After all, how many different videos of cats and babies and stupid tricks can the populace stand? Apparently, millions. My way of watching YouTube on my Mac, sans cat videos and stupid human tricks, has changed because of this app.
Browser Be Damned
It seems as if Google is on to something with the iPhone. There’s a dedicated YouTube app, good for searching and viewing (and creating and uploading video clips).
Mac users are stuck in the good old browser window, but Minitube might change your Mac YouTube viewing habits for the better.
Minitube is a small, dedicated app that not only lets you search categories on YouTube, it plays videos in HD, up to 1080p, and in fullscreen mode.
Now, get this. Minitube doesn’t use the Flash Player so your Mac won’t use as much CPU, or fan to keep the Mac cool, or as much battery life while playing YouTube videos.
Wait. There’s more.
Minitube gives you more than a few useful options. Favorite video clips on YouTube can be downloaded and stored on your Mac as MPEG4 so the clips will play on iPhone and iPad, too.
Controls are drop dead easy with video transport controls and others in the top left corner. Searching is just as easy, too. Enter keywords and Minitube searches YouTube for you.
Minitube has even more advantages over using a browser window. You can subscribe to channel subscriptions without a YouTube account. Videos can be sorted by relevance, date, rating, and view count. The playlist is editable by drag and drop.
The app is smart enough to remember your searches, categories, and channels. Keep the player on top of the Mac’s screen if you want, and share video clip URLs with Facebook, Twitter, Buffer, or email. The only negative with Minitube is that once you use it you won’t want to check out YouTube in a browser window any more.
This app actually mades YouTube fun again (for those of us who decry cats, babies, and stupid tricks as entertainment in the 21st century).