Customize FireFox’s Default Download Manager With Download Manager Tweak
By on December 18th, 2010

Firefox’s default download manager is great but it has a few limitations.

There are only a few options provided e.g list of downloaded items, the clear list button and search. If you are a power user and looking for a better and enhanced download manager for Firefox, try Download Manager Tweak.

Using Download Manager Tweak, you can get more options like Download them all, a status bar for file downloads, a customized tool bar with launch, “Remove from list” button, “Delete files”, making queues etc .

You can keep an eye on the download progress, can pause specific items and can open the directory where the file downloads are saved. After installing Download Manager Tweak, the default download manager of Firefox will look like the following:

As you can see, there are more advanced options provided at the top of the download window as well to the right of each download item. You can download the files in a new tab, in Firefox’s side bar, Firefox’s tab bar or in a new browser window.

The biggest advantage of the Download Manager tweak extension is the ability to re download items which were deleted by mistake. Simply select the name of the file or item from the list and click the download button which appears automatically at the time of choosing the file .

The Settings tab provides a couple of more options, which you may tweak. You can choose a custom delay time to start the file downloads, can limit the number of download items by days and so on. Should you want to show only specific buttons on the download window, simply select them from the add-on options, as shown below:

Techie Buzz Verdict

If you download a lot of files but don’t use a dedicated download manager or accelerator, it’s a good idea to use the extension and add more features to Firefox’s default download manager. [via]

Techie Buzz rating: 3 (Good).

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  • Neil from Beachwood

    In the words of a certain former Alaska governor who ran for Vice President of the United States, this is “lipstick on a pig”.

    This extension definitely improves the look and feel of the Firefox download manager interface. But under the hood, the downloading engine still has the same fatal flaw in its core that makes it one of the most undesirable download managers on the planet: It does not know when a download has failed. If the file transfer is interrupted for any reason and the file fails to download completely, Firefox will report that the download was successful.

    There are several good download managers that integrate well with Firefox. None of them suffer from this flaw. Depending on the file server, the download manager may or may not be able to resume an interrupted file transfer. But it should always alert you to the fact that it happened.

 
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