Let’s hear it for all in life that’s cheap and cool, elegant and useful. You know, like me, and of course, me. Cheap Mac apps are not so easy to find.
Combine what’s cool, elegant, and useful, and the apps list becomes shorter than the Tea Party honeymoon with Congress. Here’s your chance to find something useful, well done, free, and try out Apple’s new Mac App Store, all in a single swell foop.
Wherever The Mouse Goes
I’m not afraid to admit that I use a hot key on my Mac. It took me until my second child to use the right-button mouse and ditch the Control-key. It wasn’t my fault. Apple was asking too much.
See that little Apple icon in the upper left corner of your Mac? That’s the Apple menu. It’s about as useful as a well digger’s witch. Add MenuPop and it actually becomes useful, something you’d be proud to show your mother.
MenuPop adds functionality to the Apple menu and then, via the all important hot key, brings it to wherever you Mac’s mouse happens to be at the moment.
Let Me Get This Straight, OK?
Here’s how these keys and clicks work. Press the Control key or the right side of your Mac’s mouse (assuming you have a recent vintage Mighty Mouse or Magic Mouse, or equivalent trackpad) and a little menu pops up.
That’s handy. MenuPop does it with a hot key, too. Hit the hot key, click your mouse (regardless of where it is; though it’s preferable that it be on your desktop rather than someplace unsanitary), and an improved Apple menu pops up. Get it? Menu. Pop. Hey, for free you get fewer syllables.
Not bad, huh? Any Mac user can use it and afford it.
With a couple of clicks you get a menu at the point of the pointer with access to your current app, File, Edit, View, Go, and other menu options.
Setup is equally simple with only the necessary options (notice the up sell, though).
Freedom is a wonderful thing, especially when it’s parked next to free. MenuPop lets you choose the keyboard combination to set the hot key, or whether to launch it upon startup, or to try MenuEverywhere, which actually has a price tag (that’s what I mean about up sell).
There are preferences for menus, keyboard shortcuts, menu item font sizes, and display in the Mac’s Menubar.
MenuPop gets pretty ratings in the Mac App Store, and I find it useful and unobtrusive.
There when you need it, gone when you don’t (unlike some of my husband’s relatives). MenuPop is clean, too. It doesn’t hack your Mac’s system to do its deeds. It installs and deletes easily (drag and drop, but the install from the Mac App Store is fun to watch, painless, free, and totally eye candy.
You won’t be overly wowed with the features, but the price is good, and you get an opportunity to use the Mac App Store.