Complete YouTube Saver Version History

34 versions

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Version 5.4.5 103.0 kB Works with Firefox 3.0 and later, SeaMonkey 2.0 and later

New in Version 5.4.5:
- Ultra-HD and Original VP9 WebM DASH formats added
- Two more 480p WebM DASH formats added (higher quality)
- Hidden preference "extensions.cys.menu.dropdown.dash480p.hqaudio" added, editable in about:config (needs browser restart...)
when true, 480p DASH videos will be saved with HQ audio (250Kb AAC for MP4, 192Kb Ogg for WebM)
when false, 480p DASH videos will be saved with medium quality audio (125Kb AAC for MP4, 128Kb Ogg for WebM)
- "Save Complete Page": comments can be saved again
- Theoretically up to 1000 comments available, with option to choose either most relevant or latest comments
- However, YT only provide up to 150 "most relevant", or up to 300+ (or 500+) "latest" comments
- Consequently, comments are now inserted into main page, no separate comment page is saved
- "all comments" line at top of comments section now also links to "all comments" page of video on YT
- Avatar, user name linking to user channel on YT, time of post, and number of replies (if any) displayed for every comment
- Latest or most relevant comments can be selected in "Save Complete" dialogue, or default set in Options
- "Save Complete Page": video image added, with link pointing to the video on YT
- Precise video resolution and audio bitrate info displayed in menus for DASH formats
- "Use Project Name as Filename When Saving to Last Project Folder” option added in Options
- CYS button set to auto-hide mode now actively revealed for Firefox 29+ "Customize" mode
- Saving comment avatars now optional (Save Complete window and Options)

Fixed:
- Some videos failed to download due to YT code changes
- Parsing from video pages failed due to YT code changes
-Works in channels again, detects all available formats of featured embedded video
- Rare file name collision: when saving audio for DASH video, it was possible for audio file to overwrite file with same name
- "Save Complete" dialogue now properly reads "save stats" preference
- On fresh install CYS now opens homepage, not update page


Changed:
- File naming logic refactored, streamlined to avoid any collision
- Format order changed, VP8 (old, non-DASH) WebM formats relocated to behind MP4 and VP9 WebM

Remark:
- Due to the addition of new video formats menu customizations will be reset
- Google+ comment replies not supported for now
- Saving stats disabled by recent YT changes

Version 5.3.0 100.5 kB Works with Firefox 3.0 and later, SeaMonkey 2.0 and later

New in Version 5.3.0:
-Fixed: Australis support - toolbar icon was not inserted into Firefox 29 toolbar automatically, needed manual insertion
-Fixed: FFmpeg overwrite prompt - which should never happen.
The reason was a serious new bug/regression in the nsiFile interface in Firefox 29 that took a long time to track down.
The bug triggered a 0-byte ghost file to appear under certain circumstances.
- Fixed: video sidebar thumbnails

Remark:
-Saving stats disabled by recent YT changes
-Saving comments disabled by YT changes for now

Version 5.2.1 100.1 kB Works with Firefox 3.0 and later, SeaMonkey 2.0 and later

New in Version 5.2.1:
-8 new formats added, all DASH video and audio formats supported now - small audio
downloads for OGG formats are here too.
-DASH video formats now marked by a dash sign in menus, also in lists in Options
-Toolbar button tooltip lists current FFmpeg background jobs, if any
-FFmpeg folder can be changed now in Options - current folder also displayed in tooltips for change button and FFmpeg label

Fixed:
-Extremely rare case of empty menu caused by lack of DASH format info despite indication
-Rare case of MP3 file name collision for long conversion jobs: for long input files, the time FFmpeg takes to scan the input (renamed to *.tmp) and start writing the output file can be substantial, which opened the door for CYS to create another MP3 File with the same name, ultimately colliding with the 1st
-Iconic menu conflicts caused by non-specific CSS code

