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MySpeed for Mac Browser Support
Friday, 15 November 2019 00:00

As of Chrome version 76 and Firefox version 68 (including Firefox ESR) on Mac, MySpeed for Mac is unable to detect video and control the playback speed in those browsers. Both browsers are going out of their way, so to speak, to block software like MySpeed from working with them in an effort to be more secure. There is currently no work-around for this.

Here's the current list of browsers that MySpeed for Mac can support:

  • The Opera browser (http://www.opera.com, this is a Chromium based browser that has similar performance and overall feel to Chrome.); this will run your Chrome extensions
  • The Vivaldi browser (https://vivaldi.com/, another Chromium based browser); this also will run your Chrome extensions
  • SRWare Iron browser: (https://www.srware.net/iron/, another Chromium based browser) that looks and feels most like Chrome. You can sign into Chrome, and it will import all of your bookmarks and run your extensions.
  • The SeaMonkey browser: (http://www.seamonkey-project.org/, a Mozilla (Firefox) based browser)

Note: the Opera browser and the Vivaldi browser are based on the Chromium project, however, they do not implement all the restrictions that Chrome implements to prevent MySpeed from working with them. They do however, use the Utility: AudioService task to play audio. This prevents MySpeed from working them as of their latest versions. However, this can be disabled via a command line parameter so that MySpeed will work.

You can launch Opera and Vivaldi from the command line (the Terminal application on your Mac) like so:

  • Opera: /Applications/Opera.app/Contents/MacOS/Opera --disable-features=AudioServiceOutOfProcess
  • Vivaldi: /Applications/Vivaldi.app/Contents/MacOS/Vivaldi --disable-features=AudioServiceOutOfProcess

However, that is not a very good long term solution. We are providing some clickable Launchers that you can put into your Applications folder that will launch Opera or Vivaldi with those command line parameters for you:

Download the zip file for your preferred browser and double click to unzip the file; the unziped application file can be then moved to your applications folder and used to launch the respective browser. You will likely need to right-click and select Open the first time you run them as you Mac will claim they are created by an unidentified developer.

Sorry for the trouble and thank you for your patience.

Last Updated on Friday, 15 November 2019 15:46
 
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