The AMO team has been cranking hard for the past several weeks to bring you the latest batch of goodness. This week’s release includes some very cool end user and developer features, just in time for Firefox 3.
Ever find it hard to see a bunch of Firefox themes at a glance? We did too and so we created the Theme Browser.
You will now be able to quickly see many theme previews at once, switch between categories and re-order to your heart’s content.
Just click on the new “Advanced” tab at the bottom of the search panel and you’ll access the advanced search options where you can specify your search using all sorts of parameters.
You can limit your searches for add-ons to selected types, platforms, application version ranges, when it was last updated; then order the results by popularity or other orderings. One capability which may not be so evident is that leaving the search term field blank, will show you all the add-ons that meet the specified criteria, so you can easily find all Firefox 3-compatible themes (as depicted above) or the recently updated Firefox 3-compatible add-ons, etc…Of course, you can bookmark these custom searches to quickly get at your unique search results.
The last area with new AJAXy flavor and lots of changes are the Developer Tools. A near complete rewrite, it is currently deployed alongside the older version until the full migration is complete. It has been described in detail in a five part series by Fligtar. With this release of AMO, you can try editing your add-on properties, authors, etc… and let us know if you find any problems. (The add-on submit process and the image preview manager are still under development.)
All the Rest
Besides that, the team has fixed a myriad of stuff including:
- Auto-approval of all users reviews. All user reviews are made public immediately. Users and add-on authors can flag questionable reviews for moderation by AMO editors.
- Optimized search performance and moved to a full text search module
- Changes in the search algorithm so that exact name matches show up first
- Ability to deliver add-on updates to language packs
- Several new localizations, now at 27 total including: Catalan-Valencian & Hebrew
- The inclusion of experimental add-ons on user info pages