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Take control of your menu bar! MenuStrip allows you to create your very own custom menus that appear in the menu bar or as a control strip placed anywhere on the screen. Add applications, files, or folders to any number of customizable menus. Always have your most frequently used items easily within reach.
• Create your own fully customizable drop-down menus with your most commonly used applications, files, and folders.
• Add shortcuts in the menu bar for all of your favorite applications.
• Quicklaunch applications and open files simply by typing their name! No more searching through your hard drive to find where you put that important file.
• Launch, hide, or quit groups of applications at once using fully-customizeable "Action Buttons".
• Hide background clutter. With the 'Auto-Hide' feature enabled, as you switch between applications all background apps will hide out of the way letting you focus on what you need to do.
Got screen? Use it!
Chances are if you are using a Cinema Display, or other large monitor, you have plenty of empty space up in your menu bar. Well why let all that valuable screen space go to waste? You paid good money for those pixels! MenuStrip can let you put all that empty space to good use. Create your own menus to sit alongside the standard system menus, or use that space for shortcuts to your most commonly used applications and files. Either way, by using MenuStrip you're maximizing your big-screen investment.
Small screen? No problem.
Have a MacBook with a smaller screen or have too much stuff in your menu bar already? That's fine, MenuStrip can help out there too. Instead of taking up more space in your cramped menu bar, MenuStrip can display in a small control strip that sits underneath your existing menu bar or anywhere else on the screen. The control strip can also be set to auto-hide; basically it will hide out of view when not needed and then slide onto the screen when you want to access it. This will help you make the most out of your valuable screen real-estate.
- Custom Menus: Create custom menus with your favorite applications, folders, or files.
- QuickLauncher: Launch applications or open files by simply typing their name.
- Application Switcher: App Switcher menu with Hide Desktop / Auto-Hide feature
- Action Buttons: create customizable menu buttons which perform multiple custom actions (launching, hiding, quitting application or opening specified files with the push of a button)
- Alarm Clock and Calendar
- Control Strip: place your menus anywhere on the screen
It simply works better. While there are other menu bar utilities available for Mac OS X, nothing comes close to the integration of features, customizability, value, and ease of use that MenuStrip has. Why buy four or five different tiny $15+ applications when MenuStrip can do it all in one great package? Integration and ease of use has been a priority from the very start.
Glad to see it's still here
I had MenuStrip on my iMac G5 in 2006 and really liked it, moved to an aluminum iMac 3 years ago and switched to another app launcher. Just upgraded to a Quad-core iMac and another version of MenuStrip—I am glad I did. It can do a lot more than the other launcher. I need to see the icons for my apps [dyslexic, makes finding things much faster]. The drop down menus do that very well, and I can have a few buttons that just launch a single app quickly, like my timer and font manager. Being able to have that ability in the menu bar has always been optimum for my work flow. I do notice it's a little sticky when I try to move from one to another, maybe I need to add a separator. All in all, I think it's a very fair price; if you use your Mac for work, I think it's one of the few apps that will pay for itself the first day!
MenuStrip is a nice utility but I recommend users really getting to know what it can do for them individually before forking over $10. If you use AppleScripts, then MenuStrip is great, if you don't you might use it for Finder menus, or launching apps. Other options are not so beneficial such as the Clock, Search, Application Switcher, and Sound, since you can do that readily with your Mac. It also has the option to hide desktop items, but it doesn't work as expected because it requires that a Finder window be in the background, so it works weird. Currently, I use my Menu Strip to launch utilities that sometimes I forget I have. (From the App Store: Instant Translate, Spelling Alphabet, xType, PhotoStickies, and a screen capture app). In conclusion, if you have practical reasons to use Menu Strip then its a good buy but if not it may not feel like its worth the $10.
Pretty good, with lots of potential.
In theory, this is an AWESOME app. However, in practice, there are some shortcomings that make it only a very good app.
The ability to organize apps and files however you want on the menu is AWESOME. The shortcomings, however, detract a bit from the experience. It's a little buggy. The menus are a bit slow; sometimes quite slow. And sometimes, folders in menus won't expand, even though they're supposed to. And this on a top-of-the-line iMac!
Also, if you choose to have the MenuStrip as a "control strip" instead of on the menu bar, it only exists in one place. Which means it's useless if you use Spaces -- and who doesn't use Spaces?
Don't get me wrong: I'm still glad I got it, and I would recommend it. But I hope to see improvements. And I am a little disappointed about the lack of polish on a version 3.5.