Friday, December 14, 2012

The Best 2012 Menubar App For The Mac Is A Tie (one is free, one is not)

To say that my Mac’s Menubar is cluttered is to say the sun is warm, ice is cold, or Mac’s are more useful than Windows PCs. Not a day goes by that I don’t grab and use half a dozen (or more) of the utilities that line my Menubar.

Even on my 27-inch iMac, where I slave over a hot keyboard most of the day, that valuable screen real estate requires an extra Menubar just to handle all of my utilities.

An extra Menubar?

Tied with the Best 2012 Menubar App for the Mac is Bartender, which gives you control over the Menubar’s limited space by adding another Menubar with more apps.


Bartender controls which apps go in the Mac’s regular Menubar, and which go into the Bartender Menubar. It’s like having double the screen space. Bartender resides right below (but is movable) the regular Menubar.

Why do I need an extra Menubar? Because of apps like Evernote, my single most used Menubar app. Think of Evernote as a mini word processor which is easily accessible from the Menubar with a click.

Big deal, right? Evernote’s claim to fame is to seamlessly sync your notes between Mac and iPhone and iPad or Windows PCs and Android OS devices.

Evernote is instantly familiar, instantly usable, and free (so long as you don’t use too much online storage).


Store text snippets, documents, images, PDFs, ideas, research, web pages, photos, and nearly anything else into Evernote with a click to… drum roll, please… the Menubar.

Files are synced to Evernote in the cloud as a backup, then synchronized back to other devices running the Evernote app. Once you start using Evernote you’ll see how valuable it is to have notes and files everywhere at once.

My top Menubar App for 2012 may be a tie, but for me, I can’t have one without the other.