Thanks for the feedback Equendil. I knew going in that the plugin buttons had to be adjusted in each individual plugin and have put in requests to those plugins authors that weren't already set to do so. I know most people would rather have em drop into the background, but have noticed that even when you're not trying to integrate them like I am if you put them too near an existing UI element they tend to get lost.
About the new bars for use with my Tonicbars (or kragenbars or multi-page bars or whatever one you use)... I was afraid the answer would be something like that. Well what would it take to make a plugin frame that would draw elements from the UI or that could be customizable? With the advent of the in game art grabber we could even (possibly) have a drop down of icons to drop onto the head of each bar or bar extension (pop-out bar).