Changed:
-Default setting is now for DASH audio files not to be hidden from Downloads
-Video/audio now saved with file extensions in lower case
-HD+video formats slightly rearranged based on video quality (DASH vs non-DASH MP4s)
-On update, CYS opens update-specific web page now
-Lots of dead code removed, file naming logic streamlined

Remark:
-Due to the new video formats, menu order customizations are re-set on installation
-Saving comments disabled by YT changes for now

Version 5.0.10 103.2 kB Works with Firefox 3.0 and later, SeaMonkey 2.0 and later

New in Version 5.0.10:
-RTMPE detection: informational console message in debug mode for RTMPE-only streams

Fixed:
-Empty menu for restricted videos without DASH formats
-Regression: button was not disabled when no downloadable videos were found

Remark:
-Saving comments disabled by YT changes for now

Version 5.0.9 103.0 kB Works with Firefox 3.0 and later, SeaMonkey 2.0 and later

New in Version 5.0.9:
- Full speed for DASH audio/video downloads, should saturate available bandwidth
- Default audio track for 480p MP4 DASH is 250Kbps AAC now
- "Copy link to clipboard" now copies both video and audio links for DASH videos
- Support for FFmpeg in portable installations
- Support for new AJAX UI data format

Fixed:
- lost&found high quality DASH audio links

Remark:
- Saving comments disabled by YT changes for now

Version 5.0.7 101.1 kB Works with Firefox 3.0 and later, SeaMonkey 2.0 and later

New in Version 5.0.7:
-Saving statistics works again
-Fixed: Missing DASH audio formats could cause erroneous menu display, and muxing problems
-Fixed: Simple Options window styling was illegible with some dark themes

Remark:
-Saving comments disabled by YT changes for now

Version 5.0.6 100.9 kB Works with Firefox 3.0 and later, SeaMonkey 2.0 and later

New in Version 5.0.6
-Preference in Options to hide/unhide FFmpeg console window on Windows - unticking this will enable Windows XP users to use CYS + FFmpeg without the .NET framework installed
-Save Complete dialog also displays video/audio file size, when available - i.e. after having open the detailed menu with file size display enabled
-Pop-up window informs users of the advantages of setting up FFmpeg for CYS
-For new DASH videos, preference in Options>Download tab to hide/unhide audio file in Download Manager -Audio files will still be deleted from disk on successful muxing of DASH videos, but audio downloads can be stopped/restarted now, if not hidden
-Streamlined file size lookup logic for DASH videos

Fixed:
-Save Complete window was empty/disabled for some videos
-"Save to Last Project Folder” location was not updated if video/audio was not saved with project
-If using the detailed menu, the first request for a video file could potentially fail
-Regression: CYS menu did not refresh properly on successful FFmpeg setup in Options, new window/restart was needed
-Quick menu did not properly differentiate between MP4V and DASH MP4
-Thumbnails on saved complete pages were broken

Remark:
-Saving stats and comments disabled by YT changes for now

Version 5.0.4 99.0 kB Works with Firefox 3.0 and later, SeaMonkey 2.0 and later

New in Version 5.0.4:
-Full, completely transparent support for all new adaptive streaming (DASH) video formats:
-Without FFmpeg installed, DASH videos download as provided, as video-only MP4V files
-With FFmpeg installed, DASH videos download as MP4 complete with audio, with a single click
-Thanks to DASH, audio conversions are much faster (download size is usually much smaller)
-CBR AAC/M4A formats added to conversion options (no transcoding involved...)
-Order of audio extraction formats in detailed menu now matches that in quick menu

Fixed:
-Some videos would not download due to YT code change
-Error message in console due to deprecated status-bar in Firefox

Changed:
-Info cache only reset if prefs changed on closing Options window
-Improved video identification logic in cache, providing improved performance on page load

Remark:
-Saving stats and comments disabled by YT changes for now
-Due to the introduction of new video formats, menu order customizations are reset on installation
-Latest FFmpeg version needed for muxing DASH video and audio, please, update your FFmpeg
-DASH formats are not (yet?) provided for some old, barely watched videos

