FruitMenu is another
offering from Unsanity, Inc. that brings another missing piece of the Mac OS 9 experience
to OS X. FruitMenu is a haxie that allows you to tailor your Apple Menu and Contextual
Menus. It also allows you to assign a Hot Key to each menu item.
The FruitMenu window contains four tabs. The FruitMenu tab, which is displayed when
launched, allows the user to enable the haxie, enable the contextual menus and change
the textual application label to an icon. Other options include the ability to display
submenus in a small font, in-menu picture previews and a clear menu option in the
recent item menus. The small font option is particularly useful if you have a large
number of items in the list.
FruitMenu - Apple Menu tab
The Apple menu tab
provides to add or remove items from the Apple menu. The interface provides a list
of system level selections that can be activated in the Apple menu. These items can
be activated by selection and use of the add function or by drag and drop. Some of
the options include four types of "Recent Items," access to a list of running
applications, dock items, and system preferences. The list can be organized in any
manner desired. FruitMenu also supports structuring of the menu by providing a "Submenu"
function and a "Menu Separator". The ability to assign a hot key to each
item is also provided, although a warning of conflicts with hot keys in other applications
FruitMenu - Contextual Menus tab
The third allows you
to add or remove items from the contextual menus. Generally, the same options are
provided as in the Apple menu tab. "Open with" and "Set Desktop Picture"
options have been added to the list of functions. It also provides a "Move To"
option that allows you to move the selected item to a predefined folder. Unfortunately,
it does not provide the richness of functionality as the Windows "Send To"
function, since it does not have the ability to send an item to a device or email.
The fourth tab allows the user to exclude FruitMenu availability from the listed
set of applications.
All four of the tabs contain a button that opens the FruitMenu Items folder. Items
placed in this folder are displayed in the Apple Menu. Folders or their aliases allow
the user to descend down the folder hierarchy by displaying the contents of a folder
when the cursor hovers over the item. FruitMenu allows you to define the order that
these items are displayed in the menu. There are also provisions to define separators.
FruitMenu is very easy to install and configure. The only problem I had was determining
how to change the name of the "Submenu" in the list ("Double click
on the item"). The documentation is very clear and comprehensive. Make certain
to read the "Tips & Tricks" section.
In summary, FruitMenu provides much needed customizability to the Apple menu in Mac
OS X. It enhances the Recent Items by breaking it down into four different categories.
It also allows you to create a hierarchy in the menu list. You can also attach a
hot key to each function. The contextual menu can also by tailored to meet your needs.
The two functions that I found most useful are the ability to substitute the application
icon for the name on the menu bar and the ability to embed folders in the Apple menu
to simplify the traversal of the folder hierarchy. These capabilities make FruitMenu
well worth the $10.00 license fee.
- FruitMenu Items Folder
with SubMenu Feature
- Dock Support
- SubMenu Feature for
- Does not provide
the same functionality as the "Send To" feature
4 1/2 out of 5 Mice