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Review: Firefox Download Manager

Firefox Download indicatorSince early April, the Firefox web-browser comes with a new Download Manager; with the indicator and progress icon now embedded in the Firefox toolbar, you get an aggregate view of what’s currently downloading and how long is the remaining time to completion.

Click on the icon and you get a Show all downloads button. Hit that and the Library window opens onto your download queue and history.

I hardly see how Mozilla believes “you can monitor, view and locate downloaded files without having to switch to another window…” since that’s exactly what you need to do!

Firefox downloads in Library pageWhile this is an improvement over the previous version – the embedded indicator and time estimate being useful features – as you can see it is still rather clunky in use.

The Firefox Download Manager as it comes out-of-the-box remains a very basic utility; don’t compare it to fully featured download managers. Pause and resume don’t work as well as third-party tools and other options are limited.

The new Download Manager does make downloading files with Firefox easier, but it’s an incremental improvement. RC

Related: How-to: Use Firefox Password Manager

About Robin Catling

Robin Catling gained degrees in both arts and technology which led to a diverse portfolio of employment. A freelance systems analyst, project manager and business change manager for the likes of American Express, British Airways and IBM, he moved on to web design, journalism and technical authoring. He has also worked in film and television, both behind and in front of the camera, including productions by Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorcese, Ron Howard and Ridley Scott. A qualified three-weapon coach, he runs West Devon Swords teaching sports fencing to all age groups, and in recent years qualified with the British Federation of Historical Swordplay to teach medieval and renaissance combat in the Historical Western Martial Arts.


3 thoughts on “Review: Firefox Download Manager

  1. As download managers go, this isn’t much of a feature.

    Posted by herbert fogarty | May 18, 2013, 3:15 pm
  2. Incremental improvement.

    Posted by Orchard Mazzariello | May 23, 2013, 8:51 am


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