Showoff your menubar

2 years ago from , Designer

Hey all, I'm curious about the tools that other designers use on a daily basis. It'd help me or anyone else to learn and explore new ones. So here I'm sharing my menubar.

  1. Sip (http://theolabrothers.com/)
  2. Display maid
  3. Numi (numi.io)
  4. Chrome notifications
  5. f.lux (http://theolabrothers.com/)
  6. Dropbox

Screenshot - https://www.dropbox.com/s/0ncg7y07qbpk8lw/menubar.png?dl=0

Share yours!

80 comments

  • Jaime FaustoJaime Fausto, 2 years ago (edited 2 years ago )

    Nothing, everything is a distraction.

    Menu

    30 points
    • Tyler DeitzTyler Deitz, 2 years ago

      what're you using to hide the osx default items?

      0 points
    • Diego FernandezDiego Fernandez, 2 years ago (edited 2 years ago )

      Almost everything is a distraction

      Almost everything is a distraction

      0 points
    • Andy LeverenzAndy Leverenz, 2 years ago (edited 2 years ago )

      plus 1 for this. To me, this is a pitfall for Macs. Some apps really don't need the accompanying menu bar icon to begin with.

      1 point
    • Hawke BassignaniHawke Bassignani, 2 years ago

      Did you see that El Capitan is going to break this. System Integrity Protection is going to prevent system things like battery, notification center, etc. from being hidden.

      Hopefully, they figure out a fix before it launches in the fall.

      2 points
    • Account deleted 2 years ago (edited 2 years ago )

      Agreed – when I'm plugged in at work, this is what my menu bar looks like:

      Menu

      0 points
  • Daniel GoldenDaniel Golden, 2 years ago (edited 2 years ago )

    Boom, getting a little hefty: http://cl.ly/btC1

    1. Better Touch Tool - for making my trackpad bow to me
    2. Inboard - for storing inspiration
    3. Google Hangouts - talking to folk at work
    4. CloudApp - sharing screenshots
    5. TextExpander - for not having to type the same stuff over and over
    6. Dropbox - for syncing
    7. Keyboard Maestro - for making my mac bend to my will
    8. SizeUp - for my odd window management preferences
    9. Fantastical - so I don't hate calendars as much
    10. Hazel - for making my file system bend to my will
    11. CrashPlan Pro Enterprise - for backup
    12. Knock - for being able to unlock my mac easily
    13. Droplr - for when I run out of cloudapp drops
    14. Pixelapse - for psd version control
    15. Creative Cloud - for design work
    16. Littleipsum - for easy access to dummy text
    17. 1Password - for the love of secure passwords
    18. Hangouts (?? Just realized I have two of those up there)
    19. Chrome Notifications - I wish it would go away
    20. Standard OSX stuff.
    9 points
    • Luke MillerLuke Miller, 2 years ago

      BTT FTW

      6 points
      • Bryce DriesengaBryce Driesenga, 2 years ago (edited 2 years ago )

        My Chrome BTT settings:

        • 3-finger left/right = back/forward in history
        • 3-finger up/down = switch back/forward in open tabs
        • rotate right = refresh
        0 points
    • Chris De La FuenteChris De La Fuente, 2 years ago

      "Better Touch Tool - for making my trackpad bow to me"

      Scary, but what things do you have setup with it, please give me your secrets. I promise I will bow.

      0 points
      • Daniel GoldenDaniel Golden, 2 years ago (edited 2 years ago )

        I think the most significant settings would be:

        • 5 finger click: sleep computer
        • 4 finger click: Launch "Walk Away" script (which is an applescript that pauses any music or podcasts and puts my display to sleep)
        • Pinch Out: Enter Fullscreen
        • Pinch In: Exit Fullscreen
        • Three finger click: CMD + Click (for opening links in new tabs, among other things)

        You can download my settings and import them as your own in BTT, if you'd like. And here's that applescript in case you're interested.

