AliasMenu 3.1 for Mac OS X
Paris, February 12, 2004 — Benoît Widemann announced today the immediate availability of AliasMenu 3.1 for Mac OS X. AliasMenu adds user-defined menus to the menu bar. Each menu extra has a corresponding folder and the menu automatically reflects the folder's content.
This new release brings several changes:
• Automatic link with AliasKeys. Any file appearing both in AliasMenu and AliasKeys will be displayed in the menu with the keyboard shortcut defined in AliasKeys. Both products are designed to work separately, nonetheless AliasKeys brings much more complete choice and ease to define shortcuts. AliasKeys can be freely tried for a month and is offered at a special price to registered AliasMenu users.
• Alias icons are now displayed from the original files. The little alias arrow is gone from the menus (Yay!).
• Masking of numeric prefix is now optional. A new check box in preferences lets you choose to show or hide numerix prefixes in file names. This is useful if some of your items have essentially numeric names, such as folders named with dates. Otherwise, hiding the numeric prefix is preferred by those who use them to control the order of the items.
• Needs less CPU. The actual CPU needs vary a lot according to menus: what you put in them, how deep they are, how often their contents change.
• Problems with Panther are fixed. You can again use modifiers to reveal an item instead of opening it, get info, create a separator, etc. You can take a folder out of the AliasMenu folder safely, without getting a "ghost" menu. Quick Start items work again.
AliasMenu brings the metaphor of the old Apple menu to new heights, while keeping its intuitive way to organize the menus' contents. Using the Finder, creating aliases and subfolders, adding custom icons, the user takes complete control of the menu bar with unprecedented ease and power.
Benoît Widemann said: "AliasMenu is incredibly unobtrusive. It doesn't eat any valuable screen estate, and it never gets in your way. In these days where monitors get larger and larger, it's great to make use of all that space in the menu bar instead of cluttering the dock."
Christine Buttin, who co-authored this new version, said: "I can add a new menu in a matter of seconds, put anything I need in it, give it a nice icon and even assign keyboard shortcuts, all from a Finder window! I'm so used to AliasMenu that I can't imagine my Mac without it. It's the greatest addition to Mac OS X's interface."
• Menus can be mixed with Apple's system menus and other menu extras. They can be dragged to any position in the menu bar's right side.
• Requires Mac OS X 10.1 or more. Fully compatible with Jaguar (10.2) and Panther (10.3).
• Functions keys F1-F15 are supported for keyboard shortcuts, as well as any other keys.
• Horizontal space between menus can be set in preferences.
• Icons in menu items can be set to any size, up to 128 pixels for spectacular photorealistic menus, great for visually impaired users.
• Hierarchical menus are supported.
• Besides its "launcher" capabilities, AliasMenu supports styled text and picture clippings. Selecting a clipping in a menu pastes its contents in the frontmost application.
• AliasMenu is fully unicode-aware and can be used in any language. English, French and Japanese localizations are included.
AliasMenu is a $25 shareware. Upgrade from version 2 is $15, or free for recent purchasers. Upgrade from version 3.0 is free. AliasMenu can be downloaded at <www.widemann.net/aliasmenu>.
AliasMenu is a trademark of Benoît Widemann. All other trademarks are properties of their respective owners.