We have a lot of exciting things in the works for add-ons and add-on collections. Unfortunately, this means we need to take a look at the different projects we support, and decide which align best with our goals.
After some analysis, we are retiring the Add-on Collector.
It was a hard decision, as it’s popular among many of our active users. However, only a few hundred people have actually used the add-on in the past few months.
We have some very awesome things planned for collections. If we were supporting the Collector, each feature would take almost three times as long to make happen — we would have to add each feature to the site, the APIs and finally the add-on. Additionally, the Add-on Collector uses the Bandwagon API, which resides on the soon-to-be-retired old version of our site. To keep the Add-on Collector working, we would have to rewrite all the APIs in a new language.
The good news is that most of the features (and many additional ones!) are available on the add-ons site already. If you have the Collector installed, you’ll soon see a button in the Add-ons Manager that will take you to them on the add-ons site, where you can continue creating and managing collections. And for anyone who uses the ACR to back up their add-ons, Add-on Sync is coming to Firefox.
We appreciate the work everyone has put into collections, and we’re looking forward to making them even more awesome.