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Ezame is a new menu editor especially created for Unity, though it should work with other desktop environments as well.

Ezame menu editor

The application lets you edit or create new menu items (application launchers), with all the options available in a .desktop file: set the icon, category and so on, as well as some advanced options like setting the setting the "OnlyShowIn" or "NotShowIn" options, which can be used to control if certain application should or shouldn't show up in some desktop environments.

Ezame menu editor

If you're not using Unity, from the Ezame menu select Edit > Preferences and then set the desktop to "Classic" instead of "Ubuntu" - using this, the application should display a freedesktop menu instead. The latest Ezame version also comes with initial Cinnamon support.

Ezame menu editor

Ezame doesn't allow you to create or edit categories yet, but this feature is on the todo list.

I've tested Ezame in Unity and when editing an existing application launcher, the changes were visible almost immediately, however, new launchers may take a while to show up in Dash or you may even need to restart the system to get Dash to display the new application launchers you've created. This is a Unity limitation so it can't be fixed in Ezame.

Install Ezame menu editor in Ubuntu

To add its official PPA and install Ezame in Ubuntu, use the following commands:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:caldas-lopes/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install ezame

The source code is available on GitHub.

Thanks to João Lopes for the tip!