Add-ons Blog

Themes in Australis

Firefox 29, scheduled for the end of April, includes significant design and customization improvements that you can read more about here. You can also experience the new design, nicknamed “Australis”, for yourself on the Aurora channel now. We’ve blogged about how the toolbar, menu, and button changes will affect add-ons, but we also wanted to mention how the changes will affect lightweight themes.

In Firefox 29, the amount of header image shown remains nearly the same, but it now stands out more because the area is less cluttered. You’ll notice that the foreground tab, URL bar, and toolbar are emphasized by a sheer overlay. This makes it easier to distinguish your active tab from non-active tabs, and it also happens to make themes look gorgeous.

Screenshot 2014-02-26 15.53.53

Since the add-on bar is going away, you will no longer see a footer image when you install a theme, unless you are using an extension that modifies your browser to include a bar on the bottom (for example, S3. Download Statusbar). A bug has been filed to make footer images optional when uploading a new theme, and in the future the option may go away altogether.

We hope you install Aurora and give it a try!

March Featured Add-ons

Pick of the Month: Keyword Search

Did you ever wish you could use a different search engine in the URL bar than you do in the search field? Keyword Search allows you to select any of your search engines to use in your URL bar.

This extension is an important sanity-saver.”

Get Keyword Search »

Also Featured

Slim Add-ons Manager
This add-on reduces the height of entries in the Add-on Manager, so you can display more of them at a time. Get it now »

YouTube Unblocker
Watch blocked YouTube Videos automatically with this high-speed Proxy Server. Get it now »

Video WithOut Flash
Fetch the video source of Flash-based media and play the video directly with Firefox, without the use of the Flash plug-in. Get it now »

QrCodeR
QrCodeR is a minimal and non-obtrusive add-on to convert text selections, links and images to QrCode with just a right-click. Get it now »

Nominate your favorite add-ons!

Featured add-ons are selected by a community board made up of add-on developers, users, and fans. Board members change every six months, so there’s always an opportunity to participate. If you’re interested, please follow this blog and look out for invitations that we send out every six months.

If you’d like to nominate an add-on for featuring, please send it to amo-featured@mozilla.org for the board’s consideration. We welcome you to submit your own add-on!

Downloading all of your code from Add-on Builder

Back in December I posted about our plan to turn off the Add-on Builder site. This plan is proceeding as planned and will happen in the beginning of April. In the meantime we’ve gotten some feedback from Builder users, and one common request was for us to provide the ability to download a project’s entire revision history.

I’m pleased to announce that this has been done, on a per-project basis. As of today, when you go to an add-on project on Builder there is an extra button labelled ‘Download All versions’:

Add-on Compatibility for Firefox 28

Firefox 28 will be released on March 18th. Here’s the list of changes that went into this version that can affect add-on compatibility. There is more information available in Firefox 28 for Developers, so you should read that too.

General

XPCOM

New!

Please let me know in the comments if there’s anything missing or incorrect on these lists. If your add-on breaks on Firefox 28, I’d like to know.

The automatic compatibility validation and upgrade for add-ons on AMO will happen soon, so keep an eye on your email if you have an add-on listed on our site with its compatibility set to Firefox 27.

Add-ons Update – Week of 2014/02/12

I post these updates every 3 weeks to inform add-on developers about the status of the review queues, add-on compatibility, and other happenings in the add-ons world.

The Review Queues

  • Most nominations for full review are taking less than 2 weeks to review.
  • 49 nominations in the queue awaiting review.
  • Most updates are being reviewed within 1 week.
  • 46 updates in the queue awaiting review.
  • Most preliminary reviews are being reviewed within 5 days.
  • 52 preliminary review submissions in the queue awaiting review.

If you’re an add-on developer and would like to see add-ons reviewed faster, please consider joining us. Add-on reviewers get invited to Mozilla events and earn cool gear with their work. Visit our wiki page for more information.

BabelZilla

BabelZilla continues to be the top resource for add-on localization. It’s a free and open community of translators who will help you reach users in areas of the world you wouldn’t even imagine. As such, it is powered by the people who support it. So, if your native language is not English, and especially if you know Arabic, Persian (Farsi) or Hebrew, BabelZilla needs your help.

Please consider taking some time and contribute translating other add-ons. Many developers will be grateful for your help.

Firefox 27 Compatibility

The add-on compatibility update for Firefox 27 is up, and the compatibility bump for AMO add-ons was run. In some cases we weren’t able to run the tests effectively, but you should have received an e-mail message explaining the reasons and how to work around it.

We’re also working on an improvement to the system that will only send one email with all of your add-on test results. This should be a welcome change for prolific add-on developers.

As usual we recommend using the Aurora and Beta branches to test your add-ons ahead of time.

Australis

Australis has landed in the Aurora channel, so make sure you test your add-on and stay up to date on Australis news. I published the first installment in a series of posts about it. Check it out: Part 1 – Toolbars.

It’s very important that you test your add-on as soon as you can and figure out if there’s anything you need to do to make it compatible, or if you discover any bugs in the new theme. The blog post has instructions on how to report bugs for it effectively.

February Featured Add-ons

2014 is in full swing, and so is our community board, which has selected the featured add-ons for February. If you have an add-on to nominate, please send it to amo-featured@mozilla.org for the board’s consideration. Feel free to submit your own add-on!

Pick of the Month: Multifox

Multifox is an extension that allows Firefox to connect to websites using different user names, simultaneously! If you have multiple Gmail, Twitter, Facebook, or Yahoo accounts, you can open them all at the same time. Each Firefox window accesses an account without interfering each other.

Awesome! I can log multiple emails, gaming accounts, forums, proxies, and so much more!”

