Labs/Jetpack/Release Notes/0.7

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About the SDK

The Jetpack SDK is an environment for making Firefox add-ons. It provides a set of tools and APIs for building, testing, and bundling Firefox add-ons.


First, obtain the SDK in your favorite compression format:

Once you've got that, just unpack the archive, open the jetpack-sdk/README.txt file, and follow its instructions.

Notable Enhancements

  • Panel API: The panel API creates floating modal popups that appear on top of web content and browser chrome and persist until dismissed by users or programs.
  • Clipboard API: The clipboard API allows callers to interact with the system clipboard, setting and retrieving its contents.
  • Notifications API: The notifications API allows you to display transient toaster- or Growl-style messages to the user.
  • Better Documentation: Many APIs that had no previous documentation are now documented, and most documentation now shares a consistent visual style. A new walk-through that instructs you on how to produce your own high-quality documentation is also available.

Notable Bug Fixes

  • bug 581119: Firefox is now the default application for cfx.
  • bug 588461: The directories contained in XPI files created by cfx xpi now have correct permission attributes.

A complete list of changes is available in the source code repository.

Known Issues

  • bug 590284: memory test fails on Mac OS X
  • bug 574563: activate script reports error finding "specified registry key or value" on Windows
  • bug 581191: memory leaks occur when testing against Firefox
  • bug 581982: require("selection").text returns null instead of the selected text when the selection is in a text box or text area
  • bug 567660: cfx xpi can't produce an install manifest with non-ASCII characters

Also see the complete list of known issues and requests for enhancement.

Feedback and Bug Reports

We'd love to hear any feedback you have regarding this release. Feel free to post it to the discussion forum or report a bug.