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uBar is a task bar for the Mac. If you've never really liked the Dock, or have always wanted that one thing that Windows does right, uBar is here to save the day. Finaly Mac users have task bar parity with Windows users.

Switching from Windows to Mac? uBar is perfect for ensuring a smooth transition from the Windows world to the Mac.

Active development. uBar is actively developed and many future enhancements and upgrades are planned for the future.

Try it out - you can download uBar and try it out at no cost.

What's New

Version 2.1.4:
  • Tweak: Applications in Menu no longer show extension (Suggested by John Birch)
  • Fix: Applications that are already unresponsive when uBar is launched are marked as such.

Requirements

  • OS X 10.9 or later

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To be honest, I'd never really given a task bar any real thought. Always seemed redundant to me. But, because I like playing with new utilities, I downloaded uBar just to check it out. Actually, I think its quite well done. When I first more...

6 people found this review helpful
Version 2.0.2
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Peterv5614 Member IconReview+2
Peterv5614
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Installed uBar just a few days ago and I sent the developer some feedback. Let me tell you he actively listens to what users have to say and also has a family clear roadmap for future updates. He deserves our support for what will become essentially a must have application.

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Peterv5614
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Sorry damn auto correct ! . . . fairly clear roadmap . . .

Theoyster Member IconReview+6
Theoyster
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To be honest, I'd never really given a task bar any real thought. Always seemed redundant to me. But, because I like playing with new utilities, I downloaded uBar just to check it out. Actually, I think its quite well done. When I first downloaded it earlier today, I immediately found issues with its implementation of app switching when the app is running w/ no windows open. I contacted the dev, just one a whim, and he responded within a couple of hours. We hashed out the issue, and not long after, there was a new version in my In Box. I loaded it, and while the issue was fixed, it wasn't quite right. I let him know, and within an hour, that was fixed too!
There's still some stuff I'd love to see...for instance, the ability to reorder Favorites. And I recognize the inherent limitations of making an app like this (for instance, I doubt MacOS would allow for Notification badges on app icons on the task bar...not the dev's fault).
Nevertheless, there's obviously been a great deal of thought and care put into this app, by a dev who seems only to want to make the product better. Well worth a look.

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Version 2.0.2
Theoyster
+1

Well, forget I said anything about MacOS not allowing notification badges. Shows how much I know. That's what happens when someone who doesn't write software comments about writing software.

No-One Member IconReview+33
No-One
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As a long time mac user I have always hated one thing about the mac: the dock. The mac dock is cumbersome, always in the way, and I can't access my files through it without going through finder. Enter ubar, my favorite solution for the dock. ubar not only looks great, but it always me to have a start menu (that I can add to).

I have full intentions of buying this app once a couple of bugs are fixed. For one, sometimes when I start my computer ubar doesn't load, and I am left with a blank portion of my screen. Second, whenever I log out of the computer it takes forever for ubar to appear again at the bottom of the screen. I would also like it if I was able to make ubar black, as the translucent and white colors clash with the menubar.

Besides those bug fixes, I do think that ubar is the best alternative to the dock.

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Version 1.0.6
No-One
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Oh, I also had another complaint. When you press the minimize button on any window (firefox for instances) ubar still leaves that application highlighted. This makes it extremely frustrating because when I press firefox again, I have to select finder and then firefox to have it open back up the window. Hope this makes sense.

PorkPieHat Member IconComment+0
PorkPieHat
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Well, I no longer love it (see previous obsequious post below). Today, for absolutely no reason and while my iMac was just sitting there with no input occurring at all, suddenly one of my Core2Duo processors cranked up to 100% and stayed there. So I sidled up to it, opened Activity Monitor and discovered that the uBarAgent was freaking out for no obvious reason (OS 10.4.6, 2.16 GHz iMac with 2 GB RAM). I killed the uBarAgent process and opened its annoyingly 32-bit System Pref, them clicked OFF, which brought that damned uBarAgent process back to life! So I sat and watched it for around 8 minutes to see what happened, but it did nothing more than chug 100% of only one of my processor cores for all that time, so I had to kill the process 2 more times to get it to turn off. When I restarted the iMac the damned thing was cranking away again, so I nuked it forever. Good freakin' riddance. I should have know better than to 1) try to replicate a Windows function on a Mac, and 2) use a 32-bit System Preference when EVERYTHING else on my iMac was 64. I know that probably had no effect whatsoever and wasn't to blame for this freakout, but somebody needed to kick this dev in his 32-bit backside, even if only to see if s/he is still alive.

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Version 1.0.6
Macericg Member IconComment+23
Macericg
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I like uBar. I hate to say it, but the one thing missing on the Mac is a task bar, and the Dock just doesn't cut it sometimes. uBar has great potential.

As mentioned in other reviews, I would like to see windows and lists appear above clicked items in the bar - not to the side. Also, the Start Menu needs the ability to be customized (especially with sub menus for categories) - which looks like it is coming in a future version.

Finally, to be a true replacement for the Dock, it needs to have the Trash Can on the bar itself in some way.

Good work. Looking for your next update.

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Version 1.0.6
No-One
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I agree with you, having a trash can on ubar would be very useful for me. Thanks, I never thought of that.

RavenNevermore
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What's missing on the Mac is the old Apple menu. You could add stuff to that, and that's where MS got the idea of the Start menu.

