At a Glance
- Much faster than regular YouTube
- Can’t upload videos, only view them
Watch YouTube videos without the browser, then comment about them on Facebook.
One of the biggest bottlenecks to watching videos in YouTube
is your Internet connection. The page has to load in your Web
browser, then the video has to queue up, and other browser tabs can
steal priority and bandwidth away … it’s not ideal. DeskTube Lite
is a free, separate app solution that requires Adobe AIR, an
application environment that DeskTube Lite will install onto your
Windows system for you if you don’t already have it.
DeskTube Lite is very easy to use and fast for playing,
searching, sharing (via e-mail) and making playlists for videos. It
doesn’t download the video, but rather streams it from YouTube, so
the video may still buffer from time to time.
If you’re looking for an interface to upload and manage your own
videos, which is what a lot of people use YouTube for, DeskTube
Lite can’t do that, yet. Developer e-works promises an upcoming
paid version that will include this and other features. DeskTube
Lite also comes in versions for Mac, Linux, Android, and
You may also run into videos that won’t play in DeskTube Lite.
Sometimes a YouTube publisher will disable viewing through the
interface that DeskTube Lite uses; in this case DeskTube Lite will
provide a link to the YouTube website. One other limitation I
noticed is that high-def videos play at the maximum resolution
possible with no way to bump it down on slow Wi-Fi connections, as
you can on YouTube’s site.
On the upside, DeskTube Lite’s search works much more quickly
than the Web site version and found the video I was looking for
If you’re strictly after a YouTube player, DeskTube Lite runs
better than vanilla YouTube, and it won’t cost you anything, so if
you watch a ton of YouTube videos, you’re going to want this. If
you upload a lot, you’ll need to use YouTube’s own Web site for the
Note: You must have Adobe Air installed to use
DeskTube; if you do not have it installed, the installer will
download and install it for you. This link takes you to the
vendor’s site, where you can automatically install the file onto