My name is Ander García, I am a physicist working as a researcher on material physics and located near Bilbao, in the Basque Country (Spain). I am not very interested in social networks, but you can follow me on twitter at @AnderGda.
What is your current laptop / desktop?
My laptop is a 13 inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (2016 model, 256GB), which I bought at release date after my 2009 MBP died 🙁
When I work at home I use a Twelve South Hi-Rise stand, with a Logitech K380 bluetooth keyboard and a Logitech Mx Anywhere 2 mouse. The size and weight of the machine allows me to bring it to my workplace if a need it, and usually the battery lasts enough so that I don’t need to carry the charger with me.
What menu bar apps do you use and why?
Here is a screenshot of my current menu bar:
Dozer: very useful to hide those icons that I normally don’t need. I have the first dot right after the notifications icon, and the second one is hiding utilities such as Spotlight (I use Alfred and I’d like to eliminate the Spotlight icon from the menu bar, but currently is not possible), bluetooth and WiFi. I also have enabled the recent feature that automatically hides the icons after 10 seconds.
Dato: The system’s default calendar and time is replaced by Dato, an app that basically has the same functionality but also allows you to see a monthly calendar with your appointments by left-clicking on the icon (very much in the same way as Windows 10 date and time)
One Switch: I bought a One Switch license recently and I am very happy with it. I use it to connect my AirPods super easily, and toggle features such as “Keep Awake” or “Do not Disturb”. This app has replaced ToothFairy and Amphetamine, for example. Even though is less feature-rich than those two, it is enough for me and allows me to have less icons on my menu bar. The app is updated frequently with great additions (like the “Screen Clean mode”) and even has a subreddit to request new features.
Time Machine: Just the standard menu bar item for my backups.
Backup and Sync (Google): I use it to sync my personal Google Drive folder with my computer, and also to have a cloud based backup of the most important documents in my Mac. I use the free version, because I don’t really need much space.
One Drive: this fulfills the same function as the Google Drive icon, but for my work account. One thing that I like better than Google Drive is the possibility of keeping your documents on the cloud and download them on-demand, so that you don’t use local storage on your machine.
Tick-tick: I discovered this app in MKBHD’s YouTube channel a while ago and, since then, it has replaced Todoist. It is a to-do app with similar features (natural language recognition, lists,…) but also implements features that on Todoist are paid (such as remainders). The menu bar icon has more functionality than the one from Todoist and looks better in my opinion. The only downside is that the desktop app is paid on windows. There is also an iOS version which I use as well (and it is available on Android too).
Magnet: hided by Dozer I have Magnet, a very nice utility that I bought at a discount (€ 0.99) and mimics the window snapping features (and more) of Windows 10. I am waiting for Apple to implement this as a default on MacOS, but it seems they don’t have plans of doing so. There are alternatives (like spectacle), but I reckon Magnet is simpler and works better.
Sophos Home free: Sophos is a cloud-based antivirus and system scanner for MacOS. I don’t know if it is really necessary, but I have it just in case. It is very light, does not use a ton of resources, and does a weekly scan to check that everything is in order. There is also a premium version with additional features such as phishing protection.
Flux: one of the good old classics of MacOS. Although I like the built in night shift, I think that Flux is much more customizable and it transitions smoothly from the normal backlight to the orange one, something that Night Shift doesn’t do. It activates at Sunset and deactivates at Sunrise.
Is there a menu bar app that doesn’t exist yet and should be invented?
I wish Apple implemented a built-in Weather menu bar icon. I know there are apps out there (like Meteorologist), but I’d like to see it baked-in on the software.