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8 more applications from the mens bar that every Mac Power user needs

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Recently we showed you 8 menu bar applications that advanced Mac users should have, which cover applications that allow you to control iTunes, eject units, organize screenshots and much more, all from that small strip at the top of your screen.

But when it comes to the menu bar, we just start scratching the surface. In this follow-up, I will show you another 8 applications of the mens bar that you should definitely check to improve productivity in Mac OS X.

All but one of the following applications are hosted independently (that is, not in the Mac App Store), so they will be a .dmg file. Therefore, you may have to adjust the security settings to allow some of these applications to run.

Depending on the number of applications on your Mac, it is probably a safe bet that you have enough icons on the right side of your menu bar. The bartender, built by Surtees Studios, allows you to tame your wild men bar by hiding some applications, whether from third parties or from the system. If you hide them in the taskbar of the mens bar, you can only see all the applications in the mens bar when you click on the three-point menu icon.

  • Download Bartender (.zip)

2 # See all open iCloud tabs

Since the introduction of OS X Yosemite and iOS 8, we have been able to see all the tabs open in Safari from all our devices. For example, on your Mac, you can not only see the tabs you have open in Safari, but also the ones you have open on your iPhone. These are called iCloud tabs.

CloudyTabs, by Josh Parnham, take advantage of this feature so you can see all your iCloud Tabs from the mens bar. Simply click on the cloud icon and all open iCloud tabs will appear on your computer and mobile devices. Then open the account you want.

  • Download CloudyTabs (.zip)

3 # Quickly upload files to Dropbox to share them

Dropbox is my preferred method of storing files in the cloud, so naturally I want to find the easiest way to upload files from my computer. Using the Dropbox application for Mac (through the Finder) is an easy way to upload files, but an easier way is to do it directly from the mens bar.

With Rick Waalders' Dragshare, all you have to do is drag a file to the menu bar and drop it on the Dragshare icon. Once loaded, you will have the option to view or share it, with the link of the file automatically copied to your clipboard.

  • Download Dragshare for Dropbox (.dmg)

4 # Easy access system monitor

Find out more about your computer, such as what applications are using the most battery or how much memory you have left on your hard drive, with Bjango's iStat messages.

You can get much more detailed information about your network, disks, battery, sensors, memory and CPU with a simple click on any of the iStat mens icons that appear in the mens bar. You can also control what information appears, so you do not feel overwhelmed by the statistics you are not interested in seeing.

  • Download the iStat mens (.zip)

5 # Clean junk files from your hard drive

To remove junk files that take up space on your Mac, try Dr. Cleaner from Trend Micro, which shows you files that can be safely deleted from your hard drive. It also optimizes memory every time you close an application that uses too much RAM (we are watching you Chrome), as well as deletes the files associated with an application that packages to the Trash.

  • Install Dr. Cleaner from the Mac App Store