AppMenu Magic
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Save menubar space by modifying app name displays.   Shareware ($5.00)
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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 Magic offers, without having to use either CCI or CB.
What's New
Version 1.3:
  • Reduces the icon size slightly and fixes a problem that could prevent AMM from loading.
Requirements
Intel, OS X 10.6 or later



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AppMenu Magic User Discussion (Write a Review)
ver. 1.x:
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Vslavik reviewed on 19 Feb 2014
Beware, crashes some applications.
[Version 1.3]


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ylluminate commented on 22 Sep 2012
Splendid concept. It really helps, but some of the issues below such as memory consumption do have me worried.
[Version 1.2]


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Jonsi reviewed on 30 Jun 2012
The idea is good, it works ok but its far too memory hungry for an eye confect. It takes as much as LaunchBar!
[Version 1.2]


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Iamdavid reviewed on 29 Jun 2012
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
[Version 1.2]

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MacBunny replied on 30 Jun 2012
Same thing here in Safari, very annoying.
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Llscotts commented on 26 Jun 2012
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.
[Version 1.1]

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Dgerzeeboy replied on 27 Jun 2012
Finder problem is fixed and AMM now works in Firefox.
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Sergelevy replied on 28 Jun 2012
Hi, thank's for going forward with app.
Just for information - app still ignore the MS Office.
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Pereubu reviewed on 26 Jun 2012
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
[Version 1.1]


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Dgerzeeboy reviewed on 25 Jun 2012
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.
[Version 1.1]

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Dgerzeeboy replied on 25 Jun 2012
Additionally, and oddly, it doesn't work in the Finder.
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Jschur replied on 25 Jun 2012
@Dgerzeeboy: I noticed that too. It worked before the update but not now.
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Llscotts replied on 25 Jun 2012
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.
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Dgerzeeboy replied on 26 Jun 2012
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.
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Llscotts commented on 25 Jun 2012
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.
[Version 1.0.1]

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Jschur replied on 25 Jun 2012
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.
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Rjmorita replied on 25 Jun 2012
Congratulations !! I think you got it. It works now, even in Firefox.
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Jschur replied on 25 Jun 2012
Still not working in Firefox for me.
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Rjmorita replied on 25 Jun 2012
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.
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Jschur replied on 25 Jun 2012
@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!
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Jschur reviewed on 24 Jun 2012
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.)
[Version 1.0.1]


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UntilGravity reviewed on 24 Jun 2012
After multiple failed attempts to install this plugin I feel that I got lucky when it finally installed. However, I did go to the developer's website and installed a trial of CCI before this successfully installed. After uninstalling CCI I tried to install this plugin once again. It worked.

I'm giving it an overall rating of 4.5 because
1. Once it installed it does exactly what it's supposed to do.
2. It's very easy to use, since you really don't have to do anything once it's installed.
3. It's not overpriced at only $5.

Perhaps the trick for other people who are experiencing difficulty installing this plugin is to do this:
1. Install CCI
2. Uninstall CCI
3. Install this plugin
[Version 1.0.1]

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Jschur replied on 24 Jun 2012
@UntilGravity: After reading your post I tried the same... installed and uninstalled CCI. I reinstalled AMM and sure enough it works as advertised.
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Rjmorita replied on 25 Jun 2012
I had no idea what CCI was. Even if I did, I wouldn't have thought about installing it.

Anyway, I followed the instructions and now AppMenu Magic works. One thing I noticed; it worked in Firefox with CCI installed but it doesn't work without CCI.
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Jschur replied on 25 Jun 2012
@Rjmorita: I noticed too that the Firefox icon showed up in CCI during the brief time I had it installed. Maybe there's hope that it will at some point work in AMM as well.
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MacBunny rated on 30 Jun 2012

[Version 1.2]


Downloads:1,219
Version Downloads:627
Type:Utilities : System
License:Shareware
Date:15 Nov 2012
Platform:Intel 64 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price: $5.00
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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 Magic offers, without having to use either CCI or CB.


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