Tubular 0.94 OSX | UB | 5.5 MB
Tubular, the upcoming application created by Twisted Ninja Software, currently in private beta, allows for intuitive browsing on the popular video site YouTube and sports one-click video conversion that makes converting YouTube videos into iPod-friendly format in a very efficient and quick manner. Although it is somewhat early in the beta stages, and can definitely use some improvement, Tubular sports a classy feature set that has a promising future if the right features and suggestions are properly implemented, and the application is not overloaded with features. Read on to find out more…
Pros: Some pros of the application (from the Private Beta 3 Version) include:
* Ability to browse YouTube in an intuitive and visually-appealing manner
* Ability to import your favorite videos from your existing YouTube account
* Ability to view videos per category
* Ability to download and convert YouTube videos in a quick manner through a downloads section
* Not overloaded with features
* Easy to navigate
* Allows you to add movies to your favorites
Cons: Some cons of the application include (and please note that I have reported all these bugs to them for further investigation, fixing, and resolving):
* Currently, it only imports up to 10 of your favorite videos. Basically, if you have more than 10 videos, you won’t see them imported in the “My Favorites” window.
* Also, there is a limit to the number of characters you can enter into the search box. For example: I tried searching for: “New York City Subway�? and the maximum I could enter was “New York City Subw�?.
* The refresh button does not work for video listings.
* I get to the end of a video and click on a link that is displayed that refers me to another video. Tubular opens it up like it is a web page and not in the Tubular window. I would like it just to open up in the same window in Tubular without it opening up or acting as a web page.
* It does not show the entire title of the video. This is fine, but I would like to see “…�? at the end, as well as upon mouse-over of the video you see the video title, author, description, length, and rating.
* Also, you should be able to re-import your account or have the option of changing your YouTube account via Preferences.
* Not only that, but you should have the account password-protected to where we basically have to login in order to view our favorites.
* The “Share�? button at the end of the video (the button to the left of the “Watch Video�? link) when viewing your video inside Tubular does not work.
In Closing: Tubular sports a classy feature set that has a promising future if the right features and suggestions are properly implemented, and the application is not overloaded with features. It will be nice to see how this application rolls out and into the future beta stages and into the first final version. I have no doubt that this will be a great application for the YouTube addicts and casual viewers alike to be able to view their videos in an enjoyable way inside of a sexy application through OSX.
Special Notes: You should be able to participate in the private beta of Tubular if you have pre-ordered the application. See Tubular’s website or contact Tubular at support for more information.