Menu Eclipse for Mac extends the life of your display by introducing color changes to the otherwise static Mac Menu bar. This premium app comes with a free version that performs its function well and is not disabled in any way by its limitations, so you will want to try it out before buying the full version.
After a straightforward installation, Menu Eclipse for Mac shows you the main settings screen. The interface is laid out well and features a tab with the most popular toggles. The app has essentially two functions: dimming the Menu bar and running a scrubber … Read more
MenuBars for Mac appears as a Dashboard widget and contains short descriptions of several popular third-party apps that integrate with the Mac Menu bar. It's designed to help you improve your overall Mac knowledge by introducing you to potentially helpful software and general OS X tips. It's particularly appealing for new Mac users.
MenuBars for Mac installs quickly and then takes you to the Dashboard. The widget, itself, is extremely basic: It's a list of third-party software used directly from the Mac Menu bar. Also, the widget contains some lesser-known features of OS X related to the … Read more
Apple's new OS X Mavericks comes with a number of enhancements and tweaks to the OS X services, one of which involves the handling of multiple displays. Instead of additional displays being extensions of a main display's desktop area, the OS now offers a more independent treatment of each display.
This allows a closer-to-seamless use of full-screen applications, and for most purposes offers some nice conveniences. For example, part of this new approach is that each display will have a representation of the system's menu bar and Dock, giving quick access to these features without your having … Read more
We had a lot of fun with PapaT's StartMenu9 Free. Not as a desktop start menu widget, though it's not bad at it, but as an example of the sort of "handcrafted" software that's less common these days. S9's "look" isn't for everyone, but its functionality is up-to-date. What S9 does is place a floating desktop icon that you can right-click to open an enhanced start menu (extra stuff like My Scratch Pad and various Modules) or double-click to show the desktop (like Windows' Show Desktop button).
S9's Splash Screen … Read more
MenuBarFilter for Mac's richly contrasted interface enhances the appearance of the Mac OS X menu bar, increasing visibility; but a lack of any customization options lessens its overall usefulness.
As soon as you unzip MenuBarFilter for Mac, it automatically transforms the muted grays of the Mac OS X menu bar into a richly contrasted palette of dark gray and white, reminiscent of the iOS menu bar. The enhanced contrast greatly increases visibility, making the menu bar options much easier to read and navigate. The application offers no user-defined options to control the contrast, color, or appearance of the menu … Read more
The small MenuAndDockless for Mac plug-in offers big help for those who want to customize window positions and gain some room onscreen. This plug-in works only on Macs running Lion and above, and its features impact a number of appearance settings.
MenuAndDockless for Mac requires the installation of SIMBL, which is a freely-available application enhancement loader for Mac OS X. The plug-in comes with its own installer and requires 1.1MB of free space. Once installed, it doesn't use any additional system resources. It also comes with an attached manual, which is well-written and easy to follow. The plug-in, … Read more
There are times when you may need to boot to a volume other than the main OS X installation on your Mac, whether to try a specific software configuration without affecting your main workflow, or to troubleshoot an existing OS X installation by loading a fresh one from an external drive, or even to boot and use a Linux or Windows installation.
The standard way to do this for Apple's systems is very simple. When you boot your computer, hold down the Option key -- before or after hearing the boot chimes, depending on the type of keyboard you'… Read more
AppMenu Magic is less of an app than a script that changes the way the name of each app displays in the menu bar. It does this very well, however, actively changing on the fly the name of every app you have open to the icon for that app in the menu bar. Installation takes a moment as key system settings are revised, but afterwards, it runs seamlessly in the background whenever you start a new app.
After downloading the DMG from the developer you must install the script, which requires a handful of steps through a traditional installation screen. … Read more
Did you know there's a long list of drinks that Starbucks offers that you'll never find on the menu? Truth be told, with the various flavors, the combinations are near endless.
Walking into Starbucks and sticking to its traditional menu can get boring. Sure, the seasonal menu does bring a long list of flavorful drinks to the menu for a limited time (you can actually order those same drinks year round), but wouldn't it be great if you could expand the menu?
The secret menu, as it's called, is nothing more than flavor combinations coffee enthusiasts … Read more