26 April 2008

Panic Button beta on Mac OS X

Since I don't have a Mac machine of my own, I went to a university computer lab to test Panic Button on Mac OS X. The bugs I found are numerous; in particular, the default Panic Button action "Hide All Windows" is unusable.

Mac OS X bug list, in decreasing order of severity:
  • Restore Session toolbar doesn't work (bug 19026)
  • Extension preferences dialog is totally blank (bug 19025)
  • F9 key conflict with Exposé (bug 19024)
  • Quit action doesn't quit (bug 19027)
Click on the links to see the Bugzilla bug report.

Changing the Panic Button action to "Minimize All Windows" is the best workaround for now -- as well as avoiding the F9 key. Since the extension pref dialog is broken, Mac OS X users would need to change the integer pref named panicbutton.action in about:config. Use an integer value of 1 to specify the "Minimize All Windows" option.

Next, I will need to test Panic Button on a Linux box, preferably using the KDE and Gnome desktop environments. More to follow.

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