With the release of AMO 3.4.3 tonight, there’s now a way to try out the new Developer Tools that I’ve been blogging about.
From the en-US Developer Tools, click on “Edit Add-on” next to one of your hosted add-ons. At the top of the edit page, you’ll see a box that offers a try-out of the new edit tools.
The following new tools are available:
The tools are accessible on preview.addons.mozilla.org as well, if you don’t want your changes to affect the production database.
If you find any bugs or have any feedback, please file a bug or add it to the wiki.
Mark Finkle, Dave Townsend, and I have been working on the first issue of about:addons, the new monthly newsletter for add-on developers, collectors, enthusiasts, and Ken Kovash. We’ll be highlighting stories about AMO, important changes for developers in the API and platform, community news, and more! Don’t miss the Opposing Viewpoints column of the Opinion section, in which Mark and I battle over what would win in a cage match: extensions versus the team of themes+search plugins+language packs.
The first issue is scheduled to go out this Thursday, but be sure to subscribe via email before then so someone doesn’t spoil the ending for you: Subscribe now!
The next area of AMO Developer Tools being revamped is managing add-on versions and files. Here are some screenshots of the new look:
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The new Edit Properties page of the AMO Developer Tools area is where the main settings of an add-on can be configured. The available fields on this new page are: Add-on Name, Default Locale, Add-on Icon, Homepage, Support Email Address and Website, and other add-on flags such as viewing the source online. These fields were previously mixed in the single edit add-on page.
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Last week, Facebook launched a new tool called Lexicon that measures the number of times a term is mentioned on user, event, and group walls. This is what the results look like for Firefox:
That huge spike at the beginning of April is when Firefox 3 Beta 5 was released. The gaps in the graph are when the term wasn’t mentioned enough to be recorded. Comparing the results of other browsers isn’t too helpful as Safari and Opera are common nouns, and most people would abbreviate Internet Explorer as IE.
Although no actual numbers are given, it’s still cool to be able to visualize a part of the biggest way Firefox is adopted around the world: telling your friends about it.