Bartender 4 Release Notes

Bartender 4.2.16

New Features / Improvements

macOS Ventura Support

Bartender 4 is ready for macOS Ventura


Bug Fixes

macOS Ventura Permissions not reported correctly at login

macOS Ventura seems for some users to reports the permsissions incorrectly when a user first logs in, this update tries to work around this issue.

Bartender Bar color missing

Improvments were made to the color of the Bartender Bar backround, but this caused a color not to be applied for some users, sometimes. This has been fixed.

macOS Ventura FaceTime Handoff menu bar item not accounted for

The macOS FaceTime Handoff menu bar item is another special menu bar item that macOS forces to show (cannot be hidden) Bartender did not take this into account, it does now.

Show for Updates table, truncated text

The description of SHow For Updates should now truncate if the Preferences window is made wider.

Bartender Bar Color

I have refinded the code that colors the BBartender Bar to better take into account the position of the Bartender Bar under the menu bar, as the menu bar can change color along its length.


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Bartender 4.2.12

New Features / Improvements

macOS Ventura Support

Bartender 4 is ready for macOS Ventura


Bug Fixes

Keyboard Navigation issues

The updates to support macOS Ventura had caused keyboard navigation to stop working on older macOS releases, this has been fixed. With the latest macOS Ventura beta the keyboard navigation highlight may not have automatically hidden when it should, this has been fixed.

Small fixes for issues fixed in latest macOS Ventura Betas

Small changes after issues resolved in macOS Ventura's latest betas.

Items not showing smoothly from Bartender Bar on macOS Ventura Beta 7

With macOS Ventura Beta 7 the showing of items from the Bartender Bar could jitter or fail, this has been fixed.

On macOS Ventura sometimes Bartenders windows/UI will not display

This has been fixed

Bartender Bar taking keyboard focus

Whe you show the Bartender Bar it would takes keyboard focus to allow the user to keyboard navigate their menu bar items, this would prevent the user continuing typing in whatever window they were using (if they had just put the mouse in the menu bar say). There is now a setting to turn of Bartender Bar keyboard navigation in Bartenders Advanced Preferences.

Menu Bar items not controlled correctly on Ventura later betas sometimes

On macOS Ventura for some users, items would not move into the menu bar (when clicked in the Bartender Bar), This has been fixed

Sometimes menu bar item spacing not applied after macOS restart

For a small number of users there set menu bar item spacing would not be applied after restarting macOS, this has been fixed.

Scroll Bar covering menu bar items in the Bartender Bar

If a user had more menu bar items in the Bartender Bar than the width of their screen scrolling would be required, the scroll bar for this partially covered the menu bar item sin the Bartender Bar, this has been fixed.

Option + hover or click to show all hidden items not working in macOS Ventura

This has been fixed.

macOS Ventura Settings links

With the macOS changes from System Preferences to System Settings and the new UI, links from Bartender to specific preference panes didn't work, these have been updated and now work correctly.

Menu bar items activated by hotkey or quick search on hidden menu bar moved

If the user has macOS set to automatically hide the menu bar or in full screen app, activating a menu bar that is already in the menu bar would move it to the end of the menu bar items, this has been fixed.

Small square window left on screen or in menu bar for a user

This has been fixed

Menu bar layout dragging on macOS Ventura

The dragging behaviour in menu bar layout had got worse due to changes in macOS Ventura, this has been fixed.


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Bartender 4.2.11

New Features / Improvements

macOS Ventura Support

Bartender 4 is ready for macOS Ventura


Bug Fixes

Small fixes for issues fixed in latest macOS Ventura Betas

Small changes after issues resolved in macOS Ventura's latets betas.

Items not showing smoothly from Bartender Bar on macOS Ventura Beta 7

With macOS Ventura Beta 7 the showing of items from the Bartender Bar could jitter or fail, this has been fixed.

On macOS Ventura sometimes Bartenders windows/UI will not display

This has been fixed

Bartender Bar taking keyboard focus

Whe you show the Bartender Bar it would takes keyboard focus to allow the user to keyboard navigate their menu bar items, this would prevent the user continuing typing in whatever window they were using (if they had just put the mouse in the menu bar say). There is now a setting to turn of Bartender Bar keyboard navigation in Bartenders Advanced Preferences.

Menu Bar items not controlled correctly on Ventura later betas sometimes

On macOS Ventura for some users, items would not move into the menu bar (when clicked in the Bartender Bar), This has been fixed

Sometimes menu bar item spacing not applied after macOS restart

For a small number of users there set menu bar item spacing would not be applied after restarting macOS, this has been fixed.

Scroll Bar covering menu bar items in the Bartender Bar

If a user had more menu bar items in the Bartender Bar than the width of their screen scrolling would be required, the scroll bar for this partially covered the menu bar item sin the Bartender Bar, this has been fixed.

Option + hover or click to show all hidden items not working in macOS Ventura

This has been fixed.

macOS Ventura Settings links

With the macOS changes from System Preferences to System Settings and the new UI, links from Bartender to specific preference panes didn't work, these have been updated and now work correctly.

Menu bar items activated by hotkey or quick search on hidden menu bar moved

If the user has macOS set to automatically hide the menu bar or in full screen app, activating a menu bar that is already in the menu bar would move it to the end of the menu bar items, this has been fixed.

Small square window left on screen or in menu bar for a user

This has been fixed

Menu bar layout dragging on macOS Ventura

The dragging behaviour in menu bar layout had got worse due to changes in macOS Ventura, this has been fixed.


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Bartender 4.2.10

New Features / Improvements

macOS Ventura Support

Bartender 4 is ready for macOS Ventura


Bug Fixes

Items not showing smoothly from Bartender Bar on macOS Ventura Beta 7

With macOS Ventura Beta 7 the showing of items from the Bartender Bar could jitter or fail, this has been fixed.

On macOS Ventura sometimes Bartenders windows/UI will not display

This has been fixed

Bartender Bar taking keyboard focus

Whe you show the Bartender Bar it would takes keyboard focus to allow the user to keyboard navigate their menu bar items, this would prevent the user continuing typing in whatever window they were using (if they had just put the mouse in the menu bar say). There is now a setting to turn of Bartender Bar keyboard navigation in Bartenders Advanced Preferences.

Menu Bar items not controlled correctly on Ventura later betas sometimes

On macOS Ventura for some users, items would not move into the menu bar (when clicked in the Bartender Bar), This has been fixed

Sometimes menu bar item spacing not applied after macOS restart

For a small number of users there set menu bar item spacing would not be applied after restarting macOS, this has been fixed.

Scroll Bar covering menu bar items in the Bartender Bar

If a user had more menu bar items in the Bartender Bar than the width of their screen scrolling would be required, the scroll bar for this partially covered the menu bar item sin the Bartender Bar, this has been fixed.

Option + hover or click to show all hidden items not working in macOS Ventura

This has been fixed.

macOS Ventura Settings links

With the macOS changes from System Preferences to System Settings and the new UI, links from Bartender to specific preference panes didn't work, these have been updated and now work correctly.

Menu bar items activated by hotkey or quick search on hidden menu bar moved

If the user has macOS set to automatically hide the menu bar or in full screen app, activating a menu bar that is already in the menu bar would move it to the end of the menu bar items, this has been fixed.

Small square window left on screen or in menu bar for a user

This has been fixed

Menu bar layout dragging on macOS Ventura

The dragging behaviour in menu bar layout had got worse due to changes in macOS Ventura, this has been fixed.


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Bartender 4.2.0

New Features / Improvements

Initial macOS Ventura Support

This is the initial support for macOS Ventura, supporting the macOS changes that prevented Bartender from working correctly. There are still some updates needed (renaming things to "Settings" instead of "Preferences") etc.


Known Issues

On macOS Ventura sometimes Bartenders windows/UI will not display

Restarting Bartender should fix this (you may need to quit Bartender from Activity Monitor, as its menu will not show), this seems like a macOS beta bug, I am waiting on the next macOS beta before looking more deeply into it.


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Bartender 4.1.51

Bug Fixes

Fix for macOS 12.4 clock and date

macOS 12.4 introduces an option, turned on by default to only show the date when there is room in the menu bar, this means the date is not visible when Bartender is running unless you turn this to "always" in System Preferences > Dock And Menu Bar > Clock.
The changes in macOS 12.4 to support this also upset Bartenders logic, this has been fixed. Also Bartender now includes a message about changing this setting.

Crash Fix

Bartender 4.1.49 had a possible crash condition when opening Preferences, this has been fixed

Bartender not hiding items on 6K screens

This has been fixed.

Bartender script editor replacing quotes

This has been fixed.

Bartender script editor not resizing to window size

This has been fixed.

Spacers stated size changing in popup

This has been fixed.

Items clicked on in Bartender Bar not moving to shown space if previously shown recently

This has been fixed.

Screens slider labels overlapping with many screens

Made this clearer.

Accessibility Labels for Bartender menu bar items

Added more accessibility labels.

UI glitch in Bartender Bar with Full Keyboard Access enabled in macOS

This has been fixed.

Show for Update comparison returning 0% difference in Advanced Image Comparison

This has been fixed.

Autohide menu bar in macOS getting stuck in fullscreen

This has been fixed.


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Bartender 4.1.50

Bug Fixes

Fix for macOS 12.4 clock and date

macOS 12.4 introduces an option, turned on by default to only show the date when there is room in the menu bar, this means the date is not visible when Bartender is running unless you turn this to "always" in System Preferences > Dock And Menu Bar > Clock.
The changes in macOS 12.4 to support this also upset Bartenders logic, this has been fixed.

Crash Fix

Bartender 4.1.49 had a possible crash condition when opening Preferences, this has been fixed

Bartender not hiding items on 6K screens

This has been fixed.

Bartender script editor replacing quotes

This has been fixed.

Bartender script editor not resizing to window size

This has been fixed.

Spacers stated size changing in popup

This has been fixed.

Items clicked on in Bartender Bar not moving to shown space if previously shown recently

This has been fixed.

Screens slider labels overlapping with many screens

Made this clearer.

Accessibility Labels for Bartender menu bar items

Added more accessibility labels.

UI glitch in Bartender Bar with Full Keyboard Access enabled in macOS

This has been fixed.

Show for Update comparison returning 0% difference in Advanced Image Comparison

This has been fixed.

Autohide menu bar in macOS getting stuck in fullscreen

This has been fixed.


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Bartender 4.1.49

Bug Fixes

Fix for macOS 12.4 beta 4 & clock and date

macOS 12.4 beta 4 introduces an option, turned on by default to only show the date when there is room in the menu bar, this means the date is not visible when Bartender is running unless you turn this to "always" in System Preferences > Dock And Menu Bar > Clock.
The changes in macOS 12.4 to support this also upset Bartenders logic, this has been fixed.

Bartender not hiding items on 6K screens

This has been fixed.

Bartender script editor replacing quotes

This has been fixed.

Bartender script editor not resizing to window size

This has been fixed.

Spacers stated size changing in popup

This has been fixed.

Items clicked on in Bartender Bar not moving to shown space if previously shown recently

This has been fixed.

Screens slider labels overlapping with many screens

Made this clearer.

Accessibility Labels for Bartender menu bar items

Added more accessibility labels.

UI glitch in Bartender Bar with Full Keyboard Access enabled in macOS

This has been fixed.

Show for Update comparison returning 0% difference in Advanced Image Comparison

This has been fixed.

Autohide menu bar in macOS getting stuck in fullscreen

This has been fixed.


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Bartender 4.1.48

Bug Fixes

Fix for macOS 12.4 beta 4 & clock and date

macOS 12.4 beta 4 introduces an option, turned on by default to only show the date when there is room in the menu bar, this means the date is not visible when Bartender is running unless you turn this to "always" in System Preferences > Dock And Menu Bar > Clock.
The changes in macOS 12.4 to support this also upset Bartenders logic, this has been fixed.

Bartender not hiding items on 6K screens

This has been fixed.

Bartender script editor replacing quotes

This has been fixed.

Bartender script editor not resizing to window size

This has been fixed.

Spacers stated size changing in popup

This has been fixed.

Items clicked on in Bartender Bar not moving to shown space if previously shown recently

This has been fixed.

Screens slider labels overlapping with many screens

Made this clearer.

Accessibility Labels for Bartender menu bar items

Added more accessibility labels.

UI glitch in Bartender Bar with Full Keyboard Access enabled in macOS

This has been fixed.

Show for Update comparison returning 0% difference in Advanced Image Comparison

This has been fixed.

Autohide menu bar in macOS getting stuck in fullscreen

This has been fixed.


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Bartender 4.1.40

New Features / Improvements

Show all hidden items on larger screens

Allows you to show all your menu bar items on larger screens, while stil hiding them on your laptop screen etc.

Quick Search selection hotkeys

With Quick Search you can now select one of the visible results using ⌘+number key.

Quick Search speed improvements

Quick Search should now appear/display twice as fast, compared to previous versions.

Bartender Bar visual improvements

Bartender Bars UI has been slightly tweaked/improved on different screen setups, and should now also show a bit faster.

Set Show for update image trigger comparison threshold

Bartender has a percentage difference it ignores before triggering a image comparison difference, you can now adjust this threshold, this is useful for menu bar items that do not change there icon much

Manually set menu bar item spacers width

You can now enter the exact width you want a menu bar spacer to be, instead of having to use the slider. Great to get all your spacers exactly the same.


Bug Fixes

Show all items on large screen not taking effect at launch

This has been fixed.

Show for updates becoming stuck

It was possible for some Show For updates to remain triggered, this has been fixed.

Bartender would not allow ⌘+\ as a hotkey

This has been fixed.

Unresponsive menu bar apps prevent items being arranged

With macOS Monterey, unresponsive menu bar apps can prevent other menu bar items being arranged, this also stops Bartender being able to arrange your menu bar items, this is now detected and the user gets a prompt that there is a unresponsive menu bar item app so they can quit/restart it.

With Screen Sharing/remote connection to mac, Bartender would not move items

This has been fixed.

Show full menu bar on some multiple screen setups, quickly flashing

This has been fixed.

Items not hiding after showing in fullscreen apps

For a small number of users items could stop hiding after showing them in a fullscreen app. This has been fixed.

Accessibility > Full Keyboard Access selected first item in Bartender Bar

Work has been done to better support Full Keyboard Access in the Bartender Bar.

Possible crash in previous test build

This has been fixed.

Showing removed menu bar items

With macOS Monterey menu bar items removed by a app could still be shown in Bartender, this has been fixed.


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Bartender 4.1.31

New Features / Improvements

Ability to show all hidden items using option key with mouse over and also using Bartender bar

Now if you hold down option, and mouse over the menu bar, all hidden menu bar items (including Always Hidden menu bar items) will be shown.


Bug Fixes

Battery Show For Update Trigger label

macOS has changed its low battery warning threshold from 22% to 20 minutes remaining, as such the text for the trigger has been updated.

If a user had reduced transparency and autohide menu bar enabled in macOS the background color of menu bar layout could be incorrect/change

This has been fixed.

Couldn't activate items from Bartender Bar on ultra-wide screens

This has been fixed.

Items becomming unmovable when autohide menu bar enabled

If a user had a setup with 1 screen and menu bar autohide enabled in system preferences, it was possible for items to become unmovable. This has been fixed.

Fix for bug introduced in previous test build 4.1.21

The bug could cause items not to show/hide correctly, and cause mouse flickering when interactions occurred with other apps. This has been fixed.

Blank Bartender Bar

After leaving certain fullscreen apps, it could be possible for the Bartender Bar to appear empty until you chnage active app, this has been fixed

Bartender preventing sleeping

Under a rare situation in macOS Monterey, it was possible for Bartender to prevent the computer sleeping. This has been fixed.

Menu Bar Layout showing wrong menu bar color

Bartender Preferences > Menu Bar Layout could display a old menu bar color, this has been fixed

Bartender Preferences not showing menu bar item images when in fullscreen space on macOS Monterey

Bartender Preferences, will now open on a none fullscreen space to prevent this.

Fix for battery SFU showing/hiding repeatedly when on reduced checking

The battery menu bar item could show/hide repeatedly when showing for updates, and Bartender set to reduced checking, this has been fixed.

Menu Bar items appearing blank on macOS 11 with multiple screens

When activating a menu bar item via the Bartender Bar, they could appear blank, this has been fixed.

Excessive CPU usage with autohide menu bar enabled in macOS

If macOS was set to autohide its menu bar, Bartender could start using excessive CPU, this has been fixed.

Menu bar items not moving after a period of time

With changes in macOS Monterey for the notch, there was a possibility of Bartender stopping moving some menu bar items, this should be fixed.

Fix for Show For Update sizing on notched screen when at certain resolutions

If the notched screen was set at a custom resolution, Show For Update items could render at a large size, this has been fixed.

Fix for positioning of items shown when notch and justifying would make it appear in wrong place

On MacBook Pros with a notch, macOS will sometime increase the spacing between items so they fill the space between the screen edge and the notch, this could cause Bartender to place items incorrectly, this has been fixed.

Fix for not showing on hover

Changes in macOS Monterey meant show on hover was not working sometimes for some users, this has been fixed.

Keyboard Navigation Improvment

Keyboard Navigation would sometimes highlight hidden menu bar items, this has been fixed.


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Bartender 4.1.21

New Features / Improvements

macOS Monterey Support

Bartender 4.1 fully supports macOS Monterey.

MacBook Pro 2021 Notch Support

Full support for the new MacBook Pro 2021 Notch.

Bartender Bar enabled only on Notched Screens

You can now have the Bartender Bar only enabled on screens with a notch.

Activate Bartender from the Notch

Now Bartender can activate when you mouse over, or click in the Notch.

Bartender Bar displays items hidden by the Notch

The Bartender Bar will now show items that have been hidden by the Notch or the left menu.


Bug Fixes

Items not showing on large screens when activated from Bartender Bar or Search

If the user had a very wide screen, items would not be shown when activating them from Bartender Bar, HotKey or Search, this has been fixed.

Activate on click in menu bar hiding again on mouse button release

If the user did a slow click on the menu bar and had autohide enabled, the hidden items would hide again when releasing the mouse button. This has been fixed.

Items not placed correctly on Notched MacBook Pros

On MacBook Pros with a notch, macOS will sometime increase the spacing between items so they fill the space between the screen edge and the notch, this could cause Bartender to place items incorrectly, this has been fixed.

