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Menu Bar Tint 3.1 released

Thursday, June 16th, 2022

Menu Bar Tint 3.1 is out, with just two changes:

  • You can now make the Mouse Inside and Mouse Outside opacity values match by dragging one or the other while holding down the Shift key.
  • We fixed a bug where some items in the menu bar could end up unaffected by Menu Bar Tint.

Here’s where I’d normally say you go read the release notes, but the above literally are the release notes (pretty much), so no need. And as always, you can update via the in-app updater, or by downloading a new copy of the app from the Menu Bar Tint web page.

Displaperture and Menu Bar Tint updated

Friday, January 28th, 2022

Displaperture 2.2 and Menu Bar Tint 3.0 are out today, with just a couple of changes as noted in each app’s release notes.

To save you the trip, here’s the full list for both apps:

  • Menu Bar Tint 3.0: Each tint color is now saved individually for the current desktop picture, which means you can specify individual gradients for Spaces with different desktop pictures.
  • Displaperture 2.2: Improved compatibility with the new 14″/16″ MacBook Pro.

As always, you can update via the in-app updater or by downloading a fresh copy from our site (you won’t lose your settings). App Store users of Displaperture should see the update in the App Store app—if not now, then shortly.

Our apps and macOS Monterey compatibility

Thursday, November 4th, 2021

Sorry this is a bit late; I didn’t think about it much because, well, everything basically works fine. There are two minor issues (you can’t see rotated movies in Usher, and menu items for saved layouts in Moom are slightly too tall), but both will be fixed in upcoming minor updates. Outside of those two things, we’re not aware of any other issues with our apps in macOS Monterey.

If you do run into a glitch of some sort, please do let us know about it.

Our apps and OS X Lion compatibility

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

With today’s release of Lion, here’s an update on the status of all our apps in Apple’s latest Mac OS X release. Note that this is based on our testing only, and many of our apps are feature-rich: so if you run into something, please let us know via comments here, a tweet, an email message, or a trouble ticket.

  • Butler: Compatible, though it’s likely we haven’t tested 100% of everything that Butler can do.
  • Desktop Curtain: Compatible, but with some issues if you use Spaces or Mission Control. We’re working to find a solution to those issues.
  • Displaperture: Compatible.
  • Key Codes: Compatible.
  • Keymo: Compatible.
  • Leech: Leech’s browser integration feature only works with Firefox in Lion. We’re investigating getting the other browsers working again, and will post any updates here on our blog.
  • Menu Bar Tint: Compatible.
  • Moom: Compatible, as of latest 2.2 update.
  • Name Mangler: Compatible.
  • Open-With Manager: Not recommended and not tested in Lion.
  • Safari Guardian: Not compatible with Lion. It won’t cause problems if installed, but its features won’t work. (Note: Safari 5.1 in Snow Leopard also breaks Safari Guardian.)
  • Service Scrubber: Not recommended and not tested in Lion.
  • Time Sink: Compatible.
  • Usher: Compatible.
  • Witch: Compatible, as of the 3.7 update.

As noted above, if you find certain features in our apps that don’t work in Lion, please let us know!

Making Room (Open-With Manager 0.9.2)

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

While preparing for the release of an entirely new application next week, we realized that this site’s current homepage layout had reached its limits. So we’re changing it, and in doing so, we’re taking the opportunity to give easier access to some minor projects, which we call baubleries.

What are these baubleries? Key Codes has always been accessible from our homepage, and we’ve blogged about Displaperture and the more or less obsolete Menu Bar Tint a few times.

But you may have never heard about Open-With Manager before — despite the fact that this little critter is roughly three years old. So if you’re interested in a utility that lets you edit the list of file types a given application thinks it can open (which, in turn, influences the Finder’s “Open with” context menu and the application’s drag & drop behavior in the Dock), check it out. Just make sure you’ve read the warning at the bottom of the product page before using it.

Being Stubborn (Menu Bar Tint)

Thursday, November 15th, 2007

Yesterday, Steve Miner published a method to make the menu bar in Mac OS X 10.5 “Leopard” opaque, non-translucent or non-transparent — whatever you prefer to call it.

While a lot of Leopard users will probably not even see the point in this, we are very happy to finally have a solution for one of our pet peeves with the Leopard. As some of you may know, we had even created our own little application for achieving the same thing a few months ago, but the method it employed didn’t work in the final, official Leopard.

Turns out you just have to set a certain environment variable to get rid of the translucent menu bar. However, there’s one thing about this we didn’t like: Once you’ve done so, the menu bar is very white, and it looks very plain.

So we revived that aforementioned application of ours, tweaked it a little, changed it’s name, and here we are: Menu Bar Tint draws a grayscale color gradient over your menu bar, making your newly opaque menu bar feel more at home among all the other user interface elements in Mac OS X. And if you feel like going wild with colors, you’re free to do so, too.

Beware of Sharp Corners

Friday, October 26th, 2007

As explained here, the very first Leopard hack, namely Non-Transparent Menu Bar, was forcefully retired somewhat prematurely. So we recycled its source code and turned it into another nostalgia hack.

See, the new Mac OS X doesn’t draw rounded screen corners anymore. Most users won’t notice, others will be happy about this change, but some might miss that cuddly CRT aura those rounded corners emitted.

So if you’d rather still have rounded corners, have a look at Displaperture, the little tool that lets you retain your beloved rounded screen corners. You can even determine those corners’ radii, and you can pick the corners you want rounded — including the bottom ones.

A.K.A. Non-Translucent

Friday, August 3rd, 2007

After Macworld’s Rob Griffiths had weighed in on Mac OS X 10.5’s menu bar and mentioned Non-Transparent Menu Bar (NTMB) in passing, we learned two things from readers’ feedback:

  1. We should have called this Non-Translucent Menu Bar. Oh well.
  2. Users like options. More specifically, a lot of people seemed to like the idea of a menu bar that is opaque when the mouse is hovering over it, but gets more translucent (see? — we’re willing to learn) when the mouse is busy somewhere else.

So here we are, offering you yet another version of a product that will hopefully be rendered unnecessary once the operating system it’s written for is released. With this new version, you can build your own color gradient for NTMB’s menu bar mask (think rainbow!) as well as control the menu bar’s opacity depending on mouse position. Also fixes a potential issue with full-screen applications.

And we have even created a preliminary product page this time.

Still Non-Transparent

Tuesday, June 19th, 2007

Now that John Gruber has linked to Non-Transparent Menu Bar, this little proof of concept has become fairly popular. And believe it or not: We even received a bug report from the ever-vigilant Daniel Jalkut — or, to put in his words, a “minor tweak” that improves the z-level positioning of our transparency killer. (Note to self: Don’t just copy code from another project. Think about it first.)

So here’s a little update (source) to Non-Transparent Menu Bar, which also makes it more usable by turning it into a background application that doesn’t clutter your dock.

First! (Non-Transparent Menu Bar)

Tuesday, June 12th, 2007

Here’s a little treat for fellow developers — if you’re like Michael Tsai or us, the first thing Leopard’s new desktop made you think about was this: How do I get rid of that ridiculous semi-transparent look of the menu bar?

Look no further, it’s a no-brainer (source).

To demonstrate what Non-Transparent Menu Bar does on Tiger systems as well, it covers the menu bar by default. Choose “Toggle Level” from the application menu to put it where it actually belongs. And if you’re actually thinking about using this, you’ll probably want to change its LSUIElement value to hide it from the dock.

Update: Non-Transparent Menu Bar 1.1 does that LSUIElement stuff for you.