Firefox 20 for Mac Adds Download Manager and New Private Browsing Features

Tuesday April 2, 2013 9:53 AM PDT by Juli Clover
firefoxMozilla has today launched Firefox 20, adding a number of significant improvements to the browser. Users are now able to initiate private browsing without the need to open a new window or close a current browsing session.

There is a new function in place that allows users to close a hanging plugin without the need to shut down the entire browser, and the update also includes a new download manager in the Firefox toolbar.

The download manager can be accessed by clicking on the down arrow button on the right side of the search bar. When clicked, the arrow will show the drop down file manager, displaying all downloads and providing a progress bar for files that are in the process of downloading. Tools allow users to pause/resume downloads, cancel, go to the download page, and open the downloads folder.

Firefox version 20 also includes several bug fixes, performance improvements, and new tools for developers. This version of Firefox comes approximately six weeks after the release of Firefox 19.

Firefox 20 for the Mac is available for download from the Mozilla website.

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21 months ago

Still has the old school scroll bars :/


Which is a good thing
Rating: 16 Votes
21 months ago
I wish it rendered web pages as quickly as it changes version numbers.
Rating: 15 Votes
21 months ago
I'm holding out for Firefox 42. Probably only a few weeks away, so they've got that going for them, which is nice.
Rating: 10 Votes
21 months ago
To every Chrome user here making fun of Firefox's rapid release cycle, there are no words....
Rating: 8 Votes
21 months ago
Still has the old school scroll bars :/
Rating: 7 Votes
21 months ago
The feature I am waiting for is a team of commandos to go visit every company that makes IE-specific websites and beat them until they join the 21st century. Is that on Mozilla's list?
Rating: 6 Votes
21 months ago

Until (after YEARS) they finally fix memory leaks in Firefox I don't really care what they add, using 1GB ram with one simple HTML document opened? Really? Firefox has basically become the new IE, when other browsers get proper Firebug I'll finally be able to uninstall this resource hog off my system.


13 tabs open for over a day and I'm using 712 megs. It's not the RAM hog it once was
Rating: 5 Votes
21 months ago

That download manager sounds like an amazing feature and I can't believe no one has done it before.

Oh wait...


lol, you do know that firefox developers came up with the design (http://limi.net/articles/safari-downloads/), right? they didn't implement it quickly in firefox, doesn't mean apple didn't steal their idea.

oh, wait, you probably don't care about these trivial facts.
Rating: 5 Votes
21 months ago
Until (after YEARS) they finally fix memory leaks in Firefox I don't really care what they add, using 1GB ram with one simple HTML document opened? Really? Firefox has basically become the new IE, when other browsers get proper Firebug I'll finally be able to uninstall this resource hog off my system.
Rating: 4 Votes
21 months ago

Actually, Firefox 109 will be worth upgrading.


But yet, Chrome updates twice as fast as Firefox but no-one mentions that. Wonder why... oh yeah, it's Google, which is a dirty 4-letter word in the Mac world. Silly me.

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I swear to god the download manager icon at the top right is so familiar to me. Sorry Firefox, I'm done with copycats. Trashed already.

Come on people, be original.

Next...


Trashed because of an icon? Too much free time, dude.
Rating: 4 Votes

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