MenuApp for Google
Developer: Kejian Jin
Current Version: 1.0
Last Updated: 3 years ago
Download Size: 543.3 KB - Download
MenuApp for Google will let you use mobile version of google apps on the top menu bar for easy and quick access.
The apps include Gmail, Photos, Youtube, Reader, Calendar , Transit, News, Tasks, Translator, Books and more!
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Don't buy for Google Maps - Google maps doesn't work on this at all.
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Does not work - Save your money
rubbish - bad app. save your money
worth the buck; simple and elegant solution - It's such a simple and clearly useful concept you would think that someone would have thought if this before--leverage Google's existing webapps for iOS devices to provide a compact, familiar interface for an OSX menubar widget. Since these are Google's webapps, the developer needs to do nothing to leverage their constant improvements, and the code is relatively simple and reliable. Brilliant! So why only 3 stars? There are some UI changes that are needed to make this app more useful and pleasurable to work with. Hopefully, the developer will read and heed these suggestions because I have 20 years of experience as a software engineer and I want this app to succeed because it uses a smart, creative, and simple concept. I'm going to mention the many issues with this app here, but don't get the impression that this not a good app. On the contrary, if I didn't like this app and the concept behind it I wouldn't be motivated to spend the time writing this. On to the issues: - This sounds trivial, but it's surprisingly important: the current app and menubar icons are terrible. It won't cost too much, so the developer should find a good graphics guy and pay him to come up with icons that are professional looking, pleasing to look at, and fit in with other well-done OSX icons. For example, the menubar icon should be monochrome and in the same general style as other menubar icons--especially the apple ones. Additionally, since a selling point of this app is its elegant simplicity, the icons should reinforce this by being as simple as possible while still being easy to distinguish it from other icons at a glance. Shrunken, illegible text doesn't cut it. - The menubar at the top of the app is a waste of space (and makes the interface more complex than it needs to be), since the functionality it supplies can be implemented quite intuitively without it. For example, the "home" function can be replicated by simply clicking again on the menubar icon when the window is already open. So a click on the icon reopens the window if the window is currently closed, and goes to the home page if the window is currently open. Navigating backwards and forwards in the history can be accomplished by a "two-finger swipe" gesture left or right in the window or hotkeys. The "quit" button is confusing as it is (see below) and should be moved to a "context menu", which I assume the developer would want to implement in HTML and just have it temporarily replace the current browser contents to keep the code simple. The context menu could be entered through a "pinch" gesture or whatever way the developer thinks is appropriate. A context menu would also provide a location for adding future functionality, for example a preferences pane or "help" and "about" dialogs. Finally, the "Paste Current Location" button is just an ugly and inelegant workaround for the Maps problem (see below). When that is addressed the need for that functionality will go away. In the mean time, use a gesture or something else. - The "close" button violates the Principle of Least Astonishment. Since the app lives on the menubar (and this is OSX), most users won't expect the window close button to completely quit the app. I often hit this button without thinking and it's annoying. - The border around the window is too thick and not subtle enough. It shouldn't draw your focus from the apps. - This app leverages Google's existing webapps for iOS which is ingenious, but there are some unwanted consequences because of this. For example, some of Google's webapps show messages asking you to install Google's iOS App Store version of the app, which is useless and annoying on OSX. The developer needs to come up with a way to stop these messages from showing up, or at least stop them from coming back when you restart MenuApp. - Currently you can't resize this app's window, and it probably isn't feasible to have a "drag to resize" type option considering how it works. But some ability to resize the window would be nice. This could be done by adding a gesture or preference to switch between "standard" or "large" mode. The "large" mode could use the iPad-sized version of Google's webapps. - An option to start with a specific page when reopening the window would be nice. - A simple "find in web page" implementation would be nice. - I haven't been able to figure out how to navigate to Google's Contacts webapp. I might just be missing it. - Google's Maps app isn't totally broken, but it can't automatically use your current location. I don't know but I imagine this is fixable at least in Mountain Lion, because Mountain Lion provides an interface for managing which apps can access location data and MenuApp shows up in it. I don't know what the issue is, but if the issue is that App Store apps can't access location data using a built-in browser rendered using Apple's own Webkit library, then it's Apple's fault and they need to address it. If Apple isn't the culprit, then the developer needs to come up with a solution. - I assume this app already uses HTTPS and not HTTP to hit the Google servers. If it doesn't, it should. - Since Google's webapps are written in (I presume) HTML5, and (I also presume) this app uses the webkit supplied by OSX (or iOS), it may be possible to cache these apps and their data to provide some (limited) offline usability. I don't know if this is actually doable, but it would be nice if for example the calendar could at least be viewed offline. At the very least this may speed up things like the calendar, which currently seems to have to hit the server to get information it has gotten before and loads events very slowly. In conclusion, you should buy this app if you think having quick, easy, and compact access to Google's apps may be useful to you. You should also buy this app if you want to support those who can come up with simple, elegant solutions to problems, and this developer obviously can.
Yuck, Not Worth IT - Want to open a document from Google Drive, it opens it in the tiny window that it uses to display the shortcut to Google stuff. Hello, that doesn't work very well. I installed it and then uninstalled it. Waste of my $0.99…..
incredibly slow -- with ads! - A waste. Bad design. Bad functionality. You click on the icon and it thinks for several seconds, then pops up adds for other google aps before showing you the info. Every time I went into the calendar, every single time I had to close a popup to install on a mobile device. I have never uninstalled an app so quickly!