Collecting Add-ons In More Applications

If you are an add-on fan and missed the Mozilla Add-ons blog post about the new Add-on Collector release (1.1), be sure and go and read it:

Add-on Collector now supports Thunderbird, Seamonkey, and Mobile

This is a project that Dave and I at Briks really enjoy working on. The challenge for this release was making it work with Thunderbird (TB) 2, and mobile support. Thunderbird 2 uses the Mozilla 1.8 branch which meant that the Add-on window overlay code was different. We threw away the overlay bindings and built them from scratch. It’s rarely fun supporting old platforms, but when we started the port TB3 was not out yet. TB3, and Seamonkey (SM), in comparison was a breeze as the toolkit code is the same as Firefox 3.x. Thanks to Igor Velkov for the SM patch.

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Firefox Mobile Add-ons – One Small Step for Mankind

By small in the title, I mean small devices. One large step was taken in the Fennec add-ons ecosystem over the weekend at the Mozilla/Maemo get together in Copenhagen [pictures, tweets]. Present were a large chunk of the Fennec developement team, add-on developers, localisers, and community members. We shared the space with Maemo developers and community members, and while there was not much overlap during sessions and hacking, there were some useful discussions on how we can work better together. The weekend was a mix of sessions and hacking, with the focus more on the latter. We ported add-ons, made new ones, found bugs, and had discussions on best practices and ways to improve the user experience. Here is a mini-report of what went down, from an add-ons perspective.

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