Fix for multiple displays without seperate spaces on macOS Monterey

The logic for this has changed slightly in macOS Monterey, Bartender should now work better with this setup.


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Bartender 4.1.20

New Features / Improvements

macOS Monterey Support

Bartender 4.1 fully supports macOS Monterey.

MacBook Pro 2021 Notch Support

Full support for the new MacBook Pro 2021 Notch.

Bartender Bar enabled only on Notched Screens

You can now have the Bartender Bar only enabled on screens with a notch.

Activate Bartender from the Notch

Now Bartender can activate when you mouse over, or click in the Notch.

Bartender Bar displays items hidden by the Notch

The Bartender Bar will now show items that have been hidden by the Notch or the left menu.


Bug Fixes

Items not showing on large screens when activated from Bartender Bar or Search

If the user had a very wide screen, items would not be shown when activating them from Bartender Bar, HotKey or Search, this has been fixed.

Activate on click in menu bar hiding again on mouse button release

If the user did a slow click on the menu bar and had autohide enabled, the hidden items would hide again when releasing the mouse button. This has been fixed.

Items not placed correctly on Notched MacBook Pros

On MacBook Pros with a notch, macOS will sometime increase the spacing between items so they fill the space between the screen edge and the notch, this could cause Bartender to place items incorrectly, this has been fixed.

Fix for multiple displays without seperate spaces on macOS Monterey

The logic for this has changed slightly in macOS Monterey, Bartender should now work better with this setup.


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Bartender 4.1.14

New Features / Improvements

macOS Monterey Support

Bartender 4.1 fully supports macOS Monterey.

MacBook Pro 2021 Notch Support

Working on full support for the new MacBook Pro 2021 Notch.


Bug Fixes

MacBook Pro 2021 Notch Support

Many small bugs with icons either too small or too large etc. Also show on hover not working well.

Crash with 4.1.12 on older systems

There was a crash in version 4.1.12 on older systems for some users, this has been fixed.

Activate on mouse over menu bar, or click menu bar not working

For some users with specific setups, this stopped working with the latest test builds. This has been fixed

Multiscreen fixes for Monterey

Some small fixes for setups with multiple screens.

1 Password 8 popup showing when item moved

A workaround specifically for 1 Password 8 has been added.

Items becoming unmovable on multiscreen setups

Setups with multiple screens and hidden menu bars (fullscreen apps etc.) could end up with items not being arranged correctly on macOS Monterey, this has been fixed.

Some items not moving to correct position in Monterey

This has been fixed.

Location menu bar item and Screen Recording not showing in expected positions

This has been improved.

Not hiding left menu when needed on Monterey

This has been fixed.

Memory leak

There was a slow memory leak effecting a small number of users, this has been fixed.

Typos

There was a couple of typos in Bartenders preferences, these have been fixed. thanks all who reported them.


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Bartender 4.1.07

New Features / Improvements

macOS Monterey Support

Bartender 4.1 fully supports macOS Monterey.

MacBook Pro 2021 Notch, launch day support

I have not been able to test on a MacBook Pro with a notch yet, but using all information I can gather, I have made any changes I can think of to hopefully provide launch day support. I will be testing on a MacBook Pro with a notch from 26th October.


Bug Fixes

Multiscreen fixes for Monterey

Some small fixes for setups with multiple screens.

1 Password 8 popup showing when item moved

A workaround specifically for 1 Password 8 has been added.

Items becoming unmovable on multiscreen setups

Setups with multiple screens and hidden menu bars (fullscreen apps etc.) could end up with items not being arranged correctly on macOS Monterey, this has been fixed.

Some items not moving to correct position in Monterey

This has been fixed.

Location menu bar item and Screen Recording not showing in expected positions

This has been improved.

Not hiding left menu when needed on Monterey

This has been fixed.

Memory leak

There was a slow memory leak effecting a small number of users, this has been fixed.

Typos

There was a couple of typos in Bartenders preferences, these have been fixed. thanks all who reported them.


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Bartender 4.1.05

New Features / Improvements

macOS Monterey Support

Bartender 4.1 fully supports macOS Monterey.


Bug Fixes

Multiscreen fixes for Monterey

Some small fixes for setups with multiple screens.

1 Password 8 popup showing when item moved

A workaround specifically for 1 Password 8 has been added.

Items becoming unmovable on multiscreen setups

Setups with multiple screens and hidden menu bars (fullscreen apps etc.) could end up with items not being arranged correctly on macOS Monterey, this has been fixed.

Some items not moving to correct position in Monterey

This has been fixed.

Location menu bar item and Screen Recording not showing in expected positions

This has been improved.

Not hiding left menu when needed on Monterey

This has been fixed.

Memory leak

There was a slow memory leak effecting a small number of users, this has been fixed.

Typos

There was a couple of typos in Bartenders preferences, these have been fixed. thanks all who reported them.


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Bartender 4.1.04

New Features / Improvements

macOS Monterey Support

Bartender 4.1 fully supports macOS Monterey.


Bug Fixes

1 Password 8 popup showing when item moved

A workaround specifically for 1 Password 8 has been added.

Items becoming unmovable on multiscreen setups

Setups with multiple screens and hidden menu bars (fullscreen apps etc.) could end up with items not being arranged correctly on macOS Monterey, this has been fixed.

Some items not moving to correct position in Monterey

This has been fixed.

Location menu bar item and Screen Recording not showing in expected positions

This has been improved.

Not hiding left menu when needed on Monterey

This has been fixed.

Memory leak

There was a slow memory leak effecting a small number of users, this has been fixed.

Typos

There was a couple of typos in Bartenders preferences, these have been fixed. thanks all who reported them.


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Bartender 4.1.03

New Features / Improvements

macOS Monterey Support

Bartender 4.1 fully supports macOS Monterey.


Bug Fixes

Some items not moving to correct position in Monterey

This has been fixed.

Location menu bar item and Screen Recording not showing in expected positions

This has been improved.

Not hiding left menu when needed on Monterey

This has been fixed.

Memory leak

There was a slow memory leak effecting a small number of users, this has been fixed.

Typos

There was a couple of typos in Bartenders preferences, these have been fixed. thanks all who reported them.


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Bartender 4.1.02

New Features / Improvements

macOS Monterey Support

Bartender 4.1 fully supports macOS Monterey.


Bug Fixes

Not hiding left menu when needed on Monterey

This has been fixed.

Memory leak

There was a slow memory leak effecting a small number of users, this has been fixed.

Typos

There was a couple of typos in Bartenders preferences, these have been fixed. thanks all who reported them.


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Bartender 4.1.01

New Features / Improvements

macOS Monterey Support

Bartender 4.1 fully supports macOS Monterey.


Bug Fixes

Memory leak

There was a slow memory leak effecting a small number of users, this has been fixed.

Typos

There was a couple of typos in Bartenders preferences, these have been fixed. thanks all who reported them.

Screen recording menu bar item

The screen recording menu bar item should now show a lot faster when you start recording your screen, and is in the shown section by default. You can move it to the hidden section if you prefer.

Hidden items not hiding again, if in app with menu bar item

Bartender will keep hidden items shown when you are using the UI of a menu bar item, this could stop items hiding if in an app that also has a menu bar item, this has been fixed.

Small UI adjustments

Small changes to the UI to help initial user experience.

iMazing mini popup not showing with custom keyboard shortcut

This has been fixed.

⌘+Q quitting Bartender from Bartender Bar

Command+Q would quit Bartender from any of its UI, even when not the active app which is not desirable. The ability to quit Bartender with command Q has been removed.

Show for Updates Image Comparison Tuning

Thank you to the user who provided me with examples of Show for update image comparisons that have given incorrect results, using these I have tuned the image comparison more.

Option key added to click from Bartender Bar

Activating menu bar items from the Bartender Bar would sometimes wrongly include the option key, this has been fixed.

Shift in menu bar items when changing space

Bartender could shift the menu bar items for a split second when changing spaces, this has been fixed.

Menu bar item spacing not applied after macOS restart

For some users menu bar item spacing is not being applied after a macOS restart, and a logout and back in is required. This version has test fixes in place for this.

Rare slowdown loading of Menu Bar Layout Screen, and high CPU usage

This has effected a very small number of users and seems linked to accessing Current Session Dictionary, I have removed this and it should hopefully fix this issue.

MacUpdater left click not working

This has been fixed

Quick Search, Esc not resetting search

Pressing Esc in Quick search after searching for something would not reset the shown results back to all items, it does now.


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Bartender 4.1.00

macOS Monterey Developer Beta Quick Patch

macOS Monterey Developer Beta Patch

This is a quick patch to Bartender 4 so that its basic features can be used on macOS Menterey, it just disables the features that are not yet compatible. I am working on a fully compatible version, but I may need to wait until at least the next macOS beta to see if any of the incombatibilities/issues have been fixed.
I do not need feedback on whats not working in this version.


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Bartender 4.0.48

New Features / Improvements

Public Beta Finished

I am super excited to announce that with this release Bartender 4 has finished its public beta.
This does not mean I am stopping working on Bartender 4, anything but! As I still have many exciting features I want to add.
This means Bartender 4 has now been thoroughly tested by all you great users (thank you!) and I am confident it works as expected on all the many different user setups.
If you have not yet purchased a license, your 4 week trial of Bartender 4 will start now.


Bug Fixes

Screen recording menu bar item

The screen recording menu bar item should now show a lot faster when you start recording your screen, and is in the shown section by default. You can move it to the hidden section if you prefer.

Hidden items not hiding again, if in app with menu bar item

Bartender will keep hidden items shown when you are using the UI of a menu bar item, this could stop items hiding if in an app that also has a menu bar item, this has been fixed.

Small UI adjustments

Small changes to the UI to help initial user experience.

iMazing mini popup not showing with custom keyboard shortcut

This has been fixed.

⌘+Q quitting Bartender from Bartender Bar

Command+Q would quit Bartender from any of its UI, even when not the active app which is not desirable. The ability to quit Bartender with command Q has been removed.

Show for Updates Image Comparison Tuning

Thank you to the user who provided me with examples of Show for update image comparisons that have given incorrect results, using these I have tuned the image comparison more.

Option key added to click from Bartender Bar

Activating menu bar items from the Bartender Bar would sometimes wrongly include the option key, this has been fixed.

Shift in menu bar items when changing space

Bartender could shift the menu bar items for a split second when changing spaces, this has been fixed.

Menu bar item spacing not applied after macOS restart

For some users menu bar item spacing is not being applied after a macOS restart, and a logout and back in is required. This version has test fixes in place for this.

Rare slowdown loading of Menu Bar Layout Screen, and high CPU usage

This has effected a very small number of users and seems linked to accessing Current Session Dictionary, I have removed this and it should hopefully fix this issue.

MacUpdater left click not working

This has been fixed

Quick Search, Esc not resetting search

Pressing Esc in Quick search after searching for something would not reset the shown results back to all items, it does now.


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Bartender 4.0.44

New Features / Improvements

Custom Hot Keys for any menu bar item

Now with Bartender you can now assign hot keys to any menu bar items, Activating the hot key will show the menu bar item (if its hidden) and optionally left click or right click it.
Great for apps that are hidden, or apps that don't let you assign a hot key (like Control Center or Notification Center).

Initial AppleScript support

You can now perform a number of Bartender functions via AppleScript (see its library in Script Editor). This includes showing menu bar items, and activating them.

Initial Spotlight support

You can now search for menu bar items and activate them using spotlight, start your search with the keyword "Bartender ".

Show For Updates Image Comparison Algorithm

The image comparison algorithm has been completely re-written, it has always worked in light/dark mode and with different backgrounds, but it now has less chance of false positives, and better detection of real even very small changes (This now works with Arq), all this and it uses less CPU to do the check.

Updated sidebar icons

There are new images for the sidebar icons in Bartender Preferences.


Bug Fixes

Show for Updates Image Comparison Tuning

Thank you to the user who provided me with examples of Show for update image comparisons that have given incorrect results, using these I have tuned the image comparison more.

Shift in menu bar items when changing space

Bartender could shift the menu bar items for a split second when changing spaces, this has been fixed.

Menu bar item spacing not applied after macOS restart

For some users menu bar item spacing is not being applied after a macOS restart, and a logout and back in is required. This version has test fixes in place for this.

Rare slowdown loading of Menu Bar Layout Screen, and high CPU usage

This has effected a very small number of users and seems linked to accessing Current Session Dictionary, I have removed this and it should hopefully fix this issue.

MacUpdater left click not working

This seemed to still be an issue for some users, this should be fixed.

Quick Search, Esc not resetting search

Pressing Esc in Quick search after searching for something would not reset the shown results back to all items, it does now.


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Bartender 4.0.41

New Features / Improvements

Custom Hot Keys for any menu bar item

Now with Bartender you can now assign hot keys to any menu bar items, Activating the hot key will show the menu bar item (if its hidden) and optionally left click or right click it.
Great for apps that are hidden, or apps that don't let you assign a hot key (like Control Center or Notification Center).

Initial AppleScript support

You can now perform a number of Bartender functions via AppleScript (see its library in Script Editor). This includes showing menu bar items, and activating them.

Initial Spotlight support

You can now search for menu bar items and activate them using spotlight, start your search with the keyword "Bartender ".

Show For Updates Image Comparison Algorithm

The image comparison algorithm has been completely re-written, it has always worked in light/dark mode and with different backgrounds, but it now has less chance of false positives, and better detection of real even very small changes (This now works with Arq), all this and it uses less CPU to do the check.

Updated sidebar icons

There are new images for the sidebar icons in Bartender Preferences.


Bug Fixes

Bartender menu showing

A Bartender menu would show when Bartender was supposed to hide the left menu, this has been fixed.

Revealed menu bar items hiding while using them

A menu bar item shown via hotkey, Bartender Bar, or Quick Search could hide again while the user was still interacting with its UI. This has been fixed.

Menu bar items hiding, before user finished using it

Menu bar items revealed by hotkey/quick search should stay visible while their UI is in use, this has been fixed.

Crashes

A possible crashes have been reported and fixed in this release.

Keyboard shortcuts

Normal keyboard shortcuts to hide windows and show preferences were not working in some of Bartenders UI (like Quick search) this has been fixed.

No background color in menu bar layout

For a small number of users occasionally Bartender could not get the color of the menu bar to apply to the background of the menu bar layout tab in Bartender preferences, in this case Bartender now defaults to a grey so items are easy to see still.


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Bartender 4.0.35

New Features / Improvements

Tool tips for menu bar items in Menu bar layout

Menu bar items should now show tooltips of the app name in Menu bar layout.

Always hide location menu bar item

You can now set the location menu bar item to be always hidden, this is in Advanced preferences.

Ability set delay for show on mouse over

This allows you to set a longer delay for show on mouse over to prevent accidental activation when moving over menu bar.

Setting to not show hidden items when ⌘+dragging a menu bar item in the menu bar

This is in Advanced settings and allows you to not show hidden items when dragging a menu bar item in the menu bar.

Voiceover support in menu bar layout

Improved voice over support in menu bar layout to include menu bar item app names.

Show for Updates can be set to follow the macOS Do Not Disturb state

SHow for updates can follow the macOS Do Not Disturb state, so show for updates will not show when Do Not Disturb is on.

Alt/Option click on menu bar will show always hidden items

Now you can show always hidden items by alt/option clicking on empty menu bar space.


Bug Fixes

Bartender Preferences resizing issue

This has been fixed.

Crashes

4 possible crashes have been reported and fixed in this release.

Right click in Bartender Bar not working

You should now be able to right click items in the Bartender Bar and have them right click in the menu bar.

Removing a spacer in Menu Bar Layout removed all from same section

This has been fixed.

Tap to click not working on Bartender menu bar item sometimes

This has been fixed.

Tap to click not working on Bartender menu bar item sometimes

This has been fixed.

Starting Bartender from Login Items with hide set would prevent Bartender Bar showing

This has been fixed.

Menu bar items slow to show on when switching screens on macOS 11.2

This should now be fixed.

Emoji Picker not showing sometimes on spacer UI

This should now be fixed.

Menu bar spacing reset after update until restart

With the previous test build custom menu bar spacing would not be maintained until macOS was restarted again, this has been fixed.

Menu bar spacing restart message

Bartender now only shows the message if you change the setting, if you go back to already set spacing, the message is not shown.

Multipass compatibility

Bartender would not handle Multipass as it has set its ID to nothing, Bartender can now handle this, and works with Multipass.

Right Click a Show for update menu bar item

Right clicking a show for update menu bar item should now work.

MacUpdater show for update menu bar item, left click not working first time.

A left click on the MacUpdater menu bar item when showing for updates, should now work.


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Bartender 4.0.33

New Features / Improvements

Reduce the space between menu bar items

Bartender 4 can now reduce the space between menu bar items, set it back to previous macOS version, or to no spacing (to fit lots of menu bar items on screen).



Bug Fixes

Colour of sections in Menu Bar Layout wrong

This has been fixed.

Items not hiding

This was an issue in multi screen setups that has now been fixed, thanks to those who provided diagnostics for this.

Bartender menu bar item not clickable at very top edge of screen

This has been fixed.

Menu items displaying slowly when change screen

This has been fixed.

Bartender activating when accessing Little Snitch Menu

This has been fixed.

Items not moving with fullscreen apps on multiple display setups

This should now be fixed.

Show for update script triggers not working

Bartender used the user configured shell, this would not work for some shells and the setup configurations. Defaulted Bartender to use zsh.

Possible crash

This should now be fixed.

Memory leaks

Found and fixed some more obscure memory leaks.

Show For Update not appearing

This should now be fixed.

UI Image updates

Small changes to some icons etc.

Clicking Bartender menu bar item hides then unhides items

This was a bug introduced in previous test builds, when a small number of user has "Bartender 3 style" reveal setup. This has been fixed.


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Bartender 4.0.28

NOTE: Trial Over Window showing in error in Bartender 4.0.18

If you have seen a trial over window, this is a bug in Bartender 4.0.18 and the free trial is still active and your license is valid, you just need to update to this version of Bartender 4.
If after seeing that message the update fails to relaunch Bartender, please manually quit Bartender using Activity monitor, you can do so by launching Activity Monitor, find Bartender 4 and select it, then select in the menu bar View > Quit Process.

New Features / Improvements

Apple Silicon Support

Bartender 4 now runs natively on Apple Silicon macs.


Bug Fixes

Show For Updates text not showing correct show time when less than 15 seconds

This has been fixed.

Dock icon staying in dock

The dock icon would not disappear reliably in the previous build. It should now.

