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1.6
09 August 2010

Adds customizable launching menus in screen corners.

Mr-Leo
06 June 2009

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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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Version 1.5.1

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Tlance
24 January 2018
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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Version 1.6
xcoxco
27 January 2017
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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Version 1.6
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Chicagolarry
Chicagolarry
27 February 2017
Long-time big fan of MaxMenus here. I recently upgraded to Sierra and now I cannot create new Hot Keys in MaxMenus. I can select an application, but when I try to assign a hot key, it won't take it. Won't let me enter anything into that field. Are you having that problem, XCOXCO? Anybody else willing to test it? Wonder if it's a feature now lost for good, or maybe it's something wrong on my end. Would love to get feedback.
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xcoxco
16 January 2017
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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Version 1.6
regis4
12 October 2016
Still working great with 10.10 and 10.11.6! Anyone about Sierra, 10.12 ?
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Version 1.6
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jglsalts
jglsalts
15 November 2016
No problems with Sierra (10.12). Amazing that it still works flawlessly even though it is no longer actively maintained.
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Mr-Leo
Mr-Leo
10 January 2017
This is a question,
Could you tell me URL address of the home page which can download MaxMenus?
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regis4
regis4
10 January 2017
And you can download it here:
http://www.clubic.com/telecharger-fiche195612-maxmenus.html
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Mr-Leo
Mr-Leo
16 January 2017
Hi regis4.
Thank you very much for telling me.
I could download MaxMenus 1.6.
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Ward
26 September 2014
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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Version 1.6
1 answer(s)
Aargl
Aargl
14 February 2015
Totally agree! It's a pity Proteron didn't make it freeware before closing. :-(
I wonder if we could share our SN here, as the app has been discontinued and the dev's gone... I suppose it would be considered piracy, anyway. :-/
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Aargl
18 November 2013
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
26 December 2012
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
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Deaconjohn
Deaconjohn
13 January 2013
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.
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hwgray
hwgray
31 January 2013
mac.majorgeeks.com This is one "another" site. It may not be the same one that DeaconJohn is keeping to himself.
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Harv
04 August 2012
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
xcoxco
05 July 2012
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
5 answer(s)
KernelG
KernelG
30 July 2012
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.
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KernelG
KernelG
14 August 2012
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!
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xcoxco
xcoxco
14 August 2012
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 ...?
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Scott-Mackenzie-Taylor
Scott-Mackenzie-Taylor
05 September 2012
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!
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JStemCloud
JStemCloud
03 November 2012
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.
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Gavinque
17 July 2011
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
3 answer(s)
RunHomeSlow
RunHomeSlow
04 August 2011
Well my basic testing on Lion does not work... i only use the empty bar menu for my menu and no chance :-(
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RunHomeSlow
RunHomeSlow
04 August 2011
oups, was intented for Scott Mackenzie Taylor comments just under... :-)
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Ronl
Ronl
23 October 2011
YouControl is __much__ better.
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Scott-Mackenzie-Taylor
27 February 2011
Just completed basic testing under OS X Lion (10.7), everything seems fine.
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Version 1.6
4 answer(s)
Ward
Ward
21 May 2011
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.
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Scott-Mackenzie-Taylor
Scott-Mackenzie-Taylor
08 February 2012
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.
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Scott-Mackenzie-Taylor
Scott-Mackenzie-Taylor
08 February 2012
CornerClick looks like a possible replacement...
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Scott-Mackenzie-Taylor
Scott-Mackenzie-Taylor
03 March 2012
Just running MaxMenus under the Mountain Lion Developer Preview and it seems to be working.
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Ronl
07 February 2011
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
1 answer(s)
Dtruett1
Dtruett1
11 February 2011
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.
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Foulger
21 January 2011
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
20 January 2011
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
20 October 2010
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
Ronl
20 October 2010
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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Version 1.6
1 answer(s)
Deaconjohn
Deaconjohn
22 October 2011
I love this app because it has constantly worked with every issue of OS-X since. They disappeared for a while, but I've recently been able to update it to ver 1.6 which works fine with Lion 7.2. It's been one my longest running apps even with the time gaps in updates. It is very useful in switching between open programs. BTW my first experience with it was in 6/2003 (v1.2) - copyright was in 2002. The rest of the oldest apps died with Rosetta. I never needed tech support with this guy . . . try rebuilding the directory with Disk Warrior, and repair the permissions. The last resort would be a re-install. You may have a third party app that conflicts.
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Harv
18 June 2010
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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Version 1.6
csaborio
05 May 2010
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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Version 1.6
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Espiridion
Espiridion
26 May 2010
Application Wizard allows menus to appear under the mouse via Hot Keys. WorkStrip allows HotMenus to appear under the mouse via Hot Keys. Snard allows menus to appear under the mouse via a keyboard shortcut. You Control also allows menus to be invoked via Hot Keys. FinderPop can be invoked anywhere via a simple mouse click. IIRC other applications also include some Grab functionality. Not all are exactly the same, but there's quite a bit of overlap among them.
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Version 1.6
Harv
18 April 2010
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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Version 1.6
3 answer(s)
Robotank
Robotank
18 April 2010
You're supposed to be able to drag items out of MaxMenus, just like you'd drag a file out of the Finder, for example, by holding down the mouse button on the item and pressing Command+G. Trying to do so in the current version, however, causes MaxMenus to hang.
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Version 1.6
Harv
Harv
18 April 2010
Many thanks! No only did MM hang, I had to log out & in. FWIW, I do find it most strange that this app has been resurrected, but the Home Page and associated links have not been updated.
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Version 1.6
Robotank
Robotank
18 April 2010
One more hint. If a background process like MaxMenus hangs, you can just go into Activity Monitor and quit or force quit it from there. There should be no need to log out or anything more drastic in most cases.
