Yeah it's very annoying. The problem is that when you click in a SWF based panel it has keyboard focus, so canvas keyboard shortcuts don't work. I'm releasing a fix to the Path panel shortly which will work around this Mac issue.
Just curious are the new Ilustrator and Photoshop panels SWF based?
I'm not sure, very few if any AI/PS panels shipped with them would be SWF based (most extensions would be) because they didn't support SWF panels until recently. Macromedia products like Fireworks, Flash, Dreamweaver have supported SWF panels for a very long time so there are some SWF panels shipped with them.