OS X Menubar Abuse

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Simplicated, Jun 25, 2012.

  1. Simplicated macrumors 65816


    Sep 20, 2008
    Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
    Have you noticed a worrying trend of developers abusing the menubar recently? Some trivial apps that do simple, mundane tasks have their icons added to the menubar "for quick access", as some developers claim. Some even have these icons just for the Preferences windows.

    This trend is alarming. I want my desktop to be as clutter-free as possible, but my menubar is being inundated by these superfluous icons. Hey, this isn't Windows. We have the damn Dock for the same ease of use!

    What do you think?

    EDIT: Here are the apps that have these unnecessary icons, although some of them can be disabled:
  2. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    I don't use growl, and dropbox's menubar is needed imo. I like to see what I'm consuming or pause the syncing.

    I don't use the other apps you listed. Of the other apps that may use the menubar, I dont' see it as abuse. For instance little snapper is there and I use it on a daily basis.
  3. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

    Jan 6, 2004
    i definitely don't understand why 1Password now has a menubar item. but as was said, i think the Dropbox one is good to have since it shows you when your stuff is syncing and when its done as well as how much space you have left. But i will agree that overall it seems that more and more apps are turning to the menubar for mostly useless reasons.
  4. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604


    May 28, 2005
    As I understand it, it's due to app store rules. All running apps must display either a dock icon or a menubar icon. You can't have a background app running without a way to access it, and you can't add a preference pane for it either.
  5. sutherland macrumors newbie

    Jun 25, 2010
    That sounds like something Apple would do, but I'm running Growl without a menubar or dock icon right now. I guess it's possible some apps were grandfathered in before that rule.
  6. robgendreau macrumors 68040

    Jul 13, 2008
    I wonder if I could get so many going that at some point the menubar would collide with the dock....
  7. stil macrumors member


    Mar 4, 2008
    I use Bartender.

    It can completely hide menubar apps (including system apps) and/or you can hide them in a drop down menu that's displayed either by clicking on the bartender icon or by using a hot key.


    Drop down

    There are still menubar items I completely hide that I don't need in the drop down menu.
  8. mus0r macrumors regular


    Mar 27, 2005
    What are you using to mod your UI, may I ask?
  9. Cyrup macrumors newbie

    Jan 1, 2012
    I definitely see your point.

    I once had around 4/5 app icons in the Menu bar, it gets hetic!
    However, I'm one for aesthetics and ease of access, so I do like having -particular- apps in my menu bar sometimes.
    I think ALL apps should have an option to remove their icon from the bar though, that seems like a reasonable thing for developers to do.
    Or maybe they do, I'm not sure.:p
  10. Mal macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2002
    That's really cool, I just installed it, but it doesn't seem to work well with Spotlight. Unfortunately, it's also all or nothing for the System icons, so I can't hide some and still show Spotlight. That means all I can do is hide my third-party ones, which are the ones I'm more likely to want to keep visible. Needs more fine-grained control. Worth keeping an eye on, though.

  11. stil macrumors member


    Mar 4, 2008
    Yeah, I should have mentioned that.

    I use Alfred instead of Spotlight so I forgot.
  12. Ddyracer macrumors 68000


    Nov 24, 2009

    It's in beta though. But, it would be cool to see vertical positioning to give more control.
  13. stil macrumors member


    Mar 4, 2008
    If you mean the colour of the icons, That's just how it looked when I took a screenshot. It looks normal on screen. For example the Dropbox icon is blue.

    But I do use MenuBarFilter to turn the menubar dark. I like dark, sometimes black backgrounds and I find the light menubar distracting. It inverts the colour of the icons from black to white. Perhaps it had an effect on the screenshot.


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