Firefox's new download manager will receive a bunch of improvements
Mozilla introduced the new download panel in Firefox 20. It replaced the web browser's previous download manager, and the core difference between the two was the position of the download information in the interface and the type of information that is displayed to the user.
The new download dialog displays a single icon in Firefox's toolbar that indicates whether a download is happening or not. It displays the time that is remaining for all downloads that are currently running. A click reveals the last three downloads in the interface with no option to display more downloads or additional information other than the file name, size, domain it is downloaded from, and the time the download was started. A click on the show downloads button opens the library that is displaying all downloads in the browser.
The old Firefox download manager opened in its own window where it displayed all downloads on a single page instead.
Anyway, the release of the new feature to the stable channel was criticized by part of the browser's user base for a number of reasons: from the limited number of downloads displayed in the panel to missing information to missing warning messages when downloads run and you close the browser.
Mozilla developer Marco Bonardo has published a list of changes that will come to the new download panel in the Firefox web browser in the near future. It addresses many issues that users of the browser have with it, and while it can't fix them all due to the nature of the panel, it can fix the majority of them.
- Notify ongoing downloads when closing the browser (bug 851774)
- Increase number of downloads in the panel (bug 780837)
- Reintroduce speed for each download (bug 812894)
- Make multi-selection commands work properly (bug 844606)
- Properly handle removed files in the UI (bug 726451)
- Add back referrer support (bug 829201)
- Undetermined progress indicator when only unknown size downloads are in-progress
The improvement address core issues like the fixed number of downloads displayed in the panel or the missing transfer speed indicators for individual downloads.
It is not clear when the improvements will find their way into the browser though. As Marco notes, Mozilla is low on resources right now so that it can take some time before the changes become implemented into Firefox and visible to users of the browser.Advertisement