        1 point
    • John Bjerke, 2 years ago (edited 2 years ago )

      You can ditch that Chrome icon by selecting 'Hide Notifications Icon' in the main Chrome menu. (It's right below 'Warn Before Quitting')

      2 points
    • Jonathan KratzkeJonathan Kratzke, 2 years ago

      FYI on Chrome Notifications: if you're running latest version (I'm on 43.0.xx—I don't know when they added this), you can choose to hide the Notifications icon by going to the menu item "Chrome -> Hide Notifications" — it worked like a charm for me!

      1 point
    • Fri RasyidiFri Rasyidi, 2 years ago

      Whoa, this is impressive! I can't bear having more than 10 and yet you have over 25!

      0 points
  • Christopher JamesChristopher James, 2 years ago

    I don't belong here, do I :'( http://i.imgur.com/j12JHBB.jpg

    7 points
  • Karel VuongKarel Vuong, 2 years ago

    Was expecting something like: https://homescreen.is/

    I expect https://menubar.is/ to come soon. ;)

    3 points
  • Steven CavinsSteven Cavins, 2 years ago

    How do you guys manage to use Flux, considering our vocation?

    3 points
    • brennan smith, 2 years ago

      I agree with you on this. Anything that changes the calibration of a display is not good for design.

      1 point
    • Bryce DriesengaBryce Driesenga, 2 years ago

      Personally, I just turn it off when I need to focus on color. I don't mind the warmed colors when laying out text, etc.

      7 points
    • Sean SchraederSean Schraeder, 2 years ago

      Because I'm usually not working on design stuff that late at night anymore. maybe emails and planning but usually not pixel pushing. If I am, just use disable for an hour or until sunrise in the menu.

      5 points
    • Slava Nossar, 2 years ago

      flux disable

      Will allow you to permanently disable the effects of flux for whatever app you have active.

      6 points
      • brennan smith, 2 years ago

        Not sure about you but Photoshop and Sketch are open all the time on my Mac and I am not going to close them just to have a warm feeling display.

        0 points
        • Slava Nossar, 2 years ago

          That's fine – using this feature, f.lux disables itself only when window focus is on a specified application. It will even display an OSX notification informing you f.lux has been disabled.

          The only downside is that the transition back to f.lux when switching to another application is quite rapid, so if you need to constantly switch back and forth between PS/Sketch and another application where colour isn't an issue, it can become a bit annoying.

          1 point
  • Daniel SieradskiDaniel Sieradski, 2 years ago (edited 2 years ago )

    my menubar

    Ya think I'm overdoing it?

    1. Bartender ← hides all these damn icons
    2. Characters ← character map
    3. SnapRuler ← screen ruler/screencap tool
    4. Sip ← color picker
    5. Divvy ← window resizer
    6. Focus ← blocks social media sites and apps during work hours
    7. Amphetamine ← like caffeine but better
    8. Flux ← changes screen hue over time to help your circadian rhythms
    9. HazeOver ← dims everything on screen but the current app
    10. Hourly News ← plays the latest headlines from NPR and elsewhere
    11. Unclutter ← combines clipboard history, temp file storage, & notepad
    12. FolderWatch ← watches for changes to folders then acts
    13. Codekit ← html preprocessor
    14. TheHub ← github notifications
    15. GistPal ← gist manager
    16. TotalTerminal ← terminal overlays
    17. Plex ← audio/video server
    18. Creative Cloud ← duh
    19. PixelApse ← version control for creative cloud
    20. Revisions ← version control manager for dropbox
    21. Dropbox ← duh
    22. Dragshare ← like cloudapp but for dropbox
    23. Time Machine ← duh
    24. DNSCrypt ← encrypts your DNS so your ISP can't spy on your surfing
    25. VPN ← duh
    26. Wifi ← duh
    27. Typeeto ← lets you use your mac's keyboard to type on your iOS devices
    28. Language switcher ← I also typeset in Hebrew
    29. Bluetooth ← duh
    30. Micro Snitch ← tells you if your mac's camera or microphone is active
    31. Shush ← lets you create a hotkey to turn on and off your microphone
    32. Clean My Mac ← system maintenance tool, including memory cleaner
    33. UPS Battery ← if you don't have one of these, you're asking for a drive failure
    34. Deliveries ← tracks my incoming deliveries from UPS, Fedex, USPS, etc.
    35. Fantastical ← sweet alternative to mac calendar
    36. Clock ← duh
    37. Spotlight ← duh
    38. Notifications ← duh
    3 points
  • Ollie BarkerOllie Barker, 2 years ago (edited 2 years ago )
    1. Bowtie App (Music artwork on desktop, great little app)
    2. ColorSnapper (Great colour picker tool)
    3. Airmail
    4. Twitter
    5. Skyfonts (Google Font syncing ftw)
    6. Google Drive (Work account)
    7. Creative Cloud (Hate this app)
    8. Droplr (Sharing screenshots)
    9. Harvest (Time tracking)
    10. Dropbox (personal)
    11. Various iStat Menu views
    2 points
    • Nijil David, 2 years ago

