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 The Downloads sidebar and progress windows have been replaced by a new combined Downloads window that lists all current and completed downloads.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

#19 Re: Uh, yeah...why isn't this at least an option?

by fishbert

Monday December 1st, 2003 12:32 AM

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I'm glad the download manager has its own spot on the taskbar in windows. If it's hiding behind other stuff I've got open (very likely), I can easily bring it back to the surface without closing everything to find where the hell it's hiding. (which, I believe, is the very purpose of the taskbar in the first place...)

I'm not sure how the download manager is implemented; does closing the download manager window kill any downloads in it? If not, perhaps a 'hide' button might be a better choice than a 'done' button. 'Done' implies (at least to me) that you're finished with whatever is in that window -- in this case, implying that you're done downloading.