Since the beginning I'm hiding the status area in all of my solutions. All the functionality that is needed is built in the interface.
I just found out that on Mac one can simply right-click the title bar and choose 'Customize Toolbar...' And voilà: the status bar appears... and it's going to stay.
I don't know if it's been like that in earlier versions. I suspect that it is. Probably it's an OS thing, so I doubt that FMI can fix this.
Now I need to revise all my solutions to add the script step 'Hide Toolbars' to all relevant scripts. I also have to empty the layout menu.
Don't know how it is on Windows...