Hotkey to show hidden items didn't show Bartender Bar

Now if you have selected to use the Bartender Bar the hotkey will show the Bartender Bar.

Bartender Bar hidden by Notifications or other app windows

Bartender Bar should now display above almost any other window.

Always Hidden divider doesn't need label

The Always hidden divider always had the "Always Hidden" label, this took up space when it isn't needed, it now only shows that label when dragging items.

Background colour behind menu bar items didn't match menu bar, on multi screen setups.

This would pickup the background colour from the other screens menu bar, this has now been fixed.

Bartender Bar bigger than needed for menu bar items

This has been fixed and the Bartender Bar should be the correct size for its items.

Moving Items Notification cant be disabled

There is now an option to disable this in Advanced Preferences.

Show For Update Scripts loading users setups

When Bartender ran users SFU trigger scripts zsh or bash would load the users startup scripts, this could cause a delay and extra CPU usage, this has been stopped.

Memory leaks

I have found and fixed 2 memory leaks that over time would lead to Bartender using a lot of memory.

Bartender not moving items

Bartender would not move items if there was any menu open on macOS, this was so it didn't move a menu item if it is showing its menu. Some users reported Bartender not hiding SFU menu bar items and it was discovered that in some situations macOS will not correctly report when a menu closes, hence Bartender not moving items. Bartender now detects if a menu is showing for a menu item and will only not move items if a menu is for a menu bar app.

Crashes

I have received reports of 4 different crashes, these should be fixed.

2 New Bartender menu bar item icons

Added 2 new options for Bartenders menu bar item image, a single dot, and a arrow.

Clicking on an applications menu would activate Bartender

If an Application had a menu bar item, and you clicked on its Application menu (left menu) Bartender would activate. This has been fixed.

Show For Updates items not displaying after a space change

Due to a bug in macOS, changing spaces could prevent Bartender from being able to display some show for updates menu bar items, A work around has been added to prevent this.

Enter not selecting menu bar item in Quick Search

If the user had used the mouse to select an item in Quick Search, enter would not work the next time to select an item, and the search field would not have keyboard focus. This has been fixed.

Gap left where Bartender menu item would be, if Bartender menu item hidden and space changed

This would leave a gap in the menu bar. This has been fixed.

Apps that create multiple menu items with the same ID not handled well

Apps that create multiple items with the same ID, would not have those items handled individually, and could lead to items not showing. This has been fixed

Click on menu bar to show hidden items not working on multiple screens

This has been fixed.

Preferences not resizable smaller.

After making preferences bigger and closing it, then re-opening it, it could not be resized back down. This has been fixed.

Color of menu bar not detected on multiple screens with hidden menu bars.

This has been fixed.

Scrolling on menu items in Bartender Bar

This now correctly works.


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Bartender 4.0.18

New Features / Improvements

Bartender Bar

The Bartender Bar is back! You can now show hidden items in the Bartender Bar beneath the menu bar, allowing you much more space for menu bar items.

Battery Show For Updates percentage trigger

You can now set the battery charge percentage the battery menu item will trigger its show for update at.


Bug Fixes

Bartender Bar not showing

For some users the Bartender Bar would not show when clicking the Bartender menu bar item. this has been fixed.

Show for updates Enable buttons confusing

These have been changed to the standard switch controls.

Crashing fullscreen apps, when using Bartender with hide shown items enabled

This is actually a bug in an Apple framework that Bartender was triggering, I have worked around it now and it shouldn't happen any more.

Crash

Fixed a crash situation when using multiple screens.

Menu bar colour not detected if menu bar hidden

Bartender cannot get the color of the menu bar, when it is hidden. Bartender will now work out the color from the desktop background.


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Bartender 4.0.17

New Features / Improvements

Bartender Bar

The Bartender Bar is back! You can now show hidden items in the Bartender Bar beneath the menu bar, allowing you much more space for menu bar items.

Battery Show For Updates percentage trigger

You can now set the battery charge percentage the battery menu item will trigger its show for update at.


Bug Fixes

Show for updates Enable buttons confusing

These have been changed to the standard switch controls.

Crashing fullscreen apps, when using Bartender with hide shown items enabled

This is actually a bug in an Apple framework that Bartender was triggering, I have worked around it now and it shouldn't happen any more.

Crash

Fixed a crash situation when using multiple screens.

Menu bar colour not detected if menu bar hidden

Bartender cannot get the color of the menu bar, when it is hidden. Bartender will now work out the color from the desktop background.


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Bartender 4.0.16

Bug Fixes

Side Panel label not visible

On macOS Big Sur Beta 10 the side panel selected label would not be visible. This has been fixed.

Not showing menu bar colour behind menu items in Menu Bar Layout screen

On systems with autohide menu bar enabled in macOS Bartender would not show a correct colour behind menu bar items in the layout screen. This has been fixed for now by defaulting to grey. In the future I want to still work out a approximate menu bar colour to use in this situation.

3 or more instances of same app wouldn't be recognised

Bartender would not correctly place multiple 3 or more instances of the same app, such as 3 copies of OneDrive running. This has been fixed.

Bartender unable to move items for some users if started at login

For a small number of users, Bartender would not be able to control items if it started at login. This should now work.

Accessibility permissions issue

Its possible for macOS to get corrupted accessibility permissions, this would prevent Bartender from moving menu bar items. Bartender now detects this and informs the user.

Beta expired when user had Buddhist Calendar selected

This has now been fixed.


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Bartender 4.0.15

Bug Fixes

Side Panel label not visible

On macOS Big Sur Beta 10 the side panel selected label would not be visible. This has been fixed.

3 or more instances of same app wouldn't be recognised

Bartender would not correctly place multiple 3 or more instances of the same app, such as 3 copies of OneDrive running. This has been fixed.

Bartender unable to move items for some users if started at login

For a small number of users, Bartender would not be able to control items if it started at login. This should now work.

Accessibility permissions issue

Its possible for macOS to get corrupted accessibility permissions, this would prevent Bartender from moving menu bar items. Bartender now detects this and informs the user.

Beta expired when user had Buddhist Calendar selected

This has now been fixed.


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Bartender 4.0.10

Bug Fixes

Screen not sleeping

The screen would not sleep if the user just put the screen to sleep (this is again caused by macOS adding the Do Not Disturb menu item to the menu bar when the screen sleeps). This has been fixed.

Multiple instances of same app wouldn't be recognised

Bartender would not correctly place multiple instances of the same app, such as 2 copies of OneDrive running. This has been fixed.

Bartender dividers didn't perform any action

The dividers "‹" didn't have any action when clicked. They now perform the same as Bartenders menu bar item.

Battery Show For Update displaying wrong text

The Battery show for update would show the wrong description, this has been fixed.


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Bartender 4.0.8

Bug Fixes

Red menu bar when changing spaces

Bartender would flash up a red menu bar when changing spaces, this has been fixed.

Bartender prevented Sleep

Bartender will now not wake macOS from sleep.

Show For Update Scripts checking all output

Show for update scripts would have all their output checked for true / false, preventing any debug output etc. Now the script checker will only check the last line for true/false.

App marked as uncontrollable after macOS restart

Bartender would try and move an apps menu bar item soon after it launches, but some apps are not yet ready to be moved as the system is busy, Bartender would try this twice then mark the app as not movable. Bartender will now wait 20 seconds between attempts allowing apps to perform there initial setup etc.

Ghost Show for Update items

If a menu bar item was removed from the menu bar while its showing as a Show For Update, a copy of it could get stuck in the menu bar, this has now been fixed.


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Bartender 4.0.7

Bug Fixes

Unable to add Show for Update triggers

If a user cancelled adding a Show For Update Trigger, they could not add another until Bartender was restarted. This has been fixed.

Crashes

2 different crashes have been reported and fixed. Thank you.

Slow editing in Show For Update script field

typing in this field was slow, This is fixed.


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Bartender 4.0.6

Thank you all, your feedback has been great and has resulted in lots of fixes in this version, please keep the feedback coming.

New Features / Improvements

Quick Search

Quick Search has been added to the test builds, its a fuzzy search window you can use to show and activate menu bar items quickly. Just use your Quick Search hotkey or select Quick Search from the Bartender menu, if you want to just show an item (for 30 seconds) hold down alt while pressing return.

Licensing

Licensing has been added ready for the public beta, it's still free to use Bartender 4 while it's in public beta.


Bug Fixes

Tool tips in Menu Bar Layout

Tool tips should now show when you select a item, this still needs improving

Crash in Menu Bar Layout

If there were no items in the shown section adding a item could cause a crash this has been fixed.

Loss of focus on Bartender Preferences Window

Bartenders preferences window could loose focus when hiding the left menu, this is fixed.


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Bartender 4.0.4

Thank you all, your feedback has been great and has resulted in lots of fixes in this version, please keep the feedback coming.

New Features / Improvements

Ability to Hide Hidden Item Divider ( ❮ )

You can now set the Hidden item divider ( ❮ ) to not show.


Bug Fixes

Crash

There was a crash reported when using multiple monitors. This should be fixed, but please report any crashes.


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Bartender 4.0.3

Thank you all, your feedback has been great and has resulted in lots of fixes in this version, please keep the feedback coming.

New Features / Improvements

Added Spacers

Spacers can now be added to the menu bar in the layout screen. You can set their width and have them display text/emoji.
NOTE: For some reason on Big Sur I have been unable to get the text picker (emoji picker) to display from the popup. For now if it doesn't show for you, you can copy and past emoji/special characters from text edit etc.


Bug Fixes

Incompatibility with BetterTouchTool

Again this needed a bit more work, Bartender now waits for BTT to finish with events separately than the timeout for the menu bar item it is moving, so menu bar items should not be marked as unmovable by mistake any more.

Logic issues with "Increased Space" enabled and Bartender menu item in hidden set

Bartender would not correctly manage this setup causing unexpected behaviour. This has been fixed.

Incompatibility with Remote Desktop Connection

Bartender would consider the mac idle (as remote desktop connections do not update the idle time) and as such would stop moving menu items, this has been fixed.

Crashes

There was a crash reported in the layout screen. And one in Bartenders core. These should be fixed, but please report any crashes.


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Bartender 4.0.2

Thank you all, your feedback has been great and has resulted in lots of fixes in this version, please keep the feedback coming.

Bug Fixes

Incompatibility with BetterTouchTool

This seemed to still cause some issues on loaded systems, I have taken further steps to stop Bartender marking items as unmovable when BTT takes some time processing events.

Notification Center notifications stopped Bartender

Bartender would not try and move items at all if Notification Center had any notifications showing on a screen, this has been fixed.

Cancel Choosing a menu bar image caused no image to display

If the user canceled choosing their own menu bar image for Bartender, no icon would be displayed by Bartender for its menu bar item, it now defaults back to the more icon.


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Bartender 4.0.1

Thank you all, your feedback has been great and has resulted in lots of fixes in this version, please keep the feedback coming.

Bug Fixes

Incompatibility with BetterTouchTool

Bartender 4 could not control menu bar items if BTT was running, this has been fixed.

Uncontrollable items not shown in Bartender 4 UI

Items that could not be controlled did not indicate this at all in Bartender, this has been fixed.

⌘ + W did not close preferences window

This now works.

Sending feedback not working

This should now work.

Typos

Spelling mistakes that where pointed out have been fixed, thanks for this.

Menu Bar Layout Merging

In the previous build menu bar layout replaced the previous layout, with this release it now merges items not present in the new layout from the old layout.
This is to allow items not currently in the menu bar to remain where they were previously placed.

Incorrectly showed trial time remaining

While in public beta Bartender 4 will not expire, so no trial time should be shown. This has been fixed.

Lots of smaller changes

There are many smaller changes and fixes included as I work on Bartender 4.


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Bartender Test Build 4.2.16

New Features / Improvements

macOS Ventura Support

Bartender 4 is ready for macOS Ventura


Bug Fixes

macOS Ventura Permissions not reported correctly at login

macOS Ventura seems for some users to reports the permsissions incorrectly when a user first logs in, this update tries to work around this issue.

Bartender Bar color missing

Improvments were made to the color of the Bartender Bar backround, but this caused a color not to be applied for some users, sometimes. This has been fixed.

macOS Ventura FaceTime Handoff menu bar item not accounted for

The macOS FaceTime Handoff menu bar item is another special menu bar item that macOS forces to show (cannot be hidden) Bartender did not take this into account, it does now.

Show for Updates table, truncated text

The description of SHow For Updates should now truncate if the Preferences window is made wider.

Bartender Bar Color

I have refinded the code that colors the BBartender Bar to better take into account the position of the Bartender Bar under the menu bar, as the menu bar can change color along its length.


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Bartender Test Build 4.2.15

New Features / Improvements

macOS Ventura Support

Bartender 4 is ready for macOS Ventura


Bug Fixes

macOS Ventura FaceTime Handoff menu bar item not accounted for

The macOS FaceTime Handoff menu bar item is another special menu bar item that macOS forces to show (cannot be hidden) Bartender did not take this into account, it does now.

Show for Updates table, truncated text

The description of SHow For Updates should now truncate if the Preferences window is made wider.

Bartender Bar Color

I have refinded the code that colors the BBartender Bar to better take into account the position of the Bartender Bar under the menu bar, as the menu bar can change color along its length.


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Bartender Test Build 4.2.14

New Features / Improvements

macOS Ventura Support

Bartender 4 is ready for macOS Ventura


Bug Fixes

macOS Ventura FaceTime Handoff menu bar item not accounted for

The macOS FaceTime Handoff menu bar item is another special menu bar item that macOS forces to show (cannot be hidden) Bartender did not take this into account, it does now.

Show for Updates table, truncated text

The description of SHow For Updates should now truncate if the Preferences window is made wider.

Bartender Bar Color

I have refinded the code that colors the BBartender Bar to better take into account the position of the Bartender Bar under the menu bar, as the menu bar can change color along its length.


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Bartender Test Build 4.2.12

New Features / Improvements

macOS Ventura Support

Bartender 4 is ready for macOS Ventura


Bug Fixes

Keyboard Navigation issues

The updates to support macOS Ventura had caused keyboard navigation to stop working on older macOS releases, this has been fixed. With the latest macOS Ventura beta the keyboard navigation highlight may not have automatically hidden when it should, this has been fixed.

Small fixes for issues fixed in latest macOS Ventura Betas

Small changes after issues resolved in macOS Ventura's latest betas.

Items not showing smoothly from Bartender Bar on macOS Ventura Beta 7

With macOS Ventura Beta 7 the showing of items from the Bartender Bar could jitter or fail, this has been fixed.

On macOS Ventura sometimes Bartenders windows/UI will not display

This has been fixed

Bartender Bar taking keyboard focus

Whe you show the Bartender Bar it would takes keyboard focus to allow the user to keyboard navigate their menu bar items, this would prevent the user continuing typing in whatever window they were using (if they had just put the mouse in the menu bar say). There is now a setting to turn of Bartender Bar keyboard navigation in Bartenders Advanced Preferences.

Menu Bar items not controlled correctly on Ventura later betas sometimes

On macOS Ventura for some users, items would not move into the menu bar (when clicked in the Bartender Bar), This has been fixed

Sometimes menu bar item spacing not applied after macOS restart

For a small number of users there set menu bar item spacing would not be applied after restarting macOS, this has been fixed.

Scroll Bar covering menu bar items in the Bartender Bar

If a user had more menu bar items in the Bartender Bar than the width of their screen scrolling would be required, the scroll bar for this partially covered the menu bar item sin the Bartender Bar, this has been fixed.

Option + hover or click to show all hidden items not working in macOS Ventura

This has been fixed.

macOS Ventura Settings links

With the macOS changes from System Preferences to System Settings and the new UI, links from Bartender to specific preference panes didn't work, these have been updated and now work correctly.

Menu bar items activated by hotkey or quick search on hidden menu bar moved

If the user has macOS set to automatically hide the menu bar or in full screen app, activating a menu bar that is already in the menu bar would move it to the end of the menu bar items, this has been fixed.

Small square window left on screen or in menu bar for a user

This has been fixed

Menu bar layout dragging on macOS Ventura

The dragging behaviour in menu bar layout had got worse due to changes in macOS Ventura, this has been fixed.


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Bartender Test Build 4.2.11

New Features / Improvements

macOS Ventura Support

Bartender 4 is ready for macOS Ventura


Bug Fixes

Small fixes for issues fixed in latest macOS Ventura Betas

Small changes after issues resolved in macOS Ventura's latets betas.

Items not showing smoothly from Bartender Bar on macOS Ventura Beta 7

With macOS Ventura Beta 7 the showing of items from the Bartender Bar could jitter or fail, this has been fixed.

On macOS Ventura sometimes Bartenders windows/UI will not display

This has been fixed

Bartender Bar taking keyboard focus

Whe you show the Bartender Bar it would takes keyboard focus to allow the user to keyboard navigate their menu bar items, this would prevent the user continuing typing in whatever window they were using (if they had just put the mouse in the menu bar say). There is now a setting to turn of Bartender Bar keyboard navigation in Bartenders Advanced Preferences.

Menu Bar items not controlled correctly on Ventura later betas sometimes

On macOS Ventura for some users, items would not move into the menu bar (when clicked in the Bartender Bar), This has been fixed

Sometimes menu bar item spacing not applied after macOS restart

For a small number of users there set menu bar item spacing would not be applied after restarting macOS, this has been fixed.

Scroll Bar covering menu bar items in the Bartender Bar

If a user had more menu bar items in the Bartender Bar than the width of their screen scrolling would be required, the scroll bar for this partially covered the menu bar item sin the Bartender Bar, this has been fixed.

Option + hover or click to show all hidden items not working in macOS Ventura

This has been fixed.

macOS Ventura Settings links

With the macOS changes from System Preferences to System Settings and the new UI, links from Bartender to specific preference panes didn't work, these have been updated and now work correctly.

Menu bar items activated by hotkey or quick search on hidden menu bar moved

If the user has macOS set to automatically hide the menu bar or in full screen app, activating a menu bar that is already in the menu bar would move it to the end of the menu bar items, this has been fixed.

Small square window left on screen or in menu bar for a user

This has been fixed

Menu bar layout dragging on macOS Ventura

The dragging behaviour in menu bar layout had got worse due to changes in macOS Ventura, this has been fixed.


