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Online life enhancer, edition 1

Screenshot of YouTube with the Enhancer for YouTube addon

Today I want to talk to you about the web and how it sometimes sucks. At least, the experience can suck a bit, especially when it is not open enough so you can set things to your own hands.

Take for example YouTube, where overlays can ruin the end of a clip, you keep fiddling with the quality controls or the zoom levels, and so on.

Enter this online life enhancer: Enhancer for YouTube™. This extension for - at the time of this writing - four browsers (Firefox, Chrome, Opera, and Edge) makes the YouTube experience a lot better.

Like mentioned, it has support to remove overlays (which can be annoyingly in the way), remove ads (with an option to whitelist your favourite channels), it has playback speed control, quality selection, volume level control, auto-pause, preloading settings, pinned and detached player stuff (for example when scrolling through the comments and such), looping, cinema mode (one of my favourite functions), custom themes and much more.

And as I like to "darkmode all the things", after enabling the dark version of YouTube by clicking my avatar and choosing "Dark theme: On" in the menu, I tweaked the colours of Enhancer for YouTube™ too:

  • Click the gear icon in its toolbar when viewing a clip
  • At the top of its options tab that now opens, there's four colour pickers for the Toolbar
  • For Toolbar, pick #000000
  • For Border, pick #333333
  • For Buttons, pick #AAAAAA
  • Finally, for Buttons active, pick #DDDDDD
  • In the Buttons selection, toggle the functions you want to show in the Toolbar. Default selection suits me fine