Mozilla adds easy download monitoring to Firefox for OS X
If you are a Firefox user, you may have noticed that yesterday
Mozilla released an updated version of the browser. This new update
includes a number of security updates and graphics optimizations, but in
addition OS X users are now able to monitor downloads directly in the
When you download a file in
Safari or prior versions of
the download process can be followed by going to a special Downloads
window, where you can monitor overall and individual download progress;
however, this requires you to keep such a window open. Even though
Safari’s downloads toolbar menu will show an overall progress bar, this
still requires the menu to be visible on screen.
|The Firefox Dock icon will now
show a small progress bar
when you have active downloads.
With Firefox 22, Mozilla has added a download progress bar to the
Application’s Dock icon, which will give you a quick overview of your
active downloads without needing a Firefox downloads or browser window
open in front of you. The progress bar does not represent individual
downloads, but instead shows a the cumulative progress of all downloads
collectively. Thus, if one is stalls, the progress bar will advance
while the others continue, but then will halt when the one that’s
stalled is the last download left.
While a small feature, this should add a small bit of convenience for
Firefox users, especially those who regularly download large files or
many files at once.
Firefox version 22 should download and install automatically for those who are running Firefox 21 or earlier, but can also be downloaded directly from Mozilla.