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Bartender Test Build 4.2.10

New Features / Improvements

macOS Ventura Support

Bartender 4 is ready for macOS Ventura


Bug Fixes

Items not showing smoothly from Bartender Bar on macOS Ventura Beta 7

With macOS Ventura Beta 7 the showing of items from the Bartender Bar could jitter or fail, this has been fixed.

On macOS Ventura sometimes Bartenders windows/UI will not display

This has been fixed

Bartender Bar taking keyboard focus

Whe you show the Bartender Bar it would takes keyboard focus to allow the user to keyboard navigate their menu bar items, this would prevent the user continuing typing in whatever window they were using (if they had just put the mouse in the menu bar say). There is now a setting to turn of Bartender Bar keyboard navigation in Bartenders Advanced Preferences.

Menu Bar items not controlled correctly on Ventura later betas sometimes

On macOS Ventura for some users, items would not move into the menu bar (when clicked in the Bartender Bar), This has been fixed

Sometimes menu bar item spacing not applied after macOS restart

For a small number of users there set menu bar item spacing would not be applied after restarting macOS, this has been fixed.

Scroll Bar covering menu bar items in the Bartender Bar

If a user had more menu bar items in the Bartender Bar than the width of their screen scrolling would be required, the scroll bar for this partially covered the menu bar item sin the Bartender Bar, this has been fixed.

Option + hover or click to show all hidden items not working in macOS Ventura

This has been fixed.

macOS Ventura Settings links

With the macOS changes from System Preferences to System Settings and the new UI, links from Bartender to specific preference panes didn't work, these have been updated and now work correctly.

Menu bar items activated by hotkey or quick search on hidden menu bar moved

If the user has macOS set to automatically hide the menu bar or in full screen app, activating a menu bar that is already in the menu bar would move it to the end of the menu bar items, this has been fixed.

Small square window left on screen or in menu bar for a user

This has been fixed

Menu bar layout dragging on macOS Ventura

The dragging behaviour in menu bar layout had got worse due to changes in macOS Ventura, this has been fixed.


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Bartender Test Build 4.2.8

New Features / Improvements

macOS Ventura Support

Bartender 4 is ready for macOS Ventura


Bug Fixes

On macOS Ventura sometimes Bartenders windows/UI will not display

This has been fixed

Bartender Bar taking keyboard focus

Whe you show the Bartender Bar it would takes keyboard focus to allow the user to keyboard navigate their menu bar items, this would prevent the user continuing typing in whatever window they were using (if they had just put the mouse in the menu bar say). There is now a setting to turn of Bartender Bar keyboard navigation in Bartenders Advanced Preferences.

Menu Bar items not controlled correctly on Ventura later betas sometimes

On macOS Ventura for some users, items would not move into the menu bar (when clicked in the Bartender Bar), This has been fixed

Sometimes menu bar item spacing not applied after macOS restart

For a small number of users there set menu bar item spacing would not be applied after restarting macOS, this has been fixed.

Scroll Bar covering menu bar items in the Bartender Bar

If a user had more menu bar items in the Bartender Bar than the width of their screen scrolling would be required, the scroll bar for this partially covered the menu bar item sin the Bartender Bar, this has been fixed.

Option + hover or click to show all hidden items not working in macOS Ventura

This has been fixed.

macOS Ventura Settings links

With the macOS changes from System Preferences to System Settings and the new UI, links from Bartender to specific preference panes didn't work, these have been updated and now work correctly.

Menu bar items activated by hotkey or quick search on hidden menu bar moved

If the user has macOS set to automatically hide the menu bar or in full screen app, activating a menu bar that is already in the menu bar would move it to the end of the menu bar items, this has been fixed.

Small square window left on screen or in menu bar for a user

This has been fixed

Menu bar layout dragging on macOS Ventura

The dragging behaviour in menu bar layout had got worse due to changes in macOS Ventura, this has been fixed.


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Bartender Test Build 4.2.4

New Features / Improvements

Initial macOS Ventura Support

This is the initial support for macOS Ventura, supporting the macOS changes that prevented Bartender from working correctly. There are still some updates needed (renaming things to "Settings" instead of "Preferences") etc.


Known Issues

On macOS Ventura sometimes Bartenders windows/UI will not display

Restarting Bartender should fix this (you may need to quit Bartender from Activity Monitor, as its menu will not show), this seems like a macOS beta bug, I am waiting on the next macOS beta before looking more deeply into it.


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Bartender Test Build 4.2.0

New Features / Improvements

Initial macOS Ventura Support

This is the initial support for macOS Ventura, supporting the macOS changes that prevented Bartender from working correctly. There are still some updates needed (renaming things to "Settings" instead of "Preferences") etc.


Known Issues

On macOS Ventura sometimes Bartenders windows/UI will not display

Restarting Bartender should fix this (you may need to quit Bartender from Activity Monitor, as its menu will not show), this seems like a macOS beta bug, I am waiting on the next macOS beta before looking more deeply into it.


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Bartender Test Build 4.1.53

Bug Fixes

Show all items on screen larger than, not applying after sleep etc.

For a small number of users this setting would not get applied when connecting to a large screen sometimes. This should be fixed.


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Bartender Test Build 4.1.52

Bug Fixes

Show all items on screen larger than, not applying after sleep etc.

For a small number of users this setting would not get applied when connecting to a large screen sometimes. This should be fixed.


Download Link

Bartender Test Build 4.1.51

Bug Fixes

Fix for macOS 12.4 clock and date

macOS 12.4 introduces an option, turned on by default to only show the date when there is room in the menu bar, this means the date is not visible when Bartender is running unless you turn this to "always" in System Preferences > Dock And Menu Bar > Clock.
The changes in macOS 12.4 to support this also upset Bartenders logic, this has been fixed. Also Bartender now includes a message about changing this setting.

Crash Fix

Bartender 4.1.49 had a possible crash condition when opening Preferences, this has been fixed

Bartender not hiding items on 6K screens

This has been fixed.

Bartender script editor replacing quotes

This has been fixed.

Bartender script editor not resizing to window size

This has been fixed.

Spacers stated size changing in popup

This has been fixed.

Items clicked on in Bartender Bar not moving to shown space if previously shown recently

This has been fixed.

Screens slider labels overlapping with many screens

Made this clearer.

Accessibility Labels for Bartender menu bar items

Added more accessibility labels.

UI glitch in Bartender Bar with Full Keyboard Access enabled in macOS

This has been fixed.

Show for Update comparison returning 0% difference in Advanced Image Comparison

This has been fixed.

Autohide menu bar in macOS getting stuck in fullscreen

This has been fixed.


Download Link

Bartender Test Build 4.1.50

Bug Fixes

Fix for macOS 12.4 clock and date

macOS 12.4 introduces an option, turned on by default to only show the date when there is room in the menu bar, this means the date is not visible when Bartender is running unless you turn this to "always" in System Preferences > Dock And Menu Bar > Clock.
The changes in macOS 12.4 to support this also upset Bartenders logic, this has been fixed.

Crash Fix

Bartender 4.1.49 had a possible crash condition when opening Preferences, this has been fixed

Bartender not hiding items on 6K screens

This has been fixed.

Bartender script editor replacing quotes

This has been fixed.

Bartender script editor not resizing to window size

This has been fixed.

Spacers stated size changing in popup

This has been fixed.

Items clicked on in Bartender Bar not moving to shown space if previously shown recently

This has been fixed.

Screens slider labels overlapping with many screens

Made this clearer.

Accessibility Labels for Bartender menu bar items

Added more accessibility labels.

UI glitch in Bartender Bar with Full Keyboard Access enabled in macOS

This has been fixed.

Show for Update comparison returning 0% difference in Advanced Image Comparison

This has been fixed.

Autohide menu bar in macOS getting stuck in fullscreen

This has been fixed.


Download Link

Bartender Test Build 4.1.49

Bug Fixes

Fix for macOS 12.4 beta 4 & clock and date

macOS 12.4 beta 4 introduces an option, turned on by default to only show the date when there is room in the menu bar, this means the date is not visible when Bartender is running unless you turn this to "always" in System Preferences > Dock And Menu Bar > Clock.
The changes in macOS 12.4 to support this also upset Bartenders logic, this has been fixed.

Bartender not hiding items on 6K screens

This has been fixed.

Bartender script editor replacing quotes

This has been fixed.

Bartender script editor not resizing to window size

This has been fixed.

Spacers stated size changing in popup

This has been fixed.

Items clicked on in Bartender Bar not moving to shown space if previously shown recently

This has been fixed.

Screens slider labels overlapping with many screens

Made this clearer.

Accessibility Labels for Bartender menu bar items

Added more accessibility labels.

UI glitch in Bartender Bar with Full Keyboard Access enabled in macOS

This has been fixed.

Show for Update comparison returning 0% difference in Advanced Image Comparison

This has been fixed.

Autohide menu bar in macOS getting stuck in fullscreen

This has been fixed.


Download Link

Bartender Test Build 4.1.48

Bug Fixes

Fix for macOS 12.4 beta 4 & clock and date

macOS 12.4 beta 4 introduces an option, turned on by default to only show the date when there is room in the menu bar, this means the date is not visible when Bartender is running unless you turn this to "always" in System Preferences > Dock And Menu Bar > Clock.
The changes in macOS 12.4 to support this also upset Bartenders logic, this has been fixed.

Bartender not hiding items on 6K screens

This has been fixed.

Bartender script editor replacing quotes

This has been fixed.

Bartender script editor not resizing to window size

This has been fixed.

Spacers stated size changing in popup

This has been fixed.

Items clicked on in Bartender Bar not moving to shown space if previously shown recently

This has been fixed.

Screens slider labels overlapping with many screens

Made this clearer.

Accessibility Labels for Bartender menu bar items

Added more accessibility labels.

UI glitch in Bartender Bar with Full Keyboard Access enabled in macOS

This has been fixed.

Show for Update comparison returning 0% difference in Advanced Image Comparison

This has been fixed.

Autohide menu bar in macOS getting stuck in fullscreen

This has been fixed.


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Bartender Test Build 4.1.47

Bug Fixes

Bartender not hiding items on 6K screens

This has been fixed.

Bartender script editor replacing quotes

This has been fixed.

Bartender script editor not resizing to window size

This has been fixed.

Spacers stated size changing in popup

This has been fixed.

Items clicked on in Bartender Bar not moving to shown space if previously shown recently

This has been fixed.

Screens slider labels overlapping with many screens

Made this clearer.

Accessibility Labels for Bartender menu bar items

Added more accessibility labels.

UI glitch in Bartender Bar with Full Keyboard Access enabled in macOS

This has been fixed.

Show for Update comparison returning 0% difference in Advanced Image Comparison

This has been fixed.

Autohide menu bar in macOS getting stuck in fullscreen

This has been fixed.


Download Link

Bartender Test Build 4.1.40

New Features / Improvements

Show all hidden items on larger screens

Allows you to show all your menu bar items on larger screens, while stil hiding them on your laptop screen etc.

Quick Search selection hotkeys

With Quick Search you can now select one of the visible results using ⌘+number key.

Quick Search speed improvements

Quick Search should now appear/display twice as fast, compared to previous versions.

Bartender Bar visual improvements

Bartender Bars UI has been slightly tweaked/improved on different screen setups, and should now also show a bit faster.

Set Show for update image trigger comparison threshold

Bartender has a percentage difference it ignores before triggering a image comparison difference, you can now adjust this threshold, this is useful for menu bar items that do not change there icon much

Manually set menu bar item spacers width

You can now enter the exact width you want a menu bar spacer to be, instead of having to use the slider. Great to get all your spacers exactly the same.


Bug Fixes

Show all items on large screen not taking effect at launch

This has been fixed.

Show for updates becoming stuck

It was possible for some Show For updates to remain triggered, this has been fixed.

Bartender would not allow ⌘+\ as a hotkey

This has been fixed.

Unresponsive menu bar apps prevent items being arranged

With macOS Monterey, unresponsive menu bar apps can prevent other menu bar items being arranged, this also stops Bartender being able to arrange your menu bar items, this is now detected and the user gets a prompt that there is a unresponsive menu bar item app so they can quit/restart it.

With Screen Sharing/remote connection to mac, Bartender would not move items

This has been fixed.

Show full menu bar on some multiple screen setups, quickly flashing

This has been fixed.

Items not hiding after showing in fullscreen apps

For a small number of users items could stop hiding after showing them in a fullscreen app. This has been fixed.

Accessibility > Full Keyboard Access selected first item in Bartender Bar

Work has been done to better support Full Keyboard Access in the Bartender Bar.

Possible crash in previous test build

This has been fixed.

Showing removed menu bar items

With macOS Monterey menu bar items removed by a app could still be shown in Bartender, this has been fixed.


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Bartender Test Build 4.1.38

New Features / Improvements

Show all hidden items on larger screens

Allows you to show all your menu bar items on larger screens, while stil hiding them on your laptop screen etc.

Quick Search selection hotkeys

With Quick Search you can now select one of the visible results using ⌘+number key.

Quick Search speed improvements

Quick Search should now appear/display twice as fast, compared to previous versions.

Bartender Bar visual improvements

Bartender Bars UI has been slightly tweaked/improved on different screen setups, and should now also show a bit faster.

Set Show for update image trigger comparison threshold

Bartender has a percentage difference it ignores before triggering a image comparison difference, you can now adjust this threshold, this is useful for menu bar items that do not change there icon much

Manually set menu bar item spacers width

You can now enter the exact width you want a menu bar spacer to be, instead of having to use the slider. Great to get all your spacers exactly the same.


Bug Fixes

Show all items on large screen not taking effect at launch

This has been fixed.

Show for updates becoming stuck

It was possible for some Show For updates to remain triggered, this has been fixed.

Bartender would not allow ⌘+\ as a hotkey

This has been fixed.

Unresponsive menu bar apps prevent items being arranged

With macOS Monterey, unresponsive menu bar apps can prevent other menu bar items being arranged, this also stops Bartender being able to arrange your menu bar items, this is now detected and the user gets a prompt that there is a unresponsive menu bar item app so they can quit/restart it.

With Screen Sharing/remote connection to mac, Bartender would not move items

This has been fixed.

Show full menu bar on some multiple screen setups, quickly flashing

This has been fixed.

Items not hiding after showing in fullscreen apps

For a small number of users items could stop hiding after showing them in a fullscreen app. This has been fixed.

Accessibility > Full Keyboard Access selected first item in Bartender Bar

Work has been done to better support Full Keyboard Access in the Bartender Bar.

Possible crash in previous test build

This has been fixed.


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Bartender Test Build 4.1.36

New Features / Improvements

Show all hidden items on larger screens

Allows you to show all your menu bar items on larger screens, while stil hiding them on your laptop screen etc.

Quick Search selection hotkeys

With Quick Search you can now select one of the visible results using ⌘+number key.

Quick Search speed improvements

Quick Search should now appear/display twice as fast, compared to previous versions.

Bartender Bar visual improvements

Bartender Bars UI has been slightly tweaked/improved on different screen setups, and should now also show a bit faster.


Bug Fixes

Show all items on large screen not taking effect at launch

This has been fixed.

Show for updates becoming stuck

It was possible for some Show For updates to remain triggered, this has been fixed.

Bartender would not allow ⌘+\ as a hotkey

This has been fixed.

Unresponsive menu bar apps prevent items being arranged

With macOS Monterey, unresponsive menu bar apps can prevent other menu bar items being arranged, this also stops Bartender being able to arrange your menu bar items, this is now detected and the user gets a prompt that there is a unresponsive menu bar item app so they can quit/restart it.

With Screen Sharing/remote connection to mac, Bartender would not move items

This has been fixed.

Show full menu bar on some multiple screen setups, quickly flashing

This has been fixed.

Items not hiding after showing in fullscreen apps

For a small number of users items could stop hiding after showing them in a fullscreen app. This has been fixed.

Accessibility > Full Keyboard Access selected first item in Bartender Bar

Work has been done to better support Full Keyboard Access in the Bartender Bar.


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Bartender Test Build 4.1.35

New Features / Improvements

Show all hidden items on larger screens

Allows you to show all your menu bar items on larger screens, while stil hiding them on your laptop screen etc.

Quick Search selection hotkeys

With Quick Search you can now select one of the visible results using ⌘+number key.

Quick Search speed improvements

Quick Search should now appear/display twice as fast, compared to previous versions.

Bartender Bar visual improvements

Bartender Bars UI has been slightly tweaked/improved on different screen setups, and should now also show a bit faster.


Bug Fixes

Bartender would not allow ⌘+\ as a hotkey

This has been fixed.

Unresponsive menu bar apps prevent items being arranged

With macOS Monterey, unresponsive menu bar apps can prevent other menu bar items being arranged, this also stops Bartender being able to arrange your menu bar items, this is now detected and the user gets a prompt that there is a unresponsive menu bar item app so they can quit/restart it.

With Screen Sharing/remote connection to mac, Bartender would not move items

This has been fixed.

Show full menu bar on some multiple screen setups, quickly flashing

This has been fixed.

Items not hiding after showing in fullscreen apps

For a small number of users items could stop hiding after showing them in a fullscreen app. This has been fixed.

Accessibility > Full Keyboard Access selected first item in Bartender Bar

Work has been done to better support Full Keyboard Access in the Bartender Bar.


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Bartender Test Build 4.1.32

New Features / Improvements

Show all hidden items on larger screens

Allows you to show all your menu bar items on larger screens, while stil hiding them on your laptop screen etc.


Bug Fixes

With Screen Sharing/remote connection to mac, Bartender would not move items

This has been fixed.


Download Link

Bartender Test Build 4.1.31

New Features / Improvements

Ability to show all hidden items using option key with mouse over and also using Bartender bar

Now if you hold down option, and mouse over the menu bar, all hidden menu bar items (including Always Hidden menu bar items) will be shown.


Bug Fixes

Battery Show For Update Trigger label

macOS has changed its low battery warning threshold from 22% to 20 minutes remaining, as such the text for the trigger has been updated.

If a user had reduced transparency and autohide menu bar enabled in macOS the background color of menu bar layout could be incorrect/change

This has been fixed.

Couldn't activate items from Bartender Bar on ultra-wide screens

This has been fixed.

Items becomming unmovable when autohide menu bar enabled

If a user had a setup with 1 screen and menu bar autohide enabled in system preferences, it was possible for items to become unmovable. This has been fixed.

Fix for bug introduced in previous test build 4.1.21

The bug could cause items not to show/hide correctly, and cause mouse flickering when interactions occurred with other apps. This has been fixed.

