Firefox addon updater

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Firefox addon updater

#1 Post by mik.y » Sun Mar 04, 2012 11:11 am

Hi, I just made this simple application,please guys check it out.
Firefox addon updater is simple application which let you use your favorite addon with latest version of Firefox in case that the addon developing is over but addon is still working well.
Application changes maximum compatibility version for selected addon.

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Re: Firefox addon updater

#2 Post by Napiophelios » Sun Mar 04, 2012 2:07 pm

I dont use Fx anymore so I cant really test it.

It would be nice tho if you could make an app for Chromium
that lets me get extensions without having to go to that ridiculous
ChromeWebStore. :)

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Re: Firefox addon updater

#3 Post by carbonize » Sun Mar 04, 2012 2:22 pm

Wouldn't it be easier just to either disable compatibility checking manual via about:config or by installing the compatibility reporter extension? And then there is this from the changelog of Firefox 10, "Most add-ons are now compatible with new versions of Firefox by default"

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Re: Firefox addon updater

#4 Post by Midas » Mon Mar 05, 2012 3:08 am

carbonize wrote:Wouldn't it be easier just to either disable compatibility checking manual via about:config or by installing the compatibility reporter extension?
Unlike said option, this utility will let you fine tune what addons are exempted from version checking -- so it might be worthy for more anal retentive users. Now if the .Net requirement could be disposed of, it would be perfect... (less dependencies, smaller footprint, single use?) :)

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#5 Post by carbonize » Mon Mar 05, 2012 3:17 am

Midas wrote:Unlike said option, this utility will let you fine tune what addons are exempted from version checking
That makes no sense given you are only going to be installing the addons you want in which case you will want then all to work with your version of Firefox.

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Re: Firefox addon updater

#6 Post by Midas » Mon Mar 05, 2012 7:21 am

carbonize wrote:
Midas wrote:Unlike said option, this utility will let you fine tune what addons are exempted from version checking
That makes no sense given you are only going to be installing the addons you want in which case you will want then all to work with your version of Firefox.
Please grant me the benefit of doubt... :oops:

I run various rigs, and I have found that with the recent rapid development cycle of Firefox, a lot of addons are not getting updated as fast as FF itself, and since FF checks for compatibility upon upgrading, you may understand my interest.

There's also the (weird) case when you concurrently run different versions of FF -- like I do with Pale Moon v3.xx and Firefox 10.x -- with a common profile (bad form, I know), some of your addons might be exempted with this...

For example, MR Tech Toolkit hasn't been updated for ages, some parts of it don't work anymore in recent FF versions, but the parts that do are precious.

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#7 Post by carbonize » Mon Mar 05, 2012 9:55 am

So disabling the compatibility check would make it install even if some parts don't work which to me makes more sense than have to run every addon you want through a program that just changes the install.rdf

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Re: Firefox addon updater

#8 Post by mik.y » Mon Mar 05, 2012 12:46 pm

Napiophelios: i hate ff but it has bets addons,thx for suggestion;)
carbonize: "Most add-ons are now compatible with new versions of Firefox by default"-yes,but I doubt it. As they say "most". My app handle every addon. I dont try disable checking,maybe I add this in my app as wel. I can implement "multi change" for batch addon update.
Midas:its too bad I know but I can only lower .net dependency,I dont want rewrite it to C++(or whatever)

I also work on option something like "update all instaled addon" but I have some dificulties with this and firefox have no easyway for it so I just publish early working version.

Thx for all replies:)

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Re: Firefox addon updater

#9 Post by freakazoid » Mon Mar 05, 2012 3:01 pm

You don't need an external program for this.

Just use an existing Firefox extension like:
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefo ... atibility/
is it stealth? ;)

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Re: Firefox addon updater

#10 Post by Midas » Tue Mar 06, 2012 2:37 am

carbonize wrote:So disabling the compatibility check would make it install even if some parts don't work which to me makes more sense than have to run every addon you want through a program that just changes the install.rdf
I don't want to disable all compatibility checks, doing that will insure I remain in outdated addon purgatory forever more. As for editing install.rdf, that's precisely what I've been doing by hand until now, so what's wrong with a little streamlining? 8)
mik.y wrote:[...] can only lower .net dependency, I dont want rewrite it to C++ (or whatever)
It was just a wish; downgrading the .net requirement will be great, the app will still be useful (at least to some), thanks for sharing. :D
freakazoid wrote:You don't need an external program for this. Just use an existing Firefox extension like: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefo ... atibility/
If I don't absolutely have to, I'd rather not add yet another extension to my already overloaded Mozilla manifestations... one of the addons I always use, 'Configuration Mania' (https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefo ... ania-4420/, still actively developed and which, BTW, is only a GUI for editing 'about:config' or 'pref.js') already has options to suspend compatibility checking, graded by version -- but I'd much rather do it on an individual extension base.

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Re: Firefox addon updater

#11 Post by carbonize » Tue Mar 06, 2012 4:07 am

Midas wrote:
carbonize wrote:So disabling the compatibility check would make it install even if some parts don't work which to me makes more sense than have to run every addon you want through a program that just changes the install.rdf
I don't want to disable all compatibility checks, doing that will insure I remain in outdated addon purgatory forever more.
Again that makes no sense. What is editing the install.rdf file if not just a long winded way of bypassing the compatibility check? Disabling the compatibility check just stops Firefox caring if that add on is said to work for that version of Firefox or not, it does not stop Firefox checking to see if the add on has been updated.

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Re: Firefox addon updater

#12 Post by mik.y » Wed Mar 07, 2012 10:55 am

Today i try that addon for disabling comp. check and it worked, has some bugs but maybe its working. BTW one of reviews says that this addon was incompatible with firefox 11 what an irony:D
Anyway I thinking about my app name and its confusing, have anyone suggestion about something short and self-explain?

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Re: Firefox addon updater

#13 Post by freakazoid » Wed Mar 07, 2012 12:00 pm

"Firefox addon updater" sounds very confusing because Firefox has a built-in addon updater! ;)

Maybe change the name to "Firefox Add-on Version Bumper" because that's what your program is doing?
is it stealth? ;)

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#14 Post by carbonize » Wed Mar 07, 2012 12:09 pm

In fact if I was you I would look at expanding your program to also support Thunderbird and Seamonkey add ons although again you can just disable the compatibility check.

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Re: Firefox addon updater

#15 Post by Midas » Thu Mar 08, 2012 9:04 am

My name suggestion: "Firefox Add-on Compatibility Editor"; it does what it says on the label and you get an easy to remember acronym: FACE... ;)

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