YouTube – Turn Down The Lights… Getting there!

Posted by danblog on January 27, 2009 in Reviews, YouTube |

So previously i made a post about YouTubes’ “Turn Down The Lights” feature, which when it was first online was very… very… very poor, now however i have noticed that the nerds at YouTube have obviously pulled their fingers out and got it sorted so it (almost) works as intended in all browsers.

Now lets get the “almost” out the way…


Yes they have still left the button position all messed up!! (if you take a look at the previous post I even demonstrated how this can be fixed!)

But alas, no it’s close but the no smoking ban means its no cigar.

I do want to post a few screenshots of how they have improved the feature and do a little comparison too.

blog_youtube_lights_2So originally the page displayed like this when YouTubes’ “Turn Down The Lights” feature was activated.

As you can see the gradient looks crap… and there is the random floating “promoted videos” title, which as you can see below is still floating randomly in the background.



So they seem to have sorted the background fade which now youtube_lights_almost3looks much better, they have also fixed the problem with the pop over message when you hover the button so it doesn’t mess up the background gradient after you have hovered over it.


 Overall i think they have made some good improvements to how the feature works and looks in IE7, although there are still some basic things which need sorting, like the floating “Promoted Videos” title, and the alignment of the button and video title, both of which are pretty basic and can be sorted with a little time and a skilled programmer; which YouTube has.

So come on YouTube get this together! Nice idea. Poor execution.

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