Define a means for IDEs to query inform7.com to determine what extensions have been updated *VW*
Currently, if an IDE wanted to determine if an extension is updated, the easiest way would be to pull the RSS feed (which at the moment contains *all* extensions, but that could change) and compare versions by parsing some text fields.
It would be nice if an IDE could say "tell me the latest version of 'Extension by Author'".
If it can be of any use, I have created a free appplication to update extensions:
IXU is an automatic extensions updater. It's in Beta version but so far it has proven to have no bugs. Didn't update it just because it's working...
It doesn't compare installed extension versions but it keeps track all the downloads it has done, so it dlownloads ALL new extensions -- it's usefeul if you'd like to download every new extensions.
It does though keep copies of all previously downloaded (and now replaced) versions of an extension