What Apple really needs in OS X is a way to manage apps in the Menubar. Those are the most useful of all Mac utilities, always available a click away, within eyeshot, but easily bumped by apps with longer menus. Bartender fixes that problem.
The problem with the Menubar is that you either have a problem or you don’t. If you love Menubar apps, you know the problem. Not enough space for all the apps.
If you don’t have enough extra Menubar apps to clutter up, then you don’t have a problem for Bartender to solve.
All Bartender does is give you control over the Menubar apps, and places the extras in another Menubar, below Apple’s Menubar.
That’s the first time I’ve ever had a single sentence with the word Menubar in it three times. Regardless, Bartender is a worthy addition to a cluttered and clumsy Menubar.
Use Bartender to replace the Mac’s Menubar items and put them all onto a pop down Menubar, visible when you want it.
Bartender also lets you set the order of the Menubar items. Set the order in the Menubar and in Bartender’s drop down Menubar (which can also be positioned left and right).
You can even hide the Notification Center Menubar item, but still use Notification Center. Apps work the same way in Bartender’s Menubar as they do in OS X’s Menubar.
The advantages are numerous. More Menubar apps. Easier access. Uncluttered and clean Menubar until you need an app. And, control of which Menubar apps go where.
This functionality really needs to be standard on OS X.