AppMenu Magic

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    "Bait and switch--listed as "Free" but is $5"

    December 16, 2012  |   By summerstormpictures

    Pros

    Saves space on the menu bar like it says.

    Cons

    Classic bait and switch. List as free, then surprise, $5 after 15-days.

    Summary

    Upon installing a supposedly "free" utility as it is listed here, the very first thing that shows up when logging back in is a pop-up that tells you that you have 15-days to evaluate a "free" utility, and then you must pay $5. This is classic bait and switch, and as such, a developer immediately has lost a potential buyer because any trust is immediately lost.

    Updated on Dec 16, 2012

    Not sure how to respond to a response, but the question is do I think it's worth $5, ''hard feelings aside''.

    I'd easily pony up an App Store 99-cents or if I hadn't been baited and switched, $1.99. But, this left such a sour aftertaste I really am not interested. I uninstalled it and haven't thought twice since.

    Actually, the concept/idea is a good one and I'm baffled why Apple doesn't simply make this an option in OS X. I own a MacBook Pro ''retina'' 15-inch model and went looking for something like this to give me better space on the menu bar in the ''best for retina'' mode. I'm one of those people with lots of stuff going on in the menu bar and at least 3 items are hidden in some applications with long names.

    If the developer would put it in the App Store at $1.99 but have a Christmas special for a week or so at 99-cents, I'd actually reconsider and buy it. But $5 for what amounts to a utility--and one that doesn't iconize every application by the way--way too much money.

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