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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.

Add-ons Update – Week of 2013/01/08

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.
  • 33 nominations in the queue awaiting review.
  • Most updates are being reviewed within 5 days.
  • 28 updates in the queue awaiting review.
  • Most preliminary reviews are being reviewed within 5 days.
  • 34 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 was published and the accompanying compatibility bump for AMO add-ons was done shortly thereafter. Apologies for the delays.

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

Firefox 27 Compatibility

Coming up…

Australis!

Australis, the new Firefox theme, is currently starting its second cycle on Nightly. I just posted 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.

January Featured Add-ons

Happy 2014! Here are some featured add-ons to start off the year right:

Pick of the Month: FindBar Tweak

FindBar Tweak supercharges your find toolbar with a “Find in all Tabs” feature and many others!

This add-on is a necessity if one has to search endless pages of text for similar terms. Its ability to keep the searches across multiple web pages is awesome. Thank you!”

Get FindBar Tweak »

Complete Theme: Classic Compact

A very compact and highly customizable theme that minimizes space consumed by menu and tool bars without hurting the overall usability. Supports Windows, Mac & Linux.

This theme allows you to get the most use of your browser window. With this you can shrink things down without losing any usability.”

Get Classic Compact »

Also Featured:

Tab Notifier
Enables desktop notifications, even when the title of a tab changes while the tab is not focused. Get it now »

YouTube High Definition
YouTube High Definition is a powerful tool that will let you play all YouTube videos in High Definition automatically. Get it now »

QR Code Image Generator
Create a QR Code of the selected text or current URL, and customize the image with different colors and sizes. Also possible to create a QR Code from free text within Firefox. Get it now »

Slower review queues expected during the holidays

The end of the year is upon us, and lots of people will be taking time off to enjoy time with friends and family. The add-on community’s group of volunteers, contractors, and paid staff are expected to review add-ons intermittently through the rest of the year, so we expect the queues to slow down a little during this time.

We’re pushing to get as many done as possible before the end of this week, so the queues should be in good shape heading into the holidays.

Thank you for all your contributions and support in 2013—because of you, there were 500,000,000 add-ons in use this year!

 

We also appreciate your patience, and wish you a wonderful holiday season!

Add-on Builder

On Tuesday January 7th we will be putting Add-on Builder into read-only mode, meaning that it will no longer be possible to create new add-ons or change existing projects on the site. Users will still be able to access their projects until April 2014, when we will turn off the service entirely. During this period we recommend developers download their existing projects, and we will continue to communicate this change throughout this period.

Update: to be clear, Builder will also not be updated to use SDK 1.15.

Why we’ve made this decision

Recently we took a look at how developers are using Builder. What we found is that while many developers have tried out Builder, very few ( less than 1% ) ever actually publish their add-on to AMO. Additionally, the most popular SDK-based add-ons on AMO are instead built by developers using our command-line tools. As a result, we decided it makes most sense to focus our efforts and resources here.

What’s next

The Firefox Developer Tools team has introduced the Browser Console and Browser Debugger / Toolbox to improve the debugging experience for both Firefox developers and Add-on developers. We will be continuing to look for ways to leverage the work we’ve done recently to help extension authors specifically. Watch this blog for more news over the next couple of months.

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