Panic Button 2.0 Released

When run, Panic Button places an icon in the Windows system tray. If the user clicks or double-clicks on this icon, a screen shot is taken and e-mailed to a configurable e-mail address. A description of the problem encountered can be included. This makes it easy for users to provide support staff with accurate problem descriptions, and the support staff can read the text of any error messages that were displayed on-screen.

Version 2.0 is the first stable release since the project was ported to Python and wxPython.

Panic Button can be installed in one of several ways. Network administrators can put it on a network share, then add an appropriate command to users' logon scripts. They can choose whether or not to allow end-users to change configuration settings or exit Panic Button. Alternatively, an installer is available which will install Panic Button and set it up to run at logon. If the installer is used, the user will be able to change the configuration or exit Panic Button simply by right-clicking on the system tray icon. A source package is also available, or the latest source can be acquired from CVS. Downloads are available from the project site:

Posted by Russell Phillips 2005-07-20

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