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AppMenu Magic is a small, simple application with one cool trick: It replaces the application's name with its icon in the system menubar. The functionality of AppMenu Magic has been part of CrystalClear Interface (CCI) and Crystal Black (CB) since those applications were first released. I am releasing the app separately because of continued requests for it. This app lets users take advantage of the improved appearance and reduced "screen real estate" of their menubar that AppMenu more...

What's New

Version 1.3:
  • Reduces the icon size slightly and fixes a problem that could prevent AMM from loading.

Requirements

OS X 10.6 or later

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NeptuneC4474 Member IconReview+0
NeptuneC4474
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Hi !
I like AppMenuMagic. All is fine for me.
I've been using it from almost the beginning. Then I made the update in 2012 june, after sending an email to the support who answered quickly and with all clear explanations. Then, I never had any kind of problem.
Only recently (2014 may), I had to visit and download the last update (2012 nov) because of a new installed python App which was crashing at startup.
Immediately after installing the update (v1.3) on top of v1.2, my python App could open and work normally.

I've got two python coded Apps : TextSTAT and Linguae, both of them are tools for translators. For those who are interested in using AppMenuMagic, you can try these two Apps, and appreciate…

I also use JAVA coded Apps, some Cocoa and Carbon coded Apps, and if sometime a Java App doesn't work, it is not because of AMM but because of other reason.

And for the Mac App, I never had problem, since the beginning.

Thanks to AMM I can enjoy having a zen GUI (the name of currently activated App, next to Apple icon on the left of the menu bar, is not there any more, except for some very few Apps). Instead of that title text name, it screens a nice looking icon which is much more discrete and comfortable for the eyes, like a good companion.

So, I recommand AppMenuMagic.
Thanks to the project team.
:-)

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Version 1.3
Vslavik Member IconReview-1
Vslavik
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Beware, crashes some applications.

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Version 1.3
ylluminate Member IconComment+285
ylluminate
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Splendid concept. It really helps, but some of the issues below such as memory consumption do have me worried.

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Version 1.2
Jonsi Member IconReview+25
Jonsi
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The idea is good, it works ok but its far too memory hungry for an eye confect. It takes as much as LaunchBar!

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Version 1.2
Iamdavid Member IconReview+5
Iamdavid
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Having tried and failed to get the previous version to work, I thought I would try the latest iteration.

Yes it worked, but it changed the keyboard command in Safari so that Cmd-W closed the window even if there was more than one tab open, and there was no keyboard command for closing tabs.

So once again, I trashed it and wont be trying it again, shame really, I like the convenience of having the icon instead of the application name in the menu bar

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Version 1.2
MacBunny
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Same thing here in Safari, very annoying.

Llscotts Member IconComment+28
Llscotts
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I've confirmed the problem with loading in Finder on Lion, and the source of the problem probably explains why it doesn't load correctly in some other apps -- for example, Pereubu's report for Safari.

I've also fixed the problem and will be updating the software ASAP.

Re: Pereubu's finding that AMM crashes Adobe apps... I only use Photoshop, and it works fine -- or may be ignored -- in that app. If someone can send me a crash report on one of these problem apps, I'll be happy to take a look. Although there isn't an interface for it, AMM does include an "excludedApps" property list that technical users can edit manually. There just isn't an interface for editing it in this version.

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Version 1.1
Dgerzeeboy
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Finder problem is fixed and AMM now works in Firefox.

Sergelevy
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Hi, thank's for going forward with app.
Just for information - app still ignore the MS Office.

Pereubu Member IconReview+2
Pereubu
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Interesting, but not usable: it crashes all Adobe applications without any possibility to disable AMM, with VinylStudio on must disable AMM for using VS; it doesn't function on Safari, and so on

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Version 1.1
Dgerzeeboy Member IconReview+34
Dgerzeeboy
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Glad the developer has discovered the problem. AMM does work now, but only in programs that are native to the MAC OS i.e. Safari, Mail, Preview, Garageband, iTunes, etc. But not in Apple add-on applications like iMovie or Pages. Does not seem to work in third party apps like Photoshop or Poser or the aforementioned Firefox. Sometime in a future release, perhaps.

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Version 1.1
Dgerzeeboy
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Additionally, and oddly, it doesn't work in the Finder.

Jschur
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@Dgerzeeboy: I noticed that too. It worked before the update but not now.

Llscotts
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If AMM isn't working in Finder, Pages, or iMovie, there's something wrong. Does this happen even if you quit and restart Finder? All of those are native Mac apps, and they've always worked fine on my test systems.

Firefox is not a native Mac app, and seems like a special case since sometimes it loads AMM and sometimes not. Since I don't use Firefox (Safari is a much better--and faster--browser for the Mac IMHO, especially with its large catalog of extensions), I don't really understand what goes on with that app.

Apps that won't load AMM are typically built with java or some other non-native framework like python, or with Apple's pre-OS X framework, "Carbon." Some apps are a mix of both "Cocoa" and "Carbon" --e.g., iTunes--but if they use the native Mac OS X "Cocoa" frameworks, they'll typically load AMM fine.

I don't think it'll be possible to extend AMM's reach beyond native Mac OS X apps.

Dgerzeeboy
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Liscotts: Although a quit and relaunch, and even a restart didn't change the iMovie or Pages problem, a shut down and reboot did. However, the Finder problem still persists.

Llscotts Member IconComment+28
Llscotts
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Thanks to everyone who tried this out. The fact that AppMenu Magic started working after installing/uninstalling CCI was a huge clue.

I had indeed left a small, but critical component out of the install -- one that gets installed with CCI but is also needed by AMM.

Should work fine now without any hassles.

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Version 1.0.1
Jschur
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Glad the issue has been cleared up; I really like this little tweak. Any idea why it works with Firefox in CCI but not AMM? Firefox is probably my biggest menu hog; it'd sure be nice if it worked... just sayin.

Rjmorita
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Congratulations !! I think you got it. It works now, even in Firefox.

Jschur
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Still not working in Firefox for me.

Rjmorita
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Well, I spoke too soon about Firefox. I launched Firefox, the menu title changed to an icon, then it reverted back to the title after a few minutes. So strange.

Jschur
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@Rjmorita: I saw the same thing. Actually when the Firefox icon appeared the "Firefox" label was still there too; it was left-most and nonfunctional. Weird!

Jschur Member IconReview+3
Jschur
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After some trouble getting it installed it is up and running and doing exactly what the developed claims. I like it! (I give it four stars rather than five because of the installation issues.)

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Version 1.0.1
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MacBunny
Version 1.2
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Downloads 1,242
Version Downloads 650
Type Utilities / System
License Shareware
Date 15 Nov 2012
Platform Intel 64 / OS X / Intel 32
Price $5.00
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