Add-ons Blog

Posts from January, 2011

Announcing Add-on SDK 1.0b2

The Jetpack team is pleased to announce the release of Add-on SDK 1.0b2.  This version, the second in the series of beta releases of Mozilla’s downloadable software development kit for building Firefox add-ons, includes a variety of architectural improvements and a number of fixes for issues encountered by beta testers. Notable architectural improvements include support… Continue reading

Categories: general

Blocking the Skype Toolbar in Firefox

The Skype Toolbar for Firefox is an extension that detects phone numbers in web pages, and re-renders them as a clickable button that can be used to dial the number using the Skype desktop application. This extension is bundled with the Skype application, and is installed into Firefox by default when Skype is installed or,… Continue reading

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The Jetpack 2011 Roadmap

“I solemnly swear that I am up to no good!” It’s been almost a year since Mozilla decided to build a team to productize the Jetpack project’s vision and technologies, and the team recently shipped the first beta release of Add-on SDK 1.0, so it’s a good time to review and update our roadmap for… Continue reading

Categories: developers, general, jetpack

Add-ons Review Update – Week of 2011/01/18

Summary These posts written every 2 weeks explain the current state of add-on reviews and other information relevant to add-on developers. Last week a new version of the Developer Tools was pushed live at AMO. They include a new review process among a ton of other changes. More information here. Most nominations are being reviewed… Continue reading

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Threads and Workers for Add-ons in Firefox 4

The upcoming Firefox 4 includes a ton of significant changes, many of which have a direct effect on add-ons. The majority of these changes are just new and different ways of doing things. Unfortunately, there are a couple of changes that offer no alternative and add-on authors will just need to cope with them. The… Continue reading

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New Contributions features

Riding along with AMO’s large Developer Tools update last Thursday were two new features to our Contributions program. It’s now possible for add-on developers to request that contributions be made to the Mozilla Foundation or another third party organization instead of to themselves. Contributions can be set up in the new Manage Payments area of… Continue reading

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New Developer Tools & review process are live!

We’re happy to announce that the revamped Developer Tools area of addons.mozilla.org has just launched, bringing in many bugfixes and improvements, as well as support for our new review process. Highlights An entirely new design provides easier access to commonly used features, such as updating compatibility information, and much better interactions for add-on submission and… Continue reading

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Categories: developers, releases

Add-ons Review Update – Week of 2011/01/04

Summary These posts written every 2 weeks explain the current state of add-on reviews and other information relevant to add-on developers. There’s a lengthy overview of the Add-on Review Process that should be read as a general guide about the review process. Most nominations are being reviewed within 10 days. Most updates are being reviewed… Continue reading

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Categories: compatibility, developers, documentation