Today’s missive has multiple objectives. The first is to bring Notesy to your attention. It’s a very handy Menubar notes app. The second is to talk about Dock and Menubar workflow. They’re messed up.
I use both. I have issues with both. Notesy points out some of those issues. With an ever growing list of Mac apps, the Dock can become an ever expanding and ever diminishing mess. Ditto for the Menubar.
Notes Here, There
First, the good news. If you want a convenient and quick access way to take a few notes, Notesey does that with easy. Think Stickies but notes. By residing in the Mac’s Menubar, Notesey is always just a click away and available from within any Mac app you’re using at the time.
It comes with eight different color styles. It keeps a history of deleted notes (very hand feature for those of us who are Delete Happy). It handles many, many, many notes; color coded if you want.
One click creates a note in Notesy. One click deletes a note in Notesey. Choose color style and light or dark themes in macOS High Sierra.
What’s the problem?
Screen real estate. The Dock sucks up plenty of space at the bottom of the Mac’s screen, and as more applications are added, the Dock gets smaller and more crowded. Pruning helps but isn’t a good way to organize apps that get used frequently.
Dock apps are not Menubar apps. Menubar apps are more like desktop accessories, little utilities which provide quick access to a needed set of features, but always available and visible at a glance. Notesey fits in well as a Menubar app but look how much screen real estate it takes.
Screen real estate is a problem for both Menubar and Dock. As more apps and utilities are added, screen real estate suffers and diminishes. Apple hasn’t done much to the Dock or the Menubar in recent years other than a little clean up and easier organization– but nothing to address the growing trend to store and use ever more applications.
So, Apple, fix it.
The Dock needs to have category organization built in. Ditto for the Menubar. May I suggest that it be simple– mouse over the Dock to reveal layers or categories that can pop up and be populated by various applications and organized the way we want. The same mouse over and pop up function could work on both Menubar and Dock.
Instead of blowing profits on stock buybacks and shareholder dividends (wholly undeserved, by the way) why not show the Mac some love and make it more usable instead of napping and waiting for the next great thing?