MenuEverywhere

Version: 2.0 || Release Date: 2012-11-17 || License: Shareware ($14.95) Developer: Binary Bakery Software | App Owner: hishamk

MenuEverywhere makes the menubar’s menus accessible from any window on any screen.

MenuEverywhere was made to fulfill the need for better accessibility to menu items when using more than one display or a very large monitor.

By simply providing an application's menu on any of its windows and on any screen, MenuEverywhere gives you immediate access to the most familiar way of commanding programs: menu selections. There is no need to fumble around trying to figure out and remember keyboard shortcuts; the menus always right their by your side, at your beck and call. What'€™s more, since the menu is in the immediate vicinity of the currently active window, you never need to shift your focus from your work to another area of the screen or another display.

Accessing the Menu
The first way is via a horizontal menubar with all the menu buttons showing. The menubar is added to the currently active window. Any menu button that exceeds the width of the window is shown in a pop-up button added to the end of the horizontal menubar. The menubar may be set to the right of the green zoom button or above the window’s frame.

The second way is with a 'Menu' button. The button can be optionally made to appear only when the mouse is over it so as not to take any screen real estate. Its position can be set above the traffic light controls or to the right of the green zoom button.

The third way is using a hotkey, popping up the menu at the current mouse location.

The fourth way is using a screen-top menu bar on all non-primary screens. The menu bar can be auto hidden.

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hishamk, 3 years ago in reply to entropy(score: -1)

@entropy - Your comment does not make sense. What I said IS intellectually honest as you would put it, since:

The screen-top menu bar which I referred to was already a feature in MenuEverywhere since 1 November 2010. That's 382 days ago from my comment 8 days ago or 281 days ago from your 101 day old comment. So, I don't see where intellectual honesty is from your side?

As for font sizes, they have always been an option since the first version, and since 6 October 2010 I have added even more font sizes (408 days from my comment 8 days ago and 307 days from your 101 day old comment). So again, I don't see intellectual honesty from your end.

You can verify my release notes at www.binarybakery.com/notes-menueverywhere.html. Feel free to contact me to clarify any misconceptions you may have.

I try to be as clear as possible and definitely honest about my products - I don't take what keeps food on my kid's table lightly. It's more than just work for me.

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entropy, 3 years ago in reply to hishamk(score: -1)

@hishamk

I love to discuss things, but let's keep debates intellectually honest.

At my time of writing, some of the features you now describe 100 DAYS later, were not yet present. Yet you claim all those features were always available.

You simply updated your application. That's not fair, at all.

But hey, you probably didn't know better. I understand.

@entropy - Yes, I'm quite a fan of Fitts' Law, I think it works quite well for most users, which is why MenuEverywhere includes adding that very same primary screen menubar to all your other secondary screens.

You seem to complete dismiss the fact that ME has the Fitts' approved screen-top menu option. I take it you do not have a multi monitor setup or probably did not use/ MenuEverywhere or view the screencast, so no harm done, you probably didn't know better. I understand.

Have you ever used a 13" MacBook attached to a 27" display? Did you notice how Fitts' Law fails on the monitor which doesn't have a menu bar? You'd have to go all the way to the other screen to select items. ME solves that for multi monitor users by replicating the menu bar on top of all screens.

As for the window top menu bar, which you have been referring to, that is mainly used with one large monitor. Elderly users use ME's window top or pop up menu to reduce RSI and to increase the font size.

Have you ever wondered why an application's menu bar is at the very top of your screen and not at the top of the application window in OS X?

It is a deliberate design decision: it's all about Fitts's Law.

Since the top of you screen has an infinite border, you can just throw your cursor at the top of a menu bar item and click. The menu bar is not hard to reach. Putting the menu bar inside the application window's title space actually makes it harder to click items, since the clickable area there is much, much smaller. Notice how you have to slow down a bit to reach the items there.

It's ironic that this application actually counters a conscious interface decision by Apple.

Yea...I saw that there were differences. FinderPop does a decent job. $15 is pretty overpriced though...no offense...seems like just another enhancement to the OS...not worth $15.

@digiangel - Developer here. Thanks for commenting, but I'm afraid you're completely mistaken in that FinderPop and MenuEverywhere serve the same function - they do not.

MenuEverywhere displays the actual app's (and Apple, optionally) menu as either a hotkey/mouse button pop-up, a screen-top menu bar or a window-top attached menu bar. FinderPop on the other hand, while a very configurable and an amazing app, does not provide access to app menus, only to user-defined contextual and content menus.

I also develop MenuPop, which is the less fancy version of MenuEverywhere with only a pop up menu facility.

I personally use MenuEverywhere on my desktop Mac (which has three monitors) and MenuPop on my MacBook Air.

Or even MenuPop :)

Save your cash and use FinderPop...customizable right-click and bam..menu items. Free of course ;)