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 The Downloads sidebar and progress windows have been replaced by a new combined Downloads window that lists all current and completed downloads.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

#18 Uh, yeah...why isn't this at least an option?

by adipose

Monday December 1st, 2003 12:19 AM

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To make it worse, there isn't even a "done" button or something, forcing you to close it with the "X" in the upper right, which is never a graceful way to close a subwindow.

At least ctrl-w works, but I find it very annoying that it opens with ctrl-E, but no longer closes with ctrl-E.

Finally, it's not even a true subwindow, but actually an independent window, which takes another spot on the bar (windows).

The new manager looks prettier, but it needs some work to integrate nicely. That said, I'm sure most problems will be fixed, but I sincerely hope making it a totally separate window wasn't intentional.