John Dowdell writes about Flash and “eye-catching” ads. He is talking about those highly animated banners taking all your attention away from your real task.
when I’m reading an article I don’t want stuff exploding and shaking and whirring in other parts of the page.
John asks for a good solution. A utility for stopping all SWFs will probably be included in the ad-killers that are available today. I can understand why John don’t want to see that happen for Flash. I have to wonder why Macromedia hasn’t thought about this problem themselves, and tried to find a solution.
Counting on designers of Flash ads to include stop features seems a bit naive, even if it would be good if everyone making Flash ads included a stop option.
There aren’t really any good solutions around to avoid annoying Flash ads today (At least that I know of, if you know about such a product – let me know). If you want a Flash banner to be unstoppable, its a perfectly easy task to achieve. And one that it seems a lot of Flash banner authors use.