What is "YouTube use Flash Player" extension and how does it work?
"YouTube use Flash Player" extension forces YouTube to use Flash player instead of the default HTML5 player. Flash player usually performances better especially on low-end devices. To switch back to the default player, simply disable the extension. Note that this extension does not provide any UI. To make sure extension is functional, refresh a YouTube page and when the player is fully loaded, right click on the player. You should see Flash's context menu.
What is "YouTube No Buffer (Stop autoplaying)" extension and how does it work?
YouTube No Buffer (Stop autoplaying) extension aims to stop YouTube from auto buffering videos upon a youtube page is loaded. The idea is to prevent YouTube from start buffering videos when a new tab or window is opened. Note that this extension is not going to stop YouTube from playing next tracks in the active window. It only works when a page is refreshed. So to stop YouTube from loading video segments on an already loaded page, please hit the refresh button once. When a player starts loading the video file, it will also be allowed to play next tracks. There are no aggressive stopping methods in this extension as those methods prevent you from watching playlists.
As of version 0.1.5, this extension can stop auto-buffering (auto-playing) on:
Note that the new permissions requested in the version 0.1.5 are to stop auto-playing for embedded YouTube players.
What are the tools and how can I get them?
Is "YouTube use Flash Player" extension compatible with "YouTube No Buffer (Stop autoplaying)" extension?
No, Flash player is loaded once YouTube config file is populated and hence there is no easy way to manipulate this player.
Is it possible to stop an already buffered YouTube video using YouTube No Buffer (Stop autoplaying) extension?
Yes, just hit the refresh button and wait for the player to fetch arguments one more time.
What is "YouTube No Annotations" extension and how does it work?
YouTube No Annotations aims to turn annotations off by default. YouTube by default displays annotations when a video uploader added them while uploading a video. Since these annotations are usually very distracting, using YouTube No Annotations extension you can ask the player to stop loading them by default. Still, you can turn them on from the settings gear button though.
Can I still see annotations when using YouTube No Annotations extension?
Of course. Just enable annotations from the gear button. This extension just requests YouTube player to not loading annotations by default. You still can enable them using the gear menu.
What is "YouTube in HD" extension and how those it work?
YouTube in HD automatically requests YouTube to switch to an HD quality when a non-hd quality is selected. This extension can force YouTube to play in high definitions by requesting HD quality when YouTube switches to a non-HD quality.
What's new in this version?
Please check the Logs section.
Is it possible to have all these settings in one extension?
Well, there are some extensions out there that offer this, though I prefer to keep them isolated to have better maintenance when a single feature is malfunctioning. This way you can just install tools that you are actually using. Note that these extensions have about zero impact on your browser performance.
Why do these set of extensions need to have permission to view user's browser history? Please explain
Well, the actual permission that I use is "storage". This permission is required to store internal preferences of these extensions. Unfortunately, the description that is shown to the user is somehow misleading. Note that you can always verify permissions that an extension is using by downloading the package and extract it into a local directory. Open "manifest.json" file to see the actual list of permissions. For these set of tools, there should be no data sending to an external server at all, neither there should be any access to local data. They only configure YouTube player before page load. That's it!
As of version 0.3.0, my "YouTube no Buffer" extension starts to pause videos instead of stopping them. What is going on?
The well-known EasyList blocking list now has a new rule to stop YouTube from fetching video information if the webpage is loaded. This new rule causes the YouTube player to fail to retrieve information when the player changes its state from stopped to start. To be compatible with this new rule, the "YouTube no Buffer" extension by default only pauses videos. If you don't have an extension that uses this rule (like uBlock Origin or AdBlocker) or you have whitelisted the rule, go to the options page of the extension and request the actual stopping.
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YouTube is a popular video sharing platform and with the passage of time, its popularity has grown further. YouTube Tools extension is a powerful tool that is designed to make the YouTube experience smooth and enjoyable. It comes with some of the finest features which make YouTube lightweight and makes it easier to play videos fast. YouTube Tools add-on is not just one add-on, it has a variety of features that makes it a standout add-on. YouTube use Flash Player extension which forces YouTube to use Flash player instead of the default HTML5 player. Flash player usually performs better, especially on low-end devices. To switch back to the default player, simply disable the extension. Note that this extension does not provide any UI. You just have to refresh the YouTube page and it will start working automatically.
Some exciting features of this extension include No Auto-buffering, No annoying displaying annotations from YouTube and no Distractions from YouTube’s player. Now, you do not have to watch annoying annotations, there will be no distractions from YouTube’s player and also you can stop auto-buffering to save data. YouTube Tools also has an ad-blocker which blocks unwanted ads from YouTube. It can also stop ads that play before the video and you have to skip them. This add-on also forces YouTube to stream in high definition HD.
YouTube Tools is designed to make your YouTube smooth and lite. This add-on is available for different browsers like Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Apple Safari and Opera. The set of tools that YouTube Tools offer is one of a kind and very helpful. Playing videos from YouTube was never this smooth and fun. All this is now possible, because of a simple, very easy to use and interesting web browser extension simply known as YouTube Tools.