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.
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.
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
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
Hi all, this release brings many under-the-hood changes. The biggest one is the switch from QuickTime to VLC as the multimedia engine on the Mac. Windows users also get a major update to the VLC libraries used which should solve many reported issues. The switch to a newer VLC also brings much better and reliable video seeking and faster video start, especially with longer ones.
Feature-wise, Minitube can now create video snapshots (i.e capture frames) at full resolution just by pressing a key. Bloggers and social media users will probably put this feature to good use. The search suggestions that popup while you type received some usability and style enhancements.
Minitube now supports Mac OS X Yosemite (10.10) and works again on Snow Leopard (10.6).
On the Linux side, I decided to stop publishing Minitube via the Ubuntu Software Center: updates were approved too slowly and getting feedback was always hard. Starting from this release, I’ll take care of .deb packages directly on this site.
Take video snapshots at full resolution
Faster and more reliable seeking
Faster video start with longer videos
Slide transition in playlist navigation
Make the volume handle red when volume is zero
Enhancements to the search suggestions
The Mac version is now 64bit and uses the VLC engine to play videos
Fixed minor style issues with Mac OS X Yosemite 10.10
Restored compatibility with Mac OS X Snow Leopard 10.6
The Windows version has been updated to the latest VLC
The Ubuntu & Debian version is now shipped as a .deb on the site. Goodbye Ubuntu Software Center!