1 Million Add-Ons Downloaded

  • Posted: March 30, 2015, 12:16 p.m.
  • Last updated: March 30, 2015, 12:19 p.m.
  • Tags: mozilla addons

This is a celebratory post. Today I learned that the add-ons I've created for Firefox, Thunderbird, and SeaMonkey have been downloaded over 1,000,000 times in total. For some authors I'm sure that's not a major milestone – some add-ons have more than a million users – but for me it's something I think I can be proud of. (By comparison my add-ons have a collective 80,000 users.)

Here are some of them:

I started six years ago with Shrunked Image Resizer, which makes photos smaller for uploading them to websites. Later I modified it to also make photos smaller in Thunderbird email, and that's far more popular that the original purpose.

Around the same time I got frustrated when developing websites, having to open the page I was looking at in different browsers to test. The process involved far more keystrokes and mouse clicks for my liking, so I created Open With, which turned that into a one-click job.

Later on I created Tab Badge, to provide a visual alert of stuff happening with a tab. This can be quite handy when watching trees, as well as with Twitter and Facebook.

Then there's New Tab Tools – currently my most popular add-on. It's the standard Firefox new tab page, plus a few things, and minus a few things. Kudos to those of you who wrote the built in page, but I like mine better. :-)

Lastly I want to point out my newest add-on, which I think will do quite well once it gets some publicity. I call it Noise Control and it provides a visual indicator of tabs playing audio. (Yes, just like Chrome does.) I've seen lots of people asking for this sort of thing over the years, and the answer was always "it can't be done". Yes it can.

Big thanks to all of you reading this who've downloaded my add-ons, use them, helped me fix bugs, translated, sent me money, answered my inane questions or otherwise done something useful. Thank you. Really.

I've found something unusual in my add-on stats

Here's a graph (or a chart if you're that way inclined) of the users of one of my add-ons over time. Firefox 14 - 16 are missing from it which is confusing, but that's not the unusual bit. Let's see if you can spot it:

Why I haven't replied to your email

Sorry if you've been writing to me about my add-ons or other work... these things have been on the back burner for me lately.

Oh, and I have a broken wrist and won't be writing any code for some time.

Can haz source?

Recently I've decided to make better use of my GitHub account by putting some of my work out there for others to see and contribute to, if they feel the need. It's also been a chance to read through a lot of my old code and tidying it up (plenty of WTF was I thinking? moments).

I've put some of my Mozilla add-ons up there and some javascript bits and pieces. I may later add the rest of my add-ons, some of my PHP code (although mostly that is gathering dust) and possibly the CMS that runs my website (already on BitBucket).

So here you go, DarkTrojan on GitHub.

Is your new tab page as good-looking as mine?

It should be, and quite easily could be, just use my latest add-on, New Tab Tools. It lets you customise the number of tiles on the new tab page, the images on those tiles, use the launcher from about:home and (coming soon) add a background image.

I've put the source on github, so if you feel like contributing, or mocking my code, go for it.

Also, big thanks to the original creator of the Firefox new tab, Tim Taubert, for making it so easy to pimp out.