In preparation for Firefox 3, Mozilla Add-ons recently underwent a number of important updates to support the new Add-ons Manager which tightly integrates with it to provide recommendations, search and install from a new Get Add-ons page.
With the necessary interfaces now in place, the Mozilla Add-ons team is working in visual updates to the site.
As you can see from the screenshot above (and more easily, visiting the preview site), it has a clean look. A menu at the very top lets you select the application (SeaMonkey, Thunderbird, Sunbird or Firefox).
Search is now central to the main page, surrounded by featured and recommended add-ons and extensions categories. Unfortunately it can only be filtered by extension category and not by add-on type (dictionary, plugin, theme, extension, search plugin) or theme style, which can result in too many irrelevant results.
Add-ons that are waiting for approval (in the sandbox) are also displayed and included in the results with a pink background and labeled as experimental. While I appreciate the option to provide combined results, again I would like to see a way to filter experimental add-ons out and set as the default.
Add-ons developers will also see improvements including detailed statistics about their extensions downloads.
You can share your comments on the revised Mozilla Add-ons at the Mozilla Web Development Blog.
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