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QuickRadar for Apple Radar

Since iOS 7’s release, I have been submitting entries to Apple’s Radar, the company’s bug tracking system. The problem with Radar is that, for some reason, it comes with an outdated and slow interface that’s prone to errors and random logouts, making the process of filing radars tedious and unpleasant. A number of apps to “fix” Radar have surfaced over the years, but lately I’ve been trying an enjoying QuickRadar. I remembered it deserved a mention here thanks to Clark’s link two days ago.

QuickRadar is a menubar app for the Mac that signs you into Apple’s Radar and that can be activated with a keyboard shortcut. Instead of redirecting you to Radar’s web UI, it lets you write your bug report in a window on your Mac, and when you click “Submit” it’ll take care of uploading the report for you without launching the website. The app can also file duplicates, handle rdar:// URLs to launch them in OpenRadar or filing them as duplicates, and it comes with sharing options for WordPress and App.net if you want to share your radar’s number with the world. Like Tokens (another app made out of frustration with an Apple-made web UI), QuickRadar uses web scraping to communicate with Apple’s bug reporter.

QuickRadar is still in the alpha stages and has some rough edges. For instance, it doesn’t support file uploads for attachments, although the developer says they’re on the roadmap. Version 0.7 was released earlier this week with improved Preferences and support for Mountain Lion’s Notification Center.

You can download QuickRadar here.

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