Blank Bartender Bar

After leaving certain fullscreen apps, it could be possible for the Bartender Bar to appear empty until you chnage active app, this has been fixed

Bartender preventing sleeping

Under a rare situation in macOS Monterey, it was possible for Bartender to prevent the computer sleeping. This has been fixed.

Menu Bar Layout showing wrong menu bar color

Bartender Preferences > Menu Bar Layout could display a old menu bar color, this has been fixed

Bartender Preferences not showing menu bar item images when in fullscreen space on macOS Monterey

Bartender Preferences, will now open on a none fullscreen space to prevent this.

Fix for battery SFU showing/hiding repeatedly when on reduced checking

The battery menu bar item could show/hide repeatedly when showing for updates, and Bartender set to reduced checking, this has been fixed.

Menu Bar items appearing blank on macOS 11 with multiple screens

When activating a menu bar item via the Bartender Bar, they could appear blank, this has been fixed.

Excessive CPU usage with autohide menu bar enabled in macOS

If macOS was set to autohide its menu bar, Bartender could start using excessive CPU, this has been fixed.

Menu bar items not moving after a period of time

With changes in macOS Monterey for the notch, there was a possibility of Bartender stopping moving some menu bar items, this should be fixed.

Fix for Show For Update sizing on notched screen when at certain resolutions

If the notched screen was set at a custom resolution, Show For Update items could render at a large size, this has been fixed.

Fix for positioning of items shown when notch and justifying would make it appear in wrong place

On MacBook Pros with a notch, macOS will sometime increase the spacing between items so they fill the space between the screen edge and the notch, this could cause Bartender to place items incorrectly, this has been fixed.

Fix for not showing on hover

Changes in macOS Monterey meant show on hover was not working sometimes for some users, this has been fixed.

Keyboard Navigation Improvment

Keyboard Navigation would sometimes highlight hidden menu bar items, this has been fixed.


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Bartender Test Build 4.1.30

New Features / Improvements

Ability to show all hidden items using option key with mouse over and also using Bartender bar

Now if you hold down option, and mouse over the menu bar, all hidden menu bar items (including Always Hidden menu bar items) will be shown.


Bug Fixes

Battery Show For Update Trigger label

macOS has changed its low battery warning threshold from 22% to 20 minutes remaining, as such the text for the trigger has been updated.

If a user had reduced transparency and autohide menu bar enabled in macOS the background color of menu bar layout could be incorrect/change

This has been fixed.

Couldn't activate items from Bartender Bar on ultra-wide screens

This has been fixed.

Items becomming unmovable when autohide menu bar enabled

If a user had a setup with 1 screen and menu bar autohide enabled in system preferences, it was possible for items to become unmovable. This has been fixed.

Fix for bug introduced in previous test build 4.1.21

The bug could cause items not to show/hide correctly, and cause mouse flickering when interactions occurred with other apps. This has been fixed.

Blank Bartender Bar

After leaving certain fullscreen apps, it could be possible for the Bartender Bar to appear empty until you chnage active app, this has been fixed

Menu Bar Layout showing wrong menu bar color

Bartender Preferences > Menu Bar Layout could display a old menu bar color, this has been fixed

Bartender Preferences not showing menu bar item images when in fullscreen space on macOS Monterey

Bartender Preferences, will now open on a none fullscreen space to prevent this.

Fix for battery SFU showing/hiding repeatedly when on reduced checking

The battery menu bar item could show/hide repeatedly when showing for updates, and Bartender set to reduced checking, this has been fixed.

Menu Bar items appearing blank on macOS 11 with multiple screens

When activating a menu bar item via the Bartender Bar, they could appear blank, this has been fixed.

Excessive CPU usage with autohide menu bar enabled in macOS

If macOS was set to autohide its menu bar, Bartender could start using excessive CPU, this has been fixed.

Menu bar items not moving after a period of time

With changes in macOS Monterey for the notch, there was a possibility of Bartender stopping moving some menu bar items, this should be fixed.

Fix for Show For Update sizing on notched screen when at certain resolutions

If the notched screen was set at a custom resolution, Show For Update items could render at a large size, this has been fixed.

Fix for positioning of items shown when notch and justifying would make it appear in wrong place

On MacBook Pros with a notch, macOS will sometime increase the spacing between items so they fill the space between the screen edge and the notch, this could cause Bartender to place items incorrectly, this has been fixed.

Fix for not showing on hover

Changes in macOS Monterey meant show on hover was not working sometimes for some users, this has been fixed.

Keyboard Navigation Improvment

Keyboard Navigation would sometimes highlight hidden menu bar items, this has been fixed.


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Bartender Test Build 4.1.29

New Features / Improvements

Ability to show all hidden items using option key with mouse over and also using Bartender bar

Now if you hold down option, and mouse over the menu bar, all hidden menu bar items (including Always Hidden menu bar items) will be shown.


Bug Fixes

Fix for bug introduced in previous test build 4.1.21

The bug could cause items not to show/hide correctly, and cause mouse flickering when interactions occurred with other apps. This has been fixed.

Blank Bartender Bar

After leaving certain fullscreen apps, it could be possible for the Bartender Bar to appear empty until you chnage active app, this has been fixed

Menu Bar Layout showing wrong menu bar color

Bartender Preferences > Menu Bar Layout could display a old menu bar color, this has been fixed

Bartender Preferences not showing menu bar item images when in fullscreen space on macOS Monterey

Bartender Preferences, will now open on a none fullscreen space to prevent this.

Fix for battery SFU showing/hiding repeatedly when on reduced checking

The battery menu bar item could show/hide repeatedly when showing for updates, and Bartender set to reduced checking, this has been fixed.

Menu Bar items appearing blank on macOS 11 with multiple screens

When activating a menu bar item via the Bartender Bar, they could appear blank, this has been fixed.

Excessive CPU usage with autohide menu bar enabled in macOS

If macOS was set to autohide its menu bar, Bartender could start using excessive CPU, this has been fixed.

Menu bar items not moving after a period of time

With changes in macOS Monterey for the notch, there was a possibility of Bartender stopping moving some menu bar items, this should be fixed.

Fix for Show For Update sizing on notched screen when at certain resolutions

If the notched screen was set at a custom resolution, Show For Update items could render at a large size, this has been fixed.

Fix for positioning of items shown when notch and justifying would make it appear in wrong place

On MacBook Pros with a notch, macOS will sometime increase the spacing between items so they fill the space between the screen edge and the notch, this could cause Bartender to place items incorrectly, this has been fixed.

Fix for not showing on hover

Changes in macOS Monterey meant show on hover was not working sometimes for some users, this has been fixed.

Keyboard Navigation Improvment

Keyboard Navigation would sometimes highlight hidden menu bar items, this has been fixed.


Download Link

Bartender Test Build 4.1.28

New Features / Improvements

Ability to show all hidden items using option key with mouse over and also using Bartender bar

Now if you hold down option, and mouse over the menu bar, all hidden menu bar items (including Always Hidden menu bar items) will be shown.


Bug Fixes

Fix for bug introduced in previous test build 4.1.21

The bug could cause items not to show/hide corretcly, and cause mouse flickering when interactions occured with other apps. This has been fixed.

Fix for battery SFU showing/hiding repeatedly when on reduced checking

The battery menu bar item could show/hide repeatedly when showing for updates, and Bartender set to reduced checking, this has been fixed.

Menu Bar items appearing blank on macOS 11 with multiple screens

When activating a menu bar item via the Bartender Bar, they could appear blank, this has been fixed.

Excessive CPU usage with autohide menu bar enabled in macOS

If macOS was set to autohide its menu bar, Bartender could start using excessive CPU, this has been fixed.

Menu bar items not moving after a period of time

With changes in macOS Monterey for the notch, there was a possibility of Bartender stopping moving some menu bar items, this should be fixed.

Fix for Show For Update sizing on notched screen when at certain resolutions

If the notched screen was set at a custom resolution, Show For Update items could render at a large size, this has been fixed.

Fix for positioning of items shown when notch and justifying would make it appear in wrong place

On MacBook Pros with a notch, macOS will sometime increase the spacing between items so they fill the space between the screen edge and the notch, this could cause Bartender to place items incorrectly, this has been fixed.

Fix for not showing on hover

Changes in macOS Monterey meant show on hover was not working sometimes for some users, this has been fixed.

Keyboard Navigation Improvment

Keyboard Navigation would sometimes highlight hidden menu bar items, this has been fixed.


Download Link

Bartender Test Build 4.1.27

New Features / Improvements

Ability to show all hidden items using option key with mouse over and also using Bartender bar

Now if you hold down option, and mouse over the menu bar, all hidden menu bar items (including Always Hidden menu bar items) will be shown.


Bug Fixes

Fix for battery SFU showing/hiding repeatedly when on reduced checking

The battery menu bar item could show/hide repeatedly when showing for updates, and Bartender set to reduced checking, this has been fixed.

Menu Bar items appearing blank on macOS 11 with multiple screens

When activating a menu bar item via the Bartender Bar, they could appear blank, this has been fixed.

Excessive CPU usage with autohide menu bar enabled in macOS

If macOS was set to autohide its menu bar, Bartender could start using excessive CPU, this has been fixed.

Menu bar items not moving after a period of time

With changes in macOS Monterey for the notch, there was a possibility of Bartender stopping moving some menu bar items, this should be fixed.

Fix for Show For Update sizing on notched screen when at certain resolutions

If the notched screen was set at a custom resolution, Show For Update items could render at a large size, this has been fixed.

Fix for positioning of items shown when notch and justifying would make it appear in wrong place

On MacBook Pros with a notch, macOS will sometime increase the spacing between items so they fill the space between the screen edge and the notch, this could cause Bartender to place items incorrectly, this has been fixed.

Fix for not showing on hover

Changes in macOS Monterey meant show on hover was not working sometimes for some users, this has been fixed.

Keyboard Navigation Improvment

Keyboard Navigation would sometimes highlight hidden menu bar items, this has been fixed.


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Bartender Test Build 4.1.21

New Features / Improvements

macOS Monterey Support

Bartender 4.1 fully supports macOS Monterey.

MacBook Pro 2021 Notch Support

Full support for the new MacBook Pro 2021 Notch.

Bartender Bar enabled only on Notched Screens

You can now have the Bartender Bar only enabled on screens with a notch.

Activate Bartender from the Notch

Now Bartender can activate when you mouse over, or click in the Notch.

Bartender Bar displays items hidden by the Notch

The Bartender Bar will now show items that have been hidden by the Notch or the left menu.


Bug Fixes

Items not showing on large screens when activated from Bartender Bar or Search

If the user had a very wide screen, items would not be shown when activating them from Bartender Bar, HotKey or Search, this has been fixed.

Activate on click in menu bar hiding again on mouse button release

If the user did a slow click on the menu bar and had autohide enabled, the hidden items would hide again when releasing the mouse button. This has been fixed.

Items not placed correctly on Notched MacBook Pros

On MacBook Pros with a notch, macOS will sometime increase the spacing between items so they fill the space between the screen edge and the notch, this could cause Bartender to place items incorrectly, this has been fixed.

Fix for multiple displays without seperate spaces on macOS Monterey

The logic for this has changed slightly in macOS Monterey, Bartender should now work better with this setup.


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Bartender Test Build 4.1.20

New Features / Improvements

macOS Monterey Support

Bartender 4.1 fully supports macOS Monterey.

MacBook Pro 2021 Notch Support

Full support for the new MacBook Pro 2021 Notch.

Bartender Bar enabled only on Notched Screens

You can now have the Bartender Bar only enabled on screens with a notch.

Activate Bartender from the Notch

Now Bartender can activate when you mouse over, or click in the Notch.

Bartender Bar displays items hidden by the Notch

The Bartender Bar will now show items that have been hidden by the Notch or the left menu.


Bug Fixes

Items not showing on large screens when activated from Bartender Bar or Search

If the user had a very wide screen, items would not be shown when activating them from Bartender Bar, HotKey or Search, this has been fixed.

Activate on click in menu bar hiding again on mouse button release

If the user did a slow click on the menu bar and had autohide enabled, the hidden items would hide again when releasing the mouse button. This has been fixed.

Items not placed correctly on Notched MacBook Pros

On MacBook Pros with a notch, macOS will sometime increase the spacing between items so they fill the space between the screen edge and the notch, this could cause Bartender to place items incorrectly, this has been fixed.

Fix for multiple displays without seperate spaces on macOS Monterey

The logic for this has changed slightly in macOS Monterey, Bartender should now work better with this setup.


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Bartender Test Build 4.1.19

New Features / Improvements

macOS Monterey Support

Bartender 4.1 fully supports macOS Monterey.

MacBook Pro 2021 Notch Support

Full support for the new MacBook Pro 2021 Notch.

Bartender Bar enabled only on Notched Screens

You can now have the Bartender Bar only enabled on screens with a notch.

Activate Bartender from Notch

Now Bartender can activate when you mouse over, or click in the Notch.


Bug Fixes

Items not showing on large screens when activated from Bartender Bar or Search

If the user had a very wide screen, items would not be shown when activating them from Bartender Bar, HotKey or Search, this has been fixed.

Activate on click in menu bar hiding again on mouse button release

If the user did a slow click on the menu bar and had autohide enabled, the hidden items would hide again when releasing the mouse button. This has been fixed.

Items not placed correctly on Notched MacBook Pros

On MacBook Pros with a notch, macOS will sometime increase the spacing between items so they fill the space between the screen edge and the notch, this could cause Bartender to place items incorrectly, this has been fixed.

Fix for multiple displays without seperate spaces on macOS Monterey

The logic for this has changed slightly in macOS Monterey, Bartender should now work better with this setup.


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Bartender Test Build 4.1.18

New Features / Improvements

macOS Monterey Support

Bartender 4.1 fully supports macOS Monterey.

MacBook Pro 2021 Notch Support

Full support for the new MacBook Pro 2021 Notch.

Bartender Bar enabled only on Notched Screens

You can now have the Bartender Bar only enabled on screens with a notch.

Activate Bartender from Notch

Now Bartender can activate when you mouse over, or click in the Notch.


Bug Fixes

Activate on click in menu bar hiding again on mouse button release

If the user did a slow click on the menu bar and had autohide enabled, the hidden items would hide again when releasing the mouse button. This has been fixed.

Items not placed correctly on Notched MacBook Pros

On MacBook Pros with a notch, macOS will sometime increase the spacing between items so they fill the space between the screen edge and the notch, this could cause Bartender to place items incorrectly, this has been fixed.

Fix for multiple displays without seperate spaces on macOS Monterey

The logic for this has changed slightly in macOS Monterey, Bartender should now work better with this setup.


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Bartender Test Build 4.1.17

New Features / Improvements

macOS Monterey Support

Bartender 4.1 fully supports macOS Monterey.

MacBook Pro 2021 Notch Support

Full support for the new MacBook Pro 2021 Notch.

Bartender Bar enabled only on Notched Screens

You can now have the Bartender Bar only enabled on screens with a notch.

Activate Bartender from Notch

Now Bartender can activate when you mouse over, or click in the Notch.


Bug Fixes

Items not placed correctly on Notched MacBook Pros

On MacBook Pros with a notch, macOS will sometime increase the spacing between items so they fill the space between the screen edge and the notch, this could cause Bartender to place items incorrectly, this has been fixed.

Fix for multiple displays without seperate spaces on macOS Monterey

The logic for this has changed slightly in macOS Monterey, Bartender should now work better with this setup.


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Bartender Test Build 4.1.16

New Features / Improvements

macOS Monterey Support

Bartender 4.1 fully supports macOS Monterey.

MacBook Pro 2021 Notch Support

Full support for the new MacBook Pro 2021 Notch.

Bartender Bar enabled only on Notched Screens

You can now have the Bartender Bar only enabled on screens with a notch.

Activate Bartender from Notch

Now Bartender can activate when you mouse over, or click in the Notch.


Bug Fixes

Items not placed correctly on Notched MacBook Pros

On MacBook Pros with a notch, macOS will sometime increase the spacing between items so they fill the space between the screen edge and the notch, this could cause Bartender to place items incorrectly, this has been fixed.

Fix for multiple displays without seperate spaces on macOS Monterey

The logic for this has changed slightly in macOS Monterey, Bartender should now work better with this setup.


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Bartender Test Build 4.1.15

New Features / Improvements

macOS Monterey Support

Bartender 4.1 fully supports macOS Monterey.

MacBook Pro 2021 Notch Support

Working on full support for the new MacBook Pro 2021 Notch.


Bug Fixes

Fix for multiple displays without seperate spaces on macOS Monterey

The logic for this has changed slightly in macOS Monterey, Bartender should now work better with this setup.


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Bartender Test Build 4.1.14

New Features / Improvements

macOS Monterey Support

Bartender 4.1 fully supports macOS Monterey.

MacBook Pro 2021 Notch Support

Working on full support for the new MacBook Pro 2021 Notch.


Bug Fixes

MacBook Pro 2021 Notch Support

Many small bugs with icons either too small or too large etc. Also show on hover not working well.

Crash with 4.1.12 on older systems

There was a crash in version 4.1.12 on older systems for some users, this has been fixed.

Activate on mouse over menu bar, or click menu bar not working

For some users with specific setups, this stopped working with the latest test builds. This has been fixed

Multiscreen fixes for Monterey

Some small fixes for setups with multiple screens.

1 Password 8 popup showing when item moved

A workaround specifically for 1 Password 8 has been added.

Items becoming unmovable on multiscreen setups

Setups with multiple screens and hidden menu bars (fullscreen apps etc.) could end up with items not being arranged correctly on macOS Monterey, this has been fixed.

Some items not moving to correct position in Monterey

This has been fixed.

Location menu bar item and Screen Recording not showing in expected positions

This has been improved.

Not hiding left menu when needed on Monterey

This has been fixed.

Memory leak

There was a slow memory leak effecting a small number of users, this has been fixed.

Typos

There was a couple of typos in Bartenders preferences, these have been fixed. thanks all who reported them.


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Bartender Test Build 4.1.12

New Features / Improvements

macOS Monterey Support

Bartender 4.1 fully supports macOS Monterey.

MacBook Pro 2021 Notch Support

Working on full support for the new MacBook Pro 2021 Notch.


Bug Fixes

MacBook Pro 2021 Notch Support

Many small bugs with icons either too small or too large etc. Also show on hover not working well.

Multiscreen fixes for Monterey

Some small fixes for setups with multiple screens.

