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 The Downloads sidebar and progress windows have been replaced by a new combined Downloads window that lists all current and completed downloads.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

#52 Re: Re: Great work

by cfg83 <>

Monday March 22nd, 2004 4:43 PM

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Hello -

While I agree with the security issue of not executing downloads from the Internet by default, we use the web browser as a method of installing our product from CD. The "index.htm" is invoked using the autorun.inf file used for windows. Then this HTML :

<a href=".Win32setup.exe">Install on Windows-based systems</a>

Get's interpreted as this by the browser :


Where "X:" is the cdrom drive. Unfortunately, downloading this file will not work because it is a Windows setup.exe that requires other files around it to be run (, layout.bin, etc...). This means that without some kind of alternate HTML syntax to download and execute the product in Mozilla, we will probably have to create a special HTML instructions page that tells the user how to install the product by navigating the CD manually. Yuck.

Is there an alternate syntax for forcing execution of the "file:///......program.exe" directlry?


...cfg... 04/03/22