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MaxMenus adds customizable menus to the corners of any display. The menus simplify the locating and launching of applications, documents, volumes, preferences, recent items, photos, music playlists and much, much more.

What's New

Version 1.6 (beta 2):
  • (really) fixed the ability to grab items from menus (press ⌘-G with the mouse held over a menu item to drag that item to other applications)
  • misc fixes

Requirements

Mac OS X 10.5 or later

*Previously available here

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Aargl Member IconReview+353
Aargl
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This irreplaceable app keeps working on 10.9!!!
The only glitch is "menubar empty area" commands that don't work, you have to assign a shortcut to make them appear under your pointer.
Still downloadable at cnet. ;-)

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Version 1.6
RogerKatz Member IconComment+65
RogerKatz
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The publisher's website is "forsale", and MacWorld reports that MaxMenus is apparently abandoned (http://www.macworld.com/article/2019731/mac-gems-custommenu-provides-quick-access-to-your-favorite-apps-files-and-folders.html#tk.nl_macwk).

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Version 1.6
Deaconjohn
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Found this installation on another site and it works for 10.8.x and should work for earlier OS-Xs:

"Install using the installer, then right click on the installer. Show package Contents. Navigate to Contents>Resources. Drag the MaxMenus app to your applications folder.
System Preferences>Users&Groups. Put MaxMenus app (from Applications folder) into the Login items list." Makes sense - app is buried in a "wrapper" to form the prefpane.

lamontDakota
+1

mac.majorgeeks.com

This is one "another" site. It may not be the same one that DeaconJohn is keeping to himself.

Harv Member IconReview+340
Harv
+2

I am having no problems with MM & 10.8.

Indeed MM grows a bit long in the tooth, and as the developer(s) seem to have retired, I can but hope they sell their rights/code and allow others to carry on with their good works.

I have tried the competition, and have yet to find anything that is suitable.

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Version 1.6
Xco Member IconReview+205
Xco
+1

MaxMenus remains my most important Mac utility. I have been a user for many years. Will it work under Mountain Lion ... I surely hope so. It's functionality is so darn useful, and really should be part of the basic OSX. Which will never happen.

Any word out there about Mountain Lion?

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Version 1.6
Kernelg
+0

It actually seemed to be working the same in Mountain Lion as in Lion, once loaded. But it was loading so slowly—even slower than in Lion (one corner at a time now)—that I decided to finally drop it and use something else that's in current development. I would very gladly pay for an update if the Proteron guy is still around.

Kernelg
+0

Following up on my previous post (July 29), I gave Butler a try for a while. But I found it was just as slow to startup and would sometimes beachball for a good 10-20 seconds when hitting one of the corner menus. MaxMenus may take a while to get going in OS X 10.8, but once it does, it's still as responsive as always.

Back to MaxMenus, with fingers crossed for its future!

Xco
+0

Hmmm. Works fine for me in 10.8. But, after re-starting the Mac, I must go into Preferences to activate MaxMenus. Otherwise it does not seem to load. Perhaps if I simply wait long enough ...?

Scott-Mackenzie-Taylor
+1

For new installs under 10.8, you must manually install the application in your users startup items.

To do this right click the preference pane, select "Show Package Contents", and then navigate to Contents > Resources and drag the MaxMenus.app file to your startup items in your User Preferences screen.

Enjoy!

JStemCloud
+0

Solution to startup problem in Mountain Lion! MaxMenus works perfectly in Mountain Lion except when you first boot up it won't be there. You have to open the preferences and the max menus pane for it to load. To fix this, down the install package. Right-click on the installer package and click show package contents. Then under contents, resources, drag the MaxMenus app to your application folder on your hard drive. Then go to your system preferences, users & groups, then in the login items tab, click the plus sign at the bottom and add the MaxMenus app in the Application folder and that's it. From now on it will automatically load when u boot the comp.

Gavinque Member IconComment+3
Gavinque
+3

My first "comment" on MU after using it for so many years. :)

MaxMenus back in the day was perfect for my workflow, I could barely live without it on my mac. Sadly it's been a shadow of it's former self, little or no updates, zero new features and the Dev's website; well thats another issue entirely.

I thank the makers of MaxMenus for the effort, and I know that some may be single persons that are developing various softwares like this one all on their own and I applaud them for that. However, it makes Dev's look bad and gives the whole idea of "shareware" a bad name when they seem to abandon their programing efforts especially when making it a commercial product. I have kept MaxMenu's installed from version to version of Mac OS in hopes of seeing some improvements but haven't seen anything. I've never enabled it under 10.6 and when 10.7 hits mac app store, I guess I'll give it a try (maybe). I do miss using it a lot and hope that all is well with the developer (I know life can get in the way if your single programer making a product) and maybe one day we'll see a revamped version that will be the envy of all OS X utilities. Personally I've tried others and the structure of this utility seems to fit me far better than any other.

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Version 1.6
RunHomeSlow
+1

Well my basic testing on Lion does not work...
i only use the empty bar menu for my menu
and no chance :-(

RunHomeSlow
+0

oups, was intented for Scott Mackenzie Taylor comments just under... :-)

Ronl
+0

YouControl is __much__ better.

Scott-Mackenzie-Taylor Member IconComment+8
Scott-Mackenzie-Taylor
+2

Just completed basic testing under OS X Lion (10.7), everything seems fine.

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Version 1.6
Ward
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Thanks, Scott, for the good news. It further validates my resisting the temptation to switch back to Unsanity's FruitMenu.

It's also good news because the Proteron site is just a home page -- everything else gets a 404.

Scott-Mackenzie-Taylor
+2

Still working on my Mac Pro and MacBook Pro under 10.7.3 and on my MacBook Pro, if someone can get hold of the source code, I'd take on the recompilation and support.

Scott-Mackenzie-Taylor
+1

CornerClick looks like a possible replacement...

Scott-Mackenzie-Taylor
+2

Just running MaxMenus under the Mountain Lion Developer Preview and it seems to be working.

Ronl Member IconReview+926
Ronl
+1

I replaced MaxMenus with You Control.
What a difference!
Loads __much__ faster at startup and You Control doesn't hang my 10.6.6 system up the way MM has been doing for at least a year.
Also it has lots of features MM does not have.
MM was good in its time, but it hasn't kept up.

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Version 1.6
Dtruett1
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Used to love this app until it become vaporware. Then I remembered I had a YouContol license. Set it up and haven't looked back.

Foulger Member IconReview+279
Foulger
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Since about 10.6.5 I have found that MM is very particular about where it is on the launch order. If its in the wrong place it doesn'r launch at startup and I have to open the pref pane and switch it off and then on again. Its a shame that the developer has left this very intuitive and useful preference pane hanging. I too have used it for years and it seems to me that Mr (or Mors or Ms) Proteron needs to either wake up and bring it up to date or sell it to someone who is willing. Perhaps Team Proteron from time to time do read these comments and may be prompted into doing the right thing

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Version 1.6
Mccbaar Member IconReview+0
Mccbaar
+0

Perhaps, the person who made the software or manager, have died.
Everything is possible in this world.

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Version 1.6
Ronl Member IconReview+926
Ronl
+2

Don't take my word for it.

Click on the link to their site and you will see that their contact and support pages do NOT exist!

And their last user manual was 'updated' in 2002.

Pathetic!

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Version 1.6
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Downloads 19,951
Version Downloads 3,626
License Shareware
Date 08 Aug 2010
Platform Intel 64 / OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32 / PPC 64
Price $29.95