The Dock, right? Except you can do the same thing within the Finder (either Sidebar or Toolbar). And, then, there’s the Mac’s Menubar, a relic from the last century which hasn’t seen much love from Apple, yet clever Mac app developers can find uses for the Menubar that Apple mostly ignores. If you’re like me and love little utilities crammed into the Menubar, then you’ll like Barsoom.
Click, And Ye Shall Receive
What’s convenient about the Mac’s Menubar is the, well, convenience. It’s place for utilities you may need while you’re using another app, and the Menubar is easily accessible with a click. Apps in the Menubar comes with a healthy dose of trouble which can be remedied by Barsoom.
First, the Menubar holds a limited number of utilities, a number which I have exceeded numerous times. Second, it’s been darn near nigh on impossible to arrange the Menubar app icons the way you can move app icons in the Dock.
Mac users can choose from a number of utilities which claim to manage the Menubar’s apps and Barsoom is one of them, but might be the easiest to use on a cluttered, messy Menubar that is packed with seldom used but mostly necessary utilities.
Click to hide app icons. Click to rearrange app icons.
With Barsoom the Menubar’s app icons can be rearranged the way you’d rearrange icons in the Dock or the Finder. Drag and drop. Apps in the Menubar that you don’t need to see can be dismissed with a Right-Click on the icon. The one-click hide will hide everything that resides on the left side of the Barsoom icon.
That’s it. The same developer also publishes MenuBar ReArranger, so there’s already experience working with Apple’s Menubar issues, though the app isn’t ready for OS X El Capitan yet, Barsoom is. Another Menubar management app we’ve used and like is the popular Bartender, and the latest version works similar to Barsoom on OS X El Capitan, and it also controls Apple’s own Menubar apps. What I like about Bartender is the option to create additional Menubars for more utilities.
Neither Barsoom nor Bartender are for the casual Mac user, but are aimed at those whose growing collection of Menubar apps runs afoul of Apple’s built-in Menubar limitations. Both have trial versions so you can see the advantages of each (though not at the same time).