Get Multifox »

Also Featured:

Disconnect
Make the web faster, more private, and more secure. Disconnect lets you visualize and block the otherwise invisible websites that track your search and browsing history. Get it now »

SaveAS
Save as anything with a click of a button. It is handy for web image collection addicts. Get it now »

Mail Redirect (for Thunderbird)
Our first featured add-on for Thunderbird! Allows you to redirect (a.k.a. “bounce”) mail messages to other recipients. Get it now »

MaDonna designs over 10,000 themes!

A big congratulations to longtime theme contributor, MaDonna, who recently submitted her 10,000th theme to AMO! MaDonna has been an active contributor since 2009, and her designs are beloved by the community. Her most popular theme, Sunset Over Water, is used by over 130,000 people. Her top-rated theme is Lilac Prediction, which one grateful user claims, “It is so beautiful, it makes me calm down and exhale!”

“I have enjoyed being a part of the Firefox theme family and appreciate Firefox letting me continue working on designs,” said MaDonna, when informed of her big milestone. “I will be 75 next month and hope I can continue working a few more years. I have loved hearing from people from all over the world. Thanks to users for the good reviews they have given me and telling me my themes make their time on the computer more enjoyable.”

On behalf of the AMO community, thanks for your awesome themes. We look forward to wearing many more!

Add-ons Update – Week of 2014/01/22

I post these updates every 3 weeks to inform add-on developers about the status of the review queues, add-on compatibility, and other happenings in the add-ons world.

The Review Queues

  • Most nominations for full review are taking less than 2 weeks to review.
  • 47 nominations in the queue awaiting review.
  • Most updates are being reviewed within 5 days.
  • 30 updates in the queue awaiting review.
  • Most preliminary reviews are being reviewed within 5 days.
  • 39 preliminary review submissions in the queue awaiting review.

If you’re an add-on developer and would like to see add-ons reviewed faster, please consider joining us. Add-on reviewers get invited to Mozilla events and earn cool gear with their work. Visit our wiki page for more information.

Firefox 27 Compatibility

The add-on compatibility update for Firefox 27 was published yesterday, and we expect the compatibility bump for AMO add-ons to be done in the following week or so.

As usual we recommend using the Aurora and Beta branches to test your add-ons ahead of time.

Australis!

Australis, the new Firefox theme, is currently ending its second cycle on Nightly. I published the first installment in a series of posts about it. Check it out: Part 1 – Toolbars.

It’s very important that you test your add-on as soon as you can and figure out if there’s anything you need to do to make it compatible, or if you discover any bugs in the new theme. The blog post has instructions on how to report bugs for it effectively.

Add-on Compatibility for Firefox 27

Firefox 27 will be released on February 4th. This release cycle is slightly longer due to the holidays. Here’s the list of changes that went into this version that can affect add-on compatibility. There is more information available in Firefox 27 for Developers, so you should read that too.

General

XPCOM

  • Stop exporting JS symbols in Firefox. JSAPI is no longer available to extensions, which should only really be a problem for very specific binary add-ons. There are better ways to run JS in your extension anyway.

New!

Please let me know in the comments if there’s anything missing or incorrect on these lists. If your add-on breaks on Firefox 27, I’d like to know.

The automatic compatibility validation and upgrade for add-ons on AMO will happen very soon, so keep an eye on your email if you have an add-on listed on our site with its compatibility set to Firefox 26.

2013 in Add-on Reviews

As most of you know, we have a team of experienced add-on developers who volunteer their time and knowledge to code-review and test all add-ons and add-on updates that are listed on AMO. As we begin 2014, I want to take some time to look at what we accomplished last year.

Highlights

  • Though introduced in 2012, 2013 was the year we were able to really gauge the usefulness of the reviewer incentives program. Thanks to this program, volunteer reviews are up from 48% in 2012 to 64% in 2013!
  • 17 new reviewers were added to the team, 4 of whom are still be active.
  • We were able to meet again with many of our top reviewers in Brussels, for the European leg of the Mozilla Summit.

Review numbers

Here’s how we have done in the past 4 years of review work.

Nominations Updates Preliminary Super review Info request Total
2010 4602 (35%) 6874 (52%) 0 (0%) 275 (2%) 1568 (12%) 13,319
2011 5037 (24%) 9045 (43%) 5452 (26%) 484 (2%) 848 (4%) 20,866
2012 4056 (22%) 7819 (42%) 5673 (30%) 440 (2%) 765 (4%) 18,753
2013 3737 (21%) 7111 (39%) 6266 (35%) 287 (2%) 646 (4%) 18,047

As you can see, the review volume and distribution was very similar to last year’s. I like that there’s a small downward trend in super reviews and information requests, since they tend to slow down reviewing an add-on significantly.

(The inflated numbers in 2011 were due to some major changes that happened in the review process around that time, which required lots of re-submissions.)

Top Reviewers

And here are our top volunteer reviewers for the year:

Review count Name
4360 Teo (Leszek Życzkowski)
1763 Diego Casorran
1435 Andreas Wagner
1201 Henry Perez
836 Nils Maier
385 Aris
278 Axel Grude
190 Michael Balazs
179 Baris Derin
170 rctgamer3

I should point out that Andreas recently joined us as a contractor helping with admin reviews, so his volunteer review count would be slightly lower if we wanted to be perfectly accurate.

Thank you, Review Team!

We can’t thank you enough for all the hard work that you do. We’re always thinking of ways we can make it up to you, and there are still many ideas left unimplemented that will better tell the world how awesome you are and how much you have contributed to the Mozilla project.

This year I hope we have the opportunity to meet again, or for the first time, and that you feel happy and properly rewarded for the time and energy you dedicate to helping us. Thanks again from the Add-ons Team and the Mozilla project.