⚡️ Powerful Web Experience with the new Safari Web Extension and More!

It is today 15 December 2020. And today is the 11th year anniversary of the Turn Off the Lights browser extension. We are happy to announce the Turn Off the Lights browser extension version 4.2.0.0 is now available. And with the launch of the Safari Web Extension for Safari 14 users.

Turn Off the Lights for Safari - Using the new Safari Web Extension technology
Turn Off the Lights for Safari – Using the new Safari Web Extension technology on macOS Big Sur

The Turn Off the Lights Safari extension is using now the Safari Web Extension technology. That means it uses 100% the same code as the Chrome extension version (and the Microsoft Edge, Opera, Firefox). So you have a harmony and best experience in all web browsers.

What is new in this browser extension version?

Now when you can change an option, it will instantly change this option without refresh the web page. For example, when you enable the Mouse Volume Scroll option. And go back to your current YouTube video tab. It is already added to that tab, and you can instantly use the mouse wheel to control the volume of that video player.

Other browser extension changes:

  • Compress all images to .webp
  • Cleanup not used images and @2x images
  • Improvement Analytics value showed in Wh
  • Improvement design of the lamp icons for Dark Mode
  • Add test link ‘Try this web page’ in the lamp panel

Feature only available for Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge users

When you are using the Chromium version, you will get the option for a better atmosphere lighting effect that matches the content of the video frame. In the Turn Off the Lights Options page, in the “Visual Effects” -> “Atmosphere Lighting” -> “Vivid Mode“. You will see now 2 radio buttons, the first is the “Manual” option. That is default enabled with it is set to 12FPS. However, you can also change this value to your preference. And the second option is the “Automatic“, which will match the glow refresh rate with the FPS of the current video player.

So with the use of this feature, and you play a 120hz video, the atmosphere lighting vivid mode show glow effects instantly on that highest frame rate. That makes it so smooth with a realistic glow effect.

The effective rate at which callbacks are run is the lesser rate between the video’s rate and the browser’s rate. This means a 25fps video playing in a browser that paints at 60Hz would fire callbacks at 25Hz. A 120fps video in that same 60Hz browser would fire callbacks at 60Hz.

source https://web.dev/requestvideoframecallback-rvfc/

Turn Off the Lights browser extension is 100% free and Open-Source. And if you want to support our work. Please make a small contribution, each contribution is much appreciated and will be used to improve the browser extension on all major platforms. And if you have any question suggestion or you need help. You can contact us on the Turn Off the Lights support page.

📸 Rotate a video 90 degrees on YouTube online instantly

You know Turn Off the Lights browser extension to get a comfortable experience for your eyes. And to dim the content around the video player. However, the browser extension can do much more. You can rotate a video, and that on all video platforms such as YouTube, Vimeo, Dailymotion, etc.

1. Enable the Video Toolbar

First make sure you have the latest Turn Off the Lights browser extension installed in your favorite web browser (that is available for Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Safari, Firefox, Opera). Open the Turn Off the Lights Options page, and select the tab “Advanced Options”. Scroll down until you see the topic “Video Toolbar”. Now enable the “Video Toolbar” and the “Zoom in or out on video content using the zoom button” checkboxes.

Turn Off the Lights Options page to enable the Video Toolbar option
Turn Off the Lights Options page to enable the Video Toolbar option

2. Open any YouTube video

Now go to your favorite YouTube video you want to rotate it to 45 degrees (or your custom degree value).

Rotate a video with the rotate panel
Rotate a video with the rotate panel on the YouTube Friends video

3. Move your cursor inside the video player

When you move now your cursor in the content of the video player. You will see on the right side a new panel show up. Click on the ‘rotate left’ or ‘rotate right’ button to rotate the video player content live.
Furthermore, you can also zoom in or out and pan around this video content.

Hope you learn something new and if you like the free and open-source Turn Off the Lights browser extension, that gives you the power and the best experience for your eyes. Please do not hesitate to support our work by making a small donation. And share this useful browser extension with your family, friends, and colleagues. And if you have any ideas, suggestions, or feedback. We appreciate it all to make it better for you as the user.

🎩 The Power of the right-click menu in 3 awesome ways you need to know!

Your web browser is the portal to get the latest information, news, shopping, watch videos, and even playing games. And with a right-click menu can also do much more to control the current web page. Here an overview of the menu items of the Turn Off the Lights browser extension. That is available for Google Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Safari, Maxthon, Yandex, Brave, Vivaldi, and Microsoft Edge.

1. Right-click menu on a web page

When you have the Turn Off the Lights browser extension installed in your favorite web browser. You have the option to enable the context menu feature. With this feature, it will show you a gray lamp menu item when you right-click anywhere on the web page.

The Turn Off the Lights browser extension can detect 2 elements, the first one is when you are on a page, and the second is when you are an HTML5 video player element. Then with a click on that menu item, it will dim the current web page. And highlight the video player if available on that web page.

Right-click menu on a web page with the gray lamp menu item
Right-click menu on for example the Google search website

2. Browser lamp button

If the browser extension is installed in your web browser, you will see the gray lamp button in your web browser toolbar (or in the puzzle icon that depending on the web browser you are using now). Here you can get quick access to read the guide, send feedback, share the extension, and the link to see the latest YouTube videos.

The powerful browser lamp menu in the web browser toolbar
Gray lamp button menu items

3. Detect the web page status

When you are on a website that can not implement this transparent dark layer, you will see this friendly message:

Friendly message that it can dim the web page on the current tab page
Dialog panel show up with this message that it can not dim the current tab

You can see this when you are on the web browser settings page, the internal browser’s new tab page, and the extension gallery. Because for security reasons the web browser does not allow browser extension to customize this web page. And it provides you below this message, a few handy shortcuts to learn or experience more in the Turn Off the Lights browser extension.

If you like the free and open-source Turn Off the Lights browser extension, that gives you the power and the best experience for your eyes. Please do not hesitate to support our work by making a small donation. And share this useful browser extension with your family, friends, and colleagues. And if you have any ideas, suggestions, or feedback. We appreciate it all to make it better for you as the user.