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 The Downloads sidebar and progress windows have been replaced by a new combined Downloads window that lists all current and completed downloads.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.
Monday December 1st, 2003 2:47 AM
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Eh, I've always hated these download managers for webbrowsers.
They're just not worth it to me.
I mean, how often do I download a bunch of stuff from the web? I probably download about one file a day, max, and nearly never have more than one going on at once. I just can't imagine that these download managers are useful to the average person.
As I mentioned in a comment above, I do plenty of downloading through other programs, mainly p2p stuff like bittorrent and freenet. I seriously wouldn't mind a download manager that keeps track of ALL of my downloads, regardless of how it's getting to my computer. A nice lightweight thingy sitting in my taskbar, tray, dock, or desktop would actually be a great thing.
So that's what I'd like to see: Mozilla should develop a GRE based download manager that tracks transfers submitted by different programs, including Mozilla, perhaps with a little bandwidth usage gauge as a skinning option.