Mac Observer Staff: What’s In Your Mac Menu Bar?

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I like finding out how other people are set up, their workflows and tips and tricks. So I asked around TMO Towers, and I got some screenshots and lists of what the staff at The MacObserver all keep in our menu bars. Check out what I found, complete with links:

Bryan Chaffin

 

Bryan's Menu Bar (click to embiggen).

Aside from the items supplied by OS X, here's Bryan's super mega menu bar, kindly marked up. He has...a fair amount of stuff up there. Bryan clearly needs to monitor all the things. Here's a nicely formatted list, skipping the items that are part of the default menu bar:

Jeff Gamet

 

Jeff's menu bar, tidied up through the magic of Bartender (click to embiggen).

Here's Jeff's menu bar list. I'm pretty sure he was an early Bartender fan. Bartender is a handy utility that organizes your menu bar for you, whether you want to hide some items entirely, or just tuck them away in the secondary Bartender Bar so they're there for occasional use, but not taking up menu bar space.

And being managed by Bartender:

 

John Martellaro

 

 John's menu bar. Lean and mean.

John's menu bar is pretty low-key, with about half of the items in it supplied as part of the OS.

 

Kelly Guimont

 

Kelly's menu bar. Also Bartended.

I used to think I had a lot of stuff jammed in Bartender, but then I met Jeff's menu bar, and mine feels positively Spartan now. My menu bar looks like this At The Moment, sometimes other things show up and hang out up there. Not shown are regular residents Coffitivity, and whatever Pandora menu bar controller I love at the moment.

And being Bartended:

Dave Hamilton

 

Dave's menu bar. So menu. Much icons. Wow. (Click to embiggen.)

Dave’s menu bar is…certainly something. Maybe go get a snack and come back to behold it. You may be some time. It's certainly impressive, but since he's on a nice big iMac it makes sense he'd have more stuff than a 13" MacBook Pro. Behold the list!

As you can see it's a pretty varied set of options, with Skype, 1Password, and iStat menus being pretty popular. Clearly there are monitoring opportunities being missed, as Dave and Bryan make abundantly clear. What do you want to see from us next? I'm going to continue to poll TMO Towers for things like this, so tell me what you want to see!

Comments

tweat11

Do you guys that use memory keeper think it really helps a lot? I have a laptop and imac 2007 and 2008 with 6 and 8 gb of ram.

Here are a few menu bar app or at least the ones off the top of my head.
I’ll leave out the ones you listed as I have many of your favs. I am surprised that Kelly is the only one that uses fantastical on the mac. I know Jeff has it on his iPad etc. so perhaps he likes to do it there instead of the mac or perhaps he uses BusyCal. I have BusyCal on the mac but use it seldomly as fantastical is so fast to do everything.  I guess it’s still good for a wide view of the month or searching etc. I just love the sound and animation of the fantastical mac app. I do use it on my iOS devices too.
I’ll have to try Jeff’s weather clip app on the mac. I also think the choosy app should be useful.
I have a clipboard manager already which is built into Alfred. F.lux sounds interesting. I’ll have to try that too.  I have been using the smartreporter app ever since I heard about it from john Braun on MGG.
Zoomit (I use on occasion)
http://www.zoomitapp.com/zoom-it.html
Crashplan menubar app

anovelli

Great article!! Always intriguing exploring the tips and tricks of my geek friends! Aside from those mentioned I am hopeful I will actually use the Evernote shortcut, which is very cool and easy; I have the Airplay ice displayed for when I want to stream my desktop to my AppleTV, and I am experimenting with the new Shazaam app… it just sits there and recognizes music either playing off my phone, off a streamed TV show or movie, or off my phone if I have something coming from there.

I did notice a couple of you have your calendar date displayed as an icon… how do you do that? Save a precious bit of space. I’ll also revisit Bartender, which I really enjoyed, though was disabled with my Mavericks install and I figured was incompatible. Layersapp.com is already down.

anovelli

Great article!! Aside from those mentioned I am hopeful I will actually use the Evernote shortcut, which is very cool and easy; I have the Airplay icon displayed for when I want to stream my desktop to my AppleTV, and I am experimenting with the new Shazaam app… it just sits there and recognizes music detected by the mic.

I did notice a couple of you have your calendar date displayed as an icon… how do you do that?

anovelli

Sorry for double post, was given the “can’t accept comment” screen.

Kelly Guimont

@anovelli: I use Fantastical for my calendar (which gives me the date icon), and Bryan’s is done using iStat Menus. I love having the date up there but in a compact way.

wab95

Kelly et al:

Great post and an interesting tour inside the minds, work tools and personalities at TMO Towers. I’ll defer on todays offer on TDO to conduct a psychiatric analysis of what these menu bars reveal.

Rather, I note that only Jeff and Dave have Transporter in their menu bars, although everyone has Dropbox. Interesting.

Glad to note the universal use of iStat menus (I believe I was turned onto this via MGG, so no surprise there). That no one measures temperature in Kelvin in noted, though not surprising. More of science geek thing, perhaps.

Two other standouts:

Textexpander everywhere. Not surprising.

MacKeeper nowhere (despite Memory Keeper - which you cannot download from the US Mac App Store - or perhaps my Brit-configured system has foiled me again). Surprising.

One personal note, my preferred clock is iClock, which not only allows for maximum configurability, but provides moon phases (good for astronomical quick references and tracking months when in countries using a lunar calendar).

Many thanks for sharing.

Serenak

Interesting

I try to keep my menu bar down to a reasonable number of applets - it isn’t so bad on the big iMac but on the MBP it really isn’t productive to have too many.

I normally have Skype, Growl, Dropbox, Copy (www.copy.com), Teleport (http://abyssoft.com/software/teleport/) Notify (http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/32217/notify-pro - abandonware, free license link at the bottom of the page), AVG Free for Mac and ClamXav Sentry. There others that may appear from time to time such as Adobe Creative Cloud, GoogleDrive, OneDrive, BoxSync, etc

And by the way I am on Yosemite Public Beta and Notify is still working perfectly

ctopher

I wonder what Bryan and Jeff are doing for backups given their Time Machine icons are grayed out (or is that greyed out?)

webjprgm

Wow. I can’t stand that much clutter. I have Dropbox, LogMeIn Hamachi, and default ones (wifi, TimeMachine, etc).

I told 1Password to stay out of there, since I can cmd-space, “1p”, enter to get to the full app easily anyway.

When I use Skype I then quit the menu applet as soon as I’m done.

I don’t need to monitor or fiddle with nearly as much stuff. I don’t need extra apps doing odd customizations. I’ll stick with stock functionality and Terminal.

Why have apps like Calendar in there? Keeping it in the dock is good enough, and cmd-h still works to hide apps while letting them run and stay in the dock.

Next question: What is in all of your Docks?

(And, how many people still use cmd-h, since I never hear anyone talk about it anymore?)

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