1 Password 8 popup showing when item moved

A workaround specifically for 1 Password 8 has been added.

Items becoming unmovable on multiscreen setups

Setups with multiple screens and hidden menu bars (fullscreen apps etc.) could end up with items not being arranged correctly on macOS Monterey, this has been fixed.

Some items not moving to correct position in Monterey

This has been fixed.

Location menu bar item and Screen Recording not showing in expected positions

This has been improved.

Not hiding left menu when needed on Monterey

This has been fixed.

Memory leak

There was a slow memory leak effecting a small number of users, this has been fixed.

Typos

There was a couple of typos in Bartenders preferences, these have been fixed. thanks all who reported them.


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Bartender Test Build 4.1.07

New Features / Improvements

macOS Monterey Support

Bartender 4.1 fully supports macOS Monterey.

MacBook Pro 2021 Notch, launch day support

I have not been able to test on a MacBook Pro with a notch yet, but using all information I can gather, I have made any changes I can think of to hopefully provide launch day support. I will be testing on a MacBook Pro with a notch from 26th October.


Bug Fixes

Multiscreen fixes for Monterey

Some small fixes for setups with multiple screens.

1 Password 8 popup showing when item moved

A workaround specifically for 1 Password 8 has been added.

Items becoming unmovable on multiscreen setups

Setups with multiple screens and hidden menu bars (fullscreen apps etc.) could end up with items not being arranged correctly on macOS Monterey, this has been fixed.

Some items not moving to correct position in Monterey

This has been fixed.

Location menu bar item and Screen Recording not showing in expected positions

This has been improved.

Not hiding left menu when needed on Monterey

This has been fixed.

Memory leak

There was a slow memory leak effecting a small number of users, this has been fixed.

Typos

There was a couple of typos in Bartenders preferences, these have been fixed. thanks all who reported them.


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Bartender Test Build 4.1.06

New Features / Improvements

macOS Monterey Support

Bartender 4.1 fully supports macOS Monterey.

MacBook Pro 2021 Notch, launch day support

I have not been able to test on a MacBook Pro with a notch yet, but using all information I can gather, I have made any changes I can think of to hopefully provide launch day support. I will be testing on a MacBook Pro with a notch from 26th October.


Bug Fixes

Multiscreen fixes for Monterey

Some small fixes for setups with multiple screens.

1 Password 8 popup showing when item moved

A workaround specifically for 1 Password 8 has been added.

Items becoming unmovable on multiscreen setups

Setups with multiple screens and hidden menu bars (fullscreen apps etc.) could end up with items not being arranged correctly on macOS Monterey, this has been fixed.

Some items not moving to correct position in Monterey

This has been fixed.

Location menu bar item and Screen Recording not showing in expected positions

This has been improved.

Not hiding left menu when needed on Monterey

This has been fixed.

Memory leak

There was a slow memory leak effecting a small number of users, this has been fixed.

Typos

There was a couple of typos in Bartenders preferences, these have been fixed. thanks all who reported them.


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Bartender Test Build 4.1.05

New Features / Improvements

macOS Monterey Support

Bartender 4.1 fully supports macOS Monterey.


Bug Fixes

Multiscreen fixes for Monterey

Some small fixes for setups with multiple screens.

1 Password 8 popup showing when item moved

A workaround specifically for 1 Password 8 has been added.

Items becoming unmovable on multiscreen setups

Setups with multiple screens and hidden menu bars (fullscreen apps etc.) could end up with items not being arranged correctly on macOS Monterey, this has been fixed.

Some items not moving to correct position in Monterey

This has been fixed.

Location menu bar item and Screen Recording not showing in expected positions

This has been improved.

Not hiding left menu when needed on Monterey

This has been fixed.

Memory leak

There was a slow memory leak effecting a small number of users, this has been fixed.

Typos

There was a couple of typos in Bartenders preferences, these have been fixed. thanks all who reported them.


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Bartender Test Build 4.1.04

New Features / Improvements

macOS Monterey Support

Bartender 4.1 fully supports macOS Monterey.


Bug Fixes

1 Password 8 popup showing when item moved

A workaround specifically for 1 Password 8 has been added.

Items becoming unmovable on multiscreen setups

Setups with multiple screens and hidden menu bars (fullscreen apps etc.) could end up with items not being arranged correctly on macOS Monterey, this has been fixed.

Some items not moving to correct position in Monterey

This has been fixed.

Location menu bar item and Screen Recording not showing in expected positions

This has been improved.

Not hiding left menu when needed on Monterey

This has been fixed.

Memory leak

There was a slow memory leak effecting a small number of users, this has been fixed.

Typos

There was a couple of typos in Bartenders preferences, these have been fixed. thanks all who reported them.


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Bartender Test Build 4.1.03

New Features / Improvements

macOS Monterey Support

Bartender 4.1 fully supports macOS Monterey.


Bug Fixes

Some items not moving to correct position in Monterey

This has been fixed.

Location menu bar item and Screen Recording not showing in expected positions

This has been improved.

Not hiding left menu when needed on Monterey

This has been fixed.

Memory leak

There was a slow memory leak effecting a small number of users, this has been fixed.

Typos

There was a couple of typos in Bartenders preferences, these have been fixed. thanks all who reported them.


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Bartender Test Build 4.1.02

New Features / Improvements

macOS Monterey Support

Bartender 4.1 fully supports macOS Monterey.


Bug Fixes

Not hiding left menu when needed on Monterey

This has been fixed.

Memory leak

There was a slow memory leak effecting a small number of users, this has been fixed.

Typos

There was a couple of typos in Bartenders preferences, these have been fixed. thanks all who reported them.


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Bartender Test Build 4.1.01

New Features / Improvements

macOS Monterey Support

Bartender 4.1 fully supports macOS Monterey.


Bug Fixes

Memory leak

There was a slow memory leak effecting a small number of users, this has been fixed.

Typos

There was a couple of typos in Bartenders preferences, these have been fixed. thanks all who reported them.

Screen recording menu bar item

The screen recording menu bar item should now show a lot faster when you start recording your screen, and is in the shown section by default. You can move it to the hidden section if you prefer.

Hidden items not hiding again, if in app with menu bar item

Bartender will keep hidden items shown when you are using the UI of a menu bar item, this could stop items hiding if in an app that also has a menu bar item, this has been fixed.

Small UI adjustments

Small changes to the UI to help initial user experience.

iMazing mini popup not showing with custom keyboard shortcut

This has been fixed.

⌘+Q quitting Bartender from Bartender Bar

Command+Q would quit Bartender from any of its UI, even when not the active app which is not desirable. The ability to quit Bartender with command Q has been removed.

Show for Updates Image Comparison Tuning

Thank you to the user who provided me with examples of Show for update image comparisons that have given incorrect results, using these I have tuned the image comparison more.

Option key added to click from Bartender Bar

Activating menu bar items from the Bartender Bar would sometimes wrongly include the option key, this has been fixed.

Shift in menu bar items when changing space

Bartender could shift the menu bar items for a split second when changing spaces, this has been fixed.

Menu bar item spacing not applied after macOS restart

For some users menu bar item spacing is not being applied after a macOS restart, and a logout and back in is required. This version has test fixes in place for this.

Rare slowdown loading of Menu Bar Layout Screen, and high CPU usage

This has effected a very small number of users and seems linked to accessing Current Session Dictionary, I have removed this and it should hopefully fix this issue.

MacUpdater left click not working

This has been fixed

Quick Search, Esc not resetting search

Pressing Esc in Quick search after searching for something would not reset the shown results back to all items, it does now.


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Bartender Test Build 4.1.00

macOS Monterey Developer Beta Quick Patch

macOS Monterey Developer Beta Patch

This is a quick patch to Bartender 4 so that its basic features can be used on macOS Menterey, it just disables the features that are not yet compatible. I am working on a fully compatible version, but I may need to wait until at least the next macOS beta to see if any of the incombatibilities/issues have been fixed.
I do not need feedback on whats not working in this version.


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Bartender Test Build 4.0.48

New Features / Improvements

Public Beta Finished

I am super excited to announce that with this release Bartender 4 has finished its public beta.
This does not mean I am stopping working on Bartender 4, anything but! As I still have many exciting features I want to add.
This means Bartender 4 has now been thoroughly tested by all you great users (thank you!) and I am confident it works as expected on all the many different user setups.
If you have not yet purchased a license, your 4 week trial of Bartender 4 will start now.


Bug Fixes

Screen recording menu bar item

The screen recording menu bar item should now show a lot faster when you start recording your screen, and is in the shown section by default. You can move it to the hidden section if you prefer.

Hidden items not hiding again, if in app with menu bar item

Bartender will keep hidden items shown when you are using the UI of a menu bar item, this could stop items hiding if in an app that also has a menu bar item, this has been fixed.

Small UI adjustments

Small changes to the UI to help initial user experience.

iMazing mini popup not showing with custom keyboard shortcut

This has been fixed.

⌘+Q quitting Bartender from Bartender Bar

Command+Q would quit Bartender from any of its UI, even when not the active app which is not desirable. The ability to quit Bartender with command Q has been removed.

Show for Updates Image Comparison Tuning

Thank you to the user who provided me with examples of Show for update image comparisons that have given incorrect results, using these I have tuned the image comparison more.

Option key added to click from Bartender Bar

Activating menu bar items from the Bartender Bar would sometimes wrongly include the option key, this has been fixed.

Shift in menu bar items when changing space

Bartender could shift the menu bar items for a split second when changing spaces, this has been fixed.

Menu bar item spacing not applied after macOS restart

For some users menu bar item spacing is not being applied after a macOS restart, and a logout and back in is required. This version has test fixes in place for this.

Rare slowdown loading of Menu Bar Layout Screen, and high CPU usage

This has effected a very small number of users and seems linked to accessing Current Session Dictionary, I have removed this and it should hopefully fix this issue.

MacUpdater left click not working

This has been fixed

Quick Search, Esc not resetting search

Pressing Esc in Quick search after searching for something would not reset the shown results back to all items, it does now.


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Bartender Test Build 4.0.46

New Features / Improvements

AppleScript

Showing the Quick Search via apple script, you can now set the initial search text you want.


Bug Fixes

iMazing mini popup not showing with custom keyboard shortcut

This has been fixed.

⌘+Q quitting Bartender from Bartender Bar

Command+Q would quit Bartender from any of its UI, even when not the active app which is not desirable. The ability to quit Bartender with command Q has been removed.

Show for Updates Image Comparison Tuning

Thank you to the user who provided me with examples of Show for update image comparisons that have given incorrect results, using these I have tuned the image comparison more.

Option key added to click from Bartender Bar

Activating menu bar items from the Bartender Bar would sometimes wrongly include the option key, this has been fixed.

Shift in menu bar items when changing space

Bartender could shift the menu bar items for a split second when changing spaces, this has been fixed.

Menu bar item spacing not applied after macOS restart

For some users menu bar item spacing is not being applied after a macOS restart, and a logout and back in is required. This version has test fixes in place for this.

Rare slowdown loading of Menu Bar Layout Screen, and high CPU usage

This has effected a very small number of users and seems linked to accessing Current Session Dictionary, I have removed this and it should hopefully fix this issue.

MacUpdater left click not working

This has been fixed

Quick Search, Esc not resetting search

Pressing Esc in Quick search after searching for something would not reset the shown results back to all items, it does now.


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Bartender Test Build 4.0.45

New Features / Improvements

AppleScript

Showing the Quick Search via apple script, you can now set the initial search text you want.


Bug Fixes

Show for Updates Image Comparison Tuning

Thank you to the user who provided me with examples of Show for update image comparisons that have given incorrect results, using these I have tuned the image comparison more.

Option key added to click from Bartender Bar

Activating menu bar items from the Bartender Bar would sometimes wrongly include the option key, this has been fixed.

Shift in menu bar items when changing space

Bartender could shift the menu bar items for a split second when changing spaces, this has been fixed.

Menu bar item spacing not applied after macOS restart

For some users menu bar item spacing is not being applied after a macOS restart, and a logout and back in is required. This version has test fixes in place for this.

Rare slowdown loading of Menu Bar Layout Screen, and high CPU usage

This has effected a very small number of users and seems linked to accessing Current Session Dictionary, I have removed this and it should hopefully fix this issue.

MacUpdater left click not working

This seemed to still be an issue for some users, this should be fixed.

Quick Search, Esc not resetting search

Pressing Esc in Quick search after searching for something would not reset the shown results back to all items, it does now.


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Bartender Test Build 4.0.44

New Features / Improvements

AppleScript

Showing the Quick Search via apple script, you can now set the initial search text you want.


Bug Fixes

Show for Updates Image Comparison Tuning

Thank you to the user who provided me with examples of Show for update image comparisons that have given incorrect results, using these I have tuned the image comparison more.

Shift in menu bar items when changing space

Bartender could shift the menu bar items for a split second when changing spaces, this has been fixed.

Menu bar item spacing not applied after macOS restart

For some users menu bar item spacing is not being applied after a macOS restart, and a logout and back in is required. This version has test fixes in place for this.

Rare slowdown loading of Menu Bar Layout Screen, and high CPU usage

This has effected a very small number of users and seems linked to accessing Current Session Dictionary, I have removed this and it should hopefully fix this issue.

MacUpdater left click not working

This seemed to still be an issue for some users, this should be fixed.

Quick Search, Esc not resetting search

Pressing Esc in Quick search after searching for something would not reset the shown results back to all items, it does now.


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Bartender Test Build 4.0.43

New Features / Improvements

AppleScript

Showing the Quick Search via apple script, you can now set the initial search text you want.


Bug Fixes

Shift in menu bar items when changing space

Bartender could shift the menu bar items for a split second when changing spaces, this has been fixed.

Menu bar item spacing not applied after macOS restart

For some users menu bar item spacing is not being applied after a macOS restart, and a logout and back in is required. This version has test fixes in place for this.

Rare slowdown loading of Menu Bar Layout Screen, and high CPU usage

This has effected a very small number of users and seems linked to accessing Current Session Dictionary, I have removed this and it should hopefully fix this issue.

MacUpdater left click not working

This seemed to still be an issue for some users, this should be fixed.

Quick Search, Esc not resetting search

Pressing Esc in Quick search after searching for something would not reset the shown results back to all items, it does now.


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Bartender Test Build 4.0.42

New Features / Improvements

AppleScript

Showing the Quick Search via apple script, you can now set the initial search text you want.


Bug Fixes

Menu bar item spacing not applied after macOS restart

For some users menu bar item spacing is not being applied after a macOS restart, and a logout and back in is required. This version has test fixes in place for this.

Rare slowdown loading of Menu Bar Layout Screen, and high CPU usage

This has effected a very small number of users and seems linked to accessing Current Session Dictionary, I have removed this and it should hopefully fix this issue.

MacUpdater left click not working

This seemed to still be an issue for some users, this should be fixed.

Quick Search, Esc not resetting search

Pressing Esc in Quick search after searching for something would not reset the shown results back to all items, it does now.


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Bartender Test Build 4.0.41

New Features / Improvements

Custom Hot Keys for any menu bar item

Now with Bartender you can now assign hot keys to any menu bar items, Activating the hot key will show the menu bar item (if its hidden) and optionally left click or right click it.
Great for apps that are hidden, or apps that don't let you assign a hot key (like Control Center or Notification Center).

Initial AppleScript support

You can now perform a number of Bartender functions via AppleScript (see its library in Script Editor). This includes showing menu bar items, and activating them.

Initial Spotlight support

You can now search for menu bar items and activate them using spotlight, start your search with the keyword "Bartender ".

Show For Updates Image Comparison Algorithm

The image comparison algorithm has been completely re-written, it has always worked in light/dark mode and with different backgrounds, but it now has less chance of false positives, and better detection of real even very small changes (This now works with Arq), all this and it uses less CPU to do the check.

Updated sidebar icons

There are new images for the sidebar icons in Bartender Preferences.


Bug Fixes

Bartender menu showing

A Bartender menu would show when Bartender was supposed to hide the left menu, this has been fixed.

Revealed menu bar items hiding while using them

A menu bar item shown via hotkey, Bartender Bar, or Quick Search could hide again while the user was still interacting with its UI. This has been fixed.

Menu bar items hiding, before user finished using it

Menu bar items revealed by hotkey/quick search should stay visible while their UI is in use, this has been fixed.

Crashes

A possible crashes have been reported and fixed in this release.

Keyboard shortcuts

Normal keyboard shortcuts to hide windows and show preferences were not working in some of Bartenders UI (like Quick search) this has been fixed.

No background color in menu bar layout

For a small number of users occasionally Bartender could not get the color of the menu bar to apply to the background of the menu bar layout tab in Bartender preferences, in this case Bartender now defaults to a grey so items are easy to see still.


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Bartender Test Build 4.0.39

New Features / Improvements

Custom Hot Keys for any menu bar item

Now with Bartender you can now assign hot keys to any menu bar items, Activating the hot key will show the menu bar item (if its hidden) and optionally left click or right click it.
Great for apps that are hidden, or apps that don't let you assign a hot key (like Control Center or Notification Center).

Show For Updates Image Comparison Algorithm

The image comparison algorithm has been completely re-written, it has always worked in light/dark mode and with different backgrounds, but it now has less chance of false positives, and better detection of real even very small changes (This now works with Arq), all this and it uses less CPU to do the check.

Updated sidebar icons

There are new images for the sidebar icons in Bartender Preferences.


Bug Fixes

Bartender menu showing

A Bartender menu would show when Bartender was supposed to hide the left menu, this has been fixed.

Revealed menu bar items hiding while using them

A menu bar item shown via hotkey, Bartender Bar, or Quick Search could hide again while the user was still interacting with its UI. This has been fixed.


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Bartender Test Build 4.0.38

New Features / Improvements

Custom Hot Keys for any menu bar item

Now with Bartender you can now assign hot keys to any menu bar items, Activating the hot key will show the menu bar item (if its hidden) and optionally left click or right click it.
Great for apps that are hidden, or apps that don't let you assign a hot key (like Control Center or Notification Center).

Show For Updates Image Comparison Algorithm

The image comparison algorithm has been completely re-written, it has always worked in light/dark mode and with different backgrounds, but it now has less chance of false positives, and better detection of real even very small changes (This now works with Arq), all this and it uses less CPU to do the check.

Updated sidebar icons

There are new images for the sidebar icons in Bartender Preferences.


Bug Fixes

Bartender menu showing

A Bartender menu would show when Bartender was supposed to hide the left menu, this has been fixed.

