MaxMenus
MaxMenus
1.6

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MaxMenus free download for Mac

MaxMenus1.6

09 August 2010

Adds customizable launching menus in screen corners.

Overview

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 in MaxMenus

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

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75 Reviews of MaxMenus

5
Mr-Leo
06 June 2009
Version: 1.5.1

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MaxMenus is great. It is unmistakable true. I've been using MaxMenus for years and it's superb in use in every way. MaxMenus has much functions that are farther stronger and more abundant than FinderPop. And, it is a very excellent tool far used easily. A lot of friends of me and me strongly support keeping the version improvement of MaxMenus through all eternity.
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ungawah
29 January 2020
Version: 1.6
MaxMenus is something I have used for well over 10 years, and I will really miss it on Catalina! I have even suggested to Jon Gotow, developer of Default Folder X, that he add to his list of software, but he said no. Anyone know of any good 64-bit replacements?
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jongreen
22 December 2019
Version: 1.6
It's Xmas 2019 and I am using MaxMenus on Mojave 10.14.6 with no problems. I cannot get it to auto load on boot but I just go into the System Preferences and start it up each time. It has been a wonderful friend. I am using version 1.6 and the same password I used 15 years ago. Apple systems come and go but Max is still here and always faithful.
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jongreen
22 December 2019
Version: 1.6
It is Xmas 2019 and I'm running MaxMenus on Mojave 10.14.6 with no issues. I cannot get it to auto load at start, but I just go to System Preferences and turn it on each time I start. A wonderful friend for many years! I'm using version 1.6 and the same password I had from 15 years ago.
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Tlance
24 January 2018
Version: 1.6
Anyone know if MM will be ported to 64 bit? I am well aware of lack of development, that it and LiteSwitch are available "as is".
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xcoxco
27 January 2017
Version: 1.6
MaxMenus works as well on Sierra macOS as before. The only issue is reported in my prior comments. This remains my most favorite Mac utility after many, many years of use. I only wish it were still supported - indeed updated for the latest OS.
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xcoxco
16 January 2017
Version: 1.6
Help? Does anyone else have problems reordering menus items in maxMenus running on Sierra. Here, many years later, MaxMenus still remains my most important utility. The best, still. Why can't someone write a fully updated version - why can't Apple integrate its terrific functionality into the OS itself?
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5
regis4
12 October 2016
Version: 1.6
Still working great with 10.10 and 10.11.6! Anyone about Sierra, 10.12 ?
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5
Ward
26 September 2014
Version: 1.6
Proteron LLC is gone, but MaxMenus 1.6b2 is still available for download at "Ammon Skidmore's old apps": http://sysbeep.com/ That page shows the companion LiteSwitch X prefPane was updated for 10.9 and became freeware. Since MaxMenus has not been updated, a new user would need a registration code, and there's no way to buy one. Sigh. It's a shame MaxMenus is no longer supported because it was definitely the "best of breed."
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5
Aargl
18 November 2013
Version: 1.6
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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RogerKatz
26 December 2012
Version: 1.6
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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5
Harv
04 August 2012
Version: 1.6
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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5
xcoxco
05 July 2012
Version: 1.6
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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Gavinque
17 July 2011
Version: 1.6
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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Scott-Mackenzie-Taylor
27 February 2011
Version: 1.6
Just completed basic testing under OS X Lion (10.7), everything seems fine.
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Ronl
07 February 2011
Version: 1.6
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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Foulger
21 January 2011
Version: 1.6
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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4
Mccbaar
20 January 2011
Version: 1.6
Perhaps, the person who made the software or manager, have died. Everything is possible in this world.
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Ronl
20 October 2010
Version: 1.6
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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Ronl
20 October 2010
Version: 1.6
I've been using this app since 2002 (version 1.1)... but this app has NO tech support. Over the years I have emailed Proteron many times and just rechecked my emails and do not see even one response from them. This app hangs 10-15 seconds every-single-time it launches and I have been after them for well over a year to help me with this. Nada... not one response. I'm switching... this is pathetic.
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Harv