      I currently use dropbox for sharing screenshots but would love to know about the features that makes droplr standout.

      0 points
      • Ollie BarkerOllie Barker, 2 years ago

        My main likes:

        1. You can hit a command, click and drag want you want then annotate on top with arrows and text.
        2. Hit the shortcut in an app like Photoshop and it'll upload your design.
        3. It doesn't wait for the image to be uploaded before giving you a link. So you can hit the command, then almost instantly paste a link somewhere (Slack :)) and it'll upload in the meantime.

        Checkout there site, its down at the moment. Not sure why.

        1 point
  • Geoff YuenGeoff Yuen, 2 years ago

    I like keeping my system lean.

    1. Spectacle
    2. ClipMenu
    3. MagicPrefs
    4. Skyfonts

    At home I also run flux.

    2 points
  • Vincent MillikenVincent Milliken, 2 years ago (edited 2 years ago )

    I like to keep my menubar as small as possible, this is mine at the moment;

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/e0ofx33003q6vst/Screen%20Shot%202015-07-07%20at%207.06.06%20PM.png?dl=0

    Also Is there a way to get the Chrome notifications menu icon away forever? I remember I done it before but it came back after I restarted Chrome.

    Edit: ok im a idiot, seems its a lot easier than I thought, must have been updated since the last time I tried to do it.

    http://i.stack.imgur.com/Mi0Qr.png

    1 point
  • Kevin KwaKevin Kwa, 2 years ago (edited 2 years ago )

    My Menubar

    1. H20
    2. Keyboard/Character Viewer
    3. BetterTouchTool
    4. Jettison
    5. Keyboard Maestro
    6. Divvy
    7. 1Password
    8. Chrome Notifications
    9. Insync
    10. Airmail
    11. Caffeine
    12. Stay
    13. Pomodoro Timer
    14. iStat Menu i) Network (Upload/Download Mbps speed) ii) Sensors (CPU Cores & HDD temperatures, Fan speed) iii) Disk (HDD Storage) iv) Memory (RAM usage) v) CPU vi) Battery
    15. Bartender (the little star at the end)
    1 point
  • Jordan BrewerJordan Brewer, 2 years ago (edited 2 years ago )

    I have a favorite few

    Numi (http://numi.io/) LittleIpsum - My Favorite (http://littleipsum.com/) Memory Clean (https://fiplab.com/apps/memory-clean-for-mac) Dropbox Adobe Updater VPN Flashlight for Mac (http://flashlight.nateparrott.com/)

    Screenshot - https://www.dropbox.com/s/9mfo0pztq1xtsi5/Screenshot%202015-07-07%2012.55.12.png?dl=0

    1 point
  • Conlin DurbinConlin Durbin, 2 years ago (edited 2 years ago )

    I use Bartender as well!

