MenuShade
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MenuShade makes your menu bar darker so it's "easier on your eyes and doesn't burn the top of your display a lighter color.
What's New
Version 1.1:
  • Fixes Intel Mac incompatibility
Requirements
Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.3 or later






MenuShade User Discussion (Write a Review)
ver. 1.x:
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Ianonmac commented on 16 Aug 2009
I've just watched episode 22 of Macbreak Weekly in which Merlin Mann recommends Menubar which as far as I know is the only way to completely remove the menubar.

Surprisingly there is still no version for Leopard and I would like to add my request for this.
[Version 1.1]


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easer commented on 24 Apr 2009
For equivalent effects with Leopard, I use a combination of LeoColorbar (http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/26081/leocolorbar) and Menu Eclipse (http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/27686/menu-eclipse). Both are free and provide some nice customization.
[Version 1.1]


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boxcar commented on 26 Dec 2008
I like it! It is easier on the eyes and works well with 10.4.11
[Version 1.1]


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l0xby commented on 26 Sep 2008
I wish they would make this Leopard compatible. Would be nice to dim the menubar when it's not needed.
[Version 1.1]


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Chris Fam commented on 18 Mar 2008
Oh my god, it looks like Leopard copied his idea! :-D
[Version 1.1]


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ShawnBoucke commented on 05 Jan 2008
I just found out that not only does it shade, but can also become transparent... even invisible... great great app for those without 10.5
[Version 1.1]


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ShawnBoucke reviewed on 05 Jan 2008
Works great. I have a laptop so I do not have to worry about the menu burning the screen but i do feel like I can pay more attention on windows that are open. The menu fading in and out is a nice touch as well. Although this is a simple application, I will always be using it now that I tried it.

One comment... if you could make the icon hidden it would be perfect. I just changed the Icon to something that looks cool. Other then that it is great
[Version 1.1]


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Tomis commented on 12 Jun 2007
Works great except the programs icon shows up in the dock, which is a show-stopper for me. Making the program a background-only app (by editing it's Info.plist) breaks the fake transparency feature.

Hopefully the author will fix this shortcoming by removing the dock icon and adding a quit button to the preferences window.

10.4.9 PowerPC
[Version 1.1]


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Phill Kenoyer commented on 20 Apr 2007
I also have this problem with Virtue Desktops. It only works on one desktop. Since this is freeware, it will probably never get fixed. Also, Virtue Desktops is now closing down shop, so only Leopard will save us.
[Version 1.1]


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amit Mittal reviewed on 12 Mar 2007
Menushade professes to be a lot many things like getting transparency to the menu bar but all it really does is show you the menubars in black and purple. Of very limited utility
[Version 1.1]


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Tupring had trouble on 28 Oct 2007
This doesn't work on Leopard, which I figured. Hopefully it will get updated. My Leopard Menu bar is Opaque!
[Version 1.1]


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BDog had trouble on 12 May 2006
This also breaks the feature of "GeekBind" where you can use a hotkey to move windows around the screen. Menushade's window gets moved instead. The window always has focus, it probably shouldn't. Or maybe this is a bug with GeekBind.
[Version 1.1]


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BDog had trouble on 10 May 2006
Forgot two things;
1. The window MenuShade creates gets slid out of the way with "Show Desktop" of Expose.
2. When showing Dashboard, MenuShade should hide it's window.
[Version 1.1]


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ehamilt0n had trouble on 04 May 2006
Maybe I'm an idiot but Menushade will not revert back to the shaded condition after I hover over the menubar. I launch menushade, adjust shade level, which works but then when I mouse over the menubar it brightens as it should but never reverts back to shaded condition. This also applies to transperancy mode.
0.7 worked perfectly for me. Am I missing something here? I've trashed every plist I could imagine that would have a mal affect on the app. One last thing, if I go back into menushade preferences and adjust the level of shade it will reapply it to the menubar but again disappear after i mouse over it. Please help as I love this app and can hardly use my mac with out it. Using MBP if that makes any difference.
[Version 1.0]

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Name replied on 10 May 2006
Try Activity Monitor in the Utilities folder. There you may try to force quit (command + alt + q) MenuShade.
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Downloads:34,081
Version Downloads:25,691
Type:Utilities : Desktop
License:Free
Date:10 May 2006
Platform:PPC 32 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price:Free0.00
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MenuShade makes your menu bar darker so it's "easier on your eyes and doesn't burn the top of your display a lighter color.


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