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 The Downloads sidebar and progress windows have been replaced by a new combined Downloads window that lists all current and completed downloads.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

#46 Re: Re: Great work

by djst

Wednesday December 3rd, 2003 12:53 AM

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"(except for exe files, which you probably shouldn't be launching like that anyway)"

That's exactly the case I'm talking about. You can select to Open an .exe file directly but it doesn't work, so you're forced to download it. When finished, a nice little notification window will appear near the system tray telling the user that the download has finished, but there's no way to launch it or even get the Download Manager to show up.

At the very least, clicking on the notification window in the tray should show the Download Manager.