By Andreas Hegenberg
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BetterSnapTool allows you to easily manage your window positions and sizes by either dragging them to one of the screen's corners or to the top, left or right side of the screen. This enables you to easily maximize your windows, position them side by side or even resize them to quarters of the screen.
If you need even more than those standard snap areas, BetterSnapTool now allows you to create your own, custom snap areas anywhere on your display.
To be even more productive you can also set custom keyboard shortcuts in order to move and resize your windows.
Because there are so many positions available, BetterSnapTool can also pop up an overview menu from which you can select the one position you want.
You can also customize what happens after right-clicking on one of the buttons on the top left of a window.
More features included are:
• move or resize the window below the cursor while holding customizable modifier keys.
• select what happens when double-clicking a windows titlebar
BetterSnapTool is very customizable and will change the way you work with your Mac!
It supports multiple monitors, hidden docks etc..
You can change the design of the preview overlays and even set application specific snapping sizes!
BetterSnapTool works with almost every application, only some apps with non-standard windows can't be supported.
I'm always open for new ideas, so don't hesitate and ask!
What's New in Version 1.7
• Optimizations to make BetterSnapTool work well with the new macOS 10.12 Sierra
• Added missing "two thirds" option (scroll down in the keyboard tab)
• Various little bugfixes
• Thank you all for supporting BetterSnapTool for so long!
Powerful Snap Area feature
The standout feature from this app is the ability to create your own snap area. The snap area can be set up as a universal snap area that applies to all applications or for a specification application. I created a specific snap area for OmniFocus because the default 50% snap area is too small to display all the information that I need. The snap area prompt can be customized to your liking. You can set the size, color, text prompt, visual prompt. I use a 22 inch monitor, but if I have a bigger monitor I will create more snap areas to optimize my desktop space.
I tried out Moom and it was nice as well, but I think the grid system is a distraction. The grid system can be turned off, so it is not a big issue. Moom has a cool feature to save your windows layout. For example, you can set up a “work” layout with 3 windows for your most used apps. You take a break and opened email or browser and now your windows is disorganized. You can quickly return to “work” layout immediately by pressing a quick short cut or a menu button.
Both apps are great but I love BetterSnap’s customization options.
The developer has an instructional video showing how to use this app. Very helpful. It took less than two mintues for me to understand it, using the video. Once implementing a couple of drop zones that trigger a window layout, I quickly discovered that this tool saves a lot of time and energy. Less time manually resizing and coordinating finder and app windows is required as a result of this app. No software conflicts either. I also implemented an “extra” feature that comes included. I set up double clicking on the title bar to move the selected window to a specific area with a specific size. This gets me out of trouble when certain apps don’t play well with Mac Os and don’t properly switch out of full screen mode or won’t resize between screens easily. It’s also a quick way to get things out of the way. I make use of all trackpad gestures, and in any ways, this makes Mac Os a breeze. However, the addition of this app adds another level of convenience and organization. Impressive and convenient. Very happy with the purchase.
Much better than macOS window docking and split implementation
Without this app, I’d be very frustrated—having come from long-time use of Windows. This is one feature which Windows handles so much better than macOS: in a far more intuitive way and isn’t constantly forcing you to reach for the mouse or trackpad. And this app brings all that ease-of-use (and more) to the macOS environment. Even though macOS has support for snapping/docking windows and split-view, the implementation is quite lame: 1) no easy way to do it from the keyboard; 2) doesn’t work AT ALL unless you have thing set for each display to be treated as a separate space. (What?! I’ve got three displays and use 5 spaces and you want me to try to track 15 separate spaces just so I can reasonably snap and split views? No thanks: I prefer 5 spaces, each with the complete set of displays.) Anyway, this app doesn’t suffer from those shortcomings.
One of my most-used apps since switching to the Mac.