    Here is mine with Bartender closed:

    http://share.conlin.me/_/pPxzqKe

    From left to right:

    1. Infinit - Better file sharing
    2. AnyBar - I use this for a checking builds
    3. Volume - I like to be able to see if my computer is going to make noise
    4. Current - I love this app. I hardy every use Facebook.com any more.
    5. Numi - Great little calculator
    6. Clock
    7. Bartender

    Bartender Open

    http://share.conlin.me/_/3hr53Q5

    Left to right:

    1. Battery
    2. Toggl - For time tracking
    3. Text Input (Keyboard switching) - I'm learning a new keyboard layout
    4. Bluetooth
    5. Wifi
    6. VMWare - For windows development
    7. Flashlight - Spotlight plugins = productivity on nitros
    8. Adobe Updater - I apparently have updates
    9. Spectacle - window management, mostly for fullscreening quickly
    10. Chrome Notifications
    11. Evernote - Note taking
    12. Dropbox - Sharing files across computers and random gif-ing, like this: This is a GIF from my dropbox

    I really like my current set up. Clean, but functional.

    1 point
  • Marc EdwardsMarc Edwards, 2 years ago (edited 2 years ago )

    1. Dropbox.
    2. 1Password.
    3. Hazel.
    4. Arq.
    5. OS X’s sound.
    6. iStat Menus: Network.
    7. iStat Menus: CPU cores.
    8. iStat Menus: Disks.
    9. iStat Menus: Time.
    1 point
  • Cristian MoiseiCristian Moisei, 2 years ago (edited 2 years ago )

    +1 for keeping things simple. Image alt

    Also, for the people using Sip and having to put up with that bug that fucks up all of your windows, ColourSnapper 2 is out and unlike Sip, it will leave your windows alone.

    1 point
  • Wayne Spiegel, 2 years ago

    http://i.imgur.com/hLGZqkC.png

    -- Better Touch Tool Adobe CC Dropbox (work + personal) Transmit Alfred Chrome Notifications

    0 points
  • Brendan SaundersBrendan Saunders, 2 years ago

    menubar

    1. Screenhero
    2. Google Drive
    3. Dropbox
    4. Creative Cloud
    5. Cloudup
    6. Caffeine
    7. Alfred
    8. Google Hangouts
    9. Chrome Notifications
    10. Adobe Updater (stupid)

    The rest are mostly just Apple stuff except for Day-O for the calenda, date, and time.

    I hid the spotlight icon via command-line, and should probably hide Alfred too.

    0 points
  • Taurean BryantTaurean Bryant, 2 years ago (edited 2 years ago )

    Taurean's menubar

    • Bartender
    • Fantastical
    • istat menus
    0 points
  • Sam SolomonSam Solomon, 2 years ago
    1. Creative Cloud (only for syncing fonts, err)
    2. Dropbox
    0 points
  • Diederik EenschootenDiederik Eenschooten, 2 years ago

    http://cl.ly/image/0W1Y2x0H1L2H

    This is mine, nothing really interesting, I use knock to unluck and a tool to view hidden files on my mac.

    0 points
  • Jason CarulliJason Carulli, 2 years ago (edited 2 years ago )

    So much. Menubar

    Main menubar:

    1. Focus
    2. Alerts for Gmail
    3. Tweetbot
    4. Ghostnotes
    5. Evernote
    6. Dropshare
    7. Dropbox
    8. Due
    9. Fantastical
    10. CleanMyMac
    11. Bartender
    12. TotalSpaces

    Inside of Bartender:

    1. TripMode
    2. Transloader
    3. TextSoap Menu
    4. Annotate
    5. SnappyApp
    6. Sip
    7. SnapRuler
    8. ShortMenu
    9. Paste
    10. Adobe CC
    11. Arq
    12. ChronoSync
    13. Cities
    14. f.lux
    15. Stay
    16. Shush
    17. Camera Lock
    18. AirServer
    19. Mountain
    0 points
  • Bruno BelcastroBruno Belcastro, 2 years ago

    This is what I have today:.

    nav-osx

    0 points
  • Petar BojinovPetar Bojinov, 2 years ago (edited 2 years ago )

    my toolbar

    Too many...from left to right.

