Install Add-on from file... 5 . Locate and open (or just drag and drop) the Blink file and click OK 6 . You should see an add-on enabled notification telling you that "Blink is configured" - check for this or else its not working correctly 7 . Now close Firefox completely (you don't need to run Chrome with Flash, but running Windows Task Manager (Ctrl+Shift+Esc) and killing any firefox processes will work fine) 8 . Reopen Firefox 9 . Go to Tool > Options 10. You'll see a new Blink option under Content 11. Click OK, and Firefox will restart 12 . Enjoy your seamless browser switching 13 . If you have any problems open a support request here  or here

Why these links? Because I didn't want to be accused of self promotion so will leave the other link as an exercise for the reader...

Remember though both these links are unofficial builds, so it's up to yourself if you trust them or not.

I hope this guide has been useful and maybe even made using 2 browsers (on 1 PC) easier for you. Thanks Markus Eichinger!

tl;dr: Download this file then install it into Firefox after installing the Flash plugin into Chrome (both unsigned) then enjoy smooth web browsing.

Title: A new open source program called "Primitive" lets you play with your GPU's graphics capabilities in real time.

Ever wondered what would happen if you turned up the rendering resolution or amount of particles in a game? Then this is for you.

Today I stumbled across an awesome project by Tyler Glaiel who worked at Bungie on games including Halo Reach, Destiny and Marathon . He has now released his latest tool Primitive which provides users the ability to turn up the settings in their favourite game! By doing this they can see how it will look when they have bought that new card or upgraded their rig. This is especially useful for gamers who want to know whether upgrading their current rig would be worth the cost or if they are better off waiting until they can afford to upgrade everything.

Primitive works by creating an OpenGL window with the desired parameters set in code, this window is then layered above your current game window. This ingenious tool allows you to use all the rendering settings in your game (that it would let you) and see what they look like in real time.

Now for some Linux usage! For those of us that are running an open source operating system we don't have access to most games due to them creating exclusive windows into which they draw their content. This means that Primitive can't overlay our games as there is no way for it to access them without being able to create a window itself first. Luckily Tyler has created a quick guide on how to get Primordial working on Linux: 1 . First download the latest version from here 2 . with Wine.

The process is relatively easy, but will require a few steps which are outlined below:

1.  Download the latest version of wine with winetricks 2.  Install vcrun2008 3.  Install primordial 4. Add primordial to your path 5. Run "primordial -i game_exe" 7.  Enjoy!

I have been able to test this process out on my Arch Linux laptop and it works perfectly. The only small issue with the whole process is that wine creates a separate output for each window, which means that Primordial overlays the wrong game if you have more than one running at a time. If you want to see Primordial in action check out Tyler's video:

I hope that this guide will help some of you who were having trouble with Primitive on Linux. If you enjoy the app then be sure to thank Tyler for creating such a great piece of software! Let me know what games work well with Primitive and any extra information in the comments below!


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