Archive for March, 2008

Mix Your Passions, Ignite the Web with Music

Monday, March 31st, 2008 sponsors Best Music Add-on for Firefox Developer Contest

We’re pleased to announce that we’ve partnered with as part of Extend Firefox 3 to offer up a prize package for the best new music-related Firefox Add-on that demonstrates excellence in user experience, innovativeness, and use of open

Prize package includes a trip to London and VIP tickets to a live event along with a Logitech Squeezebox network music player.

Toby Padilla, VP Desktop and Client Software will also be joining our panel of judges — to be announced later this week.

Official rules and details on this new addition to Extend Firefox are available at

Extend Firefox 3 is Here!

Wednesday, March 19th, 2008

Are you ready to take the first hill? Now is your chance. The next edition of Extend Firefox is here!

Extend Firefox 3 is a global developer contest with prizes awarded for developing new Firefox Add-ons for the upcoming production release of Firefox 3.

All entries will be judged by a panel of experts, with Grand Prize and Runner’s Up prize packages awarded for add-ons that take advantage of the new capabilities being introduced in Firefox 3 and that demonstrate excellence in user experience, innovativeness, and use of open standards.

You can check out the winners from the last edition of this contest over on the Mozilla Labs blog.

This edition of Extend Firefox is open to even more countries and we’re also opening up a special category to award prizes to existing Firefox Add-ons that are updated for Firefox 3 and that show significant improvements in performance and user experience.

Special thanks to our sponsors, ActiveState and VMware, for offering up some cool prizes and for helping to promote and get the word out to the wider development community!

So what are you waiting for?  Start creating!

Extend Firefox 3 is open now and runs through July 4th, 2008.

Official contest rules and information are available at

Announcing the Extend Firefox 2 Winners

Wednesday, March 12th, 2008

Extend Firefox 2 has wrapped up and we’re super excited to announce the winners! We received well over 100 entries, representing hundreds of hours of hard work from people around the world.

A big thanks to all who participated! And special thanks to our panel of judges, including Garrett Camp (StumbleUpon), Brendan Eich (Mozilla), Jesse James Garrett (Adaptive Path), Tariq Krim (NetVibes), and Joshua Schachter ( and our sponsors, including ActiveState, O’Reilly, and VMware.

Although many of these extensions are in their early stages of experimental development, we’re blown away by what their authors were able to achieve within the time constraints of the contest, and we’re really looking forward to where they take their extensions from here. It was hard to pick our winners from among the many excellent entries, but we’ve now selected three Grand Prize winners who will each receive an Ultimate Firefox Developer Kit, including:

And, twelve Runner-Up Prize winners who will each receive a Firefox Pack, including:

Congratulations to our awesome fifteen! And thanks again to all who contributed add-ons and ideas. Stay tuned for details of Extend Firefox 3, which will kick off within the next month.

Grand Prize Winners

  1. Minimap Sidebar Extension by Tony Farndon (UK)
    Tired of managing multiple tabs while searching for directions? Well Minimap Sidebar Extension has your solution! By integrating maps into your current Firefox window, Minimap allows you to search for and save directions on the fly.

    • Create and save a sidebar map using the addresses or address links you find on web pages (highlight then drag and drop), or by manually adding locations.
    • View traffic Info, drag and drop or manually add KML file links, local search, directions, and view satellite imagery.
    • Easily access microformatted addresses when the Operator extension is installed.


  2. SamePlace by Massimiliano Mirra (Italy)
    Looking for a way to manage all of your instant messenger conversations? Why not look to the browser? SamePlace is an extensible, multi-network instant messenger. It allows you to keep all of your conversations in one place – much of our time online is spent in the browser, so what better place to keep an eye on our contacts than the sidebar?

    • Chat with your contacts from GMail, Jabber, MSN, Yahoo!, ICQ, and AIM.
    • Share what you find quickly by dragging web page snippets (photos, animated emoticons, text selections, etc) into chats.
    • Play board games, sketch, give presentations, and more with support for shared applications.


  3. Shareaholic by Jay Meattle (USA)
    Found something awesome online and can’t wait to pass it on? Tired of copying and pasting endless URLs? Shareaholic allows you to bookmark and e-mail web pages quickly without leaving your browser.

    • Submit any web page to your favorite sharing or bookmarking service, including digg,, facebook, friendfeed, google bookmarks, magnolia, mixx, reddit, stumbleupon, tumblr and twitter.
    • E-mail pages directly to your friends.
    • Quickly out how many times a web page has been dugg or saved to

Runners Up

  1. All in One Sidebar
    – Ingo Wennemaring
  2. Boox
    – Nicolas Martin
  3. IncSearch
    – Hirokazu Onozato
  4. Fast Dial
    – Sergey Suhoruchkin
  5. FireGestures
    – Taiga Gomibuchi
  6. FootieFox
    – Boris Ruf
  7. qtl
    – Gilad Kutiel
  8. Shrinkify
    – Mark Muday
  9. Table2Clipboard
    – Davide Ficano
  10. TwitterFox
    – Kazuho Okui
  11. Update Scanner
    – Pete Burgers
  12. URL Fixer
    – Christopher Finke

Thanks again to everyone who participated, and stay tuned for Extend Firefox 3, launching in early March.