Revealed menu bar items hiding while using them

A menu bar item shown via hotkey, Bartender Bar, or Quick Search could hide again while the user was still interacting with its UI. This has been fixed.


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Bartender Test Build 4.0.37

New Features / Improvements

Custom Hot Keys for any menu bar item

Now with Bartender you can now assign hot keys to any menu bar items, Activating the hot key will show the menu bar item (if its hidden) and optionally left click or right click it.
Great for apps that are hidden, or apps that don't let you assign a hot key (like Control Center or Notification Center).

Show For Updates Image Comparison Algorithm

The image comparison algorithm has been completely re-written, it has always worked in light/dark mode and with different backgrounds, but it now has less chance of false positives, and better detection of real even very small changes (This now works with Arq), all this and it uses less CPU to do the check.


Bug Fixes

MacUpdater compatibility

Specific fix so MacUpdater shows its UI when activated form Bartender Bar or Quick Search.

Quick Search in Fullscreen

Quick search would not show the menu bar, or activate its selected menu bar item in some Fullscreen apps, this has been fixed.

Alacritty Fix

Show on mouse over or click on menu bar would not work when Alacritty was the active app, a specific fix for this has been added.


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Bartender Test Build 4.0.35

New Features / Improvements

Tool tips for menu bar items in Menu bar layout

Menu bar items should now show tooltips of the app name in Menu bar layout.

Always hide location menu bar item

You can now set the location menu bar item to be always hidden, this is in Advanced preferences.

Ability set delay for show on mouse over

This allows you to set a longer delay for show on mouse over to prevent accidental activation when moving over menu bar.

Setting to not show hidden items when ⌘+dragging a menu bar item in the menu bar

This is in Advanced settings and allows you to not show hidden items when dragging a menu bar item in the menu bar.

Voiceover support in menu bar layout

Improved voice over support in menu bar layout to include menu bar item app names.

Show for Updates can be set to follow the macOS Do Not Disturb state

SHow for updates can follow the macOS Do Not Disturb state, so show for updates will not show when Do Not Disturb is on.

Alt/Option click on menu bar will show always hidden items

Now you can show always hidden items by alt/option clicking on empty menu bar space.


Bug Fixes

Bartender Preferences resizing issue

This has been fixed.

Crashes

4 possible crashes have been reported and fixed in this release.

Right click in Bartender Bar not working

You should now be able to right click items in the Bartender Bar and have them right click in the menu bar.

Removing a spacer in Menu Bar Layout removed all from same section

This has been fixed.

Tap to click not working on Bartender menu bar item sometimes

This has been fixed.

Tap to click not working on Bartender menu bar item sometimes

This has been fixed.

Starting Bartender from Login Items with hide set would prevent Bartender Bar showing

This has been fixed.

Menu bar items slow to show on when switching screens on macOS 11.2

This should now be fixed.

Emoji Picker not showing sometimes on spacer UI

This should now be fixed.

Menu bar spacing reset after update until restart

With the previous test build custom menu bar spacing would not be maintained until macOS was restarted again, this has been fixed.

Menu bar spacing restart message

Bartender now only shows the message if you change the setting, if you go back to already set spacing, the message is not shown.

Multipass compatibility

Bartender would not handle Multipass as it has set its ID to nothing, Bartender can now handle this, and works with Multipass.

Right Click a Show for update menu bar item

Right clicking a show for update menu bar item should now work.

MacUpdater show for update menu bar item, left click not working first time.

A left click on the MacUpdater menu bar item when showing for updates, should now work.


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Bartender Test Build 4.0.34

New Features / Improvements

Tool tips for menu bar items in Menu bar layout

Menu bar items should now show tooltips of the app name in Menu bar layout.

Always hide location menu bar item

You can now set the location menu bar item to be always hidden, this is in Advanced preferences.

Ability set delay for show on mouse over

This allows you to set a longer delay for show on mouse over to prevent accidental activation when moving over menu bar.

Setting to not show hidden items when ⌘+dragging a menu bar item in the menu bar

This is in Advanced settings and allows you to not show hidden items when dragging a menu bar item in the menu bar.

Voiceover support in menu bar layout

Improved voice over support in menu bar layout to include menu bar item app names.



Bug Fixes

Bartender Preferences resizing issue

This has been fixed.

Crashes

4 possible crashes have been reported and fixed in this release.

Right click in Bartender Bar not working

You should now be able to right click items in the Bartender Bar and have them right click in the menu bar.

Removing a spacer in Menu Bar Layout removed all from same section

This has been fixed.

Tap to click not working on Bartender menu bar item sometimes

This has been fixed.

Tap to click not working on Bartender menu bar item sometimes

This has been fixed.

Starting Bartender from Login Items with hide set would prevent Bartender Bar showing

This has been fixed.


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Bartender Test Build 4.0.33

New Features / Improvements

Reduce the space between menu bar items

Bartender 4 can now reduce the space between menu bar items, set it back to previous macOS version, or to no spacing (to fit lots of menu bar items on screen).



Bug Fixes

Colour of sections in Menu Bar Layout wrong

This has been fixed.

Items not hiding

This was an issue in multi screen setups that has now been fixed, thanks to those who provided diagnostics for this.

Bartender menu bar item not clickable at very top edge of screen

This has been fixed.

Menu items displaying slowly when change screen

This has been fixed.

Bartender activating when accessing Little Snitch Menu

This has been fixed.

Items not moving with fullscreen apps on multiple display setups

This should now be fixed.

Show for update script triggers not working

Bartender used the user configured shell, this would not work for some shells and the setup configurations. Defaulted Bartender to use zsh.

Possible crash

This should now be fixed.

Memory leaks

Found and fixed some more obscure memory leaks.

Show For Update not appearing

This should now be fixed.

UI Image updates

Small changes to some icons etc.

Clicking Bartender menu bar item hides then unhides items

This was a bug introduced in previous test builds, when a small number of user has "Bartender 3 style" reveal setup. This has been fixed.


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Bartender Test Build 4.0.32

New Features / Improvements

Reduce the space between menu bar items

Bartender 4 can now reduce the space between menu bar items, set it back to previous macOS version, or to no spacing (to fit lots of menu bar items on screen).


Changes since previous test build

Items not moving with fullscreen apps on multiple display setups

This should now be fixed.

Show for update script triggers not working

Bartender used the user configured shell, this would not work for some shells and the setup configurations. Defaulted Bartender to use zsh.

Possible crash

This should now be fixed.

Memory leaks

Found and fixed some more obscure memory leaks.


Bug Fixes

Colour of sections in Menu Bar Layout wrong

This has been fixed.

Items not hiding

This was an issue in multi screen setups that has now been fixed, thanks to those who provided diagnostics for this.

Bartender menu bar item not clickable at very top edge of screen

This has been fixed.

Menu items displaying slowly when change screen

This has been fixed.

Bartender activating when accessing Little Snitch Menu

This has been fixed.


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Bartender Test Build 4.0.31

Changes since previous test build

Items not moving with fullscreen apps on multiple display setups

This should now be fixed.

Show for update script triggers not working

Bartender used the user configured shell, this would not work for some shells and the setup configurations. Defaulted Bartender to use zsh.

Possible crash

This should now be fixed.

Memory leaks

Found and fixed some more obscure memory leaks.


Bug Fixes

Colour of sections in Menu Bar Layout wrong

This has been fixed.

Items not hiding

This was an issue in multi screen setups that has now been fixed, thanks to those who provided diagnostics for this.

Bartender menu bar item not clickable at very top edge of screen

This has been fixed.

Menu items displaying slowly when change screen

This has been fixed.

Bartender activating when accessing Little Snitch Menu

This has been fixed.


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Bartender Test Build 4.0.30

Changes since previous test build

Items not moving with fullscreen apps on multiple display setups

This should now be fixed.

Possible crash

This should now be fixed.

Memory leaks

Found and fixed some more obscure memory leaks.


Bug Fixes

Colour of sections in Menu Bar Layout wrong

This has been fixed.

Items not hiding

This was an issue in multi screen setups that has now been fixed, thanks to those who provided diagnostics for this.

Bartender menu bar item not clickable at very top edge of screen

This has been fixed.

Menu items displaying slowly when change screen

This has been fixed.

Bartender activating when accessing Little Snitch Menu

This has been fixed.


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Bartender Test Build 4.0.29

Bug Fixes

Colour of sections in Menu Bar Layout wrong

This has been fixed.

Items not hiding

This was an issue in multi screen setups that has now been fixed, thanks to those who provided diagnostics for this.

Bartender menu bar item not clickable at very top edge of screen

This has been fixed.

Menu items displaying slowly when change screen

This has been fixed.

Bartender activating when accessing Little Snitch Menu

This has been fixed.


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Bartender Test Build 4.0.28

NOTE: Trial Over Window showing in error in Bartender 4.0.18

If you have seen a trial over window, this is a bug in Bartender 4.0.18 and the free trial is still active and your license is valid, you just need to update to this version of Bartender 4.
If after seeing that message the update fails to relaunch Bartender, please manually quit Bartender using Activity monitor, you can do so by launching Activity Monitor, find Bartender 4 and select it, then select in the menu bar View > Quit Process.

New Features / Improvements

Apple Silicon Support

Bartender 4 now runs natively on Apple Silicon macs.


Bug Fixes

Show For Updates text not showing correct show time when less than 15 seconds

This has been fixed.

Dock icon staying in dock

The dock icon would not disappear reliably in the previous build. It should now.

Hotkey to show hidden items didn't show Bartender Bar

Now if you have selected to use the Bartender Bar the hotkey will show the Bartender Bar.

Bartender Bar hidden by Notifications or other app windows

Bartender Bar should now display above almost any other window.

Always Hidden divider doesn't need label

The Always hidden divider always had the "Always Hidden" label, this took up space when it isn't needed, it now only shows that label when dragging items.

Background colour behind menu bar items didn't match menu bar, on multi screen setups.

This would pickup the background colour from the other screens menu bar, this has now been fixed.

Bartender Bar bigger than needed for menu bar items

This has been fixed and the Bartender Bar should be the correct size for its items.

Moving Items Notification cant be disabled

There is now an option to disable this in Advanced Preferences.

Show For Update Scripts loading users setups

When Bartender ran users SFU trigger scripts zsh or bash would load the users startup scripts, this could cause a delay and extra CPU usage, this has been stopped.

Memory leaks

I have found and fixed 2 memory leaks that over time would lead to Bartender using a lot of memory.

Bartender not moving items

Bartender would not move items if there was any menu open on macOS, this was so it didn't move a menu item if it is showing its menu. Some users reported Bartender not hiding SFU menu bar items and it was discovered that in some situations macOS will not correctly report when a menu closes, hence Bartender not moving items. Bartender now detects if a menu is showing for a menu item and will only not move items if a menu is for a menu bar app.

Crashes

I have received reports of 4 different crashes, these should be fixed.

2 New Bartender menu bar item icons

Added 2 new options for Bartenders menu bar item image, a single dot, and a arrow.

Clicking on an applications menu would activate Bartender

If an Application had a menu bar item, and you clicked on its Application menu (left menu) Bartender would activate. This has been fixed.

Show For Updates items not displaying after a space change

Due to a bug in macOS, changing spaces could prevent Bartender from being able to display some show for updates menu bar items, A work around has been added to prevent this.

Enter not selecting menu bar item in Quick Search

If the user had used the mouse to select an item in Quick Search, enter would not work the next time to select an item, and the search field would not have keyboard focus. This has been fixed.

Gap left where Bartender menu item would be, if Bartender menu item hidden and space changed

This would leave a gap in the menu bar. This has been fixed.

Apps that create multiple menu items with the same ID not handled well

Apps that create multiple items with the same ID, would not have those items handled individually, and could lead to items not showing. This has been fixed

Click on menu bar to show hidden items not working on multiple screens

This has been fixed.

Preferences not resizable smaller.

After making preferences bigger and closing it, then re-opening it, it could not be resized back down. This has been fixed.

Color of menu bar not detected on multiple screens with hidden menu bars.

This has been fixed.

Scrolling on menu items in Bartender Bar

This now correctly works.


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Bartender Test Build 4.0.26

New Features / Improvements

Apple Silicon Support

Bartender 4 now runs natively on Apple Silicon macs.


Changes since previous test build

Apps that create multiple menu items with the same ID not handled well

Apps that create multiple items with the same ID, would not have those items handled individually, and could lead to items not showing. This has been fixed


Bug Fixes

Show For Updates text not showing correct show time when less than 15 seconds

This has been fixed.

Dock icon staying in dock

The dock icon would not disappear reliably in the previous build. It should now.

Hotkey to show hidden items didn't show Bartender Bar

Now if you have selected to use the Bartender Bar the hotkey will show the Bartender Bar.

Bartender Bar hidden by Notifications or other app windows

Bartender Bar should now display above almost any other window.

Always Hidden divider doesn't need label

The Always hidden divider always had the "Always Hidden" label, this took up space when it isn't needed, it now only shows that label when dragging items.

Background colour behind menu bar items didn't match menu bar, on multi screen setups.

This would pickup the background colour from the other screens menu bar, this has now been fixed.

Bartender Bar bigger than needed for menu bar items

This has been fixed and the Bartender Bar should be the correct size for its items.

Moving Items Notification cant be disabled

There is now an option to disable this in Advanced Preferences.

Show For Update Scripts loading users setups

When Bartender ran users SFU trigger scripts zsh or bash would load the users startup scripts, this could cause a delay and extra CPU usage, this has been stopped.

Memory leaks

I have found and fixed 2 memory leaks that over time would lead to Bartender using a lot of memory.

Bartender not moving items

Bartender would not move items if there was any menu open on macOS, this was so it didn't move a menu item if it is showing its menu. Some users reported Bartender not hiding SFU menu bar items and it was discovered that in some situations macOS will not correctly report when a menu closes, hence Bartender not moving items. Bartender now detects if a menu is showing for a menu item and will only not move items if a menu is for a menu bar app.

Crashes

I have received reports of 4 different crashes, these should be fixed.

2 New Bartender menu bar item icons

Added 2 new options for Bartenders menu bar item image, a single dot, and a arrow.

Clicking on an applications menu would activate Bartender

If an Application had a menu bar item, and you clicked on its Application menu (left menu) Bartender would activate. This has been fixed.

Show For Updates items not displaying after a space change

Due to a bug in macOS, changing spaces could prevent Bartender from being able to display some show for updates menu bar items, A work around has been added to prevent this.

Enter not selecting menu bar item in Quick Search

If the user had used the mouse to select an item in Quick Search, enter would not work the next time to select an item, and the search field would not have keyboard focus. This has been fixed.

Gap left where Bartender menu item would be, if Bartender menu item hidden and space changed

This would leave a gap in the menu bar. This has been fixed.


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Bartender Test Build 4.0.25

New Features / Improvements

Apple Silicon Support

Bartender 4 now runs natively on Apple Silicon macs.


Changes since previous test build

Quick Crash Fix

Quickly spotted a potential crash in previous test build, now fixed.

Crash Fix

A possible crash created in the previous test builds has been fixed.

Gap left where Bartender menu item would be, if Bartender menu item hidden and space changed

This would leave a gap in the menu bar. This has been fixed.


Bug Fixes

Show For Updates text not showing correct show time when less than 15 seconds

This has been fixed.

Dock icon staying in dock

The dock icon would not disappear reliably in the previous build. It should now.

Hotkey to show hidden items didn't show Bartender Bar

Now if you have selected to use the Bartender Bar the hotkey will show the Bartender Bar.

Bartender Bar hidden by Notifications or other app windows

Bartender Bar should now display above almost any other window.

Always Hidden divider doesn't need label

The Always hidden divider always had the "Always Hidden" label, this took up space when it isn't needed, it now only shows that label when dragging items.

Background colour behind menu bar items didn't match menu bar, on multi screen setups.

This would pickup the background colour from the other screens menu bar, this has now been fixed.

Bartender Bar bigger than needed for menu bar items

This has been fixed and the Bartender Bar should be the correct size for its items.

Moving Items Notification cant be disabled

There is now an option to disable this in Advanced Preferences.

Show For Update Scripts loading users setups

When Bartender ran users SFU trigger scripts zsh or bash would load the users startup scripts, this could cause a delay and extra CPU usage, this has been stopped.

Memory leaks

I have found and fixed 2 memory leaks that over time would lead to Bartender using a lot of memory.

Bartender not moving items

Bartender would not move items if there was any menu open on macOS, this was so it didn't move a menu item if it is showing its menu. Some users reported Bartender not hiding SFU menu bar items and it was discovered that in some situations macOS will not correctly report when a menu closes, hence Bartender not moving items. Bartender now detects if a menu is showing for a menu item and will only not move items if a menu is for a menu bar app.

Crashes

I have received reports of 4 different crashes, these should be fixed.

2 New Bartender menu bar item icons

Added 2 new options for Bartenders menu bar item image, a single dot, and a arrow.

Clicking on an applications menu would activate Bartender

If an Application had a menu bar item, and you clicked on its Application menu (left menu) Bartender would activate. This has been fixed.

Show For Updates items not displaying after a space change

Due to a bug in macOS, changing spaces could prevent Bartender from being able to display some show for updates menu bar items, A work around has been added to prevent this.

Enter not selecting menu bar item in Quick Search

If the user had used the mouse to select an item in Quick Search, enter would not work the next time to select an item, and the search field would not have keyboard focus. This has been fixed.


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Bartender Test Build 4.0.24

New Features / Improvements

Apple Silicon Support

Bartender 4 now runs natively on Apple Silicon macs.


Changes since previous test build

Crash Fix

A possible crash created in the previous test builds has been fixed.

Gap left where Bartender menu item would be, if Bartender menu item hidden and space changed

This would leave a gap in the menu bar. This has been fixed.


Bug Fixes

Show For Updates text not showing correct show time when less than 15 seconds

This has been fixed.

Dock icon staying in dock

The dock icon would not disappear reliably in the previous build. It should now.

Hotkey to show hidden items didn't show Bartender Bar

Now if you have selected to use the Bartender Bar the hotkey will show the Bartender Bar.

Bartender Bar hidden by Notifications or other app windows

Bartender Bar should now display above almost any other window.

Always Hidden divider doesn't need label

The Always hidden divider always had the "Always Hidden" label, this took up space when it isn't needed, it now only shows that label when dragging items.

