Where are all the Thunderbird addons that have been successfully ported over to Spicebird? Googling it, I am able to locate nothing other than Bugzilla which I find totally unintelligible. Bugzilla appears to be only some type of bug reporting service.
I tried to port one addon myself, "Display Contact Photo." Says that it is NOT compatible. Duh! Maybe it is because I am NOT an addon developer? Surely, users are not expected to port addons one by one, spending a ton of time doing so.
Are you guys trying to tell me, that there is NOT a single addon for any version of Spicebird available?
Scratch my first question.
I found you one and only one addon: Personas. Used the magic code from personas and I managed to load 3 addons into Spicebird. The slight difference in coding seems to have made a major difference. Of the three, only Slideshow is working as it should be so far.
Next question. Where can I upload the addons that I have successfully ported?
Sorry for the trouble with the addons.
We will bring up the addons website in the next few days (hopefully by next weekend). We have ported a few addons, but definitely are not sure of the usage pattern of addons. So, we depend on the users to know which addons they need the most.
I hope you can understand that we cannot obviously port all the Thunderbird addons. We are also talking to developers of some famous addons to add support for Spicebird (We will be glad to help any developers port their addons too).
What are the other two addons that you tried to port. I am sure we would be able to help you port them. Currently you can mail us the addon that you ported (so that we would put it along with personas for download) and once the addons site is up, we will notify you to upload the addon to that site.
The Display Contact Photo addon is now working. Seems that it took several re-starts before this addon started to display a picture of the message sender. Your Contacts Tab displays photos, but your default Inbox Tab does not. As in, I like seeing the picture of people that I know who regularly send me messages, such as family, friends, work associates.
One of the things that I was able to do in Thunderbird is add custom buttons to the toolbar, as well as even add another new toolbar of my own devising to hold all the extra buttons. You have a customize toolbar option, but it seems to be blocking addons that require the use of custom buttons.
So for starters the Custom Buttons or Toolbar Buttons addons would be good.
Then I am using the Allow HTML Temp and WebMail Notifier addons. These addons load but do NOT function as the required custom buttons do not appear anywhere.
It would be nice to be able to keep up with all my POP3 online email addresses in one spot, as in Spicebird, that I have that receive email rather infrequently. The WebMail Notifier addon does this. I have NOT made an exhaustive search of ALL available Google Gadgets. So there may yet be a Google Gadget that can check POP3 email, or even standard Yahoo Mail.
So far, there does NOT appear to as big a need for addons in Spicebird. A Signature Switch addon would be nice to handle multiple signatures. As well as addons that make messages sent / received more different and distinctive from each other when you are using multiple email mail addresses. I do NOT want to be replying with my work email account accidentally, when my home email account should have been used, for example.
Then perhaps some custom spelling dictionaries addons, such as OpenMedSpel would be good. And the AttachmentExtractor addon is handy to automatically save file attachments to a specific folder / directory.
I would gladly mail you the addons that I was able to port, if I only knew how or where to. As in, I need a specific email address. Replies on SourceForce do NOT appear to provide for a file attachment option.
Spicebird Help is as clear as mud, IMHO. Perhaps, your confusing set up of at least three different websites is clear to you, but it certainly is NOT to me. In fact, I would say that it is a major turn off for anyone trying to work with it.
There is a Wiki at:
which incidentally provides the WRONG coding instructions.
It directs all ported addons to:
at Bugzilla rather than to specific URL which specifically accepts Spicebird addons for uploads.
Then this SurgeForce site layout is extremely confusing for NON-programmers, even though I am pretty darn good at writing PHP addons for WordPress.
You can mail the addons you ported to firstname.lastname@example.org
Once the addons site is up, I will inform you to that you can upload them (or I can create a user for you and upload them)
Going forward, we will try to make it much more easier to port addons to Spicebird.
I also am motivated to migrate from TB to SB, but one of hte big things, in probably my opinion only, is the Tag Tool Bar addon.
Is is possible to use one with SpiceBird?
Secondly, I am having trouble with the homepage. I have the applets up for my mail account, yet nothing shows up there, when if I go to Mail, there a a dozen new emails. It is most likely a setting, but please advise.
I have started using it over the weekend and am very happy so far, as it seems quicker than TB. I would greatly appreciate an update on the status of the Addon situation.
Keep up the good work
you can email me at
We would love to have as many addons as possible ported to Spicebird too. However, it is not practical for us to port all the addons, then keep maintaining them (by applying updates etc). We do plan to do a lot of such activity after the planned release of the 1.0 (first quarter of 2011).
Till then it is best to ask the authors of the original addon to port it to Spicebird.
Regarding the applets on homepage please click on the "settings" icon (to the left of the red cross) on the applet's title bar. The options there are pretty intuitive.
Thanks for the reply, So the addon website should be up and running when?
I like sB, because it seems to load my emails faster than TB, yet they are based on the same platform< can this be so?
I hope to get the Tab ToolBar "ported"over, whatever that means.
I just installed spicebird…it seems pretty ok but my problem is I cannot install any addons!
When I go to Tools>Add-ons it gives me an error message : "addons.spicebird.org: 443 uses an invalid security certificate"
Furthermore, trying to enter Spicebird's official site addons section it requires a username and password… and no chance of signing in, which is ridiculous. According to you, the addons should be ready. What's going on?
Hi, I am also facing same problem as mosu24 have.
It looks like all the posts other than mosu24 is before 2011 and spicebird is now outdated.
When I tried to go to spicebird's official site for addons it ask for login details which i don't have and unable to find link for registration too.
Now what to say as it looks nobody is going to answer here and switching back to TB………………….
lol you are right. I use TB and I'm happy with it. But since I share same comp with my gf the SB was a good alternative for her, since we keep our emails separate….you are right on that no one seems will answer our vowes :))