New Lens Extensions API

To our users and extension developers,

We’d like to inform you of an upcoming change to the Lens Desktop. At the end of March 2024, we will introduce a new API for extending Lens Desktop. This decision comes after evaluating the limitations of our current extension API, particularly concerning design flexibility, testability, and security. Any existing extensions will no longer work on Lens Desktop versions which support the new extension API.

Key Points about the New API:

  • Faster Development: Designed to allow faster development by integrating the visualization and unifying the user experience from data you provide.
  • Enhanced Security: Offers improved sandboxing capabilities to protect user data.
  • Improved Testability: Simplifies testing extensions to ensure reliability.

What This Means for You:

  • For developers: Detailed documentation of the new API will be available on our website at the end of March 2024. We encourage you to familiarize yourself with the new API to update or develop new extensions.
  • For users: Please be aware that any existing extensions will no longer work on Lens Desktop versions which support the new extension API. You will need to download new extensions once the new Lens Desktop versions are released. We’ll provide guidance on how to find and install these extensions.

We appreciate your understanding and cooperation as we make these changes. Our goal is to provide a more secure, flexible, and developer-friendly platform that meets the needs of our users.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to our support team.

Team Lens

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