Free and Open Source YouTube application MiniTube is heading for tighter Ubuntu integration with version 2.1. One of the most important features of this update is account-free subscription to YouTube channels, so you can subscribe to Muktware’s channel without logging into your YouTube account.
Flavio Tordini, the developer of the application says, “You can now subscribe to YouTube channels and be notified of new videos. This does not require a YouTube account. It’s all done by Minitube.”
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With this release MiniTube will be distributed to Ubuntu users directly through the Ubuntu Software Center which means all the updates will be taken care by itself.
Tordini says, it will allow “for an easier to install and more up-to-date Minitube for Ubuntu users. Just wait a few days until the package is reviewed by the USC people, then uninstall the outdated minitube package and install minitube-ubuntu.”
It’s unclear whether the notifications will work on KDE, Gnome as well or these are Ubuntu exclusive.
Other minor changes include:
- Restores playback of VEVO videos that stopped working a few days ago.
- Move window by dragging from inside the video area
- Faster startup
- Optimizations and tweaks to the playlist
- Float on top icon was missing on Mac & Windows
- Compact mode window fixed aspect ratio on Mac
- Fixed compact mode video cropped with very small window
- Fixed long words or URLs in the video description causing a window resize
- Fixed crash when resizing the playlist to a very small width
- Fixed skipping to the next video on Windows & Linux
The latest version is pending approval of Ubuntu developers and will be available soon in the Software Center.