Version 4.5.0 97.4 kB Works with Firefox 3.0 and later, SeaMonkey 2.0 and later

New in Version 4.5.0:
-Support for YT's Feather interface; unsupported previously
-Support for YT's AJAX interface; CYS did not properly detect video changes in the AJAX UI previously
-Ancient "wrong url" alert removed
-Perfected download file size display logic for conversion formats

Remark:
-Saving stats and comments disabled by YT changes for now

Version 4.4.4 96.5 kB Works with Firefox 3.0 and later, SeaMonkey 2.0 and later

New in Version 4.4.4:
-YT code update (some videos were not downloading)
-YT's annoying "play" character filtered from file names

Version 4.4.2 96.5 kB Works with Firefox 3.0 and later, SeaMonkey 2.0 and later

New in Version 4.4.2:
-YouTube code update + bug fix

Version 4.4.1 96.5 kB Works with Firefox 3.0 and later, SeaMonkey 2.0 and later

New in Version 4.4.1:
-Repeated comment page download attempts are indicated in the Save Comments window

Changed:
-Comment page download throttling optimized - does not get stuck on a single empty page, only kicks in when YT starts returning empty pages consistently

Note:
-Currently at most around 30 comment pages are accessible

Version 4.4 96.5 kB Works with Firefox 3.0 and later, SeaMonkey 2.0 and later

New in Version 4.4:
-Download file size display
-Fine-grained controls for complete page downloads
-Tooltips for detailed menu column headers in Options
-Major functional changes under the hood

Fixed:
-Main page, statistics and comment page downloads fully functional again
-Video link obfuscation by YT caused some videos to fail to download, all videos should be OK now

Changed:
-Saved statistics charts are active now
-Implemented YT's latest video link obfuscation method- better default settings for comment page downloads
-Optimized data queries for main page elements, comment page link modification

Note:
-YT has made comment pages beyond 10 pages unreachable, response for page 11 and above is always empty.
-Thus at most the last 5000 comments (minus any deleted comments) are accessible now.

Version 4.2.8 91.8 kB Works with Firefox 3.0 and later, SeaMonkey 2.0 and later

New in Version 4.2.8:
-Fixed: Main page, statistics and comment page downloads disabled by YT code changes
-Note: Statistics data not plotted for now due to YT code changes

More updates on the way

Version 4.2.6 91.4 kB Works with Firefox 3.0 and later, SeaMonkey 2.0 and later

New in Version 4.2.6:
-Link to YT page saved into complete YT page folders
-Fixed: Under specific circumstances it was possible for the CYS button to remain disabled on opening new windows
-YT junk removal restored

Version 4.2 91.2 kB Works with Firefox 3.0 and later, SeaMonkey 2.0 and later

New in Version 4.2:

Fixed:
-Functional regressions due to YT code changes:
- empty drop-down menu for some videos with country-dependent copyright limitations
- "show more" comments button fixed on saved main pages
- Support for new style video channels (OneChannel)

Version 4.1.6 91.1 kB Works with Firefox 3.0 and later, SeaMonkey 2.0 and later

New in Version 4.1.6:
-Options window is now resizable; scrollable lists are actively resized continuously
-Fixed: Firefox active browser tab styling lost transparency due to a CYS CSS rule lacking specificity
-Fixed: Under rare circumstances the drop-down menu was empty

Version 4.1.4 90.7 kB Works with Firefox 3.0 and later, SeaMonkey 2.0 and later

New in Version 4.1.4:
-Fixed: video downloads started in non-private mode in Firefox 19+ failed to show up in download manager
-Fixed: right after fresh Firefox installs, the download button was disabled until 1st browser restart
-Fixed: downloads via VDH module did not work for lack of support for private browsing features
-Fixed: regression (unintentionally typed back-slash) in YT junk removal RegExp causing the side bar to be pushed down on saved main pages
-Fixed: bug in default folder determination sequence
-Restored full YT junk removal routines partially broken by a YT code change
-Compatible with FF 18 (private browsing-related core changes broke downloads completely)
-Private browsing support added to copy-to-clipboard function
-Other small fixes and improvements

