Great episode. I made a quick list of at least 10 menu bar items to check out. (And, since they asked, I only use launchbar to launch calculator, which happens in my work machine to be one smooth mouse motion. As for that Venn diagram; I want to love Touch Bar but don’t, yet – maybe I need Better Touch Tool.)
Menubar applets I use that were not mentioned (organized by Bartender, natch):
Jump Desktop – my Screens replacement which for me just works; I also like that when a screen is linked to, the linked-to machine’s menubar icon turns red
SoftRAID – As far as I can tell, the “new” logic of storage on modern mac systems is to keep your system storage lean and mean (so SSD), and put your larger data needs on external devices connected via Thunderbolt 3. In my case, I have terabytes of RAW photos that I keep and want backed up, and while I’ve experimented with a NAS, I think I like DAS (direct attached storage) better. SoftRAID is a pretty great way to blow past individual drive limits, in my case using RAID-5. But of course, given the added complexities and risks of RAID, keeping an eye on drive health is useful, so SoftRAID’s menu app keeps its status updated, as well as being a convenient way to launch the app
FreeSpace – I like both knowing how much disk space I have on my primary drive (you know, every now and then crazy hidden caches “take over” that space) but also having a “in one place” way to eject attached volumes. I am constantly merging photo libraries or “sneaker net-ing” (copying) data from home to work, and I like just going to the same place on the menu bar to eject volumes, as compared with searching for the mounted volume somewhere on my messy finder desktop.
Preference panels I use that were not mentioned (I also use Quark Updater):
SteerMouse – I also had, back in the day, a bad experience with a Logitech preference panel; I have some memory of needing to get pretty fine grain in deleting preferences and the like before any input device would work again. But I’ve never had a problem with this preference panel app. And it allows me to do unusual things, on a granular basis. For example, I can reverse how the scroll wheel inputs info in Autocad; useful because when I converted to “scroll direction: natural” on the trackpad, it made zooming in Autocad backward. Steer Mouse fixes that UI mis-match. I’ve also used USB Overdrive which is also a great preference pane app.
Finally, Dock thoughts:
- Bottom-hid 4evah
- I keep my most-used apps there, and launch from there (as the Mothership intended?) Apps not there I launch via spotlight search; as for me command-spacebar is so easy (except for calculator; probably because I have so many C apps … typing gives me first CCC, then some Canon printer, then Calendar, before spotlight suggests “Calcuator”).
- One thing I try to do for muscle memory is to keep the dock icons grouped by “use” and more or less in the same order on my various machines (home, laptop, work, etc.) – something I also do with menu bar items via Bartender
Looking forward to demoing my list of stuff David and Stephen outlined – many thanks!