This programm allows you to put any information you need into the OSX's menu bar.
- XBar periodically starts each plugin as a subprocess, Barista runs them as threads in the main process.
- With XBar, you need a place to keep state between the process invocations.
- With Barista, you just have all state in memory and don't need to bother.
- You can write plugins for XBar in any language, but most plugins are written in BASH.
- XBar's API forces you to use
textto describe menu items.
- You are using powerful Common Lisp language, to implement plugins for Barista.
- Because of Lisp, you can debug your plugins, connecting the IDE to Barista process.
TextBar is similar to the XBar, but seems more featureful because it allows to render a dropdown as HTML and to display simple graphs in the menu bar. Probably, some of these features will be added to the Barista too.
Right now there is no a binary to install, you need a LispWorks to load and run program. Here is how to install it and run built-in plugins.
Fist, add an Ultralisp quicklisp distribution containing LispWorks extensions:
(ql-dist:install-dist "http://dist.ultralisp.org/lispworks.txt" :prompt nil)
Barista with built-in plugins and run them:
(ql:quickload :barista) (ql:quickload :barista-plugins) (barista/main:start-plugins)
- Implement few useful plugins.
- Add a documentation.
- Create a distribution installable by Homebrew.
- Publish app to App Store.