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JYLD
 
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Post Posted July 18th, 2019, 11:15 am

Let Thunderbird.net and Mozilla know what are your must have add-ons that you need to keep Thunderbird as your primary email application. Use this thread to post your must have favorite Add-Ons and Extensions.

List them from MOST IMPORTANT ON TOP!!!
(Lightning Calendar is built-in but is obviously a MUST HAVE)

Here are mine:

1. CustomizeMyBird
2. Provider For Google Calendar
3. gContactSync
4. NestedQuoteRemover
5. Theme Font & Size Changer
6. Classic Blue Theme by ndn_enigma
7. ImportExportTools
8. AddressBookTab
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Post Posted July 18th, 2019, 5:31 pm

None of the Thunderbird developers normally read this forum (or other Thunderbird community forums).

The main reason for add-ons disappearing is that the add-ons API is rapidly changing due to Firefox developers forcing a shift to the WebExtensions API from the traditional XUL/XPCOM based API (due to changes being made in the mozilla toolkit). Its going to be much worse with version 68. Supposedly the Thunderbird developers will run a script on legacy add-ons stored on thunderbird.net to automate certain changes to try to make them work as webextensions (such as replacing install.rdf by a manifest.json) , but many also "need to be updated to reflect changes in Thunderbird core, like renamed/replaced API calls, removed support for some XUL elements (need to use HTML elements now) and much more. " That requires the add-on developer to actively maintain the add-on.

I've read that they might delay the release of version 68 as necessary until the top 50 add-ons have been ported to work with version 68.

The author of ImportExportTools has stated they are not interested in supporting it after version 60.*. Several Thunderbird developers have agreed to modify it to support version 68.*, and its functionality will eventually be moved into Thunderbird.

https://developer.thunderbird.net/add-ons/tb68

There is no good data on how many users have add-ons (other than the bundled Lightning add-on). This has made it easier for some individuals to downplay the impact of add-ons breaking in discussions about how to evolve Thunderbird. What is needed is a way to convince the Thunderbird council that good support for add-ons is critical to the user base. Unfortunately, I'm not aware of a way to do that. I had hoped that the community manager would view gathering this type of information as part of his job.

https://wiki.mozilla.org/Thunderbird/Core_Team

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Post Posted July 18th, 2019, 7:29 pm

Not disputing what you say, but maybe if a lot of people participate in this thread, 1. It will help provide info on the most essential add-ons and extensions; and 2. It may help introduce some great add-ons to people who don't yet use them.

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Post Posted July 18th, 2019, 8:21 pm

Do any of the ones you mentioned work in Thunderbird 60?

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Post Posted July 18th, 2019, 8:24 pm

State of Thunderbird Extensions by Christopher Leidigh
http://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/tb-planning/Wd5dnRMiqRs

See other topics about extension statistics by Christopher Leidigh
http://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/tb-planning
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Post Posted July 18th, 2019, 9:33 pm

JYLD wrote:It will help provide info on the most essential add-ons and extensions;

Note the word Addons is a general term that groups together the separate Extensions, Themes, Plugins, search engines, dictionaries, and language packs.

JYLD wrote:Let Thunderbird.net and Mozilla know...

The Thunderbird email client has not been a Mozilla product for a while now. viewtopic.php?f=39&t=366405

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Post Posted July 18th, 2019, 10:25 pm

kerft wrote:Do any of the ones you mentioned work in Thunderbird 60?


All of them do. I'm using them on TB 60.8.0.
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Post Posted July 18th, 2019, 10:35 pm

James wrote:
JYLD wrote:It will help provide info on the most essential add-ons and extensions;

Note the word Addons is .....

JYLD wrote:Let Thunderbird.net and Mozilla know...

The Thunderbird email client has not been a Mozilla product for a while now...


Being a purist on the language doesn't really advance anything meaningful in the thread now does it?

Yes I know about Thunderbird and Mozilla. That's why I send Thunderbird.net donations from time to time. Thanks for the off topic information.

However, the Mozilla Toolkit sure seems to have a whole lot to do with Thunderbird add-ons and extensions. So Mozilla still having big effect on TB and this forum is still named MozillaZine.

Please people can we keep the thread positive and avoid all the negativity and meaningless diversions.

This forum gives off a really "not fun" vibe from time to time. Maybe some fun and interesting threads could help change that and get more people participating. Just a thought.

Now back to the topic of the thread people. Post those must have add-ons and extensions you are using with TB !!

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