During Mozilla Summit last week, we held a contest for all attendees aimed at getting them involved in developing add-ons with the Mozilla Add-ons SDK. We had 17 entries from 15 developers and selected winners in the categories of Useful, Creative, and Fun. Here are the three winning add-ons:
Most Useful – Copy ShortURL
Author: Fred Wenzel
Developer Description: If a page exposes a short URL via a “link rel=canonical” header, fetch it and copy it to the clipboard. If no short URL is found on the page, this add-on creates a short URL via tinyurl and copies it to the clipboard.
Most Creative – Quakeyfox
Author: David McNamara
Developer Description: Once installed, this add-on shakes your browser window when an earthquake occurs anywhere in the world, using live data from the USGS. In case an earthquake doesn’t occur, a widget button is provided to demonstrate the browser window shakiness.
Most Fun – Too Old for Facebook
Author: Christopher Finke
Developer Description: Don’t like that your mom (or dad, or grandma) has joined Facebook and is keeping tabs on you? Just install this Jetpack on her computer and let her decide on her own that she’s too old for Facebook.
Other add-ons from the contest:
- Clickable Phone Numbers by John Britton
- Mousercise by Eric Jung
- FlipSide by Matt Claypotch
- Tweet It! by Ricky Rosario
- Bugzilla Image Preview by Fabrice Desré
- Snipmarks by Josh Gross
- TapTab by Josh Gross
- Boomfox by Frank Yan
- WWW Rand by Mehdi Mulani
- Covert Surf by RoDrigo García S.
- EPub Writer by Hernan Rodriguez Colmeiro
All the add-on submissions were built using the Mozilla Add-ons Builder SDK (formerly Jetpack) and developed rapidly with the aid of the Mozilla Add-ons Builder web app. We will be holding another add-on developer contest in the coming weeks, so stay tuned!
Daniel Buchner, on behalf of the Add-ons Team