Version 4.0.4 90.3 kB Works with Firefox 3.0 and later, SeaMonkey 2.0 and later

New in Version 4.0.4:
- Fixed parsing of video info data broken by latest YT changes
- Quick menu, detailed menu, and submenu are all completely configurable in Options, using drag and drop and context-menu commands
- New audio options added to drop down lists: WAV, OGG, M4A, AAC
- Menu option to only show the best available quality of enabled conversion options for a given format - avoids menu clutter
- AAC/M4A select switch for submenu extraction
- Queries video upload date from YT to establish precise audio quality profile for all videos (MP4 especially)
- Rewrote page saving routines to restore functionality broken by recent YT changes
- Empty comments pages are now re-downloaded up to 10 times to ensure they have data content
- Submenu options to save audio track have pop-up tooltips describing the output audio file format
- Pop-up tooltip added for "Save to default folder", displaying the default folder, for convenience
- Fixed: Save to default folder did not work as expected with "Save as" the default menu click action
- Many other fixes and improvements

Version 3.4.4 85.8 kB Works with Firefox 3.0 and later, SeaMonkey 2.0 and later

New in Version 3.4.4:
- Fixed: restored comment page count display and downloading comment pages broken by YT changes
- Improved Linux file permissions and converter buffer size (used during complete YT page downloads)

Version 3.4.2 85.8 kB Works with Firefox 3.0 and later, SeaMonkey 2.0 and later

New in Version 3.4.2:
-Completely rewritten video info discovery routines to deal with YT changes
-Re-enabled complete 3GP support, as 3GP videos are available once again on YT
-Fixed: Audio conversion of videos with file names containing multi-byte Unicode characters
-Fixed: On switching folder lists in Save Complete dialog, default folder selection does not change now

Version 3.3.4 85.0 kB Works with Firefox 3.0 and later, SeaMonkey 2.0 and later

New in Version 3.3.4:
- MP3 converter now compatible with Linux and Mac OS X
- MP3 conversion added to Quick menu; quality/method pre-selectable in options window
- Button added to Save dialog to switch folder list between custom/history lists
- Save dialog target folder is now always saved into folder history even if custom list is default
- Fixed: toolbar button did not work for some HTML5 video pages
- pref (extensions.cys.folders.list.max) sets max length of folder lists (values: 5-50, default: 15)
- Save to Last Project Folder function added to pop-up menu; enabled/disabled in Options/Actions
- 4 functions for saving native Audio Tracks added to bottom of video pop-up menu; enabled/disabled in Options/Actions
- Now fully HTTPS-compatible (Note: HTTPS-Everywhere extension blocks/disables YT stats link, thus if it is installed, downloading stats needs to be disabled in CYS for complete YT page to be saved)
- Other small fixes and improvements

Version 3.0.2 84.0 kB Works with Firefox 3.0 and later, SeaMonkey 2.0 and later

New in Version 3.0.2:
-Audio conversion using FFmpeg introduced on Windows OS (enabled in Options)
-Audio tracks from videos can be saved as MP3 (3 VBR and 4 CBR options provided)
-Audio tracks from videos can be saved in native format without recompression (Ogg Vorbis for WebM, AAC for MP4 and some FLV, MP3 for some FLV videos)
-MP3 conversion options displayed in "Detailed list" (options individually selectable in preferences window)
-Native audio export option displayed as new pop-up menu option "Save Audio Track As" on videos
-Preferences added to hide "Save Audio Track As" and "Copy Link Location" pop-up menu commands

