What is a Menu Bar App and will Minimalist be adding one?

Menu Bar Apps are like mini versions of an app that live in your Mac's menu bar. They are generally used to show status information or perform common tasks such as opening an existing login, adding a new login, or generating a random password. Let us know what you'd like in a Minimalist Menu Bar App and we'll do our best to accommodate!

What would you like in a Minimalist Menu Bar App?

Some Menu Bar Apps limit themselves to only the most common commands. Others include an almost feature-complete "mini" version of their parent app.

As you can probably guess, we prefer the more "minimalist" approach of only including the most common commands. However we're brainstorming here, so let's stay open to all possibilities!

Here are a few ideas we've had so far regarding what a Minimalist Menu Bar App could do:

  • Open the main Minimalist app.
  • Access an existing login:
    • Open website in browser.
    • Copy username, password, one time password, etc.
    • Show password in Large Viewer.
  • Add a new login.
  • Generate a random password.
  • Show warnings for compromised passwords.

What do you think?

Would you add something? Change something? Remove something? Let us know at hello@minimalistpassword.com. We'd love to hear from you!

When will it be available?

Truthfully, we're not sure. Minimalist is currently built using Apple's Mac Catalyst technology which, as far as we can tell, does not yet support Menu Bar Apps.

In addition, we have future plans to re-build Minimalist using Swift UI with a Mac-first approach. This will let us take advantage of all kinds of Mac-specific features such as adding a Menu Bar App!

So at this point, Menu Bar App support will have to wait until either:

  • a. Mac Catalyst adds support for Menu Bar Apps.
  • b. Minimalist is re-written using Swift UI which enables Menu Bar Apps.

Either way it's going to be a while. Feel free to keep an eye on our road map which will be updated as things progress.

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