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AppMenuBoy... When Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard) changed the way that folders are represented in the Dock, I lost a handy start menu made by dragging the Applications folder to the end of the dock.

AppMenuBoy is a small Cocoa application that creates a hierarchical menu, in the dock, and when it is the frontmost app, in the menu bar, of your apps. It only shows apps. If a folder has a single app, it hoists the app up, so no subfolders of exactly one app.

What's New

Version 1.0.4:
  • As the directories change, AppMenuBoy automatically tracks those changes.
  • AppMenuBoy now uses the localized name of Apps and folders, not the hidden file name.
  • AppMenuBoy now sorts its menu (since localization can change the order.)
  • Now has a preference to skip folders with parenthesized names. Example: (OldStuff)


Mac OS X 10.5 or later

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tcwwitt Member IconComment+0

FinderPop! Turley O'Connor's menu/contextual menu app trumps everything else!

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Version 1.0

Agreed. And doesn't crash with developer seeds of 10.5.3. I wonder why :)

Ronl Member IconReview+926

Very nice David. Thanks!
To readers: this eliminates all of the numerous extra files from appearing in the pop-up/drop-down menus.

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Version 1.0
ishan Member IconComment+20

I like the idea. Unfortunately, it doesn't work with latest developer version of 10.5.3.

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Version 1.0

Not surprised as 10.5.3 is not available yet.


I wasn't being critical of your efforts. It's just that I wanted to try your software out, and an ADC student account is free and you can have access to these beta seeds. That way, you don't have to play catch-up with Apple's software tweaks to the Dock, etc. I'll try it again when you update it after 10.5.3 is formally released.


Errrr, i'm not the author of this software.

I was just trying to get across the point that the author would be unable to guarantee compatibility with a unreleased version of the Mac OS.

It might take Apple anything from a week to 6 months to release 10.5.3 in its final version. Then it should be tested against this software.


Incompatibility is the price you pay for running a beta operating system.
Doing that is like a broken pencil in my opinion...POINTLESS!


Incompatibility is the price you pay for being paid to test developer builds of software. That's what developers do. They don't use their primary drive or Macintosh to do this, unless they happen to be testing a prerelease hardware version at the same time.

Enough of this anyway. Would be happy to test this app against 10.5.3 when the app is in further development. BTW, unlike what a previous poster said, Apple is not going to delay release of this update for up to"6 months". WWDC is in June 2008. Maybe I'll see you there :)

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Downloads 3,321
Version Downloads 1,791
License Free
Date 21 Jan 2010
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
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