SmokeScreen to Play Flash Videos on Your iPhone and iPad

Flash. That’s something most iPhone users have been forced to give up. Fortunately there is still a handful of renegade coders that won’t let Steve Jobs and his gang dictate what you can or cannot view on your iPhone.

Chris Smoak is one of these guys. Because he is aware that no matter what Apple thinks, Flash is still a huge part of the Internet, he developed Smokescreen, a workaround that will allow you to play Flash content on your iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

Here is how SmokeScreen works: “It runs entirely in the browser, reads in SWF binaries, unzips them (in native JS), extracts images and embedded audio and turns them in to base64 encoded data:uris, then stitches the vector graphics back together as animated SVG.”

SmokeScreen is just at its beginnings. Since Smokescreen is written in JavaScript, it is slower than the Flash plugin and is limited in speed by the performance of the browser. Still, it’s a nice beginning that gives us hope to see Flash one day running on iPhone OS. [via Engadget]