Youtube desktop players offer an alternative to opening the YouTube website in a web browser. There are surprisingly few applications available that let you play YouTube videos on the desktop. Miro comes to mind but that application is not lightweight by any means.
YTubePlayer is a desktop Youtube player that comes with most of the bells and whistles that you would expect. The program does rely on Internet Explorer's Flash plugin which without doubt can be a issue for many users who prefer not to install that plugin on their system. A fall back to HTML5 is not provided.
The player interface is minimalistic in design. You see a controls bar at the top, the player window on the left, and the search, playlist and video listings on the right.
You can start searching for videos right away by entering a search term into the form at the top. This opens a new window with search results that list the title, description, play time, views and thumbnail of each video result.
Videos are sorted by relevance by default, with options to sort them by rating, view count or publication date instead.
A click on the title sends it directly to the player were it plays automatically. You can use the controls at the top to pause and stop videos, and to switch to the next or previous video if you have selected a playlist.
Videos can be added to playlists, of which you can create as many as you want. Each playlist contains a feed of videos that have been added to it.
You can change the size of the window, and of the video player and playlist listing individually. That's useful if you only want the player window visible on the screen to save screen estate.
The application has a fullscreen mode, and a toolbar mode. The latter displays only the toolbar and no video player or interface, which makes it great for music, and not workable at all for videos that you want to watch.
The application supports most multimedia keyboards so that you can control videos in the program window with your keyboard's media keys. It also offers an option to import existing YouTube playlists, and to share playlists to other users of the desktop player.
The player comes without options to download YouTube videos. YTubePlayer is available for Windows and Mac operating systems.
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