Bartender allows you to control more of the icons at the top of your computer's menu bar, including system icons that are typically off limits, making it a very useful app for those with limited space. Sitting in the menu bar, itself, Bartender is low profile and uses minimal memory to perform basic functions like hiding icons, moving them into the separate Bartender menu, and setting notifications to show the items only when necessary.
Installation of Bartender is easy and fast, though the app will need to install a secondary file in the background to run properly. After this is done, however, you can open the Preferences menu and start managing your icons. The system icons will be separated from the running icons and for each you can choose where it shows up, if it is visible, and whether it will appear when a change is made that affects it. You could, in effect, remove all of the icons from the menu bar if you so choose, having them appear only when something changes and you need to see the icon. It is fast and easy to access all of these menus, the changes happen instantly, and we noticed no slowdown or battery life loss as you'll see with some menu bar managers.
If you want to control how and when your icons appear in the menu bar, consider downloading Bartender for Mac. It's fast and easy to set up and offers a range of options to keep your menu bar under control. It is free to try with the trial version, allowing you to get a full feel for how it works with a variety of different icons.
Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of Bartender for Mac 1.2.11.
Bartender lets you organize your Menu Bar Apps, by hiding them, moving them to Bartenders Bar, or displaying the full menu bar, set options to have Menu Bar Apps show in the menu bar when they are updating, or have them always visible in Bartenders Bar. There are loads of ways to configure Bartender to perform as you wish. Give it a go and find out.
November 11, 2012
Version: Bartender 1.0.4
It solves the overloaded menu bar app problem beautifully.
ZeoBIT are cons. Surtees Studios are angelic.
For years I have sought for something that did everything Bartender does. Way back in Mac OS X 10.3 Panther days I wrote an article at one of the Mac news sites championing the use of menu bar apps, despite Apple's attempts to stop their development and function. I covered every menu bar app available at that time. Correspondingly, over time I installed a slew of the things on my Macs to the point where they were running off the screen on my 2006 MacBook. Now what? I found the simple app 'NoMenuBar' to give me some more usable menu bar space, far more than the Finder allowed. But even that wasn't enough! So I hacked NoMenuBar to change its name to simply 'No' onscreen. That gave me room for a few extra menu bar icon spaces.
But why couldn't someone create an app to simply pile all the menu bar icons OFF the menu bar?
Then I bought the loot offered in MacHeist 4 and this app, which I thought was probably for mixing drinks, shows up in the final loot list. Oh the joy of discovering that at long last THE app I'd wanted for years was mine all mine!
So a big THANK YOU! to Surtees Studios, the developers, for a GREAT, TERRIFIC, incredibly USEFUL app for letting me put all the stuff I can lay my hands on into my menubar without compromise. I love this app.
If you too are menu bar app obsessive, GET THIS APP and enjoy.