Notch master in the test: Finding the mouse pointer on the MacBook Pro 2021

The edges around the display of the Apple MacBook Pro 2021 are nice and thin. The top edge, where the webcam, ambient light sensor, and camera activity indicator (green LED) sit, is also thin. For the elements mentioned, there is a notch in the middle, i.e. a black bar that covers the hardware. The display continues virtually behind it, which is why the mouse pointer can hide right there. To indicate that the cursor is just dozing behind the notch of the MacBook Pro 2021, there is notchmeister. Here you will find a short test and tips for the Notchmeister app.

TL; DR: Click here to download it from the App Store

This is how you can imagine using Notchmeister. Instead of the notch of the MacBook Pro 2021 in black, the screenshot shows a pixel graphic reminiscent of the first Macintosh systems. A small
Easter Egg the developers. But the main purpose is to show the mouse pointer (here with the glow effect)." width="1024″ height="484" /> This is how you can imagine using Notchmeister. Instead of the notch of the MacBook Pro 2021 in black, the screenshot shows a pixel graphic reminiscent of the first Macintosh systems. A little easter egg from the developers. The main purpose, however, is to show the mouse pointer (here with the glow effect).

Notchmeister App by The Iconfactory

The free Notchmeister app from the developers at The Iconfactory brings you different ways to highlight the mouse pointer behind the MacBook notch. Personally, I think the glow effect (see screenshot above) is the best, especially in combination with the Default wallpaper of macOS 12 Monterey produces a glow that is not too intrusive. The effect is recommended for use in dark mode. There is also a laser barrier that doesn't even let the mouse pointer past the notch, a flying spark called "Plasma Leak", a "Festive" chain of lights and a radar that whizzes along below the notch - the latter I find too conspicuous and distracting .

Automatically start Notchmeister as a login item with macOS

With some helping apps – including Notchmeister and magnet, Dropbox and other tools - it's a good idea to include them in the list of Login objects to put. These are called up automatically when macOS starts up and do not have to be called up manually. So if you want to benefit from Notchmeister immediately after logging in and hovering the mouse pointer behind the display indentation at the top edge, then simply work through these step-by-step instructions:

  1. Open that Apple menu ( symbol) in the top left of the menu bar
  2. Now click System settings ... in the drop-down menu that opens
  3. Select the item in the system settings Users & Groups from
  4. Adds in tab Login objects add the Notchmeister app with the "+".
  5. If necessary, enter your password or use Touch ID
Set up the Notchmeister tool as a login item in macOS Monterey: Here's how!
Set up the Notchmeister tool as a login item in macOS Monterey: Here's how!

Notchmeister bugs and how to avoid them

When trying out the different Notchmeister effects for showing the mouse pointer position behind the notch of the MacBook Pro 2021, I noticed a few bugs: If you try several or all effects one after the other and move the mouse to / behind the notch of the display, then you can Multiple effects (such as Glow and Radar or Glow and Festive) can be displayed at the same time. In addition to this overlay, Glow can also have an effect that is way too big without soft edges. But don't worry, there is a workaround: close the app using the Quit button and then reopen it. To continue executing, just close the window, do not click on "Quit".

Have you found the right effect, but spin the display around on the notch, then exit the software once and then restart it. After that everything should work normally.
Have you found the right effect, but spin the display around on the notch, then exit the software once and then restart it. After that everything should work normally.
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