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 The Downloads sidebar and progress windows have been replaced by a new combined Downloads window that lists all current and completed downloads.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.

#16 Re: Re: mehh

by Ben_Goodger

Sunday November 30th, 2003 11:43 PM

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What's the use indeed!

If you want a browser that grows "useful" (mreh) new "features" every month, go use Seamonkey.

Firebird is about refinement. There are significant enhancements here, even though they may not be "whiz-bang-new-feature" visible. The effect is that downloading is a lot simpler, tracking and managing downloads is a lot easier. Take a look at the new manager history options, the Clean Up button, window behaviour and progress notification. This is NOT the Seamonkey download manager. It also lays the groundwork for cross-session resume, which may (or may not) come soon.