    1. Hangouts
    2. Chrome Notifications
    3. Skitch
    4. Drive
    5. SpiderOak
    6. RescueTime
    7. Adobe CC
    8. FreeMemory
    9. f.lux
    10. ColorSnapper
    11. Razer Synapse
    12. LastPass
    13. Dropbox
    14. AirPlay
    15. iStat Menus - CPU
    16. Time Machine
    17. iStat Menus - Network Usage
    18. Bluetooth
    19. Wifi
    20. Sound
    21. iStat Menus - Clock + Calender
    22. OSX name
    23. Spotlight
    24. Notifications
    0 points
  • Ewen McCahonEwen McCahon, 2 years ago

    Menu Bar

    I like mine to be clean and minimal. All I have are the basic OSX default icons. I used to use a little status light app but it's since been replaced by a row of LEDs above my monitor running off a RasPi :)

    0 points
  • Laurens SpangenbergLaurens Spangenberg, 2 years ago
    • Google Drive (Because I can't remove it without Bartender)
    • F.lux
    • Date & Time
    • Notification Center

    I'm on an iMac, so I don't have to worry about Wifi.

    https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0MHDkAfdT90OXpyU0dCc19FdFU/view?usp=sharing

    0 points
  • Max GlenisterMax Glenister, 2 years ago

    I tend to keep it uncluttered on my rMBP using Bartender

    Also using Flashlight to make Spotlight better.

    0 points
  • sh ch, 2 years ago

    Good

    0 points
  • Manik RatheeManik Rathee, 2 years ago (edited 2 years ago )

    On my work machine:

    • Numi
    • Ember
    • Fantastical 2
    • Noizio
    • 1Pass
    • Skitch
    • Dropbox
    • CloudApp
    • Stay
    • Flux
    • Google Drive
    • TextExpander (hidden)
    • Dash (hidden)
    • BetterSnapTool (hidden)

    0 points
  • Martin LeBlancMartin LeBlanc, 2 years ago

    0 points
  • Sean SchraederSean Schraeder, 2 years ago

    From left to right:

    Chrome Notifications Bartender w / SkyFonts, SynergyKVM, Dropbox, Adobe CC iStats

    http://i.imgur.com/dRRV2k5.png

    0 points
  • Minhaj MuhammadMinhaj Muhammad, 2 years ago (edited 2 years ago )

    http://i.imgur.com/wfJVsl4.png

    0 points
  • Pedro Ivo HudsonPedro Ivo Hudson, 2 years ago

    I try to keep my menubar as clean as possible, despite of using most apps mentioned here.

    0 points
  • Lee Fuhr, 2 years ago

    Usually: https://infinit.io/_/dzN9JTGusually

    …thanks to Bartender.

    After a keyboard shortcut: https://infinit.io/_/mF5BZtdafter

    That's: 1. Google Photos (invisible, grr) 2. Google Drive 3. Time Machine 4. Volume 5. Infinit, because Dropbox is an a-hole 6. Hazel 7. Dropbox (infinitely syncing) 8. Creative Cloud 9. 1Password 10. Google Hangouts (invisible, grr) 11. Wifi 12. Battery 13. Evernote 14. Fantastical 15. Customized time/date 16. Spotlight 17. Notification Center

    I could turn a bunch of these off, but thanks to Bartender it's okay to leave them on.

    0 points
  • Fri RasyidiFri Rasyidi, 2 years ago

    Fri's Menubar

    1. OSX's analog clock
    2. OSX's battery (icon only) - my concern is only when it's red
    3. Wifi - for quick setup in coffee shops
    4. Adobe CC
    5. Caffeine - to keep my mac from sleeping
    6. Color Oracle - for color blind proofing
    7. Dropbox
    8. Google Drive

    I redesigned Caffeine's & Color Oracle's icon to make them retina friendly and consistent with the other icons.

