Update of 2006 State of the Projects.
Free-time project status:
- Password Exporter – Finished version 1.1 this week and is currently awaiting localization to the 20 languages it’s now in. Should be released sometime the first week of January. More details on that version will be in an upcoming post. Password Exporter has now been download over 203,000 times and has about 70,000 active users every day.
- FavLoc – Haven’t had time to work on it. Will try to find time to update compatibility for Firefox 3 sometime soon, but doubt I’ll add any new features. 28,000 downloads and 6,000 active users.
- LSU Campus Map – I haven’t updated anything since I first made it a few years ago, but it’s still very popular with people just searching for an LSU campus map. It had especially high traffic following the recent shooting on campus.
- All other projects including arraise, Startup Authenticator, Degree Analyzer, elurt, and all other ideas in my head that I detail but never start – I haven’t had time to work on and are pretty much dead.
Work project status:
- addons.mozilla.org – Remora was launched in March and the AMO team is currently working on version 3.2 to be launched in mid-January. I’ve been working on a statistics dashboard for add-on developers, and after 3.2 will be continuing to work mainly on AMO stuff, probably including a Developer Control Panel revamp with lots of new features.
- Operation Firefox – Contest was a big success and winners were announced earlier this month. Site will probably stay the way it is.
- Extend Firefox – Contest ends tonight. Future plans to be announced later.
- Rock Your Firefox – 0.6 released. Work on other milestones is not currently scheduled, and the app is pretty much in maintenance mode right now.
- Personas – Site hasn’t officially launched yet, but has been finished for a few weeks.
- Misc. other projects popping up and going away just as quickly.
The last few days I’ve been cleaning up a lot of site stuff, as I was quite shocked to find I had over 50 subdomains on this site, many of which are no longer used. I think I’ll be removing the ribbon from my pages soon, as I don’t think it’s helping anything.
FavLoc 1.1 was released on Friday, with a number of improvements:
- Added locales: hu-HU, ko-KR, sk-SK
- Added support for Thunderbird 1.5-2.0b2, Firefox 3.0a2
- FavLoc now supports Thunderbird for saving attachments!
- File overwrite protection: Choose whether to always overwrite, always make unique, always manually rename, or always ask
- Added option to automatically select last saved location in download prompts
- Added option to automatically select FavLoc in download prompts
- Re-designed executable download prompt to be more compatible with other extensions
- FavLoc now uses an XPCOM component
- Fixed bugs in 1.1
You can download the new version from Mozilla Add-ons or visit the website here.
I’ve been trying to balance all of the different projects I’m working on right now. I get an e-mail a day about the same bug in Password Exporter that I need to fix, feature requests for FavLoc, anywhere from 30-100 emails about AMO/Remora stuff, and other projects that don’t email me but give me imaginary puppy faces when I think about them.
Active projects status:
- Password Exporter – Finished version 1.0.6 tonight, waiting on translations into the 17 languages it’s now in. Hit 35,000 downloads recently.
- FavLoc – Need to add support for a new Firefox 2 window, but having trouble finding time as there are similar extensions now.
- AMO/Remora – Trying to work on as much as possible. We’ve passed our deadline several times now. I really need to finish the Review Queue, go back and add some stuff to Add Item, then port those changes to Edit Item/Version. I’m hoping I’ll be able to work on during any free time at the summit. (bugs todo and already done)
- Startup Authenticator – A few people have reported that they still are shown the login page after they login and it tells them that they’re already logged in. Need to work on a fix for that.
- Degree Analyzer – New project that I’m eager to work on, but as it’s new and unreleased, trying to spend my time on more important things.
- ENS – New web startup idea. I’m supposed to be working on the prototype while Mike finishes up the business model and checks out the legality and maybe files patents. When (if) remora is ever finished, this is what I will mainly be working on, minus some occasional AMO bugfixes for a change of scenery. Can’t really talk about this one.
- blog.fligtar.com – I redid the formatting and layout of my blog and plan on posting more frequently.
- planet.fligtar.com – I started to setup a planet fligtar site but didn’t finish the styling. I guess it doesn’t matter much since it’s for me and I’m using it for RSS which doesn’t show styling. If you’re not familiar with the planet system, it’s a feed aggregator of everyone on it’s subscription list so that readers can subscribe to one RSS feed and get everyone’s updates – or if you don’t like RSS, you can just go to the site. That + Livejournal crosspost eliminates my hesitations about switching to a real blog on my site. I just added Jeremy and myself, but if you have a non-LJ blog that you’d like added, feel free to let me know.
Not much going on this week in school now. I have a presentation in Business Communication on Monday and an exam in Business Statistics, but from Tuesday through Saturday I’ll be in Mountain View, California rediscovering the web in person.
I have been working on various Firefox extensions nonstop lately.
The most successful has been Password Exporter with currently 5500 downloads from the Mozilla Update Site. It’s pretty cool seeing something you made translated into 9 languages, including some that don’t even use the same alphabet as us.
I have 6 active extensions… one no one will ever see the awesomeness of because it’s used internally at my office. Another is currently in development, and another is supposed to be funny. I’ve been using Firefox 2.0 and 3.0 lately for extension testing and I like 2.0 but I’m not a big fan of what I’ve seen in 3.0 yet… oh well.
Weeee, FavLoc made it to Mozilla Update! If you have it installed, please download it from there so that when I update it you will get the updates.
Unfortunately, it’s not going to get 1000+ downloads the first day like my other extension because it’s already been knocked off the front page because apparently they have an approval spurt today.
I am currently working on another extension that has no point but should be humorous.
Edit: Ok, you don’t actually have to download it from there to get the updates… if you already have it installed and you hit “Find Updates” it will still update. But I still want the download count!