18 June 2010
Version: 1.6
I love the app, but support is nonexistent. The developer's site is off-line and emails to him go unanswered. Alas, I cannot help but think this app has run its course. Still, it's been a good ride.
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csaborio
05 May 2010
Version: 1.6
What makes this app stand from ALL the rest is that the menus can be invoked with key combos, so they appear right under your mouse. Also, this is the only app of this kind that allows "grabs" of items, a feature which at this point causes it to crash. If they addressed the grab issue, it just might be worth buying.
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Harv
18 April 2010
Version: 1.6
Is there a Read Me that explains the Command+G function? Alas, I don't understand what others are referring to. Grab what items, how?
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Robotank
18 April 2010
Version: 1.6
As I spend some time with MaxMenus, I'm finding it to be an incredibly useful and versatile application. It's far more useful than the Dock, and it's totally unobtrusive when you're not using it. The extensive customization allows me to put all of my most used items within very easy reach. You can do quite a lot with it, and it will be even better when the ability to drag out of the menus is fixed. I would definitely recommend this utility for power users who appreciate extensive customization.
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Foulger
18 April 2010
Version: 1.6
I agree with ZX - Grab hangs! I love max menus and wont do without it but yes it does need some more work
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David-Martyn
17 April 2010
Version: 1.6
If you look at the source code on the web site you will see the following comment After approximately two years of unavailability, we are preparing to re-commit our efforts to the prompt service and attention that have been the mark of the Proteron experience.
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Vegas-Man!
17 April 2010
Version: 1.6
how does one get a free sn# since you cannot buy one
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zx
17 April 2010
Version: 1.6
Am i dreaming...? Max has been upgraded! Anyway, still buggy. Grab doesn't work(hang). Some settings wont stick. Slow!. Maybe it's time for you guys to put some effort into Max..Who knows, maybe we'll even pay for an upgrade;)
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Harv
17 April 2010
Version: 1.6
I jut DL and installed MM v1.6 and now, all is again, right with the world. The only nit I noticed is that the dmg still is shown as v1.6 beta, but no worry, the app itself is correct. Bravo to the developers!
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Harv
08 December 2009
Version: 1.5.1
I have been using MaxMenus for years, never a problem and works well with 10.6.2. I truly find it a "must have" app. As for me, 5 stars! I just hope developer(s) will reemerge.
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Marthi
22 September 2009
Version: 1.5.1
The website is http://proteron.portcode.com/
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Dtruett1
09 September 2009
Version: 1.5.1
As below, no Web site and seems to be vaporware. I use it so frequently, it's almost worth staying on 10.5. Doesn't hurt as much with $5/$10 shareware, but for $30 you think they'll hang around or sell to another developer.
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Dave-H-
06 September 2009
Version: 1.5.1
The Recent Applications item no longer works running under Snow Leopard. Sadly, MaxMenus has become 50% less useful to me.
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Mr-Leo
06 June 2009
Version: 1.5.1
MaxMenus is great. It is unmistakable true. I've been using MaxMenus for years and it's superb in use in every way. MaxMenus has much functions that are farther stronger and more abundant than FinderPop. And, it is a very excellent tool far used easily. A lot of friends of me and me strongly support keeping the version improvement of MaxMenus through all eternity.
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Jimohio628
27 April 2009
Version: 1.5.1
You can download a free copy of MaxMenus from: www.darwinports.com/download. The web site requires for you to download DarwinPorts, after providing your email address. After you supply this info, a download link for the free copy of MaxMenus appears, click on it, and enjoy the free software. You do not have to install the copy of DarwinPorts that you downloaded. Enjoy!
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Melusina
01 April 2009
Version: 1.5.1
Their website is 'Forbidden', as of 4/1/09. It seems they are no more.
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Melusina
01 April 2009
Version: 1.5.1
Their website is 'Forbidden', as of 4/1/09. It seems they are no more.
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Wile-E-
23 May 2008
Version: 1.5.1
It would seem that the few folks at Proteron have disappeared. I had an issue from August 2007 that was never really addressed. Had two replies at the time promising I would hear from the main developer - never did. Lately a new issue has cropped up and seems to be a bug with how Proteron utilizes the upper right corner. Repeated attempts to contact support have been left unanswered. I have always loved this little program but it has become unusable for me and without any support backing it up any longer I am disappointed to have to let it go. Even more disappointing is that is still listed as a MUPromo item which suggests they are still around somewhere where they can collect money even if they ignore support requests or deal with problems.
