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Every time you want to copy content from one app to the other, compare files side by side or multitask in any other way, you need all the windows arranged accordingly. Magnet makes this process clean and simple. In just one drag to the edge, you snap any window into left, right, top or bottom half of your screen. And by dragging windows to the corners, you snap them into quarters. Taking advantage of such arrangements eliminates app switching and greatly enhances workspace efficiency.

Even nice, edge-to-edge fullscreen is just the matter of a single drag to the top of the screen. And if dragging doesn’t float your boat, Magnet supports keyboard shortcuts for every command it has to offer. We’ve got a little icon sitting in the Menu bar where you can find predefined shortcuts, or create ones that fit your needs.

In a nutshell:

・Left/Right/Top/Bottom halves of the screen supported
・Fullscreen & all four quarters of the screen supported
・Activated by dragging, customizable keyboard shortcuts or via Menu bar
・Runs both on Retina and regular displays
・Up to six external displays supported
・Built to run on all OS X versions since 10.8 Mountain Lion
・OS X 10.11 El Capitan optimized (including Dark Mode support)

What's New in Version 1.8

・OS X 10.11 El Capitan optimized
・Center current window command added
・Repeating left half or right half keyboard shortcut moves window to the next display
・German, Spanish, French, Italian, Czech and Japanese languages added


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Customer Reviews

Love it!

I’m surprised that Apple hasn’t made this part of its latest OS. I know in the last mac update you can not snap to have two windows side by side, Apple’s way of doing this is cumbersome. Magnet is incredibly easy to use and works great. It even works with MS Office programs (which the latest Apple update “snapping tool” doesn’t.) The only issue I have with it is, like some other reviews, the snapping to maximize the window to full screen is a little too sensitive. Maybe if they set the boundaries for moving the mouse all the way to the top of the screen (like it does when you move it to the left or right of the screen) and then snap it to full screen - that would be much better in an updated version of the app because if your mouse even gets close to crossing the “border” of the top toolbar it will maximize the window if you let go of the mouse click. Other than that I use this EVERY SINGLE DAY. love being able to put to document windows side by side. Keep of the good work. I’m guessing that it won’t be too long before Apple steals this idea and improves upon their own “window snapping” tool. But this app is well worth getting if you don’t like having to resize your windows manually.

One serious annoyance that cannot be turned off

This is a pretty good application that does what it says. But it has one peculiar feature that is so annoying it makes Magnet essentially unusable for me. The problem is that when you move a window manually (dragging it with the mouse) and you happen to slide it all the way up to the top of the screen with a move that causes the cursor encroach even a little bit into the menu bar, then Magnet suddenly does an unexpected “maximize” on the window, blowing it up to almost full screen. That hides all the other windows you were trying to expose by moving the target window in the first place. After processing this unexpected surprise you then have to restore the window to the size you want and to the location you want. And you have try yet again to remember that in order to move a window to the top of the screen you must use an excessively precise mouse movement, making sure that the cursor does not encroach on the menu bar. This is totally unnatural because the casual, imprecise upward movement of the mouse to move a window all the way up is reflexively ingrained into the nervous system of essentially everyone. I would strongly request that the developers make this feature optional, so that we can turn it off. Otherwise Magnet does more harm than good for me.

It’s the best out there so far, but needs one more thing

First of all, buy this app. It does something that apparently Apple’s engineers can’t figure out: it lets you tile your windows quickly, easily, with keystrokes or by dragging against the edge of the screen. Apple, I hope you’re reading this. I tried the new split view thing and it was limited, weird to use, and I have difficulty believing it was made for the user. It feels like it was designed by a very large committee.

Second, if Magnet is going to cross from “good” to “great”, it needs something that Linux window managers have had for years: automatic arrangement of all the windows on the screen, not just one at a time. At present, I can fit up to four windows in a grid pattern. But go check out AwesomeWM or i3 for Linux. I can have five, six, ten windows on-screen at a time, and I can rearrange all of them at once by cycling through preset patterns with a single key command.

TL;DR: This is the best there is for the Mac at the moment, even better than what Apple has been able to come up with. But it still lags behind Linux. It has a chance to leapfrog ahead of it’s competition by adding a fuller set of options.

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  • $0.99
  • Category: Productivity
  • Updated:
  • Version: 1.8
  • Size: 0.5 MB
  • Languages: English, Czech, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish
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Compatibility: OS X 10.8 or later, 64-bit processor

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