AccessMenuBarApps
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Gives instant access to all menubar apps by showing a reduced app menu.   Free
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AccessMenuBarApps is a simple app that gives the user instant access to all menubar apps by showing a reduced app menu (so that there is more space for menubar apps). Activating/Deactivating of the reduced app menu can be triggered by keyboard shortcut, mouse gesture, click on the menubar icon or click on the dock icon.

AccessMenuBarApps runs as background app (can be configured to launch at startup) and is waiting for keyboard shortcuts (default SHIFT SPACE) or mouse gestures ("double knocking on the top border of the screen" and/or "pushing/squeezing the mouse on the top
What's New
Version 2.4:
  • Support for hidden dock icon
  • Support for hidden menubar icon
  • 'Poof' effect is now a visual effect without sound
  • Fixed some issues with OS X 10.7 Mission Control and fullscreen mode
  • New application icon
Requirements
Intel/PPC, OS X 10.5 or later



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AccessMenuBarApps User Discussion (Write a Review)
ver. 2.x:
(19)
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Djefis reviewed on 07 Mar 2014
It is exactly what I needed.
[Version 2.4]


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+39

Bob.jacobson reviewed on 16 Feb 2014
Great app for Menu Bar opening of infinite number of applications (so it seems). I like the way the icon explodes and contracts when invoked and put away. In all ways, cool.
[Version 2.4]


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+16

macpayne reviewed on 26 Dec 2013
I used Bartender App but I wasn't a fan of its 'extra floating menu bar' feature. So I used the 'show all the items in menubar' option to show all menu bar items in one menubar row, by clicking the Bartender icon.
It works, but sometimes I felt that option was unstable. Sometimes I need to click the bartender icon several times to hide all application menus and show all menubar icons.

So then I found this app.
It perfectly suits my need. It's running properly on Maverick OS and it somewhat faster and more lighweight than Bartender.

Great app. Thanks developer
[Version 2.4]


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+1

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Steve Frawley reviewed on 26 Nov 2012
Great App for Viewing massive amount of items in the menubar. Great for control freaks.
[Version 2.4]


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+1

+98

Mac007 reviewed on 01 Nov 2012
I was using Bartender until it quit working under OS 10.8.2 for some reason known only to the wizards of tech. Thankfully this app takes it's place just fine and it's free. Would be nice if it had the option to activate on just one knock as well as two but as it stands i can live with it as it is. I am thankful however that apps like this exist as Apple seems in no hurry to fix the problem.
[Version 2.4]


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+98
Mac007 commented on 31 Oct 2012
Does not play well with Google + menu bar app. I have to switch to System Preferences app to access Google + app. A fix would be helpful. Thanks!
[Version 2.4]

3 Replies

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Ortisoft (developer) replied on 31 Oct 2012
Hi, thanks for your feedback. Indeed it's a problem. Sorry.
I will try to find a fix, so that menubar apps like google+ will work properly in future.
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+1
Ortisoft (developer) replied on 31 Oct 2012
On my Mac, the problem only exists when I have checked the "Hide Dock Icon" option in the Preferences.

So for a workaround, please uncheck the "Hide Dock Icon" option, until I've fixed the problem.
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Mac007 replied on 01 Nov 2012
Now for some strange reason it works with Google+ app just fine. Very strange. Color me confused.
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+1

+378

Lvdoc reviewed on 18 Oct 2012
I can only reiterate what others have said: This app works great and has solved a major problem for me. Thanks developer!!
[Version 2.4]


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+1

+1

GoSa reviewed on 13 Oct 2012
Hi,
I just installed it and I already like it.
I always use to click on Finder to be able to see the other icons since Finder had fewer menu-items than for instance firefox.
Now I just click on the ying yang icon and all my icons appear.
The ability to hide the dock icon and the menu icon itself is already implemented in this version which is nice too.
So in short this release does what it says it does.
Well Done!

There is one feature that would be awesome, is the ability to rearrange the icons.
Hope you will consider this :-)
Keep up the good work!
[Version 2.4]


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+1

+3

eddietta reviewed on 26 May 2012
This app is excellent! However, would you please add an option to hide the dock and menu bar icons? So that some ppl can use mouse gestures or shortcut and also have a tidy menu bar/dock. Thanks!
[Version 2.3]

2 Replies

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Ortisoft (developer) replied on 06 Jun 2012
Thanks for your review.
Hiding dock icon and menubar icon coming with the next version. Look forward to version 2.4
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+3
eddietta replied on 20 Jun 2012
That's great! When will the next version release please?
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+2

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Jjmccole reviewed on 06 Apr 2012
Elegant! Especially if you have a smaller display (echo comment on MB Airs) and/or have lots of menu bar apps. Try it. You'll like it. Especially appreciate the variety of ways to invoke the app.
[Version 2.1]

