Putting windows where they belong with Fiplab Window Manager
It’s not really a complaint, but in some respects I find the Mac window management to be a little strange at times. I’m fine with the close and minimize, but I don’t want maximize to be full screen and double-clicking the window title doesn’t always full the screen the way I like.
Additionally, I like to have windows side by side when working with code and a tutorial or moving files and folders between directories. Luckily, there is a very simple solution.
I actually have two tools that work in almost the exact same way. I originally got Fiplab Window Manager and it works wonders. It comes prebuilt with dozens of screen sizes and snap positions. Windows can be half-size to the left, half-size to the right, half at the top, half at the bottom and lots of other choices. It’s great for lining up windows with a single key combination. I use it all the time to position windows across my multiple screens and to quickly maximize the window.
As an example, I have Slack, iMessage and Quicktime set as 1/3 the screen size on a vertical monitor. At home, Slack and iMessage are half screen left and right of each other. I also use it for Finder to move files, for Scrivener to copy and paste and 2Do with Pagico so I can compare the tasks and projects.
There is another tool called Magnet which is almost identical. The reason I didn’t get this one first is because the update period was more than a year. It felt like maybe the development cycle had come to an end, even though the tool probably didn’t need much enhancement.
However, Magnet has received an update, so the choice is yours. From what I can tell, the main difference is price. Magnet is the cheaper of the two, but I have both and they are great.
Either way, this is an extremely useful tool, and I would say, almost a necessity. For those from Windows, this would be akin to DisplayFusion.
So, if you need window snapping and the ability to quickly line up windows, Magnet and Window Manager will take care of the job.
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