Mozilla Firebird Gets New Download Manager

Saturday November 29th, 2003

The latest nightly builds of Mozilla Firebird feature a new download manager for saving files. The Downloads sidebar and progress windows have been replaced by a new combined Downloads window that lists all current and completed downloads. Cancelled and failed downloads also remain in this list, with a 'Retry' option to allow transfers to be attempted again. A 'Clean Up' button lets users keep the Downloads window tidy by removing all completed, cancelled and failed downloads. There are also new preferences for the automatic removal of downloads from the list.

To streamline tasks such as saving cached images, the Downloads windows does not appear for files that take less than two seconds to transfer. A confirmation dialogue is displayed if you try to exit Firebird with downloads still in progress, eliminating the frustration of accidentally stopping your downloads when you're done browsing. For Windows users, an alert similar to the new mail notification from the Mozilla Application Suite and Mozilla Thunderbird appears near the taskbar when all downloads have completed. See the download manager QA page and the forum topic about the new Downloads window for more information.

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by wvh <>

Sunday November 30th, 2003 6:52 PM

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I think it's nice work has been and continues to be done in this area, but I regret the removal of a download manager in the sidebar. I think those download status windows, or the bigger download manager, are very annoying; I block popups in the browser, because they are so intrusive and get in my way, surely there must be a way not to make mozilla's own download windows pop up everywhere - or in one big window that jumps open on top of my webpages every time.

I personally think a sidebar download manager is a good solution. Or a little icon at the bottom of the browser that shows downloads are in progress, and that opens the download manager when clicked. But downloading itself should *not* cover the main browser window and get in the way of the user.