Version 2.4.1 77.8 kB Works with Firefox 3.0 and later, SeaMonkey 2.0 and later

New:
- Supports all new YT page and channel formats
- Added support for 8 more YT video formats (a low-res FLV and 7 3D formats), now supporting a total of 19
- Dramatically improved performance during both YT webpage loading (20x) and saving comment pages (over 120x vs. 2.1.1)
- Seamless, one-click integration with “Easy YouTube Video Downloader” for both video and audio formats
- Option to keep progress window on top of other browser windows (Windows OS only)
- Added audio quality information to detailed list
- Compatible with Firefox 3-11.* and SeaMonkey 2-2.7.*

Fixed:
- Usability of saving comment pages re-established by filtering out non-functional HTML code bloat introduced with new YT interface
- Broken integration with EYVD 5.8+ re-established
- In rare cases not all video formats were recognized, format enumeration changed/extended to ensure now all are
- Folder names are saved in encoded form now, preserving Unicode characters
- Wrong dimensions/quality displayed for video format 18; now reads 640x360, SD Quality

Other changes:
- "Simple list" renamed "Quick menu"
- Changed short format specification for 4K videos to 2304p
- Changed order of items in detailed list: "p" column is now in position 3
- Drop-down menus display animated throbber image while waiting for video list information
- On installing over v.2.1.1 or older, folder names saved into preferences are deleted to start over with new, encoded format
- On fresh install, default download folder now points at system download folder on all OS’s;
"My documents" is not appended to default folder name any more
- Changed page editing to enable most YT functions, most are clickable and "live" on saved YT pages now

Version 2.1.1 75.8 kB Works with Firefox 3.0 and later, SeaMonkey 2.0 and later

New in Version 2.1.1:
- Multi-thread comments page downloads (up to 10 threads), activated via options window or inside progress window
- Comments page processing reworked completely for 8-10x increased speed
- Comments pages now completely localized; comments page navigation fully functional
- Added support for WebM video formats
- Increased folder drop-down list length to 15
- Option to hide toolbar-icon on non-Youtube pages
- Video format information moved to main section in Save dialog
- Windows path length limitation alert
-Fixed: number of comments pages displayed correctly even if over 2000 pages
- Marked compatible with SeaMonkey 2.6a1
- On SeaMonkey installation, toolbar icon is now added to toolbar by default
- Plus numerous small fixes and cosmetic changes

Version 1.1.9.6 76.8 kB Works with Firefox 3.0 and later, SeaMonkey 2.0 and later

New in Version 1.1.9.6:
-Fixed for recent YouTube code changes
-Made compatible with Video DownloadHelper 4.9.*
-Video and comments pages are now downloaded concurrently
-Added "Open folder" button inside progress window
-Progress bar now displays completion phase of entire page downloads
-Added more/less button to reveal/hide "Details" section
-Minor fixes and improvements

Version 1.1.5 73.7 kB Works with Firefox 3.0 and later, SeaMonkey 2.0 and later

Fixed in Version 1.1.5:
-Unicode formatting characters in file names
-Tooltips were not updating when moving folders in Customize

Version 1.1.2 75.8 kB Works with Firefox 3.0 and later, SeaMonkey 2.0 and later

New in Version 1.1.2:
-Add-on now displays total number of comments pages; user can select how many to save.
-Fixed problem saving video statistics; if invalid information is received, the page will not break.
-Added a folder-selection drop-down list. Contents can be either folder history, or a pre-configured list.
-Progress window now displays live file saving information in the title bar and in tooltip (Windows).
-Progress window can now be minimized and resized.
-Compatible with SeaMonkey 2.*
-Compatible with Firefox 6.*
-Minor fixes and adjustments

Version 1.0.20 70.7 kB Works with Firefox 3.0 and later

New in Version 1.0.20:
-Compatible with Firefox 4.x
-Now saves Video Statistics
-Page is no longer locked while downloading; user can continue browsing
-For some users, icon button would stop working; fixed in FF4.x
-Compatible with YouTube code changes (3-24-11)
-Removed Group List function
-Minor fixes and adjustments

Version 1.0.17 71.7 kB Works with Firefox 3.0 - 3.6.*

Fixed in Version 1.0.17:
-Youtube logo and thumbnails were no longer being saved.