One of the pieces of feedback in our recent survey was that add-on developers really wanted to remove the login requirement for experimental add-ons. So we did it.
Now users who are logged out can install an experimental add-on by clicking a checkbox. We felt this solution was simple while still getting users to take a moment to ponder their decision to live on the cutting edge. Nothing else changes- only public add-ons will get automatically updated from AMO, but we feel this change will help add-on developers get feedback and reviews from the greater community before deciding to nominate their add-ons.
We’ve also retired the old developer tools for good. The new developer tools are far more user friendly and powerful, and now they’re localized so everyone can take advantage of them. Hopefully you’ll agree- but if there’s something about the old tools that you missed, please let us know.
Finally, our ratings based sort now takes the number of ratings into account. So if you have 1,000 ratings and your average is 4.5, your add-on will now show up above someone with one five star review from a family member. 🙂
As always, please let us know what you think. We made quite a few more changes and fixes in this release, so if you’re interested, take a peek!