    0 points
  • Rishi MohanRishi Mohan, 2 years ago

    Mine is simple

    My Status bar

    0 points
  • Tom CTom C, 2 years ago (edited 2 years ago )

    LTR:

    1. Awareness - so that I remember to stand up and move every 45 minutes
    2. Breeze - window management - got it for free once, so I kept using it, but Spectacle is just as good and free! these apps will get kinda obsolete with El Cap, but that's a different story..
    3. 1Password - doh!
    4. FileShuttle - because I got tired of cloud sharing apps like CloudApp adding constraints and becoming paid. this one is hooked to my VPS via FTP... easy to setup, works great!
    5. f.lux - mentioned in other comments, a must have
    6. OSX volume
    7. WiFi
    8. Time Machine
    9. Battery (I must keep the percentage, because my 6y old battery is sometimes draining fast)
    10. ItsyCal - because I don't need Fantastical, and because Day-0 developer refused to update it for Mavericks' Dark Mode... so I also have to keep next item which is...
    11. OSX time
    12. Spotlight - only because I can't remove it from the menubar, and I use Alfred vigorously!
    13. OSX notifications.

    PS. this Markdown editor is playing tricks with me

    PS2. when I show Markdown cheatsheet in Google Chrome, I can't close it.

    0 points
  • Robert PaigeRobert Paige, 2 years ago
    1. Sip
    2. Little Ipsum
    3. CopyClip
    4. Invision Sync
    5. DropBox
    6. Hazel
    7. HiddenMe
    8. Boom
    9. Download Organizer (Love this one)
    10. Magnet (Love this one too)
    11. Numi
    12. Current
    13. Memory Monitor (Love)
    14. Creative Cloud
    15. Bartender (To hide everything)
    16. AirMail
    0 points
  • Maxim AnanovMaxim Ananov, 2 years ago (edited 2 years ago )

    Not much going on here:

    • HazeOver - for dimming background windows. Mentioned here and also I develop it.
    • f.lux - for comfortably working late at nights.
    • Dropbox - surprisingly i don't use it much, but I have to keep it for work.
    0 points
  • Gadzhi KharkharovGadzhi Kharkharov, 2 years ago (edited 2 years ago )

    menubar

    0 points
  • Alex ChanAlex Chan, 2 years ago
    1. Google Drive - Cloud storage (for work stuff)
    2. Gmail Notifr - Gives me an indicator if I have an email
    3. Skitch - Screenshot sharing
    4. 1Password - Password manager
    5. Dropbox - Cloud storage (for personal stuff)
    6. Adium - IM client
    7. Ark - Offsite backups
    8. Skype - Work communications
    9. Little Snitch - Network monitor
    10. Fantastical 2 - Menubar calendar
    0 points
  • Simon Vreeman, 2 years ago (edited 2 years ago )
    1. Evernote
    2. 1Password
    3. Bartender
    4. Clock
    5. Spotlight

    Within Bartender:

    1. TextExpander
    2. F.lux
    3. Dropbox
    4. Bluethooth
    5. WiFi
    6. Battery
    0 points
  • Özgür ÖzerÖzgür Özer, 2 years ago (edited 2 years ago )
    1. Numi
    2. Icons8
    3. Itsycal
    4. Chatty
    5. Dropbox
    6. LiveReload
    7. 1Password
    8. LittleIpsum
    9. ColorSnapper
    10. PomodoroTimer
    0 points
  • Thomas PetersenThomas Petersen, 2 years ago (edited 2 years ago )

    Link to bar

    1. Chrome Notifications
    2. Dropbox
    3. Hazel http://www.noodlesoft.com/hazel.php
    4. Antivirus
    5. Ghostnote https://www.ghostnoteapp.com
    6. Adobe Creative Suite
    0 points
  • Anton MoritzAnton Moritz, 2 years ago (edited 2 years ago )

    Not too much...

    menubar

    • Flux
    • ColorSnapper
    • gfxCardStatus (For changing between integrated and dedicated graphics)
    • Caffeine
    • Dropbox
    0 points
  • Zac BZac B, 2 years ago (edited 2 years ago )

    Thanks, El Cap: http://screencast.com/t/WiAYZOSZLnoo

    But if it's not hidden: http://screencast.com/t/QZyIdlEpgyMl - Trillian - Adobe CC - Jing - Dropbox

    0 points