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Michael Tsai – Blog – Big Sur’s transparent menu bar

Tyler Hall:

Let’s go back to Jobs on stage at WWDC 2007. (I had third-row seats that year.)

He justifies the transparent menu bar by saying that most users choose their own digital image instead of the default background. The updated design adapts to that image and assumes that your desktop feels more immersive.

Whatever the reasons for the change, Apple did finally add a system setting to turn off transparency. And at some point, even this preference went away in favor of an opaque bar again.

But it’s back in Big Sur.

I have been following the screenshots and design reviews of the new operating system since it was unveiled. I was really (still) excited to explore all the UI hooks and hooks. But in less than a day of using it, I have lost track of how many times my eyes have had trouble deciding the menu items, because I can not see them.

So he created an app to make the menu bar opaque.

Tyler Hall:

I also do not know why I continue to use menus lately (other than that they are a primary means of using macOS), but every time I see this, I think “Huh, why are all the items disabled?” before I remember, they just dimmed the keyboard shortcuts.

Frank Reiff:

macOS 11 Big Sur does many things right, and after a bit of getting used to, the visual style really grows on you. However, the transparent menu bar is a bit of a readability nightmare and something I could not live with. So I developed a boring old menu bar to bring the “absolutely fine” macOS Catalina menu bar to macOS 11 Big Sur.


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