September 2016 Featured Add-ons

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Pick of the Month: Multi Links Plus

by Geoffrey De Belie
Open, copy, and bookmark multiple links at the same time. No need to handle them individually anymore!

“Perfect, can’t live without it 🙂 Thanks.”

Featured: Tab Reloader

by James Fray
Very easy-to-use tab reloader with customizable reload times per tab.

“I tried a number of different add-ons to automatically reload tabs, and this is the only one I found that works—even with JavaScript disabled—which is a huge bonus.”

Featured: History Submenus II

by Merci Chao
Add sub-menus to the History Menu for your previous days’ history.

“This extension solved a long-time problem of opening the History Menu only to see that what I’m looking for is older, so I had to close it and then open the History Sidebar. Now I get it all in one place!”

Nominate your favorite add-ons

Featured add-ons are selected by a community board made up of add-on developers, users, and fans. Board members change every six months, so there’s always an opportunity to participate. Stayed tuned to this blog for the next call for applications. Here’s further information on AMO’s featured content policies.

If you’d like to nominate an add-on for featuring, please send it to amo-featured@mozilla.org for the board’s consideration. We welcome you to submit your own add-on!

Discovery Pane Editorial Policy

discoWith the launch of Firefox 48, we debuted a new page in the Get Add-ons section of about:addons. For simplicity’s sake, we’re calling this the Discovery Pane.

We recently covered the reasons why we redesigned this page. Now I’d like to share more insight into how this page’s content will refresh moving forward.

The Discovery Pane is designed to appeal to users who may have very little—or zero—understanding of what add-ons are, or why they should customize their browser. That’s why this page only features add-ons that meet the highest standards of user experience, like excellent UI, intuitive work flows, and polished functionality.

We also want to put forth only content that addresses what we know to be the most common needs of a broad set of Firefox users. The page as it exists today includes a few visual themes and four add-ons: an ad blocker, a video downloader, an emoji enhancement tool, and a screenshot extension—all very widely appealing use cases.

The list of content is intentionally short. As with introducing any unfamiliar concept, we wanted to avoid overwhelming people with loads of options, but rather focus their attention on a few enticing paths to choose from.

There are many high-caliber add-ons that would be a great fit in the Discovery Pane. So we’ll update this page each month as we identify more content and appropriate use cases. This does not mean we’ll update all of the content wholesale each month—we may leave certain add-ons in place if they offer a distinctly unique user benefit. However, for example, if we have four screenshot add-ons that are all equally awesome, we’ll endeavor to evenly rotate them.

An updated wiki page goes into greater detail about the selection criteria of Discovery Pane add-ons. But here are three critical criteria you should know about for all Discovery Pane add-ons; they must be…

  1. e10s compatible. As Firefox moves deeper into the new world of multi-process, we should only highlight content that is compatible with it (without relying on shims). Here’s how you can check your add-on for compatibility.
  2. Restartless. We need a uniform installation process for all add-ons presented on the page.
  3. Already be part of our broader Featured Extensions collection, which is vetted by our community-driven Feature Board, as well as Mozilla staff.

If you’d like to nominate your add-on (or someone else’s) for Discovery Pane consideration, please use the same channel we always have for featured content—email us at amo-featured@mozilla.org and we’ll add your nomination to the editorial review queue. There’s no need to specifically mention “Discovery Pane” while nominating, since all nominations will be viewed through that prism, but feel free if you like.

Any questions? Concerns? Better ideas? Feedback? You know where to leave comments…

A Better Add-on Discovery Experience

People who personalize Firefox like their Firefox better. However, many people don’t know that they can, and for those who know it isn’t particularly easy to do. So a few months ago, we began rethinking our entire add-on discovery experience—from helping people understand the benefits of personalization, to making it easier to install an add-on, to putting the right add-on in front of people at the right time.

The first step we’ve taken towards a better discovery experience is in the redesign of our Add-on Discovery Pane. This is typically the first page users see when they launch the Add-on Manager at about:addons.

Add-on Discovery Pane before Firefox 48

Add-on Discovery Pane before Firefox 48

We updated this page to target people who are just getting started with add-ons, by simplifying add-on installation to just one click and using clean images and text to quickly orient a new user.

Disco Pane One Click Install

It features a tightly curated list of add-ons that provide customizations that are easy for new users to understand.

Add-on Discovery Pane starting with Firefox 48

Add-on Discovery Pane starting with Firefox 48

We started with a small list and collaborated with their developers to ensure the best possible experience for users. For future releases, we will refresh the featured content on a more frequent basis and open up the nomination process for inclusion.

Our community of developers create awesome add-ons, and we want to help users discover them and love their Firefox even more. In the coming months, we are going to continue improving the experience by making recommendations that are as uniquely helpful to users as possible.

In the meantime, this first step toward improving the Firefox personalization experience will land in Firefox 48 on August 1, and is available in Firefox Beta now. So download Firefox Beta, go to about:addons and give it a try! (You can also reach this page by going to the Tools menu and choosing “Add-ons”). We would love to hear your feedback in the forums.

July 2016 Featured Add-ons

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Pick of the Month: Firebug

by Firebug Working Group
Access a bevy of development tools while you browse—edit, debug, and monitor CSS, HTML, and JavaScript live in any Web page.

”One of the main reasons why I love Firefox. Cannot imagine Firefox without Firebug.”

 

Featured: ipFood

by hg9x
Browse the Web anonymously by generating random proxies.

”Everything works perfectly.”

Nominate your favorite add-ons

Featured add-ons are selected by a community board made up of add-on developers, users, and fans. Board members change every six months, so there’s always an opportunity to participate. Stayed tuned to this blog for the next call for applications. Here’s further information on AMO’s featured content policies.

If you’d like to nominate an add-on for featuring, please send it to amo-featured@mozilla.org for the board’s consideration. We welcome you to submit your own add-on!

June 2016 Featured Add-ons

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Pick of the Month: Smart HTTPS (Encrypt Your Communications)

by ilGur
Automatically changes HTTP addresses to secure HTTPS, and if loading errors occur, will revert back to HTTP.

“Using it is as easy as installing.”

Featured: YouTube No Buffer (Stop Autoplaying)

by James Fray
A lightweight extension that prevents YouTube from auto-buffering videos.

“I needed this, as YouTube makes the browser too slow. Thanks.”

Featured: Weather Forecast Plus

by Alexis Jaksone
Easily check the weather anywhere in the world right from the convenience of your toolbar.

“Simple, unobtrusive, snappy.”

Nominate your favorite add-ons

Featured add-ons are selected by a community board made up of add-on developers, users, and fans. Board members change every six months, so there’s always an opportunity to participate. Stayed tuned to this blog for the next call for applications. Here’s further information on AMO’s featured content policies.

If you’d like to nominate an add-on for featuring, please send it to amo-featured@mozilla.org for the board’s consideration. We welcome you to submit your own add-on!