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Tomrakewell
27 January 2008
Version: 1.5.1
Can anyone confirm that the spring loaded menu/folder corners work in Leopard? This does not work at all for me. I have repeatedly contacted Proteon about this but have not received any reply :-(
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Topeau
13 December 2007
Version: 1.5.1
Wouldn't be without MaxMenus. When I use my wife's Mac that doesn't have it, I'm almost lost.
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5
Jgalanter
13 December 2007
Version: 1.5.1
This is one of those must have applications, It is easy to get used to having this parked in the corners of my screen. I realize there are many launcher type applications, however this one stays unobtrusively in the corners of your display and is easily customizable. I can not imagine my OSX experience without it.
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Orion-Mk-V
13 December 2007
Version: 1.5.1
Installs and runs fine. This and Default Folder are my two mandatory add-ons for any mac.
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Charlybaby
17 November 2007
Version: 1.5
It looks down with Leopard 10.5.1 !
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4.75
Topeau
29 July 2006
Version: 1.5
OF the OS X enhancements from private developers, this one is in my top 2 or 3. I really missed it on my iMactel. Thank goodness there is now a UB version.
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Zahar
24 July 2006
Version: 1.5
Was a former FinderPOP user and found this a while back and have never looked back. FinderPOP is out now I think for osx but I still use this and love it.
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5
Andu
23 June 2006
Version: 1.4
for me stays the best tool of this kind. I use screen corners, popup-menus, shortcuts a lot. Hope, there will be an "Intel"-version soon. Thanks a lot to the developer!
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Anna-Book
06 May 2006
Version: 1.4
Since 10.4.6 the spring loaded menu for System Preferences is broken for me, no matter where I put it on the screen. Other spring loaded menus work as before.
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Jstrait
15 April 2006
Version: 1.4
Does not work with Intel chip. Any idea when a universal version will be released?
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Anonymous
06 May 2005
Version: 1.4
The drag and drop facility is not broken under 1.4, but it is implemented differently. Drag an item into a hot corner. The menu does not open. Now drop it onto the hot corner. Now the menu opens and you can navigate to the location you wish to drag it to.
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Wanderer
04 May 2005
Version: 1.4
The spring-loaded feature has stopped working with 1he 1.4 update for Tiger, otherwise this is as indispensable a utility as ever!
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4.75
Anonymous
04 May 2005
Version: 1.4
I've used it since OS 10.1 and it's still the single most useful and vital OS X utility I have. It makes the OS customizable, yet non-invasive to my screen. There's no other utility that offers so much IMHO and whenever I have to use someone else's machine with MaxMenus I feel like I'm missing a few limbs muddling through to get things done. Despite some early claims at stability/bugs, I've never had any problems with MM.
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Anonymous
04 May 2005
Version: 1.4
I love this utility. But with 1.4, the spring loaded feature doesn't work with 10.3.9 (haven't tried it on Tiger). That is, if I drag a file to a hot corner, the menu doesn't drop down. Works fine with v1.3. Hope this gets fixed soon, as this utility is indispensable to me.
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Anonymous
04 May 2005
Version: 1.4
absolutely, undisputably one of the most important utilities to be released for OS X. This is the first update since Jaguar was released which just goes to show how stable it is. Outrageously recommended - and it's only 20 bucks.
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Anonymous
07 February 2005
Version: 1.3
Anything always accessible in the screencorners, drop files into the opening directories, system wide shortcuts for anything AND for menus at the tip of the mouse, takes no space on the screen itself, not one problem over two years using it, simple to manage, flexible, not overloaded... all what I need on the top of the system (besides shadowclipboard) GREAT software
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Anonymous
04 February 2005
Version: 1.3
Grabbing menu items doesn't seem to work. Click and hold the document and press G, right?
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4.25
Zxspectrum
08 January 2005
Version: 1.3
I will pay $30 for an upgrade. this is the best app ever!!! P.S - 10 of my friends will pay also...
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5
Anonymous
29 November 2004
Version: 1.3
After trying lots of other software, I always go back to this one. THANKS
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5
Anonymous
06 October 2004
Version: 1.3
should be part of the system!!!
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4.25
Anonymous
24 September 2004
Version: 1.3
the best ever...but please update!!!
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Anonymous
10 July 2004
Version: 1.3
This company is now defunct and it doesn't seem to be doing anything anymore as of July 2004. They haven't updated their apps since late 2003, and they never respond to any email I sent in the last few months. No way I would depend upon a company with zero support while paying for it.
