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18 May 2014, 10:02
Preferences---n folder anomaly
Using FP 2.5.1 with 10.9.3 on my late 2013 iMac, I made a folder named "Preferences---n" and stuck it in Finderpop Items. This does, as advertised, display a menu of prefs panes, but in my case I am seeing the following anomalous behavior:

1. Two instances of "Printers & Scanners" appear in the menu, both of which do invoke the correct pane.
2. Because I do not have certain devices attached to my computer, a number of .prefPanes are currently "invisible" in my UI: Fibre Channel, Ink, Xsan. These are never the less showing up in FP's menu created using '---n'. If invisible in the UI, they should be so in FP menus (unless showing hidden files is ON) would be preferred.
3. A couple of services are not having their icons rendered correctly in FP's menu: that of Flash Player and also of two standard Apple perfPanes - Internet Access and Notifications.

Here is a screenshot:
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Re: Preferences---n folder anomaly

Postby turly » 18 May 2014, 23:03

FinderPop just enumerates as files the contents of the following PreferencePanes folders. It merges the contents of these folders into a single menu.

/System/Library/PreferencePanes -- Mac OS X built-in preference panes
/Library/PreferencePanes -- Third-party preference panes available to all users on the computer
~/Library/PreferencePanes -- Third-party preference panes available only to the current user

Unfortunately FP does not know which prefPanes are applicable or not to particular machines or particular configurations. I don't know of prefpane APIs which I could invoke to see whether a particular prefPane should be displayed - this knowledge might well be hardcoded into the System Preferences app. FP just displays all the prefpanes it finds after a bit of tweaking.

Speaking of said tweaking, FinderPop 2.5.5 AFAIR fixes the two instances of 'Printers & Scanners' showing up.

I'll have a look at the icons issue for the next release!
19 May 2014, 08:41
Re: Preferences---n folder anomaly
Some icons shown in System Preferences differ from the icons of the actual preference pane files as shown in the Finder. FinderPop shows the icons as shown in the Finder.