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Version 1.6
Robotank
18 April 2010
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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Version 1.6
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Espiridion
Espiridion
26 May 2010
I agree. One of the first things I did when I started using OS X was to avoid the dock :-) I probably tried it briefly with each OS X release, since the 10.0 beta, and it never added anything useful. I have used other "Docks" since before OS X, and preferred those. I liked Max Menus when I first tried it. I never bought it, though. I think that I went with WorkStrip instead. Later, once You Control became better and more affordable, I also purchased it.
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Version 1.6
Foulger
18 April 2010
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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Version 1.6
David-Martyn
17 April 2010
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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Version 1.6
1 answer(s)
Robotank
Robotank
18 April 2010
That's good to hear. I assume that means their store and other missing parts of the website will come back up in the next little while. Thanks for pointing that out.
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Version 1.6
Vegas-Man!
17 April 2010
how does one get a free sn# since you cannot buy one
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Version 1.6
1 answer(s)
Robotank
Robotank
17 April 2010
I think the obvious answer to your question is piracy. I'm not condoning it, but I would point out that Proteron risks encouraging piracy by distributing an app with a shareware pop-up but no way to purchase it. I suggest waiting a while and seeing if the Proteron store comes back online before doing anything else.
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Version 1.6
zx
17 April 2010
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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Version 1.6
1 answer(s)
Robotank
Robotank
17 April 2010
I'm getting the drag bug as well, but I've had none of the other issues you mentioned. Settings stick fine for me, and performance is quite snappy. In any case, I too hope the developers give some attention to MaxMenus and its resurfacing doesn't just end this one beta update. It's a little bit worrying that no part of their website other than the download page works but I guess we'll just have to wait and see.
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Version 1.6
Harv
17 April 2010
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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Version 1.6
Harv
08 December 2009
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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Version 1.5.1
Marthi
22 September 2009
The website is http://proteron.portcode.com/
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Version 1.5.1
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Michael-Mayer
Michael-Mayer
05 October 2009
Website is up, however the store part is gone, so there is no way to get rid of this annoying nag screen :-(
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Version 1.5.1
Dtruett1
09 September 2009
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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Version 1.5.1
Dave-H-
06 September 2009
The Recent Applications item no longer works running under Snow Leopard. Sadly, MaxMenus has become 50% less useful to me.
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Version 1.5.1
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David-Martyn
David-Martyn
03 October 2009
MaxMenus works for me with Snow Leopard.
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Version 1.5.1
Dave-H-
Dave-H-
03 October 2009
I didn't say MaxMenus didn't work under SL, I said the Recent Applications item doesn't work. That menu is empty no matter what.
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Version 1.5.1
Mr-Leo
06 June 2009
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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Version 1.5.1
Jimohio628
27 April 2009
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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Version 1.5.1
Melusina
01 April 2009
Their website is 'Forbidden', as of 4/1/09. It seems they are no more.
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Version 1.5.1
Melusina
01 April 2009
Their website is 'Forbidden', as of 4/1/09. It seems they are no more.
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Version 1.5.1
Wile-E-
23 May 2008
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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Version 1.5.1
Tomrakewell
27 January 2008
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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Version 1.5.1
1 answer(s)
Rhywun
Rhywun
04 February 2008
Drop works, but it's not apparent until you click a menu and the item moves there. Drag with Command-G does not work as described in the documentation. I just bought this thru the MU discount, but the product's web site has been down for several days now. Emails returned, too. Not sure what is going on.
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Version 1.5.1
Topeau
13 December 2007
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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Version 1.5.1
Jgalanter
13 December 2007
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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Version 1.5.1
Orion-Mk-V
13 December 2007
Installs and runs fine. This and Default Folder are my two mandatory add-ons for any mac.
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Version 1.5.1
Charlybaby
17 November 2007
It looks down with Leopard 10.5.1 !
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Version 1.5
Topeau
29 July 2006
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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Version 1.5
Zahar
24 July 2006
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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Version 1.5
Andu
23 June 2006
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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Version 1.4
Anna-Book
06 May 2006
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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Version 1.4
Jstrait
15 April 2006
Does not work with Intel chip. Any idea when a universal version will be released?
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Version 1.4
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Proteronllc
Proteronllc
25 July 2006
We're being asked this a lot, so I thought I'd post to clarify here: Version 1.5 of MaxMenus is a Universal Binary and does have complete support for the Intel-based Macs. This is a free upgrade for all owners of the software. If you don't own MaxMenus, please consider supporting our ongoing efforts to write simply functional software.
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Version 1.5
Anonymous
06 May 2005
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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Version 1.4
Wanderer
04 May 2005
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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Version 1.4
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Anonymous
Anonymous
04 May 2005
I thought so too, but if you drag an item to a menu and let go, the menu will drop down & allow you to copy/move the item. It more like the way Butler works now.
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Version 1.4
Anonymous
Anonymous
05 May 2005
Not quite as intuitive as the old way, but it DOES still work. I'd love it if Proteron gave us the option of which style of interaction we would like (old or new).
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Version 1.4
Anonymous
04 May 2005
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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Version 1.4
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Anonymous
Anonymous
04 May 2005
Errr... correction: "someone else's machine WITHOUT MaxMenus I feel like I'm missing a few limbs..."
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Version 1.4
Anonymous
04 May 2005
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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Version 1.4
Anonymous
04 May 2005
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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Version 1.4
Anonymous
07 February 2005
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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Version 1.3