I had been using FruitMenu, but that's defunct. So now I'm using Classic Menu, which still works on Mac OS X 10.10.

But you can add stuff to the Dock. Make a folder and put aliases in it, and drop it onto the Dock on the right. Now you have a launches with anything you want in it.

PorkPieHat Member IconComment+0
PorkPieHat
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I love it! But, it has one small problem that annoys me: The Preference Pane is still 32-bit. I understand that rewriting it as a 64-bit app will probably NOT make it run any more than 10% faster (if that), but that's not why I want it to be 64-bit. I just think it's annoying when any 32-bit preference pane forces System Preferences to close and restart in 32-bit mode, which will have to close and restart again as soon as I want to use any of the other preference panes - which are ALL 64-bit, including the other 3rd party prefpanes (nudge nudge, wink wink).

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Version 1.0.6
Shn Member IconComment+2
Shn
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It's an OK start but there are some things preventing me switching to it from Fantasktik:

1. I really don't like having my windows grouped into a single button, I prefer to see them all. I hated grouping on old versions of Windows and I hate the new grouping on Windows 7, but they can be turned off. I'd love to see an option to show each window separately.

2. If you are going to have the windows grouped having to click twice to change windows is very annoying, why not just have it open the window list when your cursor is hovering over the button (I'd suggest an adjustable delay before it pops up).

3. Also, it's total madness to have to click twice to switch to an application that only has one window, once to show a list with that single window and again to switch to it!?

4. I only be seem to be able to switch to the last-used window of any application. No matter which window I select it makes the last-used window appear. Clicking a different window of the application of the window with focus does literally nothing.

5. I'd like to be able to not display some applications, I don't have much use for showing Quicksilver in the bar for instance, which brings me to the next point.

6. There seems to be some character set support problem, take a look at this screenshot: http://herecomethelizards.co.uk/s/pKejp

I'd love to be able to switch to this because to be honest Fantasktik is buggy as hell and there hasn't been an update to it for 6 months, but at the moment I just don't think uBar's interface is quite right.

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Version 1.0.6
Mac007 Member IconReview+198
Mac007
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Not a bad application but needs a few things to make it even better.

1. The menu bar should be more centered over the uBar Apple menu so it looks like a regular menu.

2. There should be a way to add frequently used applications to uBar Apple menu. (e.g. calculator)

3. 'Show Quick Launch Items' button when pressed does nothing as does 'Show Start Menu Items' button. I presume this is something the developer is working on.

4. An easier way to widen task bar would be nice plus the ability to place task bar on top as well as bottom of screen.

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Version 1.0.6
macsterdam Member IconComment+98
macsterdam
+3

A very promising start. There's plenty room room for improvement, but I like where this is going. Keep up the good work.

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Version 1.0.4
BrawerSoft (Developer)
+3

Thanks! I just updated it to v1.0.5 which includes a great new feature: the ability to see window thumbnails/previews for Apps.

easer Member IconComment+400
easer
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I'm not unappreciative of the developer's efforts, but I think those who are interested should also check out Fantasktik.

http://search.macupdate.com/info.php/id/28378/fantasktik

From what I can tell, the latter does what uBar does, plus it has a lot of other features such as graphic previews of windows, resize capabilities, exclusion of applications, etc.

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Version 1.0.4
MrChips
+2

I bought and have used fantasktik. It's a good app with a responsive developer and is, as you've said, similar in function to uBar with some extra features. I stopped using it, however, because it sort of "gets in the way" since it sits just below the menu bar at the top of the screen. The window previews would jump out when all I wanted was to select a menu bar item. I also don't think it can be made "double-decker" (two or more rows) like uBar can. I have six "spaces" and keep lots of windows open all the time, going back-and-forth between different work spaces. Fantasktik had trouble showing all those window references (they'd get too "crushed together"), while uBar only shows one reference when you have multiple windows open for the same app. uBar will show the "parent" reference (like Safari) with a number at the left to show how many windows are "owned" by that parent. Clicking the "button" will display the individual window names and you can just mouse and click on the window you want. If the window is in a different "space" uBar can switch you to that space, too.

So, I just kind of like the implementation better. Not to mention that you can "Quick Launch" your most-used apps easily, too.

But fantasktik does have the edge when it comes to being able to preview a window before selecting it. It is a very nice program and I'm sure some of the issues I've mentioned will be addressed in the future. It's so nice to have choices! :)

MrChips
+2

Alright, I'm an idiot. I went back to fantasktik to re-familiarize myself with it. Either it's been updated since I last used it or I've forgotten some important points, but it is better than I remembered. For one thing, I can put it at the bottom of the screen instead of the top. And I can turn off window previews if I want (but at the bottom it's not so obtrusive). It also displays multiple windows, although they're side-by-side and do take up more space. And I still can't see how I can have a "double-decker" arrangement of window references, which might become an issue with window name legibility if I have a lot of apps/windows open.

Another thing in fantasktik's favor - I can put it in either monitor's screen, so it can be really out of the way if that's what I want.

I do vaguely remember it being somewhat of a memory hog. But I suspect that's also true of uBar, so maybe that's a push.

Definitely more to think about here... But I still like the fact that we have some choices!

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SamM3128
Version 2.1.4
user icon+7
Jessica-Lares
Version 2.1.3
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Downloads 5,814
Version Downloads 103
License Shareware
Date 26 Jul 2014
Platform Intel 64 / OS X
Price $15.00
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