Here’s a quick update to Minitube. It mainly fixes some videos skipping. Another important bug fix is for audio playback not resuming after long pauses.
YouTube app for Windows, Mac and Linux
Hi all, it’s been a while. With this new release I ported away Minitube from Phonon, a multimedia API that originated long time ago in the KDE project. I evaluated both QtAV and MPV, wrote my own media abstraction around them and finally chose to ship with libmpv. It’s a great open-source project and very active. Kudos to them.
As a direct consequence to using a new multimedia backend, Minitube now supports all YouTube video resolutions up to 4K.
In Mac land, I added support for the new Dark Mode that was introduced in macOS Mojave. Switching on fly is also supported.
Minitube 3.0 ships with the brand new Qt 5.12.2 which brings many improvements and fixes some UI bugs.
Enjoy your trusty and up-to-date Minitube!
Hi all, here’s a new Minitube version that brings Minitube one step closer to Perfection™. The menu bar is now hidden by default on Windows and Linux. There is a new Chrome-like toolbar menu that contains actions not available in the rest of the UI.
I indulged a bit in code refactoring and cleanup, using more C++11 features. Minitube uses a little less memory and should be slightly faster now. Apart from that expect the usual slew of minor fixes and visual tweaks.
Enjoy and spread the word!
Just a quick note to announce the release of Minitube 2.8. In this released I focused on improving the overall quality of the application by fixing small bugs and defects. Enjoy!
PS. Tomorrow I’m leaving for my usual mountain camping in Abruzzo, only leave kind comments!
Hi all, a new Minitube version is ready. This time I focused on a number visual style improvements. The main toolbar with the media controls is only shown when viewing videos and doesn’t clutter other views.
On macOS I fixed an annoying bug with sidebar resizing.
On Windows and Linux the menu bar can now be hidden by pressing ALT.
On Linux I dropped custom styling for sliders, icons and the tab bar so Minitube will closely follow your system theme. Also the fullscreen experience is improved with overlay toolbar and sidebar that do not cause the video to resize.
GNOME users, beware of the Software app! It fails to install the deb when there is an older version in the repositories. You’ll have to resort to command line:
sudo dpkg -i minitube.deb
Enjoy this update!
Minitube 2.6 is now available with a hotfix for VEVO videos. But there’s more to it. There’s a new “Restricted Mode” that blocks inappropriate content. This is obviously a plus if you use Minitube for kids entertainment. Minitube now prevents the display from sleeping when the user is idle. I know, this should have been there from day 1… but finally I managed to do it. Enjoy!
The is the first Minitube version based on Qt 5. Qt 5 brings HiDPI (Retina Display) support, OSX-style scrollbars and better accessibility on Mac. I had to completely rewrite the toolbar for Mac, as the Qt 5 toolbar does not really behave as the native one. The result is a much better looking Mac toolbar.
I took the opportunity the rework icons, fonts and style across the whole app. 2.5 is by far the cleanest and tidiest Minitube ever.
With Qt 5 I decided to drop support for OS X 10.6, which is becoming a real pain to support. My advice for those still running Snow Leopard is updating to 10.10 (which is free, by the way).
Here’s the complete changelog:
- Upgraded to Qt 5
- HiDPI (aka Retina Display) support
- Mac style overhaul: new toolbar, lighter fonts & tabs
- Reworked icons on Mac & Windows
- Status Bar hidden when not needed: less clutter, more room for videos
- Clickable links in video description
- Autoadjust window size (Bye, useless black bars!)
- Smart date formatting: 3 hours ago, 1 month ago, etc.
- When opening the YouTube webpage the video now starts from where it left in Minitube
- Fixed videos restarting after long pause
- Dropped support for OS X 10.6
- New and updated translations. A big thank you to the translators!
This release is about porting Minitube to the new YouTube APIs, version 3. The old ones are going to be switched off in a few weeks so everybody make sure to update.
Minitube is now using HTTPS everywhere for better privacy and security. Also, Minitube now loads 50 results instead of 10 so finding the right video now requires even less clicking.
The Windows and Mac version ship with LibVLC 2.2.0. This should solve playback issues reported by a few Windows users. On Ubuntu, the “Ambiance” style toolbar is now back.
A note for Linux packagers
Minitube sources moved to GitHub. YouTube API version 3 requires an API key. Each key has a limited “quota”. In order to build you need your own API key. Check the README.md file for details.