Firefox Add-ons Manager Redesign

30 Apr/10

The Firefox add-ons manager is currently hidden deep in the web browser. It can only be accessed by clicking on Tools > Add-ons. The add-ons manager then opens in a new window that gives the user options to manage extensions, themes and plugins. Search engines on the other hand are not maintained in the add-ons manager which is not the most elegant solution.

Redesign plans existed for some time but progress has only been made recently. A new – fairly incomplete – preview of the new add-ons manager has now been added to the latest Firefox nightlies.

Several blogs have already reported about the changes including Mozilla Links or Boriss’ Blog.

Overview of the changes in the new Firefox add-ons manager:

  • Redesigned user interface
  • Languages, search engines, extensions, themes and plugins can all be managed from the add-ons manager.
  • Add-ons manager is now displayed in a tab in the web browser, can be accessed with about:addons
  • New extensions manager backend including api changes
  • Ram and CPU usage information

The last feature has not been mentioned in the other blog posts. It is only visible in the preview screenshot shown below:

addons manager

There is currently no button to launch the add-ons manager but users can enter about:addons in the address bar and bookmark the url for faster access.

What’s your opinion on the new add-ons manager?

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