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Anonymous
16 March 2004
Version: 1.3
Now that the latest version of Butler supports menus in hot corners, this (nice, but overpriced) software is really no longer necessary. Butler spanks it completely in features and usefulness.
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Anonymous
04 February 2004
Version: 1.3
excellent software, but when my friend got it the license cost $10.00 its not worth 20.
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Anonymous
07 November 2003
Version: 1.3
After getting a little used to it, it turns out to be an extraordinairy helpful and straight forward tool. It makes my work sooo much easier! Thank you very much.
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Anonymous
03 November 2003
Version: 1.3
Just tried out 1.3 and it is snappy, very snappy - and compatible, i got my "unused menu bar" menu working again too. The only thing that MaxMenus' really lacks is the ability to navigate folders in the finder with the menu, like PopUp Folder/Folder Pop used to do.
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4.75
Anonymous
26 October 2003
Version: 1.2.2
This program is fast, neatly designed, and extremely useful for everyday work. It is a great gift to the kids who are Mac "experts" too...and enables / facilitates efficiency. This SW should be standard on a Mac but I was glad to buy it due to its high quality. I'm not the designer: just honest.
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Anonymous
07 August 2003
Version: 1.2.2
Quote: "this program is spyware/sneakware. it sends your serial number in plain text(unencrypted) across the internet, so if anyone is monitoring your connection like your system administrator, they can snag your number." How does that make it spyware? It would be of no benefit to Proteron to make it easy to steal serial numbers. I personally think it is one of the best programs of its kind. You can use hot keys to launch apps, connect to servers, etc. Also, for frequently used folders you can simply start dragging the file, press a hot key, and the folder will pop-up right where your cursor is so you can drop it in (this could be your applications folder, a server, etc.). It is the biggest timesaver to be able to have any file, folder, etc. right at your fingertips. It would make my workflow ten times slower should Proteron does not decide to continue making this awesome app.
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Anonymous
16 July 2003
Version: 1.2.2
this program is spyware/sneakware. it sends your serial number in plain text(unencrypted) across the internet, so if anyone is monitoring your connection like your system administrator, they can snag your number.. not a plus for someone who just paid for the program.
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Anonymous
05 June 2003
Version: 1.2.2
I Love it! - it takes a little getting used to; there is so much it does that it was a little daunting at first, but now I have the hang of it and its great. Forget the rest of the dock apps, this one has it hands down (won runner-up for 2002 for best app. Try it! Buy it.
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4.75
Anonymous
21 May 2003
Version: 1.2.2
I love it so much I paid for it! No really you can personalize according to your taste and needs - what more could you ask for?
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Anonymous
04 May 2003
Version: 1.2.2
To launch is too slow. And coustmize is too slow too. Updater is yet?
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4.75
Anonymous
02 January 2003
Version: 1.2.2
Works great, especially after I got it configured (tweaked) to suit my taste. Love the keyboard shortcuts and the multiple menus. I found that assigning keyboard shortcuts to one or two of my favorite menus really speeds things up for me (Cntl-a for the menu that I use the most, for example), so I don't have to fumble for the mouse so much. Check out the configurability - after some tweaking, you might find that it works great for you, too! The value of MM went up for me when I fell for Proteron's promo that threw in Default Folder X and LiteSwitch X during my month of trial use - that did it for me!
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L.E.S.
11 December 2002
Version: 1.2.2
I've used MaxMenus since it's first release for OSX and it's one I couldn't be without. It's extremely flexible and provides one of the better ways to navigate through folders and launch applications. The bug fixes in 1.2.2 alleviated the only problem that caused me annoyance and now it seems much more stable.
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4.75
Macvick
08 November 2002
Version: 1.2.2
Is excellent for me, better than pipop
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Anonymous
07 November 2002
Version: 1.2.2
WARNING: Total Spyware. Not very stable either. Found it was crashing my internet connection with it's spying transmissions too.
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4.5
Lynn-Roylance
01 April 2002
Version: 1.0.1
Great product, once you get it configured the way you want it. I use it all the time now.
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1.5
iGreg
08 March 2002
Version: 1.0
Two bottom corner menus interfere with Dock. Even though the Dock is set to hide, Dock sometimes sticks and STAYS open when two bottom menus are accessed. Does too many different things. Too expensive.
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