Add-ons Blog

Add-on Compatibility for Firefox 26

Firefox 26 will be released on December 10th. Here’s the list of changes that went into this version that can affect add-on compatibility. There is more information available in Firefox 26 for Developers, so you should read that too.

General

XPCOM

Binary

DOM

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 26, 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 25.

7 add-ons to help you save money this holiday season

Cyber Monday is less than a week away, so get ready for it by downloading add-ons that will help you find the best deals. We recently looked at price comparison add-ons that experienced a spike in downloads during last year’s shopping season, and compiled a list of them. Check them out, and let tell us which ones work out well for you!

CouponsHelper
Average before shopping season: ~1,000 daily downloads
Peak day: 12,703 downloads

InvisibleHand
Average before shopping season: ~900 daily downloads
Peak day: 2,284 downloads

PriceBlink
Average before shopping season: ~500 daily downloads
Peak day: 1,684 downloads

如意淘
Average before shopping season: ~500 daily downloads
Peak day: 1,444 downloads

WindowShopper
Average before shopping season: ~120 daily downloads
Peak day: 1,178 downloads

Boo.ly Shopping
Average before shopping season: ~50 daily downloads
Peak day: 979 downloads

Gutscheine-Live.de Vouchers
Average before shopping season: ~20 daily downloads
Peak day: 168 downloads

Add-ons Update – Week of 2013/11/20

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 3 weeks to review.
  • Most updates are being reviewed within 10 days.
  • Most preliminary reviews are being reviewed within 10 days.

These stats are taken from the last queue report:

  • 107 nominations in the queue awaiting review.
  • 75 updates in the queue awaiting review.
  • 101 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 26 Compatibility

The blog post should be up later this week. Apologies for the delays.

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

Add-on File Registration Proposal

This is a pretty big deal for all add-on developers, especially those who distribute their add-ons outside of AMO. Please take some time to read the post and the document. If you have any feedback, please comment on the newsgroup and not here. It’s easier to keep all comments in one place so we can revisit them in the future if adjustments are needed.

Add-on SDK 1.15 Beta 1

It’s been a very long time since we released a new version of the Add-on SDK, primarily because since Firefox 21 the SDK’s modules ship with Firefox itself. This new version’s purpose is mainly to update cfx so that the xpi files it creates do not bundle the SDK modules by default – in 1.14 you would have had to use the –strip-sdk option to achieve this.

One instant benefit of moving to this new default is that xpi files are now much much smaller, as small as 8kb! As well, as the xpi only contains your code there will be no problems with ‘outdated SDK version’ warnings with the AMO validator.

You can download SDK 1.15 Beta 1 as either a Zip file or a Tarball.

Please take this new version for a spin and let us know if you have any
issues, either on the mailing list or by filing a bug.

November Featured Add-ons

November featured add-ons have been chosen, and so has the new community board, which will be responsible for selecting featured add-ons from January – June, 2014.

If you’d like to nominate an add-on for consideration by the board (you can nominate your own!), just send an email to amo-featured@mozilla.org, and it will be added to the board’s consideration list.

Pick of the Month: S3.Google Translator

S3.Google Translator adds the power of Google Translate’s automatic translations to your browser.

Wonderful, brilliant, fantastic! Cannot describe how happy I am with this add-on, I live in Sweden but don’t speak Swedish and obviously every day I browse Swedish sites I need to translate into English…”

Get S3.Google Translator »

Also Featured:

Converter
Contextual (inline) unit, timezone, and currency converter on any web site, plus custom conversions for offline text. Get it now »

Undo Closed Tabs Button
Undo closed tabs via a toolbar button or the right-click context menu. Get it now »

Add-ons Update – Week of 2013/10/31

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 4 weeks to review.
  • Most updates are being reviewed within 2 weeks.
  • Most preliminary reviews are being reviewed within 10 days.

These stats are taken from the last queue report:

  • 178 nominations in the queue awaiting review.
  • 99 updates in the queue awaiting review.
  • 161 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 25 Compatibility

The compatibility blog post for Firefox 25 is up, and the compatibility bump for AMO add-ons was run last week.

Firefox 26 Compatibility

The blog post should be up next week.