Background colour behind menu bar items didn't match menu bar, on multi screen setups.

This would pickup the background colour from the other screens menu bar, this has now been fixed.

Bartender Bar bigger than needed for menu bar items

This has been fixed and the Bartender Bar should be the correct size for its items.

Moving Items Notification cant be disabled

There is now an option to disable this in Advanced Preferences.

Show For Update Scripts loading users setups

When Bartender ran users SFU trigger scripts zsh or bash would load the users startup scripts, this could cause a delay and extra CPU usage, this has been stopped.

Memory leaks

I have found and fixed 2 memory leaks that over time would lead to Bartender using a lot of memory.

Bartender not moving items

Bartender would not move items if there was any menu open on macOS, this was so it didn't move a menu item if it is showing its menu. Some users reported Bartender not hiding SFU menu bar items and it was discovered that in some situations macOS will not correctly report when a menu closes, hence Bartender not moving items. Bartender now detects if a menu is showing for a menu item and will only not move items if a menu is for a menu bar app.

Crashes

I have received reports of 4 different crashes, these should be fixed.

2 New Bartender menu bar item icons

Added 2 new options for Bartenders menu bar item image, a single dot, and a arrow.

Clicking on an applications menu would activate Bartender

If an Application had a menu bar item, and you clicked on its Application menu (left menu) Bartender would activate. This has been fixed.

Show For Updates items not displaying after a space change

Due to a bug in macOS, changing spaces could prevent Bartender from being able to display some show for updates menu bar items, A work around has been added to prevent this.

Enter not selecting menu bar item in Quick Search

If the user had used the mouse to select an item in Quick Search, enter would not work the next time to select an item, and the search field would not have keyboard focus. This has been fixed.


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Bartender Test Build 4.0.23

New Features / Improvements

Apple Silicon Support

Bartender 4 now runs natively on Apple Silicon macs.


Bug Fixes

Show For Updates text not showing correct show time when less than 15 seconds

This has been fixed.

Dock icon staying in dock

The dock icon would not disappear reliably in the previous build. It should now.

Hotkey to show hidden items didn't show Bartender Bar

Now if you have selected to use the Bartender Bar the hotkey will show the Bartender Bar.

Bartender Bar hidden by Notifications or other app windows

Bartender Bar should now display above almost any other window.

Always Hidden divider doesn't need label

The Always hidden divider always had the "Always Hidden" label, this took up space when it isn't needed, it now only shows that label when dragging items.

Background colour behind menu bar items didn't match menu bar, on multi screen setups.

This would pickup the background colour from the other screens menu bar, this has now been fixed.

Bartender Bar bigger than needed for menu bar items

This has been fixed and the Bartender Bar should be the correct size for its items.

Moving Items Notification cant be disabled

There is now an option to disable this in Advanced Preferences.

Show For Update Scripts loading users setups

When Bartender ran users SFU trigger scripts zsh or bash would load the users startup scripts, this could cause a delay and extra CPU usage, this has been stopped.

Memory leaks

I have found and fixed 2 memory leaks that over time would lead to Bartender using a lot of memory.

Bartender not moving items

Bartender would not move items if there was any menu open on macOS, this was so it didn't move a menu item if it is showing its menu. Some users reported Bartender not hiding SFU menu bar items and it was discovered that in some situations macOS will not correctly report when a menu closes, hence Bartender not moving items. Bartender now detects if a menu is showing for a menu item and will only not move items if a menu is for a menu bar app.

Crashes

I have received reports of 4 different crashes, these should be fixed.

2 New Bartender menu bar item icons

Added 2 new options for Bartenders menu bar item image, a single dot, and a arrow.

Clicking on an applications menu would activate Bartender

If an Application had a menu bar item, and you clicked on its Application menu (left menu) Bartender would activate. This has been fixed.

Show For Updates items not displaying after a space change

Due to a bug in macOS, changing spaces could prevent Bartender from being able to display some show for updates menu bar items, A work around has been added to prevent this.

Enter not selecting menu bar item in Quick Search

If the user had used the mouse to select an item in Quick Search, enter would not work the next time to select an item, and the search field would not have keyboard focus. This has been fixed.


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Bartender Test Build 4.0.22

New Features / Improvements

Apple Silicon Support

Bartender 4 now runs natively on Apple Silicon macs.


Changes since previous test build

2 New Bartender menu bar item icons

Added 2 new options for Bartenders menu bar item image, a single dot, and a arrow.

Clicking on an applications menu would activate Bartender

If an Application had a menu bar item, and you clicked on its Application menu (left menu) Bartender would activate. This has been fixed.

Show For Updates items not displaying after a space change

Due to a bug in macOS, changing spaces could prevent Bartender from being able to display some show for updates menu bar items, A work around has been added to prevent this.


Bug Fixes

Show For Updates text not showing correct show time when less than 15 seconds

This has been fixed.

Dock icon staying in dock

The dock icon would not disappear reliably in the previous build. It should now.

Hotkey to show hidden items didn't show Bartender Bar

Now if you have selected to use the Bartender Bar the hotkey will show the Bartender Bar.

Bartender Bar hidden by Notifications or other app windows

Bartender Bar should now display above almost any other window.

Always Hidden divider doesn't need label

The Always hidden divider always had the "Always Hidden" label, this took up space when it isn't needed, it now only shows that label when dragging items.

Background colour behind menu bar items didn't match menu bar, on multi screen setups.

This would pickup the background colour from the other screens menu bar, this has now been fixed.

Bartender Bar bigger than needed for menu bar items

This has been fixed and the Bartender Bar should be the correct size for its items.

Moving Items Notification cant be disabled

There is now an option to disable this in Advanced Preferences.

Show For Update Scripts loading users setups

When Bartender ran users SFU trigger scripts zsh or bash would load the users startup scripts, this could cause a delay and extra CPU usage, this has been stopped.

Memory leaks

I have found and fixed 2 memory leaks that over time would lead to Bartender using a lot of memory.

Bartender not moving items

Bartender would not move items if there was any menu open on macOS, this was so it didn't move a menu item if it is showing its menu. Some users reported Bartender not hiding SFU menu bar items and it was discovered that in some situations macOS will not correctly report when a menu closes, hence Bartender not moving items. Bartender now detects if a menu is showing for a menu item and will only not move items if a menu is for a menu bar app.

Crashes

I have received reports of 3 different crashes, these should be fixed.


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Bartender Test Build 4.0.21

New Features / Improvements

Apple Silicon Support

Bartender 4 now runs natively on Apple Silicon macs.


Changes since previous test build

Show For Update Scripts loading users setups

When Bartender ran users SFU trigger scripts zsh or bash would load the users startup scripts, this could cause a delay and extra CPU usage, this has been stopped.

Showing the full menu bar would not work sometimes

The changes in the last test build meant Bartender wouldn't hide the left menu when needed for some users. This has been fixed

Memory leaks

I have found and fixed 2 memory leaks that over time would lead to Bartender using a lot of memory.

Bartender not moving items

Bartender would not move items if there was any menu open on macOS, this was so it didn't move a menu item if it is showing its menu. Some users reported Bartender not hiding SFU menu bar items and it was discovered that in some situations macOS will not correctly report when a menu closes, hence Bartender not moving items. Bartender now detects if a menu is showing for a menu item and will only not move items if a menu is for a menu bar app.

Crash

Another crash was reported and should be fixed.


Bug Fixes

Show For Updates text not showing correct show time when less than 15 seconds

This has been fixed.

Dock icon staying in dock

The dock icon would not disappear reliably in the previous build. It should now.

Hotkey to show hidden items didn't show Bartender Bar

Now if you have selected to use the Bartender Bar the hotkey will show the Bartender Bar.

Bartender Bar hidden by Notifications or other app windows

Bartender Bar should now display above almost any other window.

Always Hidden divider doesn't need label

The Always hidden divider always had the "Always Hidden" label, this took up space when it isn't needed, it now only shows that label when dragging items.

Background colour behind menu bar items didn't match menu bar, on multi screen setups.

This would pickup the background colour from the other screens menu bar, this has now been fixed.

Bartender Bar bigger than needed for menu bar items

This has been fixed and the Bartender Bar should be the correct size for its items.

Moving Items Notification cant be disabled

There is now an option to disable this in Advanced Preferences.

Crashes

I have received reports of 2 different crashes, these should be fixed.


Download Link

Bartender Test Build 4.0.20

New Features / Improvements

Apple Silicon Support

Bartender 4 now runs natively on Apple Silicon macs.


Bug Fixes

Show For Updates text not showing correct show time when less than 15 seconds

This has been fixed.

Dock icon staying in dock

The dock icon would not disappear reliably in the previous build. It should now.

Hotkey to show hidden items didn't show Bartender Bar

Now if you have selected to use the Bartender Bar the hotkey will show the Bartender Bar.

Bartender Bar hidden by Notifications or other app windows

Bartender Bar should now display above almost any other window.

Always Hidden divider doesn't need label

The Always hidden divider always had the "Always Hidden" label, this took up space when it isn't needed, it now only shows that label when dragging items.

Background colour behind menu bar items didn't match menu bar, on multi screen setups.

This would pickup the background colour from the other screens menu bar, this has now been fixed.

Bartender Bar bigger than needed for menu bar items

This has been fixed and the Bartender Bar should be the correct size for its items.

Moving Items Notification cant be disabled

There is now an option to disable this in Advanced Preferences.

Crashes

I have received reports of 2 different crashes, these should be fixed.


Download Link

Bartender Test Build 4.0.18

New Features / Improvements

Bartender Bar

The Bartender Bar is back! You can now show hidden items in the Bartender Bar beneath the menu bar, allowing you much more space for menu bar items.

Battery Show For Updates percentage trigger

You can now set the battery charge percentage the battery menu item will trigger its show for update at.


Bug Fixes

Bartender Bar not showing

For some users the Bartender Bar would not show when clicking the Bartender menu bar item. this has been fixed.

Show for updates Enable buttons confusing

These have been changed to the standard switch controls.

Crashing fullscreen apps, when using Bartender with hide shown items enabled

This is actually a bug in an Apple framework that Bartender was triggering, I have worked around it now and it shouldn't happen any more.

Crash

Fixed a crash situation when using multiple screens.

Menu bar colour not detected if menu bar hidden

Bartender cannot get the color of the menu bar, when it is hidden. Bartender will now work out the color from the desktop background.


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Bartender Test Build 4.0.17

New Features / Improvements

Bartender Bar

The Bartender Bar is back! You can now show hidden items in the Bartender Bar beneath the menu bar, allowing you much more space for menu bar items.

Battery Show For Updates percentage trigger

You can now set the battery charge percentage the battery menu item will trigger its show for update at.


Bug Fixes

Show for updates Enable buttons confusing

These have been changed to the standard switch controls.

Crashing fullscreen apps, when using Bartender with hide shown items enabled

This is actually a bug in an Apple framework that Bartender was triggering, I have worked around it now and it shouldn't happen any more.

Crash

Fixed a crash situation when using multiple screens.

Menu bar colour not detected if menu bar hidden

Bartender cannot get the color of the menu bar, when it is hidden. Bartender will now work out the color from the desktop background.


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Bartender Test Build 4.0.16

Bug Fixes

Side Panel label not visible

On macOS Big Sur Beta 10 the side panel selected label would not be visible. This has been fixed.

Not showing menu bar colour behind menu items in Menu Bar Layout screen

On systems with autohide menu bar enabled in macOS Bartender would not show a correct colour behind menu bar items in the layout screen. This has been fixed for now by defaulting to grey. In the future I want to still work out a approximate menu bar colour to use in this situation.

3 or more instances of same app wouldn't be recognised

Bartender would not correctly place multiple 3 or more instances of the same app, such as 3 copies of OneDrive running. This has been fixed.

Bartender unable to move items for some users if started at login

For a small number of users, Bartender would not be able to control items if it started at login. This should now work.

Accessibility permissions issue

Its possible for macOS to get corrupted accessibility permissions, this would prevent Bartender from moving menu bar items. Bartender now detects this and informs the user.

Beta expired when user had Buddhist Calendar selected

This has now been fixed.


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Bartender Test Build 4.0.15

Bug Fixes

Side Panel label not visible

On macOS Big Sur Beta 10 the side panel selected label would not be visible. This has been fixed.

3 or more instances of same app wouldn't be recognised

Bartender would not correctly place multiple 3 or more instances of the same app, such as 3 copies of OneDrive running. This has been fixed.

Bartender unable to move items for some users if started at login

For a small number of users, Bartender would not be able to control items if it started at login. This should now work.

Accessibility permissions issue

Its possible for macOS to get corrupted accessibility permissions, this would prevent Bartender from moving menu bar items. Bartender now detects this and informs the user.

Beta expired when user had Buddhist Calendar selected

This has now been fixed.


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Bartender Test Build 4.0.10

Bug Fixes

Screen not sleeping

The screen would not sleep if the user just put the screen to sleep (this is again caused by macOS adding the Do Not Disturb menu item to the menu bar when the screen sleeps). This has been fixed.

Multiple instances of same app wouldn't be recognised

Bartender would not correctly place multiple instances of the same app, such as 2 copies of OneDrive running. This has been fixed.

Bartender dividers didn't perform any action

The dividers "‹" didn't have any action when clicked. They now perform the same as Bartenders menu bar item.

Battery Show For Update displaying wrong text

The Battery show for update would show the wrong description, this has been fixed.


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Bartender Test Build 4.0.8

Bug Fixes

Red menu bar when changing spaces

Bartender would flash up a red menu bar when changing spaces, this has been fixed.

Bartender prevented Sleep

Bartender will now not wake macOS from sleep.

Show For Update Scripts checking all output

Show for update scripts would have all their output checked for true / false, preventing any debug output etc. Now the script checker will only check the last line for true/false.

App marked as uncontrollable after macOS restart

Bartender would try and move an apps menu bar item soon after it launches, but some apps are not yet ready to be moved as the system is busy, Bartender would try this twice then mark the app as not movable. Bartender will now wait 20 seconds between attempts allowing apps to perform there initial setup etc.

Ghost Show for Update items

If a menu bar item was removed from the menu bar while its showing as a Show For Update, a copy of it could get stuck in the menu bar, this has now been fixed.


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Bartender Test Build 4.0.7

Bug Fixes

Unable to add Show for Update triggers

If a user cancelled adding a Show For Update Trigger, they could not add another until Bartender was restarted. This has been fixed.

Crashes

2 different crashes have been reported and fixed. Thank you.

Slow editing in Show For Update script field

typing in this field was slow, This is fixed.


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Bartender Test Build 4.0.6

Thank you all, your feedback has been great and has resulted in lots of fixes in this version, please keep the feedback coming.

New Features / Improvements

Quick Search

Quick Search has been added to the test builds, its a fuzzy search window you can use to show and activate menu bar items quickly. Just use your Quick Search hotkey or select Quick Search from the Bartender menu, if you want to just show an item (for 30 seconds) hold down alt while pressing return.

Licensing

Licensing has been added ready for the public beta, it's still free to use Bartender 4 while it's in public beta.


Bug Fixes

Tool tips in Menu Bar Layout

Tool tips should now show when you select a item, this still needs improving

Crash in Menu Bar Layout

If there were no items in the shown section adding a item could cause a crash this has been fixed.

Loss of focus on Bartender Preferences Window

Bartenders preferences window could loose focus when hiding the left menu, this is fixed.


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Bartender Test Build 4.0.4

Thank you all, your feedback has been great and has resulted in lots of fixes in this version, please keep the feedback coming.

New Features / Improvements

Ability to Hide Hidden Item Divider ( ❮ )

You can now set the Hidden item divider ( ❮ ) to not show.


Bug Fixes

Crash

There was a crash reported when using multiple monitors. This should be fixed, but please report any crashes.


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Bartender Test Build 4.0.3

Thank you all, your feedback has been great and has resulted in lots of fixes in this version, please keep the feedback coming.

New Features / Improvements

Added Spacers

Spacers can now be added to the menu bar in the layout screen. You can set their width and have them display text/emoji.
NOTE: For some reason on Big Sur I have been unable to get the text picker (emoji picker) to display from the popup. For now if it doesn't show for you, you can copy and past emoji/special characters from text edit etc.


Bug Fixes

Incompatibility with BetterTouchTool

Again this needed a bit more work, Bartender now waits for BTT to finish with events separately than the timeout for the menu bar item it is moving, so menu bar items should not be marked as unmovable by mistake any more.

Logic issues with "Increased Space" enabled and Bartender menu item in hidden set

Bartender would not correctly manage this setup causing unexpected behaviour. This has been fixed.

Incompatibility with Remote Desktop Connection

Bartender would consider the mac idle (as remote desktop connections do not update the idle time) and as such would stop moving menu items, this has been fixed.

Crashes

There was a crash reported in the layout screen. And one in Bartenders core. These should be fixed, but please report any crashes.


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Bartender Test Build 4.0.2

Thank you all, your feedback has been great and has resulted in lots of fixes in this version, please keep the feedback coming.

Bug Fixes

Incompatibility with BetterTouchTool

This seemed to still cause some issues on loaded systems, I have taken further steps to stop Bartender marking items as unmovable when BTT takes some time processing events.

Notification Center notifications stopped Bartender

Bartender would not try and move items at all if Notification Center had any notifications showing on a screen, this has been fixed.

Cancel Choosing a menu bar image caused no image to display

If the user canceled choosing their own menu bar image for Bartender, no icon would be displayed by Bartender for its menu bar item, it now defaults back to the more icon.


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Bartender Test Build 4.0.1

Thank you all, your feedback has been great and has resulted in lots of fixes in this version, please keep the feedback coming.

Bug Fixes

Incompatibility with BetterTouchTool

Bartender 4 could not control menu bar items if BTT was running, this has been fixed.

Uncontrollable items not shown in Bartender 4 UI

Items that could not be controlled did not indicate this at all in Bartender, this has been fixed.

⌘ + W did not close preferences window

This now works.

Sending feedback not working

This should now work.

Typos

Spelling mistakes that where pointed out have been fixed, thanks for this.

Menu Bar Layout Merging

In the previous build menu bar layout replaced the previous layout, with this release it now merges items not present in the new layout from the old layout.
This is to allow items not currently in the menu bar to remain where they were previously placed.

Incorrectly showed trial time remaining

While in public beta Bartender 4 will not expire, so no trial time should be shown. This has been fixed.

Lots of smaller changes

There are many smaller changes and fixes included as I work on Bartender 4.


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