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Rtdunham replied on 08 May 2012
I agree it does what it's supposed to. But plan ahead: How are you planning to use it? Example: I wanted to have more menu bar space so the icon for a clipping app would be visible. Problem is, it's visible--until I click on the app I want to cut from, or paste to: as soon as I do that, THAT app takes the foreground, the menu bar is again abbreviated, and the icon I wanted access to disappears. So unless I'm overlooking something obvious, this app won't work with apps that require interaction with other apps--as dropbox would, as another example. I'd love to find there's a workaround...
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Ortisoft (developer) replied on 09 May 2012
@Rtdunham

thanks for using (or trying to use) AccessMenuBarAppps.

Now to your problem: Interaction with other applications is possible per drag and drop.

If you are in an application and want to drag a file/text/... to an (hidden) icon in the menubar, you can do this. While holding the mouse key pressed during dragging you can use the mouse gestures (knocking or pushing) to reveal the (hidden) icons of the menubar and you can drop your file/text on the icon.
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rocketmouse had trouble on 12 May 2012
I wish I could review it... It won't install properly on my Intel 13" MacBook (Model Identifier: MacBook1,1) running Snow Leopard 10.6.8, but:
"You can’t open the application “AccessMenuBarApps.app” because it’s not supported on this type of Mac."
I tried it on a MacBook Pro (which doesn't need it but also runs 10.6.8) and there were no problems.
I have downloaded it several times from different venues, thinking it might have been corrupted--and obviously then installed it several times. Nothing seems to help.
What should I check/fix? (I did look at permissions, but all seems to be in order.)
I noticed Ortisoft replying to others, and missing support at their site I thought I'd take a chance here.
[Version 2.1]

1 Reply

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Ortisoft (developer) replied on 16 May 2012
Hi,

I have seen your similar trouble report already at www.macworld.com and I answered in that forum.

Now to the answer:

AccessMenuBarApps v2.1 is a 64-bit application. I suppose your 13" MacBook has a Core Solo or Core Duo processor. Snow Leopard supports on this type of cpu only 32-bit applications. That's why AccessMenuBarApps (64-bit) will not start on your MacBook.

Meanwhile I've released a version 2.3 (available via http://www.ortisoft.de/en/accessmenubarapps) which solve some problems reported to me. It is a universal binary running on 10.5+ Intel 32/64-bit and PPC.

I hope you will enjoy using AccessMenuBarApps.

It would be nice if you could give me a feedback, whether v2.3 solves your problem or not, because I only have a 13" MacBookPro with Lion and a separate boot partition with SnowLeopard for compiling Universal Apps with Xcode3. So, I have only limited resources or testing. And it's just a hobby to learn programming Objective C (AccessMenuBarApps is my first app for OS X).

Thomas.sd rated on 26 Jun 2013

[Version 2.4]



Arpan-CJ rated on 25 Oct 2012

[Version 2.4]



+1

Rioren rated on 26 May 2012

[Version 2.3]



Mr.P rated on 20 May 2012

[Version 2.3]



Marthauses rated on 18 May 2012

[Version 2.3]



+1

sferrazzi rated on 04 Apr 2012

[Version 2.1]



+43

Mtin79 rated on 04 Jan 2012

[Version 2.1]



+80

appleHQ rated on 03 Dec 2011

[Version 2.1]


Downloads:10,257
Version Downloads:6,033
Type:Utilities : Desktop
License:Free
Date:24 Jun 2012
Platform:PPC 64 / PPC 32 / Intel 64 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price:Free0.00
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AccessMenuBarApps is a simple app that gives the user instant access to all menubar apps by showing a reduced app menu (so that there is more space for menubar apps). Activating/Deactivating of the reduced app menu can be triggered by keyboard shortcut, mouse gesture, click on the menubar icon or click on the dock icon.

AccessMenuBarApps runs as background app (can be configured to launch at startup) and is waiting for keyboard shortcuts (default SHIFT SPACE) or mouse gestures ("double knocking on the top border of the screen" and/or "pushing/squeezing the mouse on the top border of the screen" ) to activate or deactivate the reduced app menu and showing all menubar apps.

Switching and mouse gestures (knocking and pushing/squeezing) can be visualized on the screen. So you can see the sensitive area of the top border of the screen. In the preferences window you can switch the visual effects on or off.

You can hide the menubar and dock icon for a tidy menubar/dock. If the dock icon isn't hided you can change the dock icon to an analog clock showing the current time or to some eyes tracking the mouse cursor.

You can configure the app in the Preferences window.

AccessMenuBarApps is designed for users that have a small screen (like on a 13" MacBook (Pro|Air)) or lots of right side items.


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