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

Add-on File Registration Proposal

This is a pretty big deal for all add-on developers, especially those who distribute their add-ons outside of AMO. Please take some time to read the post and the document. If you have any feedback, please comment on the newsgroup and not here. It’s easier to keep all comments in one place so we can revisit them in the future if adjustments are needed.

Apply to be on the Featured Add-ons Board!

Do you want to help decide which add-ons are featured on AMO in the next six months? If so, apply to be on the next community advisory board! Featured add-ons gain tons of visibility and downloads, and help users discover what’s new and useful.

Anyone from the add-ons community is welcome to apply: power users, theme designers, developers, and evangelists. Priority will be given to applicants who have not served on the board before, followed by those from previous boards, and finally from the outgoing board. This page provides more information on the duties of a board member.

To be considered, please email us at amo-featured@mozilla.org with your name, and tell us how you’re involved with AMO. The deadline is Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013 23:59 PDT. The new board will be announced about a week after.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Amp Your Firefox Contest Honorable Mentions

Last month, we announced the category winners and overall winner of the Amp Your Firefox contest. However, there were so many great add-ons submitted that we thought it would be a shame not to give them some recognition.

Here are the add-ons that we think deserve an honorable mention:

Complete Themes

Mobile

  • Open Link in Zombie Tab – Add an option to open a link in a new tab without loading the page until you switch to the tab.
  • Total Title – Tired of tiny titles? Now you can view the total title.

Mobile Port

  • Stealthy Mobile – Does your country/organization block you from Facebook, YouTube or others? Stealthy is the solution for you. We do the work of looking for fast proxies for you.
  • SnipR (Server Network IP Resolver) – Discover where the hosts of the websites you visit are. Total timeout for hideous web servers!

Updated Add-ons

  • mPage – Simple dashboard-like RSS feed reader.
  • Wikipedia Spoiler Hider – Hides spoilers on Wikipedia. This extension looks for sections with certain key words, hides them, and provides buttons for you to click to toggle showing them.
  • AnonymoX – AnonymoX uses a proxy to hide your true identity on the internet.
  • Be Quiet! – Provides tool bar and keyboard media controls and more for several music sites. Adds automatic music pausing functionality when playing html5 videos or watching videos on Youtube.
  • Colorlicious – Make your browser unique by adding a splash of color.
  • Mind the Time – Keep track of how much time you spend on the web, and where you spend it.

Add-ons Update – Week of 2013/10/09

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 4 weeks to review.
  • Most updates are being reviewed within 4 weeks.
  • Most preliminary reviews are being reviewed within 4 weeks.

These stats are taken from the last queue report:

  • 87 nominations in the queue awaiting review.
  • 70 updates in the queue awaiting review.
  • 87 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 25 Compatibility

The compatibility blog post for Firefox 25 is up, and the compatibility bump for AMO add-ons will be run in the coming weeks.

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

October Featured Add-ons

October featured add-ons are here, and it’s a special month, because it’s time for another featured complete theme!

Pick of the Month: Google/Yandex search link fix

An extension that prevents Google Search from modifying result links when they are clicked.

Excellent! No more long redirect URLs in Google search. Get the direct link.”

Get Google/Yandex search link fix »

Complete Theme: BlackFox

BlackFox is a dark theme with a touch of deep red. It’s designed to be focused, compact and easy on the eyes. Other features include:

  • Fully skinned with a unified style.
  • Animated scroll-bars, progress-bar and throbbers.
  • Custom toolbar icons with glow effect.

Success!!! I love it. I like the soft and gentle use of gradient black in the Menu and Status bars. It’s easy on the eyes and everything can be easily read. I also love the mouse-over icon effects. Five stars on this theme.”

BlackFox V2 with the new Tab

Get BlackFox »

Also Featured:

FEBE
Firefox Environment Backup Extension (FEBE) allows you to quickly and easily backup your Firefox extensions. It will even rebuild your extensions individually into installable .xpi files. Get it now »

Classic Toolbar Buttons
This add-on restores the classic toolbar button UI (known from Firefox 4-7′s small view, Firefox 4-12′s large view and Thunderbird 5-14) for current Firefox, Thunderbird and Seamonkey versions on Windows. Get it now »

Chatzilla
A clean, easy-to-use and highly extensible Internet Relay Chat (IRC) client. Get it now »

X-notifier
A notifier for Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail, Aol and more. Checks your webmail accounts and tells you the number of unread emails you have. Get it now »