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 The Downloads sidebar and progress windows have been replaced by a new combined Downloads window that lists all current and completed downloads.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.
#20 Re: Re: Popups
Monday December 1st, 2003 12:36 AM
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Having the option to display the download manager as a sidebar, should the user wish it, would be nice to have in the future. I used the downloads sidebar a bit, but I found that having it show itself each time I started a download (and in each window -- so I'd have to close it 'x' times, where 'x' is the number of windows I had open) was annoying. If the download manager gets a sidebar option, a nice preference would be to have it only display if the user tells it to, and otherwise, just download stuff hidden.