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 The Downloads sidebar and progress windows have been replaced by a new combined Downloads window that lists all current and completed downloads.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

#30 Re: Re: Popups

by wvh <>

Monday December 1st, 2003 10:07 AM

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It's not so much the size, as the fact that it (/they) pops up on top of what I'm doing every time I click something. They block the user's viewing area and focus point. That's the problem.

I know both individual download dialogs and download manager can be hidden. That's how I set up things now. I just think a less intrusive way of notifying the user is in order, instead of something that blocks the screen. It's especially annoying when you have to download many items at a time. So maybe a notification area (next to the popup warning?) that shows downloads are in progress, would be a better way. The user can then click this icon and get the download manager...