Pruning the Menu Bar on My Mac
You’d think that with a 27 inch iMac I’d have plenty of space up on the menu bar. The trouble is, I have so many applications which want to put an icon up there, I’ve run out of space. Sometimes I just get a bit blind to all of the icons and can’t remember which one is supposed to be for which. Some of them are quite similar. The icon for KeySmith is just the same as the one for Hotkey which is a new app I downloaded today. I don’t know if I’ll keep it, but I’ll give it a try and see what it does. It can be a bit of a problem when you have so many utilities on a computer doing all sorts of amazingly useful things. The difficulty is it can be hard to remember which applications do what. Sometimes I find myself doing something manually which I could easily get done quicker if I’d only remembered the shortcut key or the exact app to do it better. I was half tempted to get the latest Bartender app. I had it before and it got lost in upgraded computers over the years. Wouldn’t too expensive at the upgrade price. Just not that sure about how much I need it.
Hook it all Together
Something like Hook is amazingly powerful for the features you get to connect all of your documents, text, webpages and everything else together. It’s just a case of remembering to use it. Obviously if you’re into studying then is going to be something where you are creating projects and needing to link things together. So you have more opportunities to use Hook.
It’s a fairly good interface although I think I can improve it by making keyboard shortcuts to fit on top. I could use KeySmith to create a shortcut which then runs the keyboard shortcuts to do specific jobs with Hook. Instead of having to activate Hook and then use another keyboard shortcut to either collect the link or to paste the link I could do it with one keyboard shortcut. Maybe I could even find a way to use Better Touch Tool instead of a keyboard shortcut to get things started.
Keysmith Macro for Hook
Sharpening the Axe