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 The Downloads sidebar and progress windows have been replaced by a new combined Downloads window that lists all current and completed downloads.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.
I second that....
In fact I secifically came online to suggest just this very thing, but you beat me to it! ;)
Having a separate Download manager is a very good idea. Firebird can come with a basic one, and allow others to be simply plugged in as an extension, or used as a scripted/none scripted standalone. The extended ones can have the bandwith throttling features, and anything else you may want. It follows the simplicity first mantra of the *birds. Hmm a name.. how about.. hmm Blackbird, dawnbird??
Hell, it coudl even be used by IE, now thats a thought! ;)