Add-on Collections Become More User Friendly
Article by George Norman
On 09 Sep 2010
To my mind the Firefox browser is already a properly good piece of software. The Mozilla team works hard to keep in fast and interesting and relevant. No matter how good the Mozilla team makes the browser, it can’t possibly cover the needs of every user out there – that’s where add-ons come in. They allow the user to change the way the browser looks, feels and works. You will find a long list of add-ons available on addons.mozilla.org (AMO for short).

Back in June 2009, Mozilla announced the launch of something quite interesting: Add-on Collections. With Collections you could easily create a collection of collections which you could share with your friends, link in your blog, or simply keep for backup purposes (have a backup of your favorite Firefox add-ons that you can easily access).

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"Creating a collection of your own is as easy as giving it a name, like “Ken’s Favorite Data Analysis Extensions” or “Halloween Themes”, and choosing what add-ons you’d like in the collection. It will then show up in the directory, and can be sent to your friends or linked in your blog. The more people add it as a favorite, the higher it will be ranked,” said Mozilla’s Justin Scott when Add-on Collections was rolled out.

This September, the Add-ons Team has announced that new features have been rolled out for Add-on Collections. The following new features have been released:

- From anywhere on the AMO site, you can mark an add-on as a favorite. Add-ons that you favorite will be put together in a private My Favorite Add-ons collection.
- It is now incredibly easy to place an add-on in a collection. As easy as clicking the Add to Collection icon and selecting its destination.
- It is also incredibly easy to start a new collection. From anywhere on AMO, you can start a new collection clicking the “Start a new collection” link.
- Follow, share, and edit collections from anywhere you see them listed in the Collections Directory. The directory is now easier to navigate.
- A new URL structure. The Add-ons Team explains:

“With more than 64,000 collections created in the last 14 months, it can be difficult to find a unique URL for a new collection that isn’t already in use. We’ve changed the URL structure so that all of your collections are under your username and can be called anything you want.”

To better understand everything that’s been presented above, Mozilla has put together a video that explains it all nicely. Click the image below to see it.





Tags: Mozilla, Add-ons, Add-on Collections
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