FlashMute is a tool which allows you to mute/unmute Flash Movies loaded in a browser exclusively, or alternatively all sounds produced by the browser.
Works with all known Flash player versions.
If you are running an older version of Windows, or without the newest service packs, you might need to download the GDI+ redistributable: Here (alternatively here, if you can withstand the genuine Microsoft Windows check). Doing this is only necessary if FlashMute blurts out some dll error when you launch it.
Important notice to users of a FlashMute prior to v2.0
If you have a previous version of FlashMute installed, remove it now, eithery by clicking the Uninstall shortcut in your Start Menu->Programs->FlashMute, or by use of Add/Remove Programs on your Control Panel. After doing this you should go to Macromedia and download the newest Flash Player version, to ensure everything is working correctly. Also, you no longer have to close browsers / MSN when installing. Simply execute the installer to have it all setup.
How to use
When executed, FlashMute will put a new icon in your systray (which normally can be found at the lower right of your screen). When single-clicking this icon, it will alternate between its normal (unmuted) "F"-state, and the (muted) "F" with a red X across it. When in the normal state, Flash movies will be allowed to use sound output, but when the red X is displayed, Flash will be denied access to your audio hardware.
Pressing CTRL + ALT + M will switch between muted and unmuted mode. This is a hotkey alternative to single-clicking the icon. It also serves as a panic-button if a loud Flash movie jumps up on you.
2.08 [March 11th, 2006]
2.07 [March 10th, 2006]
2.06 [January 13th, 2006]
2.05 [January 3nd, 2006]
2.04 [January 2nd, 2006]
Fixed bugs where embedded media played by QuickTime wasn't blocked properly.
2.02 Minor bugs fixed. MIDI blocking improved.
2.00 First major release of the rewritten version.
New features in version 2.0
This is a complete rewrite of the previous version, and has a completely different take on the muting. This version does not require anything to be patched or replaced, so upgrading your flash player will not affect how FlashMute now operates.
With the update I included two new visible features. You can now right-click the tray icon to enable/disable the hotkey. In disabled mode, the tray icon will have to be pressed for muting to be toggled. Along with that, theres now an option to mute the whole browser, not only Flash movies running inside it. This will silence midi's and wav's added to the website.
Any questions and bug reports can be directed to me by mail, or my guest book (I might even get a forum up at some point, but no promises will be made:).
Features waiting to be implemented
With the initial 2.0 I was planning to implement support for muting Windows Media played on a website aswell, but this proved more tedious than first expected. In addition to this, I was not able to decide if this was the right thing to do, as most Windows Media played is streams from online radio stations and similar -- not too often (or at all) used for unwanted noise. I will however add muting of Windows Media (and similar) sound sources in the future, but just how this will presented, settings wise, I don't yet know.