@joshs In the Mac world, apps that do this usually have the option in their preference settings to have the menubar app stay active when the program has quit. I am posting a screen shot to illustrate this from my main calendaring app, BusyCal.
As it mentions in the grey text near the bottom, it uses what in Mac parlance is called a "helper application” to do this. In the Mac world, helper applications are used at startup to provide services for the app even if the app is not yet running such as activating a menubar icon for the app.
A user can easily go into startup preferences and disable helper applications or enable them individually.
@joshs Happy to help. Thanks for listening. And yea, I can work in the clouds but I am still old school, I prefer the ground. I use Freeter for organizing all the work I have to do assembling a project. I used to work on technical proposals. They always had a version you worked on such as pink team review, gold team review, etc. Being able to capture the directories I am working with and linking the files to launch that I am using in the project, and setting up links to sites I am creating, using, or researching, is really very useful.
Nothing wrong with cloud based solutions in Freeter. I am just not using them very much - YET. I will probably get more into that at some point. Even so, to me this is still about local organization of my work-flow process.