Update – Sept 22, 2010: new release v1.4 out, with some new features and minor fixes.
Aug 29, 2010: I apologize for the lack of updates and months-long negligence (I blame laziness, work, summer vacation, in that order). To all people sending mails and complaining in the comments, sorry! It’s now back and better ☉‿☉
This is a super minimalist, lightweight enhancement kit for Youtube, made using the site’s own infrastructure and data API.
- All videos served in a single-page. No reloads. No clutter.
- Preview videos in-place without clicking (those sneaky thumbnail cheats)
- Easily Download videos (as flash or mpg: HD or otherwise)
- .. and few other tricks. Try it for yourself, it’s a only drag + click away
Get the bookmarklet
To use this bookmarklet, drag the link below onto
your bookmarks toolbar, or right-click and bookmark;
Go to any video (or start with this death defying one) and click the bookmarklet.
Tested and works in Firefox, Chrome and Opera
Install browser plug-ins
Superior video browsing powers
Taking a multi-page application and turning it into a single-page is no easy feat.
This is my attemp to hack Youtube into a clean, single page application, where all videos are played with a single click. Most people have a latent disdain for Youtube comments, so by making subtle changes here, reworking the interface there, everything but the actual content is kept off the view. This is what you get:
This is a bit of productivity killer, so park your work somewhere safe.
Also, keep in mind that because this tool uses Youtube’s own infrastructure, once the external files are included into your first video page, all video requests are made by your web-browser to youtube.com and go no further than that.
For the curious souls, here is the complete sourcecode.
- I’m not currently able (emphasis on able) to make it work in Internet
Explorer. If any of you got the powers, please step forward and unleash
your magic – some will surely appreciate it . I couldn’t even make that